Saturday, December 26, 2020

Now Shipping: CRYPT ORCHIDS by David J. Schow

Cimarron Street Books is pleased to bring you an all-new edition of CRYPT ORCHIDS — the fourth collection of short stories by award-winning author David J. Schow, a gathering of foreboding fiction that grabs the cutting edge barehanded, damns the spray of blood, and stays right in your face “until you want to go down on your knees and mumble for mercy,” according to best-selling author John Farris.

Crime. Psychos. Trashed relationships. Tainted love. Murder. Sinister plots. Evil connivance. Men in Suits with a Plan.

Bizarre cover copy.

Not to mention hustlers, losers, cutthroats, gun fetishists, homicidal hitchhikers, demented road-hogs, serial killer impersonators, government torturers, and a Ripper named Jack. And most unnerving of all . . . vaudevillians (shudder).

Welcome to CRYPT ORCHIDS, where you’ll also meet a most murderous collector, a horror movie host who deals in the real thing, an innocent victim of a TV test screening, persnickety aliens with testicle-heads, a werewolf with a hook in place of a paw, a Mikey who does, in fact, hate everything, a hit man named Mister Bart, and a temperamental geezer with a lot to say about the environment and skinning people alive.

As Robert Bloch once said . . . it takes balls to make CRYPT ORCHIDS.

Enter and be enthralled. The Management assumes no responsibility for parts of you left scattered about.

Full contents include:
Introduction: Look Out, He’s Got a Knife! by Robert Bloch
Pick Me Up 
Dusting the Flowers 
Seeing Things 
Scoop Bites the Dust 
Final Performance (Stage Adaptation of Robert Bloch’s “The Final Performance”)
Jeff and Linda 
A Punch in the Doughnut 
Refrigerator Heaven 
The Mystery Buff 
The Incredible True Facts in the Case 
An Hour with Robert Bloch
Afterword: Look Out, He’s Got as Knife . . . Again!

Here's what folks are saying about CRYPT ORCHIDS:
  • Schow is so fine a writer, so imaginative a storyteller, that he deserves a place in all contemporary fiction collections. ― Library Journal
  • A polished, clever, witty, unflinching writer who combines horror and dark humor as well as anyone since the late, great Robert Bloch. Schow is one of the few writers of his generation who can actually makes psychos interesting. ― Weird Tales
  • CRYPT ORCHIDS definitely meets the high standards established by Schow’s previous story collections, such as BLACK LEATHER REQUIRED. Versatile, charming, and fiercely independent, Schow is a master of the contemporary horror story. ― Fiona Webster - Amazon
  • (CRYPT ORCHIDS) shows an eager propensity to ricochet between the virtuosic and the crass, often within the same paragraph, sometimes the same sentence. It’s a fine line to tread, but Schow has rarely shown even a wobble’s worth of misstep in developing a style that’s as inimitable as it is distinctive, and pulling it off because each artistic “either/or” is the clear choice of an intellect as sharp as a leather awl. ― Brian Hodge - Hellnotes
  • On a purely linguistic level, Schow’s style is as carefully crafted as Lovecraft’s, Robert Aickman’s, or Thomas Ligotti’s, (wielding) a surprising variety of tone and mood . . . his tales themselves range from the brooding to the comical to the poignant. ― S.T. Joshi - Studies in Weird Fiction
  • Bleak and savage stuff, as good as it gets. ― Scott Winnett - Locus

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Crypt Orchids by David J. Schow
Publication Date: December 24, 2020 
Suggested Retail Price: $15.95
Trade Paperback - 312 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8566193236
Dimensions: 6 x 0.78 x 9 inches

