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David J. Schow

Author of Gun Work

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Works by David J. Schow

Gun Work (2008) 140 copies
The Kill Riff (1988) 109 copies
Silver Scream (1969) — Editor; Afterword, some editions — 107 copies
Internecine (2010) 80 copies
The Outer Limits Companion (1986) 77 copies
Seeing Red (1990) 67 copies
The Shaft (1990) 64 copies
Lost Angels (1990) 53 copies
Black Leather Required (1994) 44 copies
Havoc Swims Jaded (2006) 39 copies
Eye (2001) 32 copies
DJStories (2018) 31 copies
Wild Hairs (2001) 21 copies
Rock Breaks Scissors Cut (2003) 19 copies
Zombie Jam (2005) 18 copies
Crypt Orchids (1998) 16 copies
Upgunned: A Novel (2012) 12 copies
Sedalia (1991) 10 copies
The Big Crush (2019) 9 copies
Djsturbia (2016) 8 copies
The Outer Limits At 50 (2014) 6 copies
Monster Movies (2020) 5 copies
Water Music 4 copies
Blossom 3 copies
Obsequy 3 copies
Red Light 3 copies
Melodrama (1996) 2 copies
The standoff (2019) 2 copies
Life Partner 2 copies
Dying Words 1 copy
Size Nothing 1 copy
En'tracte 1 copy
Visitation 1 copy
Plot Twist 1 copy
2c Worth 1 copy
Bagged 1 copy
Petition 1 copy
Unhasped 1 copy
Kill Rift 1 copy

Associated Works

The Living Dead (2008) — Contributor — 900 copies
Love in Vein II : Eighteen More Tales of Vampiric Erotica (1997) — Contributor — 490 copies
Poe's Children: The New Horror: An Anthology (2008) — Contributor — 447 copies
American Supernatural Tales (2007) — Contributor — 428 copies
Flight or Fright (2018) — Contributor — 427 copies
Borderlands 5 (2003) — Contributor — 402 copies
Book of the Dead (1989) — Contributor; Contributor — 379 copies
The Mammoth Book of Vampires (1992) — Contributor — 338 copies
The Living Dead 2 (2010) — Contributor — 309 copies
Dark Delicacies (2005) — Contributor — 267 copies
Black Wings of Cthulhu: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (2010) — Contributor — 258 copies
A Whisper of Blood (1991) — Contributor — 256 copies
Dark Love (1995) — Contributor — 249 copies
Midnight Graffiti (1992) — Contributor — 214 copies
Revelations (1997) — Contributor — 209 copies
Hottest Blood: The Ultimate in Erotic Horror (1993) — Contributor — 196 copies
Hot Blood: Tales of Provocative Horror (1989) — Contributor — 196 copies
Hellboy: Odder Jobs (2004) — Contributor — 172 copies
The Ultimate Frankenstein (1991) — Contributor — 165 copies
Vanishing Acts: A Science Fiction Anthology (2000) — Contributor — 152 copies
Shock Rock (1992) — Contributor — 150 copies
Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge (2005) — Contributor — 134 copies
Book of the Dead 2: Still Dead (1954) — Contributor — 131 copies
Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror (2010) — Contributor — 126 copies
Zombies: The Recent Dead (2010) — Introduction; Contributor — 119 copies
The Mammoth Book of Monsters (2007) — Contributor — 119 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 14 (2003) — Contributor — 116 copies
Werewolves and Shape Shifters (2010) — Contributor — 105 copies
The Mammoth Book of Terror (1992) — Contributor — 99 copies
Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology (2017) — Contributor — 98 copies
The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein (1994) — Contributor — 97 copies
Razored Saddles (1989) — Contributor — 87 copies
The Mammoth Book of New Terror (2004) — Contributor — 85 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11 (2000) — Contributor — 80 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2014 Edition (2014) — Contributor — 79 copies
Best New Horror 2 (1991) — Cover artist — 77 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 18 (2007) — Contributor — 76 copies
Best New Horror 3 (1992) — Contributor — 71 copies
Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters (2011) — Contributor — 66 copies
The Giant Book of Fantasy and the Supernatural (1994) — Contributor — 65 copies
Demons (2011) — Contributor — 63 copies
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (1998) — Contributor — 62 copies
The Year's Best Horror Stories: XVIII (1990) — Contributor — 56 copies
The Dead That Walk: Flesh-Eating Stories (2009) — Contributor — 54 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 09 (1998) — Contributor — 54 copies
Lethal Kisses: 18 Tales of Sex, Horror, and Revenge (1996) — Contributor, some editions — 54 copies
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XIII (1985) — Contributor — 48 copies
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XIV (1986) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Century's Best Horror Fiction: Volume 2 (2011) — Contributor — 46 copies
100 Fiendish Little Frightmares (1997) — Contributor — 45 copies
Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed (2015) — Contributor — 44 copies
Psycho-Paths (1840) — Contributor — 43 copies
Dark Terrors 5: The Gollancz Book of Horror (2000) — Contributor — 43 copies
Rock On: The Greatest Hits of Science Fiction & Fantasy (2012) — Contributor — 40 copies
Psychomania: Killer Stories (2013) — Contributor — 36 copies
The Vampire Hunter's Casebook (1996) — Contributor — 36 copies
Fatal Attractions (2003) — Contributor — 31 copies
Dark Terrors 4 (1998) — Contributor — 31 copies
Dark Passions (2007) — Contributor — 29 copies
Offbeat (1656) — Introduction, some editions — 29 copies
Dark at Heart (1992) — Contributor — 29 copies
Extreme Zombies (2012) — Contributor — 27 copies
Dark Terrors 6 (2002) — Contributor — 26 copies
Son of Retro Pulp Tales (2009) — Contributor — 25 copies
Dark Terrors 2 (1996) — Contributor — 23 copies
Impossible Monsters (2013) — Contributor — 21 copies
Cinema Futura (2010) — Contributor — 19 copies
Dark Voices 4 : the Pan Book of Horror (1992) — Contributor — 18 copies
Outoja tarinoita 2 (1990) 15 copies
Weird Tales Volume 51 Number 3, Spring 1990 (1990) — Contributor — 15 copies
Clickers Forever (2018) — Contributor — 14 copies
Dark Voices 3 (1991) — Contributor — 13 copies
Out of Tune - Book II (2016) — Contributor — 11 copies
Embraces: Dark Erotica (2000) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Giant Book of Fantasy Tales (1996) — Contributor — 11 copies
Dark Voices 5 (1993) — Contributor — 9 copies
Fantasy Tales Volume 12, No. 5 (1990) — Contributor — 7 copies
The Best of Whispers (1994) — Contributor — 6 copies
Subterranean Gallery (1999) — Contributor — 5 copies
Ghosttide: Tales of Horror, Dark Fantasy, Suspense (1992) — Contributor — 4 copies
Don't Turn Out the Light (2005) — Contributor — 4 copies
Galileo Magazine of Science & Fiction July 1978 (1978) — Contributor — 3 copies
White of the Moon (1999) — Contributor — 3 copies
Nightmare Magazine, December 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 3 copies
Cemetery Dance Issue 47 (2003) — Contributor — 3 copies
Subterranean Magazine, Issue #3 (Winter 2006) (2006) — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 49 Number 1, Fall 1984 (1984) — Contributor — 2 copies
Midnight Graffiti: No. 1, June 1988 — Contributor — 1 copy


