Splatterpunk—a term coined in 1986 by David J. Schow at the Twelfth World Fantasy Convention in Providence, Rhode Island—refers to a movement within horror fiction distinguished by its graphic, often gory, depiction of violence and "hyperintensive horror with no limits." It is regarded as a revolt against the "traditional, meekly suggestive horror story".
Though the term gained some prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, and, as a movement, attracted a cult following, the term "splatterpunk" has since been replaced by other synonymous terms for the genre. The last major commercial endeavor aimed at the Splatterpunk audience was 1995's "Splatterpunks II: Over the Edge," an anthology of short stories which also included essays on horror cinema and an interview with Anton LaVey.
Writers known for writing in this genre include Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Brite, Jack Ketchum, Joe R. Lansdale, Richard Laymon, Richard Christian Matheson, Robert McCammon, David J. Schow (described as "the father of splatterpunk" by Richard Christian Matheson),  John Skipp, Craig Spector, Edward Lee and A. M. Homes.
Critical bibliography 
- "Inside the New Horror" — Philip Nutman, The Twilight Zone, October 1988
- "The Splatterpunks: The Young Turks at Horror's Cutting Edge" — Lawrence Person, Nova Express, Summer 1988
- Paul M. Sammon (1990). Splatter-Punks: The Definitive Anthology. St Martins Press. ISBN 978-0-312-04581-4.
- Paul M. Sammon (1995-04-01). Splatterpunks II: Over the Edge. Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-312-85786-8.
- Carroll, David (1995). "Splatterpunk". Tabula Rasa #6. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
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- "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. ).
- Tucker, Ken (1991-03-24). "The Splatterpunk Trend, And Welcome to It". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
- Remy, J.E. (2007-07-24). "Types of Horror/All Sorts of Punk". Die Wachen. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- Splatterpunks II: Over the Edge by Paul M Sammon
See also