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!

DININ’ Optioned for Film Development

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July 10, 2013

For Further Information Contact:

David Stever

Phone: 301-787-1823

Email: CinderPathProductions@gmail.com


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.


House Call (the movie) — Now Available!

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House Call (the movie) from Little Oak Film Group is now available to purchase on DVD. House Call was adapted for the screen by Shannon Casto from the novella by Ty Schwamberger. The film was directed by Michelle Henderson, and stars Texas horror great Parrish Randall, James McCreight, Bill DuBois, Joe Grisaffi, and introducing Rachel Paul and Vincent Galyean. Below is the synopsis.

Mariam thought it was going to be a weekend of relaxation. She had her little brother to take care of, but knew that wouldn’t be a problem. That all changed when Vince got sick and Mariam had no other choice but to call the family doctor to make a house call.

John and Nick decide it’s a perfect night to burglarize a house. They stake out the place and are delighted to find the only people inside are two kids – 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.

Visit YouTube to watch the movie trailer and here to check out production stills, cast & crew, and everything else related to this ultra-cool horror flick.

You can purchase your very own copy on DVD via Amazon.

House Call, First Viewing

House Call DVDsHouse Call premiered a week and a half ago at Texas Frightmare Weekend. I’ve heard the film was well received by fans in attendance at the convention. Since my wedding is next month, along with various other obligations, I was unable to attend and watch the film with everyone else for the first time. Yesterday I received some advanced copies of the DVD from Little Oak Film Group. Last night I was able to sit down and watch the film.

Some authors write entire novels while a mental film projector plays – a particular actor/actress playing each role, the setting, how the dialog sounds as it comes out of the person’s mouth, lighting, camera angles – inside their head. There is perhaps one or two things where I’ve written an entire story like that, but for the most part this just isn’t how my mind works. Although, in my novellas The Fields, DININ’ and Last Night Out, a clip did play in my head during one scene in each of those works. If you’ve read any of those, you can probably guess which ones. In the story of House Call, which this screenplay was adapted from, there really wasn’t any particular scene that worked like that while I penned it. The unpublished novella (which I talk about, among other things, during a featurette on the DVD) of House Call was actually written three or four years ago. All of the aforementioned books were written long after this story, so perhaps the technique of how I write has altered a bit since.

Why do I mention all this you ask? Well, I shall tell you.

If I would have had a projector spinning inside my skull, while writing this story, the movie version of House Call is what I would have pictured. It would take me several more paragraphs to say what an awesome job each and every one of the cast & crew did, but that’s exactly how I feel. From the lead actor/actress to the supporting roles, camera work, dialog and setting of each scene, I was very pleased how the film turned out.

And I think you will be too.

The DVD of House Call will be made available on Amazon in about a month. Until then, you can check out everything related to the film (synopsis, cast & crew, movie poster, production stills, movie trailer, etc) by clicking HERE.

Stay tuned.

Cake Batter (short film) — The 2 Year Anniversary!

Cake Batter was released by Shadetree Films on DVD in early 2010. It was shown at a convention that same summer, selling out shortly thereafter. But, my short story from which the screenplay was adapted, didn’t come out until it was included in the table of contents in For After Midnight — released in Trade Paperback, eBook (both from Naked Snake Press) in October 2011 and eventually just this month in audio book from Cup O’ Tea Productions — you can purchase any of these editions on Amazon.

Since it’s the 2-year anniversary of the short film’s release, I decided to give all of you that didn’t buy the DVD the chance to watch it.

From the back cover of the DVD:

Cake Batter is an adaptation of author Ty Schwamberger’s short story of the same name. Described as the Twilight Zone that was never made.

Kristin Deyling as Mary, takes you through the mind of a woman desperate for reconciliation. Steven Brockway is the husband of 11 years and Julie Temple is his secretary in this twisted triangle of deceit.

“My entire life has been centered on the time 11:11. I was born at 11:11, started kindergarten at 11:11, graduated from high school at 11:11, I even married my husband at 11:11. Then I found out that my husband of ten years was having an affair with his secretary one week ago today.

“Today is our anniversary, our 11th anniversary. It’s only appropriate that this happens today. Why does this have to happen today? I won’t let him ruin it for me. Not now. That number is mine. 11:11”

Click here to check out the trailer, then go watch the entire 23-minute short film for free on YouTube. Enjoy!