Archive for the ‘weird west’ Category

Book cover unveiled for BRANDED, the third novel in my Joe Noose Western book series from Kensington Books.

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Coming to bookstores February 2021.

From the publisher’s description: “SCARRED FOR LIFE. Joe Noose hunts down the first known serial killer on the American frontier in this trailblazing thriller. A new kind of evil has come to the Old West. A killer as cold and hard as the Wyoming winter. He wanders from town to town. Slaughters entire families along the way. With grotesque glee, he brands the letter Q in his victims’ flesh. Joe Noose knows the killer’s identity. He recognizes the killer’s brand. He bears the same scar from his childhood—and he’s determined to stop this madman once and for all. Two U.S. Marshals have agreed to help Joe. But they’ve never hunted a killer like this before. A sadist who kills for pleasure—and scars you for life…”

Thanks to my editor Gary Goldstein and the great team at Kensington Books and Pinnacle Books.

Rave reviews for my horror western series THE MEN WHO WALK LIKE WOLVES.

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

“Readers of director-screenwriter Eric Red’s latest Western-horror novels will rediscover an Old West genre that is an international fan-favorite in print and film.” – True West Magazine

“The Guns of Santa Sangre and The Wolves of El Diablo are wild rides that revisit the Western genre and mixes it up with a traditional horror genre monster and somehow cooks up something that is fresh, exciting and exhilarating.” – Starburst Magazine

“Bloody and brutal, The Wolves of El Diablo and The Men Who Walk Like Wolves series will please those looking for an entertaining mix of horror and breakneck action…The fast-paced and thrilling action sequences will have readers holding their breath.” – Ares Magazine

The Wolves of El Diablo is a well written, action packed, gore drenched, bullet ridden, runaway train of a tale.”– Kendall Reviews

“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

“With The Guns of Santa Sangre, Eric Red delivers a wild mash-up of action-thriller and bloody horror. This one really digs its claws into you from page one to last bite. Fast, furious, and wickedly fun. Highly recommended.” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author.

“In our mythos of the Old West, there are bad guys and even badder guys,  But Eric Red’s are the biggest, baddest guys of all…” – Jack Ketchum

The Men Who Walk Like Wolves #1 The Guns of Santa Sangre & #2 The Wolves of El Diablo are available in hardcover, trade paperback and eBook from SST Publications at: and

Publication day for HANGING FIRE, my western novel sequel to NOOSE from Kensington Books, now in bookstores everywhere!

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

“Joe Noose is back—in the blistering Western series from Eric Red, the acclaimed author of THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE and THE WOLVES OF EL DIABLO.

The Devil is a Woman.

In all his days as a bounty hunter, Joe Noose never met an outlaw like Bonny Kate Valence. The notorious female gunslinger has the kind of beauty that drives men wild—and a criminal record longer than the Snake River. She also has a date with the gallows. But before anyone can put a rope around that pretty neck, Joe Noose has to bring her in alive. On the way, he’ll have to protect his prisoner from a vile ex-lover and a vengeance-seeking posse. Which puts Noose’s neck on the line, too. Especially when this female of the species is deadlier than the male. . . .”

HANGING FIRE is available from Kensington Books in Mass Market Paperback and Kindle Editions on Amazon at:

NOOSE, the first novel in the Joe Noose book series, is available in Mass Market Paperback, Large Print and Kindle editions on Amazon at:

All of my novels are on the shelves of Valley Bookstore in Jackson, Wyoming.

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Valley Bookstore is on 125 N Cache Street, right across from Antler Square.


1800s Wyoming Comes Alive in New Western Book Series Entirely Set In Jackson Hole, By Filmmaker & Novelist Eric Red

Monday, August 20th, 2018


NOOSE, the first in a series of Western novels set entirely in Jackson Hole by acclaimed author and horror filmmaker Eric Red, has been released by Kensington Publishing in Mass Market Paperback and Kindle editions. Due to high reader demand from advance orders, NOOSE was already in its second printing before its official publication date.

An action-packed chase set along the Snake River from Hoback to Jackson in the last years of the old west, NOOSE is the story of Joe Noose, a bounty hunter, who is framed by a violent gang as the killer of the U.S. Marshal in Hoback. He sets out to clear his name and is chasing the gang as is new U.S. Marshal Bess Sugarland, determined to bring her father’s murderer to justice.

“Jackson’s history of women in positions of influence led me to have compelling women characters like Marshal Bess who is a key player throughout the series,” said Red, a part-time resident of Wilson, Wy. He noted that Jackson’s first all female city council is featured in NOOSE. “The balance of strong women characters with men in the book is drawing many more women readers than the typical Western novel,” he added.

