An Interview With Ty Schwamberger

Ty Schwamberger

Ty Schwamberger

Hey Ty,

Hi, Adam. Thanks for inviting me.

So, tell us a little about yourself. Where were you born and where do you now call home?

I was born September 4, 1977 (folks, feel free to jot that down so you can send me gifts later this year) in a relatively small city in Ohio (USA) at Dettmer Hospital. I only mention the name, because of the fun fact that years ago it switched from a medical facility to a mental hospital. Perhaps it was a sign in the making of things to come.

When did you first start writing and how long was it before you were published?

I penned my first true horror story in 6th grade. I tiny little tale called “The Woods”. In fact, that story was a precursor to my short story “In The Woods” contained in my short story collection, For After Midnight, as well as an unpublished novel entitled, Deep Dark Woods (which should have come out this year, but the published botched the job and I had to pull it). I went on to have a normal childhood, you know, watching 80’s slasher films and running around outdoors with toy guns, playfully blowing my neighbour away (Wow. Perhaps I should have visited Dettmer after it switched to taking care of loonies). But, seriously, I had a wonderful family, sister, graduated high school, then college in 2000, but really didn’t write any fiction again until early 2008.

And that’s when it happened.

One day, after reading Offspring by Jack Ketchum and Cuts by Richard Laymon, I sat down at the computer and just started typing. Exactly three months later, I had pounded out 100k words, my first novel. It was published later that year, along with a short story on an ezine, and away I went.

Fast forward five years and I’ve got 10 books I’ve either penned or edited, films, audio books, non-fiction articles, have run 2 imprints, etc, etc. It’s pretty amazing, really. Perhaps that’s why I wasn’t kept at Dettmer as a child, because it was my calling to spread horror across the globe (in fiction, of course). *grin

It’s Friday evening, about 8pm, what are you doing?

Drinking a beer, smoking a cigarette, while watching some true crime show on the television.

Why horror?

I’ve always loved horror. I grew up watching the slasher films of the 1980’s – Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc.

I like how you can take an everyday scene and turn it into something horrific. Perhaps an older gentleman is walking his dog down the street. He’s had a fulfilling life and loves his best friend. Then all of a sudden a drunk driver’s car jumps the curb. It misses the old man, but smashes the dog. The drunk bastard then speeds away. But before the car is too far away the old man gets the license plate. Perhaps he vows to spend his remaining days on earth tracking down, capturing and torturing the sonofabitch that killed his dog. Perhaps the old man uses his knowledge of World War II POW interrogation techniques to make the guy pay for what he did. Perhaps…

Who is your biggest inspiration, professionally?

Richard Laymon. Hands down.

You are in bed, a bump in the night wakes you, you have to go investigate. Using only implements from your bedroom, what is your weapon of choice?

I’m a heavy sleeper so I wouldn’t wake up. It would be left up to my fiancé to handle the situation. She keeps a baseball bat close to our bed. I have explained my concern of being pummelled in my sleep. But she has reassured me, that no matter how upset she is with me, she would never do that. Instead, she would pull back the covers, while holding a knife… I’m sure you can imagine what she said would happen next.

Tell us a little bit about Last Night Out.

If you’ve ever wondered the bad things that can happen to three college kids while drinking at a shabby bar Last Night Out is the perfect read for you. The story contains so much more than just a shady bar owner and strange looking bar patrons. Oh, yes. There’s a whole new kind of terror waiting for the kids beneath the cracked floorboards of the Torchlight Inn. Will friendship or each of their own willingness to survive the night win out? You’ll need to pick up a copy to find out.

What projects are you currently working on?

Joe McKinney and I are currently pitching an anthology to a major New York publisher, as well as I’m personally pitching new and existing book projects to US and foreign publishers. My goal is to branch out from the US and the UK. I’m hoping a contract is in place soon, so I can start writing something new later this summer.

You are stranded on a desert island. Before the ship went down which 3 books did you rescue?

A Writer’s Tale by Richard Laymon, Dark Hollow by Brain Keene and The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

Do you see dead people?

No. But the apocalypse is coming, so who knows.

How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?

I go into a new story with a general idea of the plot, but don’t outline or anything like that. However, I do like to make some character notes: what they look like, hair and eye colour, what sort of clothes they are wearing, etc.

Have you ever suffered writers’ block?

I’m not entirely sure I even believe in writer’s block. I think it’s more of a copout that some writers use when they’re being lazy and don’t feel like writing. If you’re a true writer you should always be able to put words on the page. They might not be any good, but you should still be able to write something, anything, to keep the creative juices flowing in the right direction.

If you could leave your readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?

A really nice guy who was always willing to communicate with his fans and someone who wrote some bloody fun books too.

Chocolate cake or fruity cheesecake?

Well, I don’t like fruit on my cheesecake, so I would have to go with chocolate cake.

If you could collaborate with anyone in the world on a novel, who would it be and why? What’s the story about?

I’m going to put someone who has unfortunately already passed. Richard Laymon. Some folks say my writing often resembles Laymon’s style. Which is the ultimate compliment to me. If he were still alive, I would like to believe he would have liked to co-write my ultra-brutal novella DININ’ which came out a few months ago from Bad Moon Books. In fact, Bryan Smith, author of kickass books such as The Killing Kind, Depraved and Highways To Hell said: “Ty Schwamberger effectively conjures a fun Richard Laymon-esque atmosphere in DININ’. The terror starts early in this one and rarely lets up.” That is probably my favourite (and most humbling) blurb I’ve ever received.

Finish this newspaper headline: “Ty Schwamberger has been….”


Thanks Ty.

Thank you, Adam. This was fun!

To win one of three paperback copies of Ty Schwamberger’s Last Night Out, simply answer the following question: How many college kids stumble across the Torchlight Inn in the novella?

A) 2

B) 3

C) 4

D) 5.

Send your answer to with the subject line Last Night Out. Winners will be notified via email on June 7th, and books will be despatched shortly after. Closing date for entries is June 1st. 

Ty Schwamberger's Last Night Out

Ty Schwamberger’s Last Night Out


~ by crowdedquarantine on May 10, 2013.

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