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I’ve ventured onto the dark side. That’s right, I’ve finally signed up for a Twitter account. Not sure yet how much I’ll use it, but it is an important aspect of social media to keep in touch and connect with fans, publishers, crazy mountain people, and similar other fine breeds.

Feel free to follow along if you’re so inclined.



On a Personal Note…

As I write this, I’m only a few hours removed from returning my 6 ½ year old daughter (a.k.a. Pumper, the nickname I gave her when she was an infant) to her mother. You see, while I reside in Ohio, her mother and her live in Tennessee. They’ve been there for the past few years. It’s a tough situation. I get to see her during spring break, six weeks every summer, Labor Day (which usually coincides with my birthday), Thanksgiving and around Christmas time. And while those are times filled with laughter and fun, there always comes the inevitable trip back. If you’re dealing with this same situation, you know there’s only so much you can do. Sure, you can take your ex-wife back to court (been there), but the court system, at least in my state, leans heavily towards the mother. Personally, I don’t think that’s right, but who am I to say. I’m only a father that always tries to do his best to care, love and provide financially for his child.

As you know, I don’t post much personal stuff on here. I usually provide a year-in-review of sorts around my birthday (which is coming up on September 4th), in which I throw in a few tidbits of what’s on my mind. These normally only deal with writing in one way or another. However, there have been a few articles that have been published over the years that did delve into more of my personal life (you can check those out on the Published Works page). While some writers use their blogs for business & personal reasons, I’ve always tried to keep more to the business side of things. Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with putting your deepest thoughts and feelings out there, then in your next post advertise your new novel about the cute babysitter that gets raped and murdered, but that’s just not the way I brand myself.

Back to what I was saying…

The past six weeks were utterly wonderful. Not only did my new bride Sheryl and I get married on June 15th (in which Pumper was deemed the cutest flower girl ever!), but we got to spend a ton of quality time with the little one. We did all sorts of fun things, which if you follow me on Facebook, you probably saw all the “check ins” and photos.

They say a writer’s life isn’t easy. I totally agree with that. There are all sorts of trials and tribulations you have to go through on a daily basis. HOWEVER, not that, or anything else I could ever dream up, compares to being separated from your child.

That’s the toughest gig in the world.

As I write this, I think back to a conversation Pump and I had shortly after I picked her up. You see, she knows Daddy writes scary books. Daddy knows she loves Princesses (her room at our house is “The Princess Room”). So we came up with an idea to write a story together called, “The Zombie Princess”. It would have been for kids, obviously. We both would have written the story and she would have drawn the pictures (as best as a six year old can do anyway) to go along with the story. I think it would have been great. Unfortunately, out of all the fun stuff we did do this summer (which included seeing Daddy’s and her favorite baseball team — the Detroit Tigers), I totally forgot to sit down with her before she left and for us to write “The Zombie Princess” together.

But, I have a feeling, one day that idea will become a reality.

Until then…


Daddy loves you Pumper and I can’t wait to see you again.

DININ’ Optioned for Film Development

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July 10, 2013

For Further Information Contact:

David Stever

Phone: 301-787-1823



Writer-Producer David Stever and Cinder Path Productions

 acquires rights to DININ’ from writer Ty Schwamberger.

Writer-Producer David Stever (COFFIN) has acquired the rights to the horror novella, DININ’, from writer Ty Schwamberger. The project will be developed through Stever’s Cinder Path Productions and is slated to film next spring. Stever will write the screenplay adaptation.

DININ’ is the story of three college girls who stop at a greasy, roadside diner while on their way to Las Vegas for a weekend of debauchery. But, after skipping out on their bill, they must try to escape the diner’s owner who has more on his mind the recouping the cost of food.

DININ’ has been dubbed a classic horror story the late, great Richard Laymon would have loved. “I’m really excited about developing this story as a feature. Ty Schwamberger wrote a very original, imaginative, and scary story that will be a real challenge for our actors and production team,” said Stever. “It has all the elements of a great horror movie and one I know will become a fan favorite.”

Praise for DININ’:

“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

Ty Schwamberger is a growing force within the horror genre. He is the author of a novel, multiple novellas, collections, and editor on several anthologies. In addition, he’s had many short stories published online and in print. Prior to DININ’, he’s had two stories, CAKE BATTER (2010) and HOUSE CALL (2013) optioned for film. He is an active member of the Horror Writers Association.

In 2011, Stever produced the indie thriller, COFFIN, starring Kevin Sorbo and Bruce Davison, for Skyrocket Productions. COFFIN is in worldwide distribution through Artist View Entertainment and MTI Video domestically.

The novella DININ’ (Hardcover, Trade Paperback, eBook) was published by Bad Moon Books in late 2012.


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.