Kensington describes the book as “Louis L’ Amour meets Pulp Fiction ” with Red bringing his trademark volatile action and bloody violence to the popular genre. Early reviews have termed it a fresh take on the classic Western and a fast-moving, gritty tale.

Said Net Galley review: “This book was a fresh, new look into Westerns. Today’s westerns have become very stale, and pretty much the same across the board. It was so very refreshing to read a story that brings a brand new perspective to this genre. I absolutely LOVED Joe Noose. The way he turns the tables on those who tried to wrong him was a fascinating and exciting ride. I hope there are more books to come with this MC! Anyone who has become bored with the Western genre, give this one a try!”

Red is the writer of such blockbuster films as The Hitcher, Near Dark, and Blue Steel, and writer/director of Cohen & Tate, Body Parts and 100 Feet. This is his sixth novel and first Western but has contracted with Kensington for at least three Joe Noose Westerns, all of which will be set in Wyoming.

NOOSE is available from Kensington Books at your favorite bookseller or on Amazon at

For review copies, please contact: Vida Engstrand 212.407.1573 [email protected]

Beautiful full-page inside cover ad in the August issue of Roundup Magazine featuring NOOSE in the Kensington Books western line.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

NOOSE is available in Mass Market Paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon at

Publication day for NOOSE.

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018


In the cutthroat world of bounty hunters, Joe Noose is as honest as they come. Which isn’t saying much. Just look at his less-than-honest colleagues. They framed Joe for a murder they committed. They made sure Joe’s face wound up on a wanted poster. Now they’re gonna hunt Joe down and collect the reward money. There’s just one problem: Joe Noose thinks it’s his bounty. It’s his reward. And it’s their funeral.

Available from Kensington Books at your favorite bookseller or on Amazon at

My new western novel NOOSE from Kensington Books has sold so well it has gone into its second printing before publication in August.

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Honored to be in the distinguished company of the great western author William W. Johnstone in the new ad.  Not bad for a first time western novelist.

NOOSE is available in Mass Market Paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon at

New interview on Kendall Reviews.

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Eric Red chats to Kendall Reviews

Coffee is ready…

KR: Could you tell me a little about yourself please?

I’m a Los Angeles-based film director and screenwriter and novelist. I started in the motion picture business thirty years ago and have been writing novels for six years now.

KR: What do you like to do when not writing?

I love spending time with my wife and dogs and seeing friends. Otherwise I’m reading or watching movies.

KR: What is your favourite childhood book?

The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit. I also loved the Dr. Suess books.

KR: What are you reading now?

Just finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and Without Fail by Lee Child, my favorite contemporary author, and am starting Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama.

KR: What is your favourite album, and does music play any role in your writing?

Hard to pick a favorite album but The Beatles are my favorite musicians. I have all their records on a playlist on iTunes I listen to constantly. When I’m writing, I listen to a lot of movie scores, especially by Jerry Goldsmith and Elmer Bernstein. Maybe it’s my movie background but film music inspires me when I write and gets me into the zone.

KR: Who were the authors that inspired you to write?

As a young author, in no order, Richard Price, Jim Harrison, John Irving and William Goldman. Given my books and films, those are probably not the authors people would expect, but these were the writers whose books spoke to me on a very deep level and made me want to be a writer.

KR: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?

I’m methodical. Because of my screenwriting background I’m a structure wonk rigorous about working out the story beats—for me character flows from story, not the other way around. First I come up with a three- or four-sentence summary of a novel because all books must begin with a great idea in my opinion. Then I write a one-page synopsis, after which I write a ten-page outline with a beginning, middle and end. Once I have that, I’m ready to start the book. And during this time I’m making pages and pages of notes, because ideas start coming to me constantly for a novel I’m hot on.

KR: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

The short answer is all the research necessary, but that depends on the book and the subject matter. My third novel IT WAITS BELOW was a science fiction thriller involving a submersible sub that dove to the bottom of the ocean, so I spent months interviewing one of the top pilots of those kind of subs and oceanographic scientists to get all the details right. On the other hand, my first novel DON’T STAND SO CLOSE was a high school coming-of-age thriller and most of the research involved remembering my own high school experiences.

To read the rest of the interview, go to

True West Magazine reviews my novel THE WOLVES OF EL DIABLO.

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

“Readers of director-screenwriter Eric Red’s latest Western-horror novel will rediscover an Old West genre that is an international fan-favorite in print and film.” – Stuart Rosebrook, True West Magazine.

Available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle editions from SST Publications at: