The Fields — Available for Pre-Order



We’re very excited to announce that the Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of Ty Schwamberger’s award-winning novella THE FIELDS is now available for pre-order!

The book features a Foreword by Bram Stoker Award winner Joe McKinney, an Introduction by New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, and gorgeous wraparound cover artwork by Ben Baldwin.

Here are the details of our limited hardcover edition:

Signed by Ty Schwamberger, Ben Baldwin & Tara Bush
Limited to only 100 copies worldwide
Each copy is numbered by hand
Four-colour laminated dust jacket
Exclusive book board cover design
Printed on acid-free paper


Original edition cover art as the title page artwork by Thomas A. Erb
Interior illustrations exclusively for the Signed Limited Edition by Tara Bush
Features exclusive Dust Jacket artwork

Read more and pre-order your copy today at:

The Fields — Wins a Choice Award!

The Fields_Gothic Readers Choice Award

From the Gothic Readers Book Club:

Several weeks ago, our members engaged in an intense debate over zombies. There are many great zombie stories out there, but are they Gothic literature? We agreed that although many are fantastic horror, zombies just don’t quite fit the Gothic literary tradition. The emphasis in a zombie story is gore over suspense. Character and setting development take second place to the horror elements through plot. Ty Schwamberger’s novella The Fields is a rare exception. It’s both a fantastic horror story and a great piece of Gothic fiction. Rather than an eating brains/ walking dead story, Schwamberger has crafted a tale of human frailty, ignorance, and evil within the framework of the zombie story. The walking dead serve the Gothic narrative rather than serve as the plot device. It’s more a tale of humans than shambling corpses and this one of the most critical facets to Gothic literature. Do not be afraid of the zombies with this one.

You can still order The Fields in Trade Paperback, Kindle or Audio Book on Amazon.

The Fields — A New Review

Wag The Fox posted this today about my atypical zombie novella, The Fields. You can still purchase the Trade Paperback, eBook and Audio Book editions on Amazon.

“It turns out that one way to go forward with the zombie genre is to go backwards–in time, anyway. Ty Schwamberger’s novella, The Fields, offers up the story set in the days following the American Civil War of Billy Fletcher, a young plantation owner in dire need of help to keep the farm going before the tobacco crop dies. He inherited it after his father passed away, a cruel slave-owner who didn’t just exploit those indentured on his farm, but tortured them as well, even burying slaves behind his expansive tobacco fields. Even his son wound up the receiving end of more than a few beatings for showing sympathy for the slaves and other deeds considered sins in his father’s eyes.
But despite vowing to run the plantation differently from his father, to work the land himself rather than resort to slave labor, the young man is failing. Enter a man named Abraham who knocks on Billy’s door one day and offers him a solution. There’s no real telling where Abraham came from, but he sure seems to know a lot about Billy and his father, and assures Billy that what he needs to do is follow in his father’s footsteps. And that’s something that Billy is adamant about avoiding, because he doesn’t want to be a slave-owner like his father. But what if the slaves are already dead?
This was a tremendously creepy zombie story, due mainly because of the racial current running through it. The idea that a person would only be enslaved during when they’re alive, but when they’re dead as well, is an unsettling one to say the least. One thing I had trouble envisioning as I read the book was the farm. Billy, Abraham, and the zombies jumped off the page, but the plantation itself felt very much like a stage-dressing when I was expecting something much more vivid. But, maybe tobacco fields just aren’t that much to look at.
Apex seems to have a knack for showcasing books in the zombie genre that stray from the road most traveled, though it’s sad to here the Zombie Feed imprint is no more. Ty is an emerging talent in the horror genre, to be sure. I’d only read some of his short fiction prior to this, so it was nice to sit down with a longer work and see how he brings a story to life when there’s a little more room to breathe. I’ve got a couple more of his novellas on my to-be-read pile, and I’m definitely looking forward to checking them out, too.”

The Fields – Audio Book

I’m pleased to announce that my atypical zombie novella, The Fields, is being made into an audio book. Produced by Cup O’ Tea Productions, narrated by Randy Capes, it will be released 2Q 2012.

You can still pick up the Trade Paperback or eBook an Amazon.

The Fields — Releasing the Horde!

The Pre-Order event for The Fields is now over. But, the excitement doesn’t end there. Oh, no. This atypical zombie tale has now been released upon the masses in eBook, along with the previously available Print edition. And don’t forget, my blog tour kicked off yesterday. Below are my stops on that.

Where you can buy a copy:

Available in Trade Paperback (for $7.95):


Bad Moon Books (Bookstore)


Available in eBook (for a mere .99 cents):

Amazon (Kindle)

Barnes & Noble (Nook)

Smashwords (available in a wide variety of digital formats)

Weightless Books

Blog Tour Schedule:

Old Major’s Dream (Joe McKinney’s blog) – 12/19/11

Wag The Fox– 12/21

Maggie Slater – 12/26

The Dead Don’t Die (blog) – 12/27

Writing in the Dark (Tim Waggoner’s blog) – 12/28

Review & Interview on The Sci-Fi Guys Book Review – 12/29

Cloth’s Chapel (Benjamin Kane Ethridge’s blog) – 12/30

Interview on Apex/TZF websites – 12/31

Rescheduled (TBA): Hunter Shea & Review by

The Fields — Pre-Order Event!


