In Don't Stand So Close
, Eric Red takes what, at first, seems like a typical teen 'coming-of-age' sex romp and leads it down a very dark and twisted path. Being 'Hot For Teacher' has never been more disturbing."—Nancy A. Collins, author of Sunglasses After Dark
"Eric Red brings his considerable talent as a screenwriter to bear on this powerful tale of sexual adventure and teenage turmoil. Erotic and suspenseful, breathlessly narrated, incisively characterised, Don't Stand So Close had me in its grip untilI finished it at a single sitting."
—Ramsey Campbell, author of The Grin of the Dark
"Titillating and original."
—Joel Schumacher, director of The Lost Boys, Flatliners and Falling Down
"Don't Stand So Close is a riveting coming-of-age thriller. Heartbreaking, nail-biting, compelling and deeply insightful. Highly recommended for any teen who stands with one foot in the shadows."
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay
"Eric Red's debut novel, Don't Stand So Close, is an intoxicating tale of seduction, anxiety and courage, nudging the reader to explore their own emotional vulnerability and consider the complexities of the human psyche, no doubt leaving many thinking to themselvesThank God it wasn't me!"
—HORNS, author of Chophouse and Stationhouse No. 1
"Don't Stand So Close by Eric Red is a prime example of art imitating real life. I mean that in a good way. Red brings true horror to the reader in a classic tale of teenage hormones gone awry. Be careful not to 'stand so close' to this one, as you might end up drenched in all sorts of gooey bodily fluids. Then again, isn't that part of the fun? I think so. Highly Recommended!"
—Ty Schwamberger, author of The Fields, Dinin' & The Killing Club
"Eric Red digs deep into his seemingly endlessly macabre bag of tricks to turn the tables on Nabokov, and stops at nothing to entertain. Creating a pace, a flow and mood that only a true master of his craft can. A genuine look at the troubles of teenage angst in the company of alluring deviants. It's a heavy dish of blood, lust, death and debacle, yet it will only leave you craving more."
—James B. Carter, author of "The Dying Season" and 2014's The Last Blue Sky
"With masterful prose, an unforgettable cast of characters, and a villain you'll love to hate Eric Red's Don't Stand So Close will keep you on the edge of your seat begging for more. A sexy, tense thrill ride of a novel that held me in its clutches deep into the night. Don't miss out on this gem!"
—Jeremy Terry, author of Mirror, Mirror and Dreams of the Dead
Eric Red's disturbing tale creeps up on readers and they are soon hooked. This original story lets a common-enough teenage fantasy wend its way down an increasingly gnarly and rotting primrose path. Don't Stand so Close is so well written it feels like non-fiction, delving into the sickness and evil that we are bombarded with in the news, getting beyond the headlines to what this is all about. Red is a skillful writer who rips away facades to expose the dangers of growing up.
—Nancy Kilpatrick, author of The Power of the Blood series; editor Danse Macabre: Close Encounters With the Reaper