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Excellent review of the new Blu Ray release of BAD MOON, my Warner Bros. werewolf movie, on The Digital Bits.

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

“Bad Moon is going to become one of a lot of people’s favorite werewolf movies, no doubt about it. With strong direction, excellent special effects, and a straight-forward story, it’s certainly a welcome breath of fresh air. And Scream Factory’s release of the film is definitely one of their best. Highly recommended.” - Tim Salmons.

Read the full review at: http://bit.ly/29r3uGG

The BAD MOON Blu Ray from Shout Factory is available on Amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/29xNzZ3

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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Enter Goodreads book giveaway to win a signed copy of my novel, WHITE KNUCKLE.

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Three signed trade paperback copies are being given away.  Contest ends June 23rd.  Entry is free, just go to the Goodreads link at: http://bit.ly/1OoCXv7

“There’s a killer on the road… He’s a big rig truck driver who goes by the CB handle White Knuckle, and he’s Jack the Ripper on eighteen wheels. For thirty years he has murdered hundreds of women in unimaginable ways, imprisoning them in a secret compartment in his truck, abducting them in one state and dumping their dead bodies across the country. Dedicated FBI agent Sharon Ormsby is on a mission to hunt down and stop White Knuckle. She goes undercover as a truck driver with a helpful long hauler named Rudy in a cross-country pursuit that will ultimately bring her face-to-face with White Knuckle in a pedal-to-the-metal, high-octane climax on a highway to Hell.”

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Arrow In The Head at JoBlo.com on THE WOLVES OF EL DIABLO!

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

“The wild west is about to get a whole lot wilder. Fans of THE HITCHER screenwriter/BAD MOON director/all-around cool dude Eric Red may be familiar with his 2013 werewolf Western novel THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE Well that deranged masterpiece is getting a sequel this fall: THE WOLVES OF EL DIABLO.

As if that wasn’t already enough to earn the book a slot on your fall reading list, the wraparound cover art by John Gallagher has been released, and it might just be the best design I’ve ever seen. Check it out below!

In THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE, three 1800s gunfighters rescued a poor Mexican village from a ferocious pack of werewolves. The epic werewolf western saga continues in the sequel, THE WOLVES OF EL DIABLO, as the trio of outlaws, broke and back to their old ways, rob a Federale steam train transporting a fortune in silver bars through the desert badlands of El Diablo, but things do not go as planned. The slain leader of the dead werewolves in the village has an even more savage werewoman sister leading her bloodthirsty gang of wolf man bandits to get revenge on the gunslingers who killed her brother. The cowboys are trapped on a highballing steam train in the middle of a wasteland with fifty werewolves and a cargo of silver bars they can’t shoot through the monsters’ hearts. Climb aboard as the gunfighters hatch a desperate plan to battle the army of lycanthropes hurtling down the rails to a spectacular showdown. This time it’s bigger action, more werewolves, more guns, and much more Werewolf Western fun!

THE WOLVES OF EL DIABLO will be published by SST Publications. It was edited by Paul Fry.

Also, a third book in the trilogy, entitled THE CLAWS OF RIO MUERTA, will be published next year. Go west, young werewolf, and enjoy some deranged genre mashup fiction…”

Read the full article at: http://bit.ly/1SMBTQr

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Friday, April 29th, 2016

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“It’s a perfect summer horror read, sure to sate any and all gore-addicts and jaded sci-fi E.T. geeks. It will keep you utterly off-guard and guessing what’s to happen next!” – Arrow in the Head at JoBlo.com book review of IT WAITS BELOW.

Monday, August 25th, 2014

PLOT: When a trio of salvage-extracting mariners are tasked with retrieving a lost treasure trove at the bottom of the Indian ocean, a band of thieving pirates isn’t their only problem. An angry, asteroidal alien-life-form is!

