Hank Schwaeble is a horror, thriller and suspense writer whose credits include Damnable (Berkley/Jove), which won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel, and Diabolical (Berkley/Jove), as well as The Angel of the Abyss and the horror-noir collection American Nocturne, both of which are being re-released in 2021. His latest collection, Moonless Nocturne, is slated for publication this summer from Esker & Riddle.

A graduate of the University of Florida and Vanderbilt Law School, Hank is a practicing attorney and former Air Force officer and special agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He was a distinguished graduate from the Air Force Special Investigations Academy, graduated first in his class from the Defense Language Institute’s Japanese Language Course, and was an editor of the law review at Vanderbilt where he won four American Jurisprudence Awards.

In addition to reading and writing, Hank enjoys keeping in shape and playing guitar. Hank and his wife, fellow writer Rhodi Hawk, make their home near Houston, Texas. He is currently working on his next novel.

When did you know you wanted to become a writer?

I had the first inkling when I was very young and I realized my teachers were treating me differently when it came to writing assignments. Sometimes it was a good thing, like when they acted like I was a prodigy and praised my work. Sometimes it wasn’t, as when one of my grade school teachers decided to be rather nasty to me on a number of occasions, ostensibly because she refused to believe I wrote what I turned in. I think it was more of a case that she knew I was the author and knew I did it all on my own, but she simply didn’t like that I could. As if I were too smart for my own good. It was a young age to learn there were people like that out there, but it was a valuable lesson.