Common Knowledge



I'm not sure why but I was a little hesitant to start this novel. Maybe it was because it appears to be a heavy metal, slasher novel. Nothing wrong with that but I wanted more. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. Sure, it involves a heavy metal band, but it is really a psychological analysis of a shattered parent.

Lucas Ellington's daughter is killed during a riot at a concert for the band Whip Hand. After a year long stint at a mental institution, he is now out and apparently normal.

I won't spoil anything for you but the story that unfolds is intense, passionate and surprising. It does not play out like you expect. Each character is vivid and comes alive in almost no time. The only negative that I have is that many scenes are told as memories, not quite a flashback but similar in nature. For example, it will be evening and one of the characters will remember things that happened in the morning and that is how we the readers find out about it. I don't mind it being done but some times it got confusing as to when we were: are we reading about the book's present or is the character really doing something else and just remembering the past? But this is part of Schow's style. Either way the story is still an extremely solid and enjoyable book.… (more)
dagon12 | 1 other review | Aug 17, 2020 |
It's very telling that I quickly got bored of the main rockstars-getting-murdered plot and wanted to know more about the Lucas/Kirsten incest plot-twist when such a thing normally squicks the hell out of me. le zzz
SallyBuckley | 1 other review | Oct 4, 2019 |
David J. Schow is best known as one of the original horror writer “splatterpunks” of the eighties and nineties, as well as a horror film screenwriter and connoisseur (he penned a regular column for Fangoria magazine). Both of these elements are readily apparent in Seeing Red, his first published collection of short stories, which is overflowing with unflinching violence and gore that is reminiscent in style and substance of the golden age of the spatter film and horror novel.

True to Schow’s cinematic roots, many of the short stories in this volume are either directly or indirectly involved with the motion picture industry, and most are set in or around Hollywood. “One for the Horrors” and “Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You” actually take place in movie theaters, while “Incident on a Rainy Night in Beverly Hills” and “Blood Rape of the Lust Ghouls” revolves around the film industry. These stories stand out as the best of the collection – and as a product of the splatterpunk era I might be biased – as these stories contain a passion and romanticism that is noticeably missing from some of the other entries. “Blood Rape of the Lust Ghouls” stands out as the keystone of the film-related stories, a self-referential (and self-deprecating) homage to horror film reviewers that skewers the industry even as it revels in its excesses (and do I detect a nod to Chas Balun in his use of the phrase “chunk-blowing?”).

The best of the collection isn’t restricted to the film-themed stories; his story titled with an illegible scribble is not only a heartfelt love-letter to the dying west-coast punk scene of the late eighties, but a nearly poetic use of street vernacular that recalls past classics like A Clockwork Orange without a hint of mimicry. In fact, “scribble” is probably the most glaring example in this collection of Schow’s mastery of prose and general and the genre specifically. Also at the top of the list is the last story in the book, “Not From Around Here.” Not only does Schow subtly evoke the eldritch horrors of lovecraftian lore with ease with his tale of city-folk stumbling into a rural nightmare, but he showcases his ability to pull the reader effortlessly through the increasingly horrific narrative like the master storyteller he is. How this short story has not been adapted into a film is beyond me.

Schow’s nods to literary horror are less impressive, with “Pulpmeister” feeling too gimmicky (perhaps by design), and “Visitation” coming off as an overly-forced genre homage. Honestly, if you’re going to write a Lovecraft-inspired horror story, try not to actually mention Lovecraft in it.

“Bunny Didn’t Tell Us,” “The Woman’s Version,” and “Lonesome Coyote Blues” are unremarkable yet solid entries. A big deal is made on the front cover of the inclusion of “Red Light,” which won the 1987 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction, but its predictable resolution and neo-noir narrator (who is far less believable than Eye Man from ‘scribble’) puts it a step or two behind several more notable stories included in the collection. The two weakest links in the chain are probably “The Embracing” and “Night Bloomer,” with the former feeling like a writing exercise, and the latter an after-hours Twilight Zone reject.

With all of that being said, the few flaws within are minor, making Seeing Red a very solid collection of short stories, and a great starting point for anyone unfamiliar with this founding splatterpunk’s oeuvre.
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smichaelwilson | Oct 20, 2017 |
Gun Work is a terrific fun book that fits well with soldier of fortune or spy novels. It is not a mystery (at least after the first section).

There are three main parts to the book. The main character is Barney, an ex-US Army soldier, returned from battle in Iraq, where he met a news correspondent, Carl Ledbetter. Barney is ensconsed at a gun range in Los Angeles, where he works and practices his shooting every day. He keeps his most valuable possessions in his safe at the gun range and is not terribly connected to modern society. He is the kind of friend polite people don't associate with much except when they need some real muscle and firepower to protect them and get them out of a jam. "When you worked at a range with a piece on your hip, every customer was your pal from bangers to cops." Indeed, "people tended to seek Barney's counsel whenever they fell afoul of some extralegal difficulty, the kind of gray zone balls-up that consistently befalls people you think of as completely normal and law-abiding." The author tells the reader to rate your friends and acquaintances and admonishes the reader that you already know which friend you'd ask for help "when shady bad stuff rears up in your life."

Carl, in a panicked telephone call from a payphone in Mexico City, tells Barney that he was recently married, they vacationed in Mexico, and his wife has been kidnapped with one million dollars ransom being demanded. And, Carl doesn't know what to do. Of course, Barney, being the hero that he is, flies down to help Carl. Carl doesn't seem to know how to handle a gun and is taken aback when Barney brings weapons to the hostage exchange location. Everything seems to go wrong and Barney ends up suffering in a hostage hotel in some really horrible ways. After he escapes (and if he didn't, there wouldn't be much of a story, so that's not giving anything away), he plans his revenge with three other gun-toting vigilantes, almost like the posse heading to the rescue in a Western, guns blazing away.

The action takes this story from Mexico City to Manhattan to Los Angeles. There is plenty of gun play and fighting and the author seems to take immense pleasure in detailing the precise weaponry and defensive armaments that Barney and his small army are wielding. Although the start of the book is like a pulp-era travel adventure, the majority of the book is a mean, lean action story that reads incredibly quickly. Besides the action, the book includes one of the most dangerous femme fatales the world has ever seen and dozens of masked wrestlers.

If you open this book expecting a hardboiled detective novel in the Sam Spade tradition, forget about it. This book is an action-packed adventure from beginning to end. Well done.
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DaveWilde | 3 other reviews | Sep 22, 2017 |



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