Horror filmmaker Eric Red brings the third installment of his acclaimed Joe Noose Western series from Kensington Books

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Acclaimed author and horror filmmaker Eric Red brings his trademark volatile action and bloody violence to a classic genre, and a serial killer to the wild west for the third in his edgy, gritty Joe Noose western series. On sale January 26, 2021, BRANDED, book three in Eric Red’s popular series with THE CRIMSON TRAIL to follow on June 29, 2021.

Eric Red, acclaimed author and writer of such blockbuster films as The Hitcher, Near Dark, and Blue Steel, delivers his trademark volatile action and bloody violence to the Wild West in an action-packed series that reads like the bloody lovechild of Pulp Fiction and Louis L’Amour. BRANDED, his third Joe Noose Western, injects modern speed and grit into the classic genre as the ferocious bounty hunter with a heart of gold stalks down the first known serial killer on the American frontier…

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.

Praise for Eric Red’s Joe Noose Westerns:

“An edge-of-your-seat novel with plenty of action from start to finish. You wonder how Noose will escape each trial he is faced. It’s well-written, with great characterization throughout. This book is a Western lover’s dream read.” – Historical Novels Review on Hanging Fire

“Keeps the reader turning pages, one calamity after another…Throw in a crazed ex-lover, a single-minded Arizona sheriff, stir in a forest fire and Noose’s pure determination and sense of duty, bake for 299 pages and what emerges is brilliant. Filled with tantalizing descriptions and wild action, Hanging Fire is indeed a classic Western, but with a new twist.” —True West on Hanging Fire

“Hanging Fire’s world is populated with compelling characters, boasts danger at every turn, and contains an abundance action-packed mayhem with a bloody punch that begins swiftly and never lets up throughout the story. Additionally, Red’s writing style is breezy, fun, hard as nails and punctuated with lively dialogue, making for a leisurely read and an addictive page turner. You really can’t ask for more from a book of this ilk, and those readers who find themselves constantly searching for new badass heroes will find a new one in Joe Noose should they decide to give Hanging Fire a chance.” —SCREAM Magazine

“Hanging Fire needs no exclamation marks. This teeth-grinding, bare-knuckling, swash-buckling adventure keeps readers turning pages long into the night. Yes, it's over the top in violence and gore. Yes, there are scenes that are not only improbable, but impossible. Yes, it's a terrific read." —Roundup Magazine

"Fun intermingled with hard-riding, fast-shooting, plus lots of blood and gore." —Chronicle of the Old West on Noose

About the author: Eric Red is a Los Angeles-based novelist, screenwriter, and film director. He has written nearly a dozen novels, including Noose, Hanging Fire and Branded in the Joe Noose Western series. He wrote and directed the films Cohen and Tate (Hemdale), Body Parts (Paramount), Undertow (Showtime), Bad Moon (Warner Bros.) and 100 Feet (Grand Illusions Entertainment), which starred Famke Janssen and Bobby Cannavale. He wrote original screenplays for The Hitcher (TriStar), Near Dark (DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group), Blue Steel (MGM), which starred Jamie Lee Curtis, and The Last Outlaw (HBO) starring Mickey Rourke. In addition to publishing a number of horror and suspense stories, he created and wrote the SciFi / horror comic series and graphic novel Containment (SST Publications). Red divides his time between California and Wyoming with his wife and two dogs. http://www.ericred.com

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