HOUSE CALL – Unleashed!

Filmed back in 2013 and based on Ty Schwamberger’s novella of the same name… HOUSE CALL is now available to purchase from Summer Hill Entertainment & Wildeye Releasing in DVD format (with VOD coming early 2023)!

Synopsis:

Mariam thought it was going to be a weekend of relaxation. She had her little brother to take care of but knew she could that handle that without much of a problem. That all changed when Vince 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 youngsters – an easy in-and-out job.

Or so they thought.

What ensues is a battle between the kids 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.

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Twisted Tales – Now Available!

Cover art by Thom Erb

“A group of friends walk into a bar…”

LAST NIGHT OUT by Ty Schwamberger: Gabe, Alan, and Erin thought one last night out on the town before their junior year of college came to an end would be fitting. They were the best of friends, and not seeing each other for an entire summer vacation wasn’t something they were looking forward to. So they did what they always did on a Friday night—they went to a bar. Only this time they decided to try someplace new—the Torchlight Inn…

TONES OF HOME by Thomas A. Erb: Ashley and Maurice are in love. The two of them are headed to her hometown for the holidays to share the good news with her family. Those two things would drive any young man to drink, but add the fact that he’s from the South and an African-American, and they’re headed to the rural upstate town of Arcadia Falls, NY, where the reputation of toothless and inbred rednecks even scares the streetwise kid from North Carolina. Nevertheless, they’re truly in love, and Maurice is sure he’s encountered more dangerous things on the gang-filled streets of Durham…

OFF LIMITS by Dean Harrison: For spring break, Ellen Campbell isn’t going to party at the beach—she’s taking her new boyfriend, Shawn Farris, home to Miller Falls to meet her parents for the first time. She’s very excited about it, but also nervous as to how her father, a famous crime writer, will take to Shawn, her very first boyfriend…

Plus three extra shots of twisted horror for your drinking and reading pleasure!

The paperback version of this book includes a free electronic copy of the same book. You will be provided with the download link once you have completed the purchase process.

Shipping, handling and all applicable sales taxes are included in the overall price listed. Shipping charges are for the domestic United States only. For all other shipping costs please contact christophercpayne@journalstone.com.

Product Details:

Authors: Ty Schwamberger, Thomas A. Erb. and Dean Harrison

Publication Date: October 22, 2021

Price:

Paperback: $15.95 plus $3.00 shipping, handling and sales tax. Total price: $18.95

Electronic: $6.95

Print Length: 210 pages

Publisher: JournalStone

YOU CAN ORDER THE TRADE PAPERBACK OR DIGITAL EDITON VIA JOURNALSTONE.

Grave Intentions – Now Available!

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.

Blurbs:

“A howling mad B-movie bash of beer, blood, blunders, and ghoulish hijinks.”

~Christine Morgan, author of Lakehouse Infernal

“Schwamberger’s GRAVE INTENTIONS is a frenetic blast of energy that’s full of blood and guts (and claws and teeth). A booze-soaked bloodbath nightmare with a wicked old school horror vibe.”

~David Moody, author of the AUTUMN and HATER novels

“Schwamberger’s Grave Intentions delivers on its promise: solid monster mayhem with a generous helping of humor. Pre-college teens Craig and best friend Derrick are just trying to have one last good time with girls and beer, but instead are stuck with a handful of bodies and more as they try to survive the night in a cemetery after midnight. Call this an old-fashioned gore-and-grin fest as something stalks them among the gravestones, making their last romp before college truly memorable–if only they can live through it… It’s a novella with bite!” 

~W.D. Gagliani, author of the Nick Lupo Series

You can pick up the Trade Paperback, eBook or Audiobook via Amazon.

A Lieutenant in the Genre

I started writing in early 2008 for the fun of it. I had always loved the horror genre, namely movies, and after reading a few novels I gave it a shot. As I mentioned, I started writing my first novel, Night School, after reading novels by Jack Ketchum and Richard Laymon. I said to myself, “Hey, I can write some sick stuff too!” and away I went to pound out 100k words in three months flat. Soon after, I ventured into short fiction, novellas, etc. I started out the opposite of most writers. Many start with a shorter story, perhaps a few thousand words, then after writing a few of those will then work their way up to a novel-length manuscript. Not me. Nope. That’s mainly because when I sat down at my then ‘day job’ and starting writing Night School I was doing it for the fun of it. Heck, it didn’t even enter my mind about getting it published…. Until it happened. Then the next, and the next, and the… Well, you get my point. Fast forward thirteen years (as of this writing) and I’m still in the trenches, trying to crawl my way out onto the battlefield. Actually, the publishing world, namely the horror genre, is very similar to a government and its military. There’s different ranks of authors. Folks such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Anne Rice would be the President, Vice President and Speaker of the House. Everyone knows who THEY are. Just like the people running the United States government; you might look up to them, want to maybe be them one day, but you probably never will. Forget about it. More than likely it’s out of your reach. Not that there’s anything wrong with shooting for the stars, mind you. Just like in any business, you have to know your strengths and limitations. Some might believe they’re smarter than 90 percent of the people they work with, but that doesn’t mean they’ll ever be the president of the company…unless there’s a hostile takeover…but that’s a story for another book. Back to what I was saying; there are ranks, a ladder of leadership in the horror genre. While the big three might be in charge, leading the battle from afar, there are TONS of other great writers that are doing the hard work of marching into the battlefield and leading the genre into new worlds. This is where you are probably hoping I would list who I believe are Generals, Majors, Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants, Privates, whatever. Well, I’m not going to do that. Why? Because I would probably accidently leave out a great writer, who just happens to be a friend of mine, then I would hear about it. Maybe even be drawn and quartered. Nah, I’ll pass. Being in my early 40s I’m still a little too young to take a bullet or a bayonet to the gut.