Lexington, KY December 15, 2011 – The Zombie Feed Press, an imprint of Apex Publications, is pleased to announce the release of THE FIELDS by Ty Schwamberger in Trade Paperback and eBook.

About the book:

Billy Fletcher learned to farm the family’s tobacco fields – and beat slaves – by the hands of his father. Now, his father is dead, the slaves have long since been freed, and the once-lush fields are dying. Salvation by the name of Abraham knocks on the farmhouse door, bringing wild ideas. He can help Billy save the plantation and return the fields to their former glory…by raising his father’s slaves from the dead.

Can the resurrected slaves breathe life back into the Fletcher farm? Having brought the slaves back from graves that his father sent them, can Billy be the kind master his father wasn’t? Is keeping the farm worth denying the men the freedom they earned with death?

Billy’s conscience holds the key to those mysteries, but not the biggest one: what does Abraham really want from the former slave owner’s son?

Welcome to The Fields.

New York Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry, states in the introduction for the book. “[The Fields]…is part horror story in the classic sense – misdeeds from the past coming back to haunt the present. It’s part zombie story. It’s part adventure. And it’s part social satire in its darkest sense.”



82 Pages

ISBN: 978-1-937009-02-1


What others are saying about THE FIELDS:

“The Fields is a merciless, pitchfork-to-the-face, homespun zombie adventure.  Schwamberger offers up a shotgun blast of graphic undead action in this unique take on the genre.”

— Shroud Magazine

“Ty Schwamberger knocks it out of the park with his novella, THE FIELDS. No sooner do you begin to read, than you realize that the story is much bigger than the words on the page. The setting is timeless, and the horror depicted much more than ghoul and gore. THE FIELDS is a story you don’t want to miss, and Ty Schwamberger is an author to watch, for he just may be headed for the major leagues.”  

— Deborah LeBlanc, Author of The Wolven

“An intelligent zombie morality tale, unlike anything you’ve ever read before.”

— Morpheus Tales Magazine

“If Nathaniel Hawthorne had known anything about zombies, this is the kind of story he’d have written.  I’m not joking.  This is some genuine old school horror.  With The Fields, Ty Schwamberger has given us a crime so horrendous it’s impossible to look away.  The sins of the father.  A deal with the devil.  It’s all here.  And Schwamberger makes it look so frustratingly easy.  This is one hell of a good story.”

— Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Apocalypse of the Dead.

“With The Fields, Ty Schwamberger did the near-impossible:  made zombies interesting to me again.  Not only interesting, but frightening, as well.  Throw in more than a dash of scathing social commentary, a pace that never stops to catch its breath, and a sly bit of gallows humor, and you’ve got a winner. Kick yourself if you miss this one.” 

— Gary A. Braunbeck, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Award-winner, author of To Each Their Darkness and A Cracked and Broken Path.

“Ty Schwamberger’s THE FIELDS is an original zombie tale that will satisfy lovers of grisly fiction and well told stories. Good characters, cool twists and great writing make this a story that grabs one by the scalp early on. Anything with a Southern vein and the specters that can invoke gets my slash of approval.” 

— Steven L. Shrewsbury, author of THRALL, BAD MAGICK and HAWG.

“The walking dead, a post-Civil War setting, and a sinister Lincolnesque figure add up to a fresh new take on the zombie mythos.”   

— Tim Waggoner, author of Nekropolis, Broken Shadows and Darkness Wakes.

How to order a copy:

The Zombie Feed Press will be accepting Pre-Orders for the Trade Paperback from 12/15/11 – 12/18/11. The release date of the novella is 12/19/11. If you order during the Pre-Order event, you’ll not only receive a great book for under 8-bones, but your order will come with FREE shipping AND signed by both Ty Schwamberger and Jonathan Maberry. Click HERE to Pre-Order your copy. AFTER the Pre-Order date, you can still snag a copy of the TPB or eBook on Amazon (which I’ll provide the link for at that time). To watch the book trailer click here.

About The Zombie Feed Press:

Is a specialty imprint of Apex Book Company, which is also known as Apex Publications. Apex is an award winning, small press publisher dedicated to producing exemplary works of science fiction, horror, fantasy and non-fiction. Based out of Lexington, Kentucky, Apex Book Company is owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore.

In addition to the Pre-Order event, I’m also doing a blog tour after the book is released. Below is where I’ll be, along with the dates.

Joe McKinney – 12/19/11

Kristin Dearborn – 12/20

Wag The Fox– 12/21

Hunter Shea – 12/22

Review by – 12/23

Excerpt of The Fields on The Zombie Feed Press – 12/26

The Dead Don’t Die (blog) – 12/27

Writing in the Dark (Tim Waggoner’s blog) – 12/28

Review & Interview on The Sci-Fi Guys Book Review – 12/29

Benjamin Kane Ethridge – 12/30

Interview on Apex/TZF websites – 12/31

Maggie Slater – 1/2/12

TBA: Jonathan Maberry, Appearance on Rotting Flesh Radio & Jeff Strand’s “Zombie Wars”.

Take a chance on a great atypical zombie tale. You’ll be glad you did.