Gnomus Lives Again!

“Gnomus” is a 2,200 word short story. The tale centers around Steven whom is newly retired and is becoming increasingly annoyed by his wife’s “to do” list. Little does Steven know Deborah has an unique way to make sure he completes everything on her list.

“Gnomus” was originally published on Orion’s Child Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 4, August 2008, then reprinted most recently in Escaping Lucidity, June 2015, “Cursed Curiosities” anthology, August 2014, Kindle eBook “Gnomus” & “The 7th House”, September 2012 and For After Midnight, October 2011.

This is its first appearance as a single audio edition.

You can check it out on the Get Scared Podcast.

Enjoy!

DININ’ from Cemetery Dance

DININ’ is now available from Cemetery Dance Publications as an exclusive eBook for Kindle, Nook and Kobo. Check out the details below.

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Synopsis:

On their way to Las Vegas for a weekend of debauchery; Dawn, Cindy and Morgan decide to stop at a greasy spoon to get some grub. Mel’s Diner looks like a decent enough place and their advertised ‘best burgers this side of Vegas’ entice the girls to give it a try. While at the diner; they eat, make fun of the restaurant’s patrons and finish the meal off by doing the most sacrilegious thing a customer can do – skip out on their bill.

What ensues is a large truck with its headlights off following them along a deserted stretch of road, a blinding light that causes them to almost wreck, a few shotgun blasts, a long walk down a dark road and some horrific events that unfold inside a cabin deep in the woods. Is it the diner’s owner coming to collect on girl’s tab or someone with more than just money on their mind? What do they want? What is the driver of the truck willing to do once they come to an abrupt stop on the side of the road?

The three college friends will find out soon enough.

Praise:

“Gruesome revenge tale with seriously icky moments! Like a written version of “I Spit On Your Grave”, but with a weird edge to it!”

— Morpheus Tales Magazine

“Ty Schwamberger’s new novella DININ’ is a truly terrifying tale of three college girls who make a stop at a roadside diner for a quick bite, and make the mistake of skipping out on their bill. What follows is an original take on those tales told in Road Rage and Joyride, with the terror multiplied by ten. Add in some very fine writing, and you have a horror story that even the most seasoned horror readers will have trouble clearing from their minds. DININ’ is one great story from a new, talented voice in the world of horror fiction.”

— Michael Laimo, author of Sleepwalker and Return to Darkness

“Ty Schwamberger never fails to serve up the shocks and DININ’ is no exception.  In it he pits an array of well-drawn characters against an action-packed buffet of butchery, savageness, and graphic mishap.  Readers beware, DININ’ is not the safest menu choice for the timid-hearted.”

— Shroud Magazine

“Ty Schwamberger effectively conjures a fun Richard Laymon-esque atmosphere in DININ’.  The terror starts early in this one and rarely lets up.”

— Bryan Smith, author of The Killing Kind, Depraved and Highways To Hell

You can order your own eBook copy through the Cemetery Dance website.

 

When November Ends, Wins Award!

I announced here that my short story “Thirst” was recently optioned for film. While still in the early stages, I do have have some exciting news to share…

When November Ends Award

Stay tuned! I expect some more groovy stuff coming in 2021 with this exciting project!

Facebook Group

I started this Facebook group as a way to separate my personal life and writing. Not only will you find the major announcements this site/blog posts, but other minor, but fun, announcements as well. In fact, if you aren’t already part of my Facebook fan page, you might want to join now to be part of a cool ($125 value) upcoming contest.

Click here to join.

Newspaper Interview

I recently sat down with local reporter, Maria Lindsay, and answered a few questions regarding my writing and a few other fun things. The article/interview came out in today’s paper. But, unless you’re from NE Ohio, specifically, north of Akron, the only way to read it would be here.

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“Thirst” — Optioned for Film

Michael Yurinko and I have known each other since October 2012. So it’s only fitting that after almost eight years to the day of trying to figure out something to work together on, we can finally announce a very exciting project that’s still in the very beginning stages. 

Back in June of this year we started chatting again about what to work on together. Michael told me he was looking for an atypical lycan tale. I was more than happy to send him the short story “Thirst” (Originally published in Werewolf Magazine, Issue #9, January 2009. Reprinted in For After Midnight, October 2011 and then again in Escaping Lucidity, June 2015). I also sent him my novella Grave Intentions (coming in mid-2021 from Crossroad Press). There is a passage in both (because the novella is based on the short story) that gives a flashback scene. This imagery and dialog must have struck a cord in Michael because he told me this specific part of the story was exactly what he was looking for. After I gave my permission to use some of “Thirst”, Michael wrote a first, then a second draft of what would be named, WHEN NOVEMBER ENDS.

Fast forward a few months and Michael let me know a few days ago that the screenplay for WHEN NOVEMBER ENDS has made an official selection of the Creepy Tree Film Festival

There is obviously still a long road ahead before any potential filming would begin, but let me tell you, if, or better yet, WHEN, it does happen, you aren’t going to want to miss it.

This will be, and already is, a truly special project that’s in the works.

Stay tuned!

WNE creepy tree official selection pic

Grave Intentions — Coming 2021

I am extremely pleased to announce that in mid-2021 Crossroad Press will be releasing my atypical werewolf novella, Grave Intentions, in TPB and eBook.

Synopsis:

Rodney’s life started to spiral out of control after the untimely death of his beloved wife. He ended up on the rough streets: fighting for his sanity and looking for his next fix. But it was his hunger for getting high and trying to forget his former life that was the hardest for him to control. Or at least he thought. Then came the night when he and another junkie walked into Parkside Cemetery, dug up a body and…and took a drink.

That’s when Rodney’s life really changed. 

Derrick, Craig, Joan and Stacy were the best of friends, if not a little more at times. Late one night before their impending first days of college, they decided to have a liquid-picnic in their local cemetery. It was supposed to be a night of laughs, booze and sex. Until Derrick came running back to his three friends, scared half to death. He started babbling about seeing something that looked like a werewolf. 

Now the three friends must escape from the cemetery before the werewolf finds them and chomps them into little pieces. 

Will all four friends survive? Or will the bloodline of the werewolf win the night?

Only the deepest bonds of friendship and something even greater holds the answer.

Stick around for more details coming soon!

House Call — Novella + Screenplay

I am beyond excited to announce that Journalstone has picked up House Call for publication in February 2021. The even cooler part, this won’t just be the novella, it will also contain the screenplay written by Shannon Casto of Little Oak Film Group.

Novella Synopsis:

Mariam thought it was going to be a weekend of relaxation. She had her little sister to take care of but knew she could that handle that without much of a problem. That all changed when Jessica got sick and Mariam had no other choice but to call the family doctor.

John and Nick decide tonight is perfect to burglarize a house. They stake the place out and are delighted to find the only people inside are two young girls – an easy in-and-out job.

Or so they thought.

What ensues is a battle between the girls that are home alone and the two bad men.

Little do any of them know someone else plans to make a house call of their own.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon!