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“WHITE KNUCKLE truly revs as a souped-up, quick-paced and nastily flagrant supercharged chiller!” -Arrow In The Head at JoBlo.com.

Friday, May 1st, 2015

PLOT: Sharon Ormsby, a feisty young FBI upstart, lobbies for an undercover gig to hit the highway and track down a ruthlessly indefatigable serial killer – a big-rig hauler known as White Knuckle – who’s been raping and murdering women for over 40 years.

REVIEW: Less than a year after marauding the masses with the submarine monster-mash IT WAITS BELOW, Mr. Eric Red – returns this summer with an equally entertaining stint of vicious vehicular horror via his aptly titled new tome WHITE KNUCKLE. Trust me, this is one hell of a ride! In what struck me hard as a sick and twisted literary lovechild of Spielberg’s DUEL and Demme’s SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, Eric Red once again powerfully displays his superior storytelling expertise with this tightly tethered, rollickingly unpredictable and suspensefully mounted page turner about a young FBI agent-in-training in hot pursuit of grisly highway serial killer. Go out and bag a copy ASAP, because I had a f*cking blast! Real shit, WHITE KNUCKLE truly revs as a souped-up, quick-paced and nastily flagrant supercharged chiller! Wow, how about that…a thumbs up for this vilely violent bout of automotive terror? Hell, what else do you expect from the guy who gave us THE HITCHER?!?”  –Jake Dee, Arrow In The Head at JoBlo.com.

Read the full Arrow In The Head review at: http://bit.ly/1bKcsxR

WHITE KNUCKLE is available June 2nd in trade paperback and eBook editions from Samhain Publishing.  It can be pre-ordered on amazon at: http://amzn.to/1E22SNs

“Eric Red is the successor to Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch. And he proves it again in WHITE KNUCKLE with a “road” story as memorable as Matheson’s DUEL.” – Starburst Magazine.

Monday, April 13th, 2015

“Horror – The more credible the threat, the better the capacity to un-nerve today’s jaded audience.  The late Richard Matheson knew this, as did Robert Bloch, taking the tropes of the horror story and firmly planting them in our own suburban lawns and on our highways.

Eric Red is the successor to Messrs Matheson and Bloch.  And he proves it once again here with a “road” story that is every bit as memorable as Matheson’s Duel.

White Knuckle is the CB handle of a long distance trucker, who has operated as one of America’s most prolific serial killers for forty years with several hundred victims buried all over the USA.  He chooses a victim at a truck stop, or forces them off the road keeps them locked in a steel box between the wheels of his truck, sadistically toys with them and finally dumps the body in a shallow grave in a different state, having knocked out the victim’s teeth out to further impede identification.

Enter Sharon Ormsby, a rookie FBI agent, who takes the case as an undercover assignment, taking to the road with a sympathetic long haulier to track down the killer who is out there, somewhere taunting on a CB radio.  Possibly in an overtaking truck, possibly in the one in the rear view mirror.

Partly horror with a psycho on the loose, partly police procedural, it’s a taut suspense story, and a welcome return to the road horror story by the man who defined this sub genre in the eighties with his original screenplays for cult classic films such as Near Dark and Hitcher.

The greatest strength of the book is the simplicity of the protagonist’s motivation.  White Knuckle murders without any real reason except for sexual gratification (necrophilia is alluded to) and the smug satisfaction not being caught.

There is no padding in the story, the pacing moves as relentlessly as White Knuckle’s black Kenworth truck.  Literally, no filler – all killer. It comes as no surprise that the film rights have already been secured.

Starburst rating 9/10 stars.”  –Robin Pierce, Starburst Magazine.

WHITE KNUCKLE will be published June 2nd in trade paperback and digital editions by Samhain Publishing.  It is available for pre-order on Amazon at: http://amzn.to/1GSmiYF

Author signing for WHITE KNUCKLE at Dark Delicacies in Burbank.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

I’m doing a book signing for my new novel, WHITE KNUCKLE, from Samhain Horror on Saturday June 6th and 2:00 PM at Dark Delicacies bookstore in Burbank, California. The address is 3512 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505. Thanks to Del Howison. Stop by if you’re in the area!