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Now Shipping: bare•bones #4

Inside this MONSTER-SIZED fourth issue of bare•bones, you will find:
  • Matthew R. Bradley, Peter Enfantino and William Schoell explore Gorgo, Konga and Reptilicus in film, fiction and comics (including a 12-page Gorgo photo gallery)
  • Derek Hill on the horror films of Val Lewton
  • S. Craig Zahler reviews three novels by Harry Stephen Keeler
  • Richard Krauss examines Verdict magazine
  • Don D’Ammassa’s Overlooked Library
  • The latest installment of David J. Schow’s R&D column
  • All this and much more!
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bare•bones #4 - Fall 2020
Publication Date: November 23, 2020 
Suggested Retail Price: $9.95
Trade Paperback - 138 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8677051968
Dimensions: 6 x 0.35 x 9 inches

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Now shipping: LOST ANGELS by David J. Schow


Cimarron Street Books is pleased to bring you the definitive expended edition of David J. Schow's collection of novellas — LOST ANGELS — back in print after 20 years!


Obsessive, all-consuming, fiery, arctic?
A passion that grips others, but not you?
An infatuation that refuses to release you from its grasp? A weapon that renders you idolized, or used, or lost forever?


The lyrics that make love a battlefield, a drug, or a fount of redemption.


The mysterious, the tragic, the enigmatic. The geometry of you plus a stranger.


Where love is found. Earned. Stolen. Sought. Regained . . . and ultimately lost again.


Victims of the rigors of love in the City of Night.


This all-new edition of the classic collection by World Fantasy Award winner David J. Schow features an introduction by Richard Christian Matheson, an updated afterword by the author, and for the first time in paperback, the novella “Rock Breaks Scissors Cut.”

The full contents include:
Introduction by Richard Christian Matheson
Pamela’s Get
Calendar Girl
The Falling Man
Rock Breaks Scissors Cut
Afterword: Missing, Presumed Lost 

Here's what reviwers are saying about LOST ANGELS:
  • “Pamela’s Get” is the most powerful work I have read by David J. Schow. This compelling horror story about a woman dealing with the sudden death of her best friend reaches up and wraps its fingers around your throat and won’t let go. — Amy Thomsen / Locus

  • “Brass” is quite reminiscent of classic Weird Tales horror fiction and is quite well done; possibly the best single story that Night Cry has published. — Robert Coulson / The Comic Buyer’s Guide

  • A quintet of stories more concerned with that old ficitve verity, character, than glittering special effects. The collection is hung on a truly respectable thematic pivot, and the whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts. — Edward Bryant

  • Top-notch from cover to cover. — Mike Baker / Afraid

  • This collection has plenty of the red stuff. It’s just that the blood comes from broken hearts, not those that’ve been squeezed through a meat grinder. These stories carry the same qualities of Rod Serling at his most poignant. — David Kuehls / Fangoria

  • Simply put, David J. Schow is one of the best practitioners of short fiction working in the field today. Schow is a powerful writer, and an honest one — the kind who isn’t afraid to be either sentimental or graphic, sometimes in the same story. What binds his work together is his utter belief in his craft and his ability to set it out in a style that is both invisible and astonishingly evocative. — Charles de Lint / Mystery Scene

  • “Pamela’s Get” could well have been one of the best episodes of The Twilight Zone, had it been written at the right time. It’s a sad, touching piece about the lives we lead as a direct result of the love of our friends. There’s also the strangely bitter “The Falling Man,” along with “Brass,” which has meant something different to me every time I’ve read it. That’s the mark of a living story. —

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Lost Angels by David J. Schow
Publication Date: November 17, 2020 
Suggested Retail Price: $16.95
Trade Paperback - 370 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8670415835
Dimensions: 6 x 0.93 x 9 inches

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Now Shipping: ZOMBIE JAM by David J. Schow

Cimarron Street Books is pleased to exhume David J. Schow's collection ZOMBIE JAM in an all-new expanded edition, with even more illustrations by the best damned zombie artist around, the justly famous Bernie Wrightson!

Zombie fiction is . . . well, dead.

Want to know what it was like when it still had a heartbeat?

Voila ― ZOMBIE JAM has finally crawled from its mouldering grave and landed right in your eager hands. Collected here are David J. Schow’s groundbreaking (heh), genre-bending short stories of the Zombie Apocalypse, before, during, and after. Included is “Jerry’s Kids Meet Wormboy,” probably the single greatest zombie story of all time ― and we dug up its original, longer, unexpurgated form.