REVIEW: Legendary horror master Eric Red continues his Stephen King like efficacy of pounding out a quality new novel a year. This time Red returns with the saltily sinister IT WAITS BELOW, a relentlessly roiling alien-invasion romp set in the dark recesses of the Indian Ocean. Like his previous two tomes - DON’T STAND SO CLOSE and THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE – I enjoyed myself immensely while reading IT WAITS BELOW, as Red once again demonstrates how suspensefully aplomb his storytelling acumen continues to be. While vastly different from his last two – diegetically, epochally, tonally – one thing remains a constant: Red continues to enrapture his readers by drawing deeply engrossing characters melded with tightly-plotted, unpredictably gruesome action. Horror fiction aficionados, I shit you not, do yourself a goddamn favor and pick up IT WAITS BELOW stat. You will not be disappointed!

Meet the three-man crew of The Neptune, a state-of-the-art Salvage Rescue Submarine, owned by Enright Enterprises. Sebastian Enright, cocksure captain of the ship, his brusque Russian pilot Oleg Polidori and buxom first apprentice Jane Clark, have been assigned to plumb the unmanned depths of the Indian Ocean – some 10,000 meters deep – in order to retrieve the sunken treasure stowed in recently discovered Spanish galleon The Corona…a warship that suddenly vanished over 150 years ago. I’m talking a $30 million trove of gold bars, ornate doubloons, rare coins, the works! Coordinating the operation is Sebastian’s brother, Roy, who mans his own Support vessel on the surface called The Tulsa. Sounds like a solid plan, right? Fully funded, resourceful and well organized? Yeah, not so fast! As if the mission wasn’t daunting on its own – diving a submersible deeper than any before it – Enright, Clark and Polidori must contend with The Olga, a heavily armed barge of oleaginous pirates with plans of looting their rescued booty. Still not harry enough for you? Well then, how about the real assailant: A malefic extraterrestrial life-form at the bottom of the ocean pining for a warm human host to impregnate!

So many superlatives to get to, where to start? I think what I loved most about IT WAITS BELOW – in addition to the slowly mounted suspense Red builds towards its unforeseen crescendo of flash-bang bloodshed – is the deftly weaved narrative strands therein. By the final third of the book we tensely and tersely crosscut between The Neptune’s ill-fated deep-sea dive – replete with unknown alien contact, depleted oxygen and fatally pressurized freefall – and above the murk, a high-caliber shootout between Russian Pirates and Roy Enright’s Tulsa support crew. Real shit, just one of these narrative threads alone would have been raucous and riveting, but to tether them together in a way that feels neither forced nor contrived – well, it’s a feat to be commended. This is grippingly good, old-fashioned storytelling that not only keeps you on edge, but catches you off-kilter as well. I won’t spoil too much, but major character transformations occur throughout the story, with the line between friend and foe increasingly muddling. That you cannot see such developments coming, even if slightly teased or foreshadowed in some instances, is a true testament to Red’s carefully-constructed story architecture. Even if I admonished to expect the unexpected, you won’t be able to stay ahead of Red’s sly potting. Dude’s got more coy misdirection than Ricky f*cking Jay!

But enough of the cunning craft, you want to hear about the unremitting grue, right? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that this might be Red’s messiest foray yet…and that’s quite a statement coming off the smoldering gore-sodden werewolf-western SANTA SANGRE! But between the traded firepower of a mini-war above surface and the cringingly detailed sub-aquatic carnage below…not to mention the pumped-up pyrotechnic finale (nice JAWS homage Red, ALIEN too)…I promise you, there’s more bloodletting in this sumbitch than a goddamn donation bank! Again, not to get too spoiler-y, but I also loved the entire origination, description and ghastly evolution of the alien life-form itself. Here’s a intergalactic E.T. that hitched a ride to Earth on an asteroid over a century ago, crashing into and sinking the now discovered Corona ship. The semi-sentient entity has shown tremendous patience for a warm host to overtake and propagate its species with. Until the crewmembers of The Neptune descend, it’s only contact with life on Earth comes via sea-crab. And even those descriptions – scuttling insect-like critters – are icky enough, but when Enright, Clark and Polidori encounter the alien organism as it swells in size and appetite…that’s when the graphic displays of bodily, biological horror truly unfolds. And it’s f*cking gnarly!

