HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Black Leather Required by David J. Schow
Loading...
MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
33None338,203 (4)None

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

No reviews
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0929480295, Hardcover)

"Eating 'em was more fun than blowing their gnarly green heads off. But why dicker when you could do both? The fresher ones were blue. That was important if you wanted to avoid cramps, salmonella. Eat a green one and you'd be yodeling down the big porcelain megaphone in no time."

Those are the opening lines of "Jerry's Kids Meet Wormboy," a justifiably (in)famous Romero-world zombie tale presented here in a collection for the first time. That gives you just a taste (heh heh) of the bold horror imagery and witty metaphors (or shall we call them tropes?) that are David J. Schow's trademark. Black Leather Required is a knockout collection: 12 superb stories (some new, some reprinted), one short play in the Grand Guignol style, an introduction by John Farris, and an afterword by Schow himself. It's all beautifully produced by Mark V. Ziesing. (Click on the cover for a larger view of the dramatic cover painting.)

The stories include a remarkably sharp tale about dinosaurs ("Sedalia"), a delightfully manic number about roadside violence in the Arizona desert ("Bad Guy Hats"), the tale of a loathsome near-death ("Scoop Makes a Swirly"), and varied sagas of the recently dead or the undead having a good ol' time. As Farris writes in the intro, Schow is "like a Gothic Absurdist, an urbanized Cormac McCarthy, but with a hip, mean sense of fun.... He punishes you, then he winks and punishes you some more. Friends, I do this for a living, and I'm not easily impressed, but the can-you-top-this operatic exuberance David conjures with mere words is a cause for, not censorship, but celebration." --Fiona Webster

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:07 -0400)

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
11 wanted

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4)
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3 1
3.5
4 2
4.5
5 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 119,406,470 books! | Top bar: Always visible