But, after thirteen years of being in the genre, I think I can fairly accurately rank myself.

Lieutenant.

Why would I choose that rank? Well, I’ve been in the game long enough to know all the troops, I’ve assisted plenty (shout out to – Tom Erb, Dean Harrison, Adam Lewis, Vince McKee – go check out their stuff!) written plenty and more or less know and ins and outs of the business. Like I said, I never had a drill sergeant (i.e. mentor) when coming up in this world. I had to learn things on my own by trial and error through the years. Thank god I wasn’t taking real fire or I would probably be lying on the ground and bleeding out. I’ve been through the wars, winning some and losing some, but I’ve made it through. I’ve crawled through the trenches and I’ve fought by the sides of my fellow horror writers to propel the genre into unknown territories, to pillage, save and capture different subgenres so the troops coming in behind us can run through to safety on the other side. It’s taken blood, sweat and tears. It hasn’t been easy. But, I wouldn’t take back any of the experiences of the past thirteen years. Sure, I would change some things, but overall, I think I’ve done things the RIGHT WAY. That’s key. If you’re an up-and-coming writer, in any genre, do things the RIGHT WAY. Don’t be a mean to your fellow writers, just because they got some major contract with a big time publisher. Don’t bad mouth others. Read a lot of the authors you enjoy, and even some you don’t so much, to learn HOW to write. And last, but not least, write write WRITE! Just Do It. Don’t complain about coming home from your ‘day job’ and being tired or whatever. Come home, eat your franks n’ beans, then go into a quiet room and start pounding out words. Type 100, 500 or 1,000 words a day if that’s all you can muster. Just write something. Even a little bit can one day lead to a finished tale of some length. Why do you think ALL established authors give the same advice about; sitting your butt in the chair and doing the work!? Well, because that’s the only way the battle will be won.

So, yes, I would consider myself a Lieutenant.

Now it’s time for the real question: Was my rise to the ranking of Lieutenant by way of luck or hard work? Am I a hack or the real deal?

I feel like I’ve always done things the right way. I’ve put in the hard work and been genuine with fans, publishers and fellow writers. And while I’ve been taken advantage of a few times throughout the years, overall, I think it’s the only way to go. If you come off like you’re the bomb, you’re doing to look like a hack. If you don’t do things the right way, you’re going to come off like a hack. Authors and publishers talk. We talk A LOT! In fact, we’re our own little gossip circle. The horror genre is a relatively small group. Just a like living in a small town, what others do will spread like wildfire. If you badmouth a fellow author or publisher, especially without just cause, you might just find yourself on the outside looking in. And that’s not a good place to be. Especially if you’re looking to make it in this business.

Let me guess, now you’re asking, “But, Ty, wasn’t there a book years ago where you bad mouthed a few folks?”

Yes. Yes, I did.

But, they did things that I could just no longer bite my tongue about. Just like in Richard Laymon’s A Writers Tale, I felt like that was the time to finally say something about it.

Whew. Alright, I’m OK.

Back to what I was saying…

Is my success in the horror genre the result of luck or hard work?

Without a doubt in my mind, I would have to say hard work.

Nothing in the last thirteen years has been handed to me. I’ve never had a publisher ask ME for a story. Actually, I take that back. I once had someone (who, funny enough, I had published a year earlier in an anthology where I was the editor) who was putting together an anthology ask for a story, but it was AFTER they asked ME for help in contacting an author he didn’t have contact information. That was a pity invitation. But, me being the “nice guy” I did reach out to the other author for him. I also ended up writing and giving him an original story. It was a themed anthology, one with some great writers, and honestly, I wanted to be part of it. So I gave in and helped him out. Funny enough, a year or so later, he started his own small press. Shortly after, I queried if he would be interested in me writing a book for the press. And, of course, he replied with a “not interested” type line. So, I was good enough to ask for help, but not good enough to write a book for you? Ah, ok. Got it. This particular author is now writing books for a few publishers that I know, but have never been able to break into. I’m guessing he pulled the same backhanded stuff with them to get his foot in the door.

But, believe me, you don’t want to go that route. Whether or not you “make it” in this business, do things the right way. Be honest and upfront with the people you already are or want to work with in the future. Be genuine. Nobody likes a douche bag.

I digress.

I’ve gotten to where I’m at with dedication and hard work. And while I haven’t written an original tale in the last six years without first having a contract in hand, I’ve still had to put in the work of writing up a proposal to pitch to a potential publisher.

Nothing comes easy in this business.

I might not be the President, or even a Captain, but you can still take my advice on how to navigate through the trenches, to hopefully, one day, come up the other side of the ditch, into daylight.

Then again, even IF you do everything right, you still might get shot when you pop your head up.

But that’s all part of the game.

Do you have what it takes to enter into the fray?

The choice is yours, and yours alone, to make.

Good Luck.

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DININ’ Audiobook

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Now available for your listening pleasure. The audiobook edition of DININ’ narrated by Dylan Simmons.

You can purchase it here.

Remember, you can still download the eBook edition from Cemetery Dance Publications.

More news coming soon on this one! Stay tuned.