David Schow

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David Schow
Schow, David (2007) 2.jpg
Born 1955
Marburg, West Germany

David J. Schow (born 1955) is an American author of horror novels, short stories, and screenplays.[1] [2] His credits include films such as The Crow and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. Most of Schow's work falls into the subgenre splatterpunk, a term he is sometimes credited with coining.[3] In the 1990s, Schow wrote a regular column for Fangoria magazine.

In 1987 Schow's novella Pamela's Get was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for best long fiction. "Red Light" won the 1987 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction.[4]

As an editor, Schow's work includes three volumes of writings by Robert Bloch.

Schow has also been a past contributor to liner notes for cult film distributors Grindhouse Releasing/Box Office Spectaculars on the North American DVD release of Italian filmmaker Lucio Fulci's horror film, Cat in the Brain.[5][6][7]



  • Pamela's Get (1987) – novella
  • The Kill Riff (1988)
  • The Shaft (1990)
  • Bullets of Rain (2003)
  • Rocks Breaks Scissors Cut (2003)
  • Gun Work (2008)
  • Hunt Among the Killers of Men (2010, under the pseudonym "Gabriel Hunt")
  • Internecine (2010)
  • Upgunned (2012)

Short story collections[edit]

  • Seeing Red (1990)
  • Lost Angels (1990)
  • Black Leather Required (1994)
  • Crypt Orchids (1998)
  • Eye (2001)
  • Zombie Jam (2005)
  • Havoc Swims Jaded (2006)


  • The Outer Limits: The Official Companion (with Jeffrey Frentzen) (1986)
  • The Outer Limits Companion (1998)
  • Wild Hairs (2001)

As editor[edit]

  • Silver Scream (1988)
  • The Lost Bloch Volume 1: The Devil with You (1999)
  • The Lost Bloch Volume 2: Hell on Earth (2000)
  • The Lost Bloch Volume 3: Crimes and Punishments (2002)
  • Elvisland (2003)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Schow, David J." by Gary Westfahl in David Pringle, St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers. London : St. James Press, 1998, ISBN 978-1-55862-206-7 (pp. 516–517. ).
  2. ^ "David J. Schow" by S. T. Joshi, in Joshi, The Evolution of the Weird Tale (2004).
  3. ^ Bloch, R. 1998, "Look Out, He's Got a Knife!" in Crypt Orchids, David J. Schow, Subterranean Press, Burton, MI
  4. ^ World Fantasy Convention. "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ Icons of Fright News and Updates: Lucio Fulci's Cat in the Brain Coming to DVD March 31st
  6. ^ DVD Trash: DVD Release: Cat in the Brain
  7. ^ Fear.net "Final Cat in the Brain DVD Specs", Dec. 29, 2008, by Gabrielle DiPietro

Further reading[edit]

  • S. T. Joshi. "David J. Schow and Splatterpunk" in Joshi, The Evolution of the Weird Tale. NY: Hippocampus Press, 2004, 190–202.

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