I’m talking about leaky pools of grue – sticky, clumpy puddles of pulped viscera at every turn. I’m talking about gory green-goop and ickily painted alien-insides, bizarre underwater specimens of mutated terror filling almost every page. And the deeper we get, both in the story and in the water, the worse shit gets. Thankfully, in order to keep things fresh, Red fills the margins with not just the aforementioned narrative threads, or the sudden character swerves, but with actual marine lingo and educational purpose. Look, I realize one doesn’t pick up a horror novel to find any sort of enlightenment, but in a cool subsidiary way, I feel like I know a lot more about deep-sea submersibles – what they’re comprised of and how they operate – than I ever did before. In the responsible fashion of a well prepared writer, Red clearly researched his subject and not only paints the story with the requisite accoutrements of the setting – but does so in a way that feels both authentic and educational. A small detail it might be, but it makes all the difference when painting a specific, believable world. Of course, as a longtime screenwriter trained to think in pictures, Red understands how to paint such a visual, fully-realized time and place. And he does so again here with the terrifying expanse of the ocean!

I could go on waxing beatific, but nothing cuts to the chase quicker than the overall sentiment…cop yourself an edition of IT WAITS BELOW this instant!! Don’t wait. It’s a perfect summer horror read, not only sure to sate any and all gore-addicts and jaded sci-fi E.T. geeks, but it will keep you utterly off-guard and guessing what’s to happen next. Well drawn characters whose fate you will not be able to predict, viscerally-charged-carnage you will not be able to shake, and a satisfyingly souped-up conclusion – these are the primary reasons you should enthusiastically take the plunge! Do it now, IT WAITS BELOW!

9 out of 10.

Read more at http://bit.ly/1p5zdeo.

IT WAITS BELOW can be ordered in trade paperback and eBook on amazon at http://amzn.to/1zsCCtW or directly from the publisher at http://bit.ly/1l0rMu3.


Arrow In The Head at JoBlo.com on my new novel, IT WAITS BELOW.

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Samhain Horror Executive Editor Don D’Auria says: “With It Waits Below, Eric Red shows again that he is able to bring to fiction the same amazing action, pacing and characterization that he brings to his films. This book flies by like the best Hollywood blockbuster.”

To read the full article go to http://bit.ly/XDjvlu

My website just got a major overhaul and is now live.

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Check it out at www.ericred.com.

“It’s THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN meets DOG SOLDIERS! Taut, action packed and gory as hell! I couldn’t put it down!” –- Arrow in the Head at JoBlo.com on my new werewolf western novel, THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE.

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Coming in trade paperback and eBook from Samhain Publishing Nov. 5th. Available for pre-order now at http://amzn.to/18yKCyr

Great book review of THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE at Arrow in the Head at JoBlo.com!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

PLOT: Under a full moon, a hardened trio of Pistoleros are tasked with ridding a Mexican village of a rabid wolf-men infestation.

REVIEW: The great Eric Red has wasted little time pounding out his second novel, THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE, which I’m happy to report is an utterly enjoyable read! If his first novel DON’T STAND SO CLOSE was a welcome alternative for the slightly younger crowd who thoroughly despised the TWILIGHT saga, SANTA SANGRE is for the hardened horror head who craves an even more violent, visceral, overall priapic experience. Set in the arid Mexican desert, Red’s prose and storytelling are somewhat redolent of Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King, with SANTA SANGRE evoking shades of what a twisted lovechild of BLOOD MERIDIAN and SILVER BULLET might cast. High praise indeed. Even higher praise is due, because of his many years of screenwriting experience, to the way Red paints such a visual world without subjugating the importance of believable, three-dimensional characters whose journey we truly care to ride along with. Props Mr. Red, you’ve done it once again!

