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“IT WAITS BELOW is first class science fiction.” – Jeffrey Konvitz, New York Times bestselling author of THE SENTINEL.Thursday, March 5th, 2015
“The ancient sunken treasure, the galleon sunk by a meteor hit. The salvage submersible, Russian pirates waiting to seize the haul. Great characters. Intricate plotting. The alien-life form waiting. Claustrophobic tension 30,000 feet below the Ocean’s surface. First class science fiction.” – Jeffrey Konvitz, New York Times bestselling author of THE SENTINEL.
“From its incendiary opening to a colossal climax, IT WAITS BELOW never lets the tension drop for a single page.” – Frazer Lee, author of THE LAMPLIGHTERS and THE SKINTAKER.Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
“From its incendiary opening to a colossal climax, IT WAITS BELOW never lets the tension drop for a single page. This scary thrill-ride combines all the mystery and claustrophobia of the ocean’s depths with action-packed set pieces worthy of an IMAX blockbuster. If the frantic cinema of Eric Red’s writing doesn’t grab you, you’re already dead!”
– Frazer Lee, author of THE LAMPLIGHTERS and THE SKINTAKER.
“A great exploration of the terrors that lurk deep beneath the surface, It Waits Below is actually a diverse story. There’s a little bit of ramance, some claustrophobia, underwater terror and a terrorist attack. Just a wild, wild ride.” –Matt Molgaard.
Read the full article at: http://horrornovelreviews.com/2015/01/13/the-top-13-samhain-horror-novels/
“Zombies in Space: A review of Containment”
“Eric Red, the screenwriter (The Hitcher, Near Dark) and author, first had his zombies in space graphic novel published by IDW back in 2005. It’s been out of print for a while but is now coming out of cryosleep and is now available in both paper and digital again.
How do you approach a comic book that has an introduction by Wes Craven who warns you about what’s about to hit you. You approach it carefully, that’s how.
Craven suggests you’re not going to be sleep after reading. I don’t know about that. Zombies have had a good decade since 2005 and perhaps we’re all a bit familiar with their antics now. Biting your nose off? Chomping through your friends? Yeah; we know what to expect. What makes Containment particularly hard hitting is the skill of Red’s storytelling and Nick Stakal’s dark and edgy art.
I don’t think it is the relentless zombies that are the true horrors in Containment. It’s not even the technological malfunction that created them. It’s the people. It’s the supposed friends of humans on board.
In fairness to the humans that freak out on board this NSAS space ship millions of miles from Earth – what would you do? You’re surrounded by the bleak expanse of space and the zombies in your ship are dismantling the air supplies. You can’t sit and wait. You can’t run. Whoever wins a zombie encounter by taking the fight to the shambling horde?
Stakal’s dark colours and lines do a great job at presenting this oppressive challenge and the sense of entrapment. Eric Red knows where the true fear is.
I’m not surprised that Containment was a success when it came out in 2005. Even today, nearly 10 years later, the graphic novel still packs a punch. Yeah, sure, I think some of the zombiehorror is a little familiar know but that’s like dismissing a Lovecraft as “yet another unspeakable horror trapped in the ice” story.
Overall? One for zombie fans! Like me.” – Andrew Girdwood
Read the full review on Geek Native at http://bit.ly/1JX4ize
View the graphic novel trailer at http://bit.ly/1y5RUZC
“Verdict: Aquatic shockers seem few and far between, but in 2014 Eric Red gifted us a beauty with It Waits Below. This one has a little bit of everything, but the claustrophobic nature of the tail, and the balls-to-the-wall conclusion help push it into near uncharted territory. Red is a beast!” –Matt Molgaard.
Read the full article at http://horrornovelreviews.com/2014/12/25/the-top-10-horror-novels-of-2014/
Read the full article here: http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/81770/zombies-space-graphic-novel-containment-gets-re-release/
“Graphic novels had never much interested me, until I got my hands on First Comics, Inc.’s version of Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné in 1986. Now, having devoured Eric Red’s horrifically mesmerizing Containment, I see just how far graphic novels can be taken when produced by author/artist pairings such as Red (screenwriter for The Hitcher, Near Dark, and others) and Nick Stakal (Hyde, Silent Hill).
In 2025 a NASA vessel—the Explorer—200 million miles from Earth, and on year 26 of a 32-year mission, is in big-time trouble. A problem with the life-support system forces the 12 crew members to be “thawed” from hypersleep. Commander Stark soon discovers that not all of them have emerged from the pods in the same condition they entered 26 years ago. She and Trumbo, Tulsa, Langtry, and Hobbs find themselves in a dire situation, perhaps best captured by this poetic maxim: “…In space, nobody knows you’re dead.”
After several brutal encounters, the crew figure their violent mates have been rendered so by cryogenic fluid tainting their blood. And that’s not the only threat. Explorer has been damaged, and needs repair quickly, or else…well….
Red’s screenwriting experience obviously carries over seamlessly into this format, with Stakal’s detailed—yet somehow also impressionistic—illustrations the perfect match. The echoes of Alien and Aliens soon faded as I was yanked into this very dark, fast-moving tale—barely time to catch my breath between scenes. That Red and Stakal are able to sustain this pace (while showing the crew’s frantic discussions about what to do) is impressive.
Hats off to Paul Fry’s SST Publications for taking on Containment, and doing a visually striking job.” –Reviewed by William Grabowski
Read the full review on Hellnotes at: http://bit.ly/1IrkdoC
New book trailer for my zombies-in-space graphic novel, CONTAINMENT, available for the first time in hardcover and digital editions from SST Publications!Thursday, November 27th, 2014