The full contents include:
Introduction: The Meat of the Matter
Pitt Night at the Lewistone Boneyard
Where the Heart Was
Jerry’s Kids Meet Wormboy
Dying Words
Williamson’s Folly
Afterword: Things to Do with the Dead 

Here's what the critics have said about ZOMBIE JAM:
  • DarkEcho calls ZOMBIE JAM “a retrospective of Schow’s vivid zombie phase. No one else has ever done zombies exactly his way.”
  • Booklist called the collection “ghoulish fun!”
  • Publisher’s Weekly added: “Thanks to bouncy prose and an incisive wit, Schow makes even the outrageous and grisly morsels of Grand Guignol seem palatable.”
  • Sarah Meador of Rambles called it “the perfect testament to the horror of these voiceless eating machines . . . Even if you’ve read all the stories of ZOMBIE JAM in original release ― and you’re probably lying if you say you have ― you need this book.”
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Zombie Jam by David J. Schow
Publication Date: October 23, 2020 
Suggested Retail Price: $14.95
Trade Paperback - 277 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8691976605
Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Now Shipping: MONSTER MOVIES by David J. Schow

Do monsters have down time? 

What happens when the movie is over, the TV is clicked off, and the “normal” world resumes? 

What happens when monster movies transcend the 20th Century limitations of celluloid and sprocket holes, or when a night at the movies becomes more real than you ever suspected? 

Screens can be two-way streets. 

Cimarron Street Books is proud to bring you World Fantasy Award winner David J. Schow’s Monster Movies — a celebration of staying up past bedtime for Shock Theatre marathons, the gospel of horror hosts and the curriculum vitae of monster magazines, the sculpting of raw light through film stock, and the afterlife of Gothic shamblers, shrinking men, and Creatures from certain Lagoons. But what you find at the crossroads of reel and reality isn’t always rosy nostalgia . . . sometimes, it can eat you alive. 

Includes the Dimension Award-winning story “Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You.” 

Introduction by Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer of Creepshow and The Walking Dead, and co-owner of KNB EFX Group.

Featuring a cover painting by renowned movie poster illustrator Reynold Brown (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Creature from the Black Lagoon).

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Monster Movies by David J. Schow
Publication Date: September 14, 2020 
Suggested Retail Price: $14.95
Trade Paperback - 279 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8651978090
Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Now Shipping: bare•bones #3

 The Apes have taken over the madhouse at bare•bones!

Inside our third issue, you'll find:
  • W.D. Gagliani’s epic overview of the original Planet of the Apes films, novel and sequel novelizations!
  • Craig Miller recalls being on-set for Conquest of the Planet of the Apes!
  • John Scoleri looks at the Apes adaptations from Screen Stories!
  • Jack Seabrook interviews collector Walker Martin!
  • Matthew R. Bradley’s look at Ray Bradbury’s Elliott Family!
  • J. Charles Burwell on the Western Noir novels of H.A. DeRosso!
  • Don D’Ammassa’s Overlooked Library returns!
  • Peter Enfantino Digs into Crime Digests!
  • S. Craig Zahler ducks into Sleaze Alley!
  • The latest installment of David J. Schow’s R&D column looks at Monster Movies! 
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bare•bones #3 - Summer 2020
Publication Date: August 19, 2020 
Suggested Retail Price: $9.95
Trade Paperback - 107 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8651580705
Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Now Shipping: SILVER SCREAM edited by David J. Schow

"The best original anthology of the 1980s" — The Scream Factory

Cimarron Street Books is pleased to announce the release of David J. Schow's groundbreaking cinema horror anthology, Silver Scream! We're thrilled to be bringing the book back into print for the first time in 32 years!