The titular GUNS refer to Tucker, Bodie and Fix – a troika of hired gunmen with a bounty swirling overhead for their inglorious ways – with SANTA SANGRE referring to men’s destination, a small village dubbed Saint Blood, named too for its portentous past. The two troubled nouns are on a collision course of grisly destiny, but until that fateful full-mooned night finally arrives – we live, breathe, drink, sweat and fight with the gun-slinging trio on a bloody warpath of bare survival. Tucker assumes the de facto leader role, Bodie’s a sizable Swede with muscle, while Fix is the consummate pragmatist. Together they’re a formidable gang you don’t want to cross, physically or otherwise. As the story starts, the gunmen are on the run, but they soon happen upon a young peasant girl named Pilar who solicits their much needed help. You see, her family village has been pillaged by a legion of wolf-men – Men Who Walk Like Wolves – a race of 8-foot tall, red-eyed, bear-clawed monsters who skulk the night under a full moon. Quite a tall task for our gruff, no-shit-taking antiheros…especially considering the beasts’ insatiable penchant for human flesh. Are the boys up to it?

What I love most about SANTA SANGRE is the seamless marriage of not just horror and western genres, which I always appreciate, but rather the specific folkloric interplay between the outlaw and the werewolf subgenre. Eric Red is no stranger to such tropes, remember, he made the iniquitously undervalued BAD MOON back in 1996…which sort of touched on similar themes. Here though the gauntlet is thrown down with hardcore force, highlighted by prose and story-action that are boastfully brusque, ultra-bloody and unremittingly brutal. Seriously, if babies getting gulped-up-whole by ravenous Wolf-Men might offend you, well, I say suck it up and take the hit. I really do. For the AITH crowd though, this is a surefire must read…fevered, sweaty and dusty by day…twisted, gory and hyper-violent by night. It’s the kind of successful genre mash-up Hollywood has tried to get right on many a occasion, often with tragic and laughable results. Refreshingly, though only literary at this stage (fingers crossed), THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE aims high and hits the bulls-eye dead f*ckin’ center!

Along the way, we meet a few other ancillary characters…many of whom parish, few who survive. One such is an 85 year old drunkard with an intimate knowledge of werewolves, having survived many an ominous full-moon rampage. His liquor stench hides the smell of human flesh, thereby giving him agility. It’s through him we learn more about the feral bloodthirsty beasts that await the gunmen, namely how silver bullets through the heart are the main way to dispatch such a nasty foe. Sounds rudimentary at first, sure, but remember this is the old west. Silver is much harder to come by, and when you finally do procure any amount of it, the raw material must be melted down and molded into properly calibrated ammunition. No easy feat. But quite auspiciously, the gunmen learn that the church in Pilar’s village is rife with all kinds of silver trinkets…many of which promised to them after mission complete. The three brutes agree to help, saddle up, and make their way to Santa Sangre. What bloodily befalls them in the interim is up to you to find out!

Thankfully though, it’s those very auxiliary characters and slight tangential red-herrings that keep the journey from ever being stale. If it weren’t for the offshoots and subtle misdirects, the story might be little more than a compilation of high-caliber action set-pieces, whereupon the trio of gunmen ride into a new town, show down, blow shite up, and move right the hell along (not that that would be a bad thing on its own mind you). As it is, the heft of those gnarly confrontations are more noticeable amid some of the lighter lulls we find all characters – the main three and others, namely Pilar – experiencing throughout. In shorter, there’s a measured balance Red strikes between the hyper-furious shootouts and the contemporaneous character building…and in a true symbiotic fashion, each one makes the other better. Like its own blood-flow, the story stays fresh and it stays rich!

In the end, THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE is a fun, good-old-fashioned horror read that often defies werewolf convention. It’s brisk. It’s bold. It’s bloody as hell. And as a lifelong storyteller who thinks in pictures, Eric Red will set us in one direction then deliberately crack the compass and laugh right in our face. Which is fantastic! The book is unpredictable like that, which keeps the story fluid and vibrant all the way to the climax. Spikes of terror, lulls of laughter, extremely well drawn and ultra-violent action scenes, deftly shaded characters we can care and root for…all make for a potent-hundred-proof-brew of fictitious bliss. I shit you not – hardened horror head or not – go out and get this book ASAP!

9 out of 10.

See full review at: http://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/book-review-the-guns-of-santa-sangre-written-by-eric-red