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A wonderful collection of diverse horror stories by Splatterpunk author, David J. Schow, with several highlights. My favorites, *Red Light* and *The Embracing*.I don't know why, exactly, but the cover reminds me of Dario Argento's classic Italian horror film, Suspiria. I made the mistake of lending my copy to a friend a million yrs ago and never got it back.:(I luckily picked up a Near Fine copy a few yrs back.:)Highly recommended for anyone who loves the best of the 80's horror period, part
I was finally able to finish this after starting it last year and then leaving it on the opposite coast of the USA for 9 months. I bought this off the racks (remember when there were racks?) at the time it came out, read it once and put it aside. A lot of what I said about Joe R. Lansdale in my review of By Bizarre Hands could easily apply here as well. I read David Schow in the 80s, the era of TWILIGHT ZONE MAGAZINE and THE HORROR SHOW, among others, as outlets for solid short fiction in the ge...
oh no! guess i prefer david j. schow’s work as an editor to his work as a writer. my hopes for seeing red were high, and unfortunately it didn’t work for me. i made it over halfway through the collection before realizing i just wasn’t enjoying myself. the stories herein are technically well-written, but schow’s style just isn’t for me. i dug a couple of the stories, but not enough to justify seeing this collection through to the end.
An energetic ode to horror pulp traditions, this collection of Schow's 1980s fiction doesn't pull any punches. While at times a bit too cheeky, there's something for every type of horror fan. Whether it's zombie pimps, killer roaches, pulp writers touching the void, or sleazebag punks tailing a vengeful ghost, 'Seeing Red' has no shortage of the amped-up grue that fed the 'splatterpunk' era of supernatural literature.
David Schow is one of my favorite horror writers. He's got an imagination that's way out there and each story is unique. It's not easy to shake the chills or the visions he creates in his writing. Seeing Red was the first book that I read by this author and certainly won't be my last.
Pretty decent anthology. Great imagination and beautifully written, but to me at least these stories weren't very scary or disturbing. However, the last story, Not From Around Here, holy shit that one blew me away, one of the best horror short stories that I've read, loved it and will pull out this collection in the future just to re-read this one story.
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 cine...
This book contains of the very few examples of horror that actually scared me and that's saying something!
Good stories and cool writing. Stories I've revisited over the last two decades.
Cute little afternoon/weekend time-killer. David S. clearly loves to write. His stories are playful and shameless. A pleasure to read.
General CommentsDavid J Schow and I share the same initials - that's about all we have in common. We certainly differ in taste. Some passages here would be good candidates for r/menwritingwomen - evidently in Schow's world, women are constantly naked with an insatiable libido - and the plots aren't good enough to suffer through the tawdry writing. I am being generous with the two stars.Specific CommentsRed Light - 1.5 out of 5.0A beautiful model has a copious amount of vigorous sex with a photog...
This was my first time reading David Schow and there were stories in this collection that absolutely awed me. His take on hard-boiled splatter punk is gritty, disturbing, and good fun. As I find with many collections the great stories tend to overshadow and diminish the other entries, even when they're good in their own right, and this collection was no different. But the great stories really did shine, and Not From Around here is worth the price of admission alone.One side note not reflected in...
Even though my kindle version had some pretty major editing and formatting issues, I enjoyed the large spread of divergent themes and tones in these stories. But it was the final story, 'Not From Around Here' that was the real prize.
I thought it was good, it had it's flaw's, but then again it is a vary good read for the short storie lover.