Archive for the ‘SST Publications’ Category

“A powerful erotic thriller with the sexiest and most twisted villain ever to give a homework assignment.” – Ray Garton

Friday, March 6th, 2015

“Eric Red’s first novel is a powerful concoction of one part coming-of-age story, one part erotic thriller, and the sexiest and most twisted villain ever to give a homework assignment.” – Ray Garton, author of LIVE GIRLS and FRANKENSTORM.

DON’T STAND SO CLOSE is available in hardcover, trade paperback and eBook on Amazon at http://amzn.to/J0h2KH or from the publisher at http://bit.ly/18LdreT

Cool review of CONTAINMENT on Geek Native.

Monday, January 12th, 2015

“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

CONTAINMENT is available from amazon.com at http://amzn.to/1rzGlT2 or directly from the publisher, SST Publications, at http://bit.ly/1ClMdcB

Dread Central on CONTAINMENT!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Read the full article here: http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/81770/zombies-space-graphic-novel-containment-gets-re-release/

Terrific review of CONTAINMENT on Hellnotes!

Monday, December 8th, 2014

“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 HitcherNear Dark, and others) and Nick Stakal (HydeSilent 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

The trailer can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1y5RUZC

The  classic zombies-in-space graphic novel CONTAINMENT is coming back! And for the first time ever in hardcover and digital formats from SST Publications.  It was originally published by IDW Publishing back in 2005 and now long out-of-print.
The story takes place on a manned NASA space ship millions of miles from Earth, when a terrifying malfunction occurs in the cryogenic hypersleep pods containing the hibernating astronauts, turning most of the crew into the violently brain-dead. A handful of outnumbered astronauts awaken intact from their artificial slumber to find themselves pitted against murderous zombies running amok on the ship. The incredible artwork is by Nick Stakal and the introduction is by the legendary Wes Craven.
In his intro, Wes Craven calls CONTAINMENT, “Blood, mayhem, sex, cat-and-mouse terror, and some of the best visual storytelling in years. Eric Red takes no prisoners. Read it with the lights on. Read it with a friend so you are not alone afterwards. Won’t matter. You still won’t be able to sleep afterwards. What better way to spend your remaining moments?”
CONTAINMENT is available from amazon.com at http://amzn.to/1rzGlT2 or directly from the publisher at http://bit.ly/1ClMdcB

In the mail today. The magnificent hardcover reprint edition of CONTAINMENT from SST Publications and editor Paul Fry.

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

My zombies-in-space graphic novel with dazzling artwork by Nick Stakal and a very cool introduction by Wes Craven will be re-released in hardcover and digital editions in October, just in time for Halloween.

CONTAINMENT is back in print! My zombies-in-space graphic novel published by IDW is getting a second printing in hardcover and digital editions by SST Publications.

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The eye-popping artwork is by Nick Stakal, and the book has an introduction by the legendary Wes Craven.

The story takes place on a manned NASA space ship millions of miles from Earth, when a terrifying malfunction occurs in the cryogenic hypersleep pods containing the hibernating astronauts, turning most of the crew into the violently brain-dead. A handful of outnumbered astronauts awaken intact from their artificial slumber to find themselves pitted against murderous zombies running amok on the ship.

In his intro, Wes calls CONTAINMENT, “Some of the best visual storytelling in years. Eric Red takes no prisoners. Read it with the lights on. Read it with a friend so you are not alone afterwards. Won’t matter. You still won’t be able to sleep afterwards. What better way to spend your remaining moments?”

The graphic novel has been out of print and a high-priced collectable for years, and I’m thrilled it will once again be widely available. This a zombie saga unlike any you have read before, and is one of my all-time favorite projects. Big thanks to SST publisher Paul Fry!

More to come…

Hellnotes on my upcoming horror anthology, TOLL ROAD, from SST Publications.

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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

I’m proud to announce that TOLL ROAD, a collection of 18 of my horror short stories, will be published by SST Publications and publisher Paul Fry in 2015.

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The anthology will be available in hardcover, trade paperback and eBook editions. More to come…

Obviously my novel, DON’T STAND SO CLOSE, about a high school student’s affair with his beautiful teacher and the terrifying consequences, is more fact than fiction.

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Ripped from the headlines: http://bit.ly/1uIJZgq

The publisher’s description of DON’T STAND SO CLOSE: “When handsome 17-year-old Matt Poe moves to a rural town in Iowa, he is the new kid in school. An outsider who can’t fit in, his only friend is his beautiful and sympathetic teacher, Linda Hayden. The older woman is the first to take an interest in him, helping him adjust to the community and keep his grades up. Matt can’t help falling hard for Linda and what begins with a kiss becomes a torrid, secret affair. But his teacher is a lot more than he bargained for and the kid’s wildest dream becomes his worst nightmare. The only people who can save Matt are his two classmates, Grace McCormack and Rusty Shaw. But the three of them are in way over their heads against an evil adult trying to make sure they stay after class permanently.”

DON’T STAND SO CLOSE is available in hardcover, trade paperback and eBook on Amazon at http://amzn.to/J0h2KH or from the publisher at http://bit.ly/18LdreT