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David J. Schow

Autor(a) de Gun Work

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Obras por David J. Schow

Gun Work (2008) 142 exemplares
Silver Scream (1969) — Editor; Posfácio, algumas edições111 exemplares
The Kill Riff (1988) 111 exemplares
Internecine (2010) 82 exemplares
The Outer Limits Companion (1986) 77 exemplares
Seeing Red (1990) 68 exemplares
The Shaft (1990) 64 exemplares
Lost Angels (1990) 54 exemplares
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning [2006 film] (2006) — Writer — 49 exemplares
Black Leather Required (1994) 44 exemplares
Havoc Swims Jaded (2006) 39 exemplares
Eye (2001) 32 exemplares
DJStories (2018) 31 exemplares
Wild Hairs (2001) 21 exemplares
Rock Breaks Scissors Cut (2003) 19 exemplares
Zombie Jam (2005) 18 exemplares
Crypt Orchids (1998) 16 exemplares
Sedalia (1991) 10 exemplares
Djsturbia (2016) 10 exemplares
Upgunned: A Novel (2012) 10 exemplares
The Big Crush (2019) 9 exemplares
The Outer Limits At 50 (2014) 6 exemplares
Monster Movies (2020) 5 exemplares
Refrigerator Heaven 4 exemplares
Water Music 4 exemplares
Not From Around Here 3 exemplares
Obsequy 3 exemplares
A Week in the Unlife 3 exemplares
Blossom 3 exemplares
Red Light 3 exemplares
Life Partner 2 exemplares
Where the Heart Was 2 exemplares
Melodrama (1996) 2 exemplares
The standoff (2019) 2 exemplares
Leatherface #1 1 exemplar
Plot Twist 1 exemplar
Unhasped 1 exemplar
scribbled graffiti 1 exemplar
Night Bloomer 1 exemplar
Dying Words 1 exemplar
Calendar Girl 1 exemplar
Denker's Book 1 exemplar
Petition 1 exemplar
Bagged 1 exemplar
2c Worth 1 exemplar
Visitation 1 exemplar
En'tracte 1 exemplar
Size Nothing 1 exemplar
Kill Rift 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Living Dead (2008) — Contribuidor — 919 exemplares
Love in Vein II : Eighteen More Tales of Vampiric Erotica (1997) — Contribuidor — 492 exemplares
Poe's Children: The New Horror: An Anthology (2008) — Contribuidor — 459 exemplares
Flight or Fright (2018) — Contribuidor — 450 exemplares
American Supernatural Tales (2007) — Contribuidor — 443 exemplares
Borderlands 5 (2003) — Contribuidor — 406 exemplares
Book of the Dead (1989) — Contribuidor; Contribuidor — 386 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Vampires (1992) — Contribuidor — 338 exemplares
The Living Dead 2 (2010) — Contribuidor — 317 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: First Annual Collection (1986) — Contribuidor — 314 exemplares
Dark Delicacies (2005) — Contribuidor — 272 exemplares
Black Wings of Cthulhu: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (2010) — Contribuidor — 265 exemplares
A Whisper of Blood (1991) — Contribuidor — 256 exemplares
Dark Love (1995) — Contribuidor — 252 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Ninth Annual Collection (1996) — Contribuidor — 239 exemplares
Midnight Graffiti (1992) — Contribuidor — 219 exemplares
Revelations (1997) — Contribuidor — 215 exemplares
Hottest Blood: The Ultimate in Erotic Horror (1993) — Contribuidor — 197 exemplares
Hot Blood: Tales of Provocative Horror (1989) — Contribuidor — 196 exemplares
Hellboy: Odder Jobs (2004) — Contribuidor — 176 exemplares
The Ultimate Frankenstein (1991) — Contribuidor — 167 exemplares
Vanishing Acts: A Science Fiction Anthology (2000) — Contribuidor — 157 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourth Annual Collection (1991) — Contribuidor — 154 exemplares
Shock Rock (1992) — Contribuidor — 152 exemplares
Book of the Dead 2: Still Dead (1954) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge (2005) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror (2010) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
Zombies: The Recent Dead (2010) — Introdução; Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Monsters (2007) — Contribuidor — 121 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 14 (2003) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
Werewolves and Shape Shifters (2010) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology (2017) — Contribuidor — 101 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Terror (1992) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein (1994) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
Razored Saddles (1989) — Contribuidor — 87 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of New Terror (2004) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11 (2000) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2014 Edition (2014) — Contribuidor — 80 exemplares
Best New Horror 2 (1991) — Artista da capa — 78 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 18 (2007) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
Best New Horror 3 (1992) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters (2011) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Demons (2011) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
The Giant Book of Fantasy and the Supernatural (1994) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (1998) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
The Year's Best Horror Stories: XVIII (1990) — Contribuidor — 58 exemplares
Lethal Kisses: 18 Tales of Sex, Horror, and Revenge (1996) — Contribuidor, algumas edições54 exemplares
The Dead That Walk: Flesh-Eating Stories (2009) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 09 (1998) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XIII (1985) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed (2015) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XIV (1986) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
The Century's Best Horror Fiction: Volume 2 (2011) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
100 Fiendish Little Frightmares (1997) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Psycho-Paths (1840) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
In the Shadow of Frankenstein: Tales of the Modern Prometheus (2016) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
Dark Terrors 5: The Gollancz Book of Horror (2000) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Rock On: The Greatest Hits of Science Fiction & Fantasy (2012) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Psychomania: Killer Stories (2014) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares
The Vampire Hunter's Casebook (1996) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares
Dark at Heart (1992) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Dark Terrors 4 (1998) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Fatal Attractions (2003) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Dark Passions (2007) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Offbeat (1656) — Introdução, algumas edições29 exemplares
Extreme Zombies (2012) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Dark Terrors 6 (2002) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
Son of Retro Pulp Tales (2009) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Dark Terrors 2 (1996) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Impossible Monsters (2013) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Cinema Futura (2010) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Dark Voices 4 : the Pan Book of Horror (1992) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Outoja tarinoita 2 (1990) 15 exemplares
Weird Tales Volume 51 Number 3, Spring 1990 (1990) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Clickers Forever (2018) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Dark Voices 3 (1991) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Out of Tune - Book II (2016) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Embraces: Dark Erotica (2000) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
The Giant Book of Fantasy Tales (1996) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Dark Voices 5 (1993) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume Three (2022) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Fantasy Tales Volume 12, No. 5 (1990) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Hot Iron and Cold Blood: An Anthology of the Weird West (2023) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
The Best of Whispers (1994) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Subterranean Gallery (1999) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Ghosttide: Tales of Horror, Dark Fantasy, Suspense (1992) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Don't Turn Out the Light (2005) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Galileo Magazine of Science & Fiction July 1978 (1978) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
White of the Moon (1999) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Cemetery Dance Issue 47 (2003) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Nightmare Magazine, December 2013 (2013) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine, Issue #3 (Winter 2006) (2006) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Weird Tales Volume 49 Number 1, Fall 1984 (1984) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Midnight Graffiti: No. 1, June 1988 (1988) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Schow, David J.
Outros nomes
McConnell, Chan
Lowenbruck, Oliver
Hunt, Gabriel
Data de nascimento
Prémios e menções honrosas
J. F. Gonzalez Lifetime Acheivement Award (2018)



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.… (mais)
dagon12 | 1 outra crítica | 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 outra crítica | 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.
… (mais)
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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.
… (mais)
DaveWilde | 3 outras críticas | Sep 22, 2017 |



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