David J. Schow

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David J. Schow
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Born David James Schow
(1955-07-13) July 13, 1955 (age 60)
Marburg, West Germany
Pen name Stephen Grave, Oliver Lowenbruck, Chan McConnell
Occupation Author, Screenwriter, Editor
Nationality American
Period 1977–
Genre Horror fiction, Splatterpunk

David J. Schow (born July 13, 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 Raving & Drooling, a regular column for Fangoria magazine. All 41 instalments were collected in the book Wild Hairs (2000), which won the International Horror Guild's award for best non-fiction in 2001.

In 1987, Schow's novella Pamela's Get was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for best long fiction. His short story Red Light won the 1987 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction.[4] And in 2015, The Outer Limits at 50 won the Rondo Award for Book of the Year in a tie with The Creature Chronicles by Tom Weaver, of which Schow was a contributor.[5]

As an editor, Schow's work includes three volumes of writings by Robert Bloch and a book of short stories by John Farris.

Schow has also been a past contributor to liner notes for cult film distributors Grindhouse Releasing/Box Office Spectaculars, notably on the North American DVD release of Italian filmmaker Lucio Fulci's horror film, Cat in the Brain.[6][7][8] He has also written text supplements for the DVDs of Reservoir Dogs and From Hell, and has done DVD commentaries for The Dirty Dozen, The Green Mile, Incubus, Thriller and Creature from the Black Lagoon.[9]



  • 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 (under the pseudonym "Gabriel Hunt") (2010)
  • 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)
  • A Little Aqua Book of Creature Tails (2015)
  • DJSturbia (2016)


  • The Outer Limits: The Official Companion (with Jeffrey Frentzen) (1986)
  • The Outer Limits Companion (1998)
  • Wild Hairs (2001)
  • The Art of Drew Struzan (with Drew Struzan) (2010)
  • The Outer Limits at 50 (2015)

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. ^ Colton, David. "The 13th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards". Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ Icons of Fright News and Updates: Lucio Fulci's Cat in the Brain Coming to DVD March 31st
  7. ^ DVD Trash: DVD Release: Cat in the Brain
  8. ^ Fear.net "Final Cat in the Brain DVD Specs", Dec. 29, 2008, by Gabrielle DiPietro
  9. ^ Anonymous. "David J. Schow, Biography". Retrieved June 29, 2015. 

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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