Featuring stories by a veritable who's who of the greatest horror authors of the 80s, including:
  • Mark Arnold - "Pilgrims to the Cathedral"
  • Clive Barker - "Son of Celluloid"
  • Robert Bloch - "The Movie People"
  • Steven R. Boyett - "The Answer Tree"
  • Edward Bryant - "The Cutter"
  • Ramsey Campbell - "The Show Goes On"
  • John M. Ford - "Preflash"
  • Mick Garris - "A Life in the Cinema"
  • Ray Garton - "Sinema"
  • Joe R. Lansdale - "Night They Missed the Horror Show"
  • Richard Christian Matheson - "Sirens" & "Hell"
  • Robert McCammon - "Night Calls the Green Falcon"
  • Jay Sheckley - "Bargain Cinema"
  • John Skipp - "Film at Eleven"
  • Craig Spector - "Lifecast"
  • Karl Edward Wagner - "More Sinned Against"
  • Chet Williamson - "Return of the Neon Fireball"
  • F. Paul Wilson - "Cuts"
  • Douglas E. Winter - "Splatter: A Cautionary Tale"
Along with an introduction by Tobe Hooper, director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre!

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Silver Scream edited by David J. Schow
Publication Date: July 15, 2020 
Suggested Retail Price: $18.95
Trade Paperback - 473 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8647845511
Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Now shipping: WILD HAIRS by David J. Schow

Cimarron Street Books is thrilled to announce the release of the first in a series of books by award winning author and screenwriter, David J. Schow: WILD HAIRS - winner of the 2001 International Horror Guild Award for Best Nonfiction!

WILD HAIRS is a collection of essays by David J. Schow, drawing from his 40+ year career as an author (THE BIG CRUSH, THE SHAFT) and screenwriter (THE CROW, CREEPSHOW), including his "Raving and Drooling" columns from Fangoria magazine.

In this gang of columns and essays, you'll find David J. Schow at his apocalyptic, rabble-rousing, socially unacceptable, contumelious, informative, hard-assed, eclectic, ribald, insightful, brain-frying, pugnacious, shocking, blunt, controversial, semi-obscene, warped, downright impertinent, magniloquent, bellicose, heartfelt, damned-near-brilliant, revelatory, caustic, hot-loaded, nitpicky, savage, triple-strength, argumentative, gun-blazing, terse, disruptive, spaced-out, brutally honest, contentious, mordant, toxically infuriating, ovary-paralyzing, all-bets-are-off, dour, painfully obscure, cheeky, fuel-rich, brusque, witty, gut-wrenching, exhaustive, sincere, bulletproof, mind-hammering, amoral, contumacious, trivially obsessed, sagacious, uncensored, dead honest, scathing, rude, pants-free, illuminating, twisted, bat-outta-Hades, up in arms, stringent, chewy, two-fisted, floored-pedal, no-holds-barred, rebellious, incisive, scandalous, zombo-rific, totally aggro, hellbent-for-leather, internecine, astute, moonstruck, skeptical, equivocal, fully erect, punctilious, overly adjectival, unruly, cocksure, heretical, pith-laden, splattery, who-does-he-think-he-is, combative, triumphant best ... and that's just the appetizer.  


Think of it as tough love for your psyche.

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Wild Hairs by David J. Schow
Publication Date: June 5, 2020 
Suggested Retail Price: $16.95
Trade Paperback - 337 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8648073647
Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Now shipping: bare•bones #2

Thought you saw the last of bare•bones? Think again!

Inside our second issue:
  • Paul M. Riordan’s long-lost interview with Richard Matheson on his Western fiction
  • Matthew R. Bradley’s detailed look at Richard Matheson’s “Fort College” stories
  • Gilbert Colon on “Book One” of Lin Carter’s “People of the Dragon” saga
  • Richard Krauss digs into crime digests
  • writer/director S. Craig Zahler on The Spider
  • the latest installment of David J. Schow’s R&D column
As if that weren't enough, co-editors’ Peter Enfantino and John Scoleri weigh in on:
  • The Sharpshooter
  • Shock Mystery Tales
  • Soy Leyenda: the Spanish adaptation of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend
  • Sleaze paperbacks of the 60s and 70s
  • DC Comics’ Captain Action comic series
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bare•bones #2 - Spring 2020
Publication Date: May 26, 2020 
Suggested Retail Price: $9.95
Trade Paperback - 106 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8614245405
Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Now shipping: bare•bones #1

The phoenix has risen from the ashes once more! bare•bones is back—and better than ever!

