Blood Red

Published Date: April 25, 2014

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9.1 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
English, French


Rachel is 19. She doesn’t know how to handle her new stepmother, let alone the end of the world. But after finding her stepmother dead, Rachel is suddenly racing against time—and terrifying, unnatural forces—to survive a gruesome apocalyptic event. Outside her door, the college town of Fort Collins, Colorado, is filled with corpses, and something unfathomable is happening to those bodies. And it’s only just begun. As Rachel struggles to comprehend her horrible new reality, she’ll need to find answers to questions she never thought she’d ask—all while desperately searching for her lost father, on whom she pins all her hopes for coming out of this phenomenon alive and intact. But nothing will be as it seems.

Tom Piccirilli says “Blood Red gets seriously under your skin. It’s a whole new kind of horror novel.” Grant Jerkins says it’s “unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. It starts as a slow-burn freak-out and culminates in a series of horror-show set pieces that will forever be etched in my mind.” Alden Bell calls Blood Red “an epic addition to the genre. Ranging from the gritty to the surreal, the story delivers a nonstop, real-time experience of the End Times—replete with visceral terror, buckets of gore, and, ultimately, a redemptive humanity.” Robert Devereaux says the book is “guaranteed to creep you out!” The beginning of an epic trilogy telling the real-time tale of an apocalyptic event, Blood Red is a nonstop thrill ride from the author of The Naked Dame and the publisher of Skull Full of Spurs and Santa Steps Out.

Author Information

Jason Bovberg is the author of the apocalyptic horror novel BLOOD RED, its forthcoming sequel DRAW BLOOD, and the in-progress concluding volume in the BLOOD trilogy. He is also the author of the nostalgic noir THE NAKED DAME. He was the editor/publisher of Dark Highway Press, which published Robert Devereaux’s SANTA STEPS OUT and the weird-western anthology SKULL FULL OF SPURS. He lives in Colorado with his wife Barb, daughters Harper and Sophie, and a small canine named Cujo.

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  1. Frank Errington
    Frank Errington June 30, 2015 at 6:39 pm .

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    I’m always hesitant to read a book from someone who reaches out to me requesting a review, particularly if I’ve not read any of the author’s previous work. However, if I say no, then I would miss out on surprises like Blood Red.

    The story features a strong teenager named Rachel who, in the space of an hour, sees her entire world become a red-tinted nightmare. Most of the people in her world are gone, well not completely gone, they seem to be becoming something else. No this is not another zombie novel. What is happening is decidedly different and completely original in the horror genre.

    Blood Red is filled with little treats, details that make the story. Example, with darkness coming there’s a need for light. Instead of conveniently finding a flashlight in her Honda’s glove compartment. The writer had Rachel and her friend break into a Target store by the light of a cell phone until it runs out of juice. A well-conceived scene played out to perfection.

    Blood Red is incredibly imaginative and reveals its secrets slowly. Even though its a work of fantastical fiction dealing with impossibilities, I found the story to be believable and totally enjoyable.

    Although we get some answers by the end of book 1, its quite evident that there is plenty left to be revealed in the subsequent volumes.

    Published by Permuted Press, Blood Red is available now as an e-book from the usual online retailers. If you like it, book 2 is also available and book 3 should be published later this year. I’ll be reading both for sure.

    Highly recommended.

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