black mushroom on a gravel road

Interesting. Ugly, maybe. A head-turner, for sure. This fungi (could it be a variant of plectania?) had emerged out of the gravel road Lou-dog and I walk each morning from house to gate. We’ve had so much rain lately, I need to take off alone with my good camera and go walk the fire lines. Take my little gun, too, to late the mid-July snakes and coyotes know I’m not some scaredy-cat little woman (which I pretty much am).

Any micologists how there who can give a girl a hand in identifying this mushroom?