Great advance review for WHITE KNUCKLE on The Horror Review.

Monday, March 30th, 2015

“Horror veteran Eric Red brings all of his prodigious storytelling powers to bear in his newest novel, White Knuckle. The title may reference the ways a driver curls their fingers around the wheel but the reader will find the novel has the same effect on their fingers around this book. Eric Red first took horror to the highways back in 1984 when he wrote the screenplay for the horror classic The Hitcher.

White Knuckle is a contemporary tale of a long-haul trucker serial killer and the FBI Special Agent out to stop him. Sharon Ormsby is a new Agent with the Bureau assigned to the Highway Serial Killer Initiative when she discovers a pattern among dead women found along the nation’s highways. The problem is that the bodies are separated by thousands of miles and more than twenty years. Can there really be a serial killer out there who has been using the interstate highways as a killing field for such a long time, can there be someone out there that dangerous? I’m not giving anything away when I say that there is, and that things are worse than anyone could have imagined…”‘

Read the full review at: http://www.horrorreview.com/white-knuckle-book-review/

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Dread Central on my new serial killer thriller novel, WHITE KNUCKLE.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

“The multi-talented Eric Red is a novelist, screenwriter, and film director; and he has a new book heading our way in early June entitled White Knuckle from Samhain Publishing.  Read on for all the details and a look at the cover art.

From the Press Release:
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.

The official release date is June 2, 2015.

Samhain Publishing Executive Editor Don D’Auria says: “Like all the best writers—and directors—Eric Red is versatile. Whether he’s dealing with the supernatural or the psychological, he knows exactly how to get the maximum suspense and tension out of any scene. He’s a master at it!”

Read the full Dread Central article on WHITE KNUCKLE here: bit.ly/1D6eqEl

“WHITE KNUCKLE is a rip-roaring, knuckle-biting, constantly suspenseful adventure and riveting mystery thriller. A Don’t Miss.” – Mallory Heart Reviews.

Friday, February 27th, 2015

“Rip-roaring, knuckle-biting, constantly suspenseful adventure in this riveting mystery thriller by the author of IT WAITS BELOW, WHITE KNUCKLE pits a probationary FBI Special Agent with a sad background and finely tuned intuition against a human monster–a long hauler trucker who began killing and torturing animals at age six and who has slaughtered women and girls in interstate rampages for four decades. Rife with high-octane tension, WHITE KNUCKLE also delivers extended characterization and well toned backstory. It’s a Don t miss, but don’t read while traveling the highways, or sleeping alone.”

- Mallory Heart Reviews (Five star review).

WHITE KNUCKLE will be out June 2nd in trade paperback and digital editions from Samhain Publishing, and is now available for pre order on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1EvCjSN

The Kindle edition of my new serial killer thriller novel, WHITE KNUCKLE, from Samhain Publishing is now available for pre order on Amazon.

Friday, February 20th, 2015

The digital edition can be pre ordered on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1EvCjSN. The trade paperback will be available shortly.

“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.”

Here’s the cover art for my new novel, WHITE KNUCKLE, from Samhain Publishing!

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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.”

The book will be published in trade paperback and eBook editions on June 2nd.

WHITE KNUCKLE is coming. My new serial killer thriller novel from Samhain Publishing is out in trade paperback and digital editions June 2015.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

It’s a return to THE HITCHER territory.  More to come…

A rave review for IT WAITS BELOW from Horror Novel Reviews!

Friday, October 31st, 2014

“It’s all in how you tell the tale, and Red tells the tale like a seasoned skipper surrounding a bonfire and his mates on a rarely visited island off the coast of No Man’s Land. The action is steady, the mystery is alive and the novel’s conclusion will leave your head spinning 360 degrees. There isn’t a base that goes uncovered in Red’s latest, and if terror on water tales float your boat, this is an absolute must-read.”

Read the full review at: http://horrornovelreviews.com/2014/10/31/eric-red-it-waits-below-review/

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