Inside the premiere issue:

  • Matthew R. Bradley’s detailed look at the filmed adaptations of Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles
  • Tom Deja examines Mike Avallone’s Ed Noon—the worst detective ever
  • Thomas Flynn looks at 70s Martial Arts/Spaghetti Western mash-ups
  • J. Charles Burwell provides a survey of hardboiled/noir anthologies
  • Gilbert Colon explores Book Two of Lin Carter’s “People of the Dragon” saga
  • an interview with George Romero historian, filmmaker and sculptor Christian Stavrakis
  • the premiere installment of an all-new column from David J. Schow! 
And if that weren’t enough, co-editors Peter Enfantino and John Scoleri weigh in on the I Am Legend/Night of the Living Dead connection, classic crime digests, old TV Guides, and sleaze paperbacks of the 60s and 70s!

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bare•bones #1 - Winter 2020
Publication Date: February 14, 2020 
Suggested Retail Price: $9.95
Trade Paperback - 102 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1679640827
Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Now shipping: The Best of The Scream Factory

From 1988 to 1997, The Scream Factory provided an exhaustive and often irreverent overview of all aspects of horror—from fiction to film and beyond. It became a go-to reference for horror aficionados around the globe. 20 years after the magazine ceased publication, editors Peter Enfantino, Robert Morrish, and John Scoleri have sifted through the contents of the magazine’s 20-issue run to assemble this 590-page 8.5” x 11” epic collection.

Cimarron Street Books is pleased to present The Best of The Scream Factory, reprinting more than 70 articles from the magazine’s golden age, covering such diverse topics as: the best horror novels of the ‘80s; a viewer’s guide to Godzilla movies; horror in the pulps; the worst in horror; dark suspense fiction; the influence of Night of the Living Dead on fiction and film; horror on old-time radio; sci-fi/horror hybrids; western horror; werewolf fiction; British horror fiction and films; Canadian horrors; and horror in the comics. In addition to the nearly 600-page selection of “greatest hits,” the editors have penned a brand new 25,000 word introduction!

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The Best of The Scream Factory
Publication Date: January 2, 2020 
Suggested Retail Price: $34.95
Trade Paperback - 590 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1670372598
Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 11 inches

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Now shipping: bare•bones — the best of —

Born from the ashes of The Scream Factory, bare•bones (1997-2001) unearthed some of the best vintage and forgotten paperbacks, films, pulp fiction, television, and video. Edited by Peter Enfantino and John Scoleri, bare•bones — the best of — collects many of the best articles from the magazine’s original run, including: 
  • Overviews of fiction series including: George Chesbro’s Mongo, Robert Lory’s Dracula, Richard Stark’s Parker, John Sanford’s Prey novels, Karl Edward Wagner’s Kane, and the Black novels of Cornell Woolrich! 
  • Retrospectives on filmmakers Edward L. Cahn and Jerry Warren! 
  • An overview of the Blind Dead films! 
  • Ann-Margret movie tie-ins! 
  • Annotated Indexes to Saturn Science Fiction and Web Detective Stories pulps! 
  • A detailed overview of the Dark Shadows novels of Dan (Marilyn) Ross! 
  • Commentary on Trevanian and Top Ten lists by David J. Schow!
  • A look back at the Trilogy of Terror Zuni!
  • Interviews with Bill Crider, Richard Prather, Robert Serling and Bay Area Creature Features horror host Bob Wilkins! 
bare•bones — the best of
Publication Date: October 25, 2019 
Suggested Retail Price: $16.95
Trade Paperback - 239 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1700079220
Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches

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bare•bones — the best of —
Publication Date: March 6, 2021 
Suggested Retail Price: $22.95
Hardcover - 239 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8713849115
Dimensions: 6 x 0.73 x 9 inches