Black Leather Required by David J. Schow


Despair. Betrayal. Violent death. Scary monsters. Murder most foul. Things blowing up real good. Dinosaurs. Great big guns. Cannibalism, necrophilia, drug abuse, scuffed psyches and shattered hearts. Good guys, bad guys, and worse things waiting. Sound like fun? “This man must sound the Degüello when he sits down to write,” says F. Paul Wilson of the person whose name you’ll find on the spine here. “No quarter. No prisoners. No deals.”

It’s too easy to hang that deadly wrong turn and crash face-first into your worst nightmares . . . or most fervent desires, as these thirteen stories demonstrate.

In “Sedalia” you’ll meet a modern-day drover on a dinosaur roundup; then, in “Kamikaze Butterflies,” you’ll see that cowboy romanticism subverted, as an ironic flipside to the Ray Bradbury classic, “A Sound of Thunder.”

In “Bad Guy Hats” you’ll meet brand-new monsters who look just like the people you ignore in 7-Elevens.

Or how about interior evil, the torment of love destroyed? Read “Life Partner” or “Sand Sculpture.” (You may never step out of your front door again.)

Cimarron Street Books is pleased to bring you the International Horror Guild nominee for Best Collection, David J. Schow’s third assembly of short stories, back in print after nearly 30 years, in its first paperback edition ever, with an all-new cover and seventeen interior illustrations by artist extraordinaire Timothy R. Bradstreet!

Black Leather Required. Absolutely. Time to strap it on.

DAVID J. SCHOW is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of numerous novels, collections, TV shows, movies, nonfiction and comics — too many to count — and Black Leather Required is his tenth title in Cimarron Street’s massive reprint program of his work. Collect ‘em all!

Full contents include:
• Introduction by John Farris
• The Shaft
• Sedalia
• A Week in the Unlife
• Scoop Makes a Swirly
• Kamikaze Butterflies
• Beggar’s Banquet, with Summer Sausage
• Knight Moves
• Jerry’s Kids Meet Wormboy
• Life Partner
• Gore Movie (unpublished novel excerpt)
• Sand Sculpture
• (graffito)
• Bad Guy Hats
• View from the Top by Robert Sabat
• Afterword

Publication Date: February 6, 2022
Trade Paperback - 362 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8454253356
Dimensions: 6 x 0.91 x 9 inches