American writer Richard Humphries has released his novella THERIAN RED on paperback and ebook. A science-fiction/creature-run-amok story told entirely from the perspective of the creature. The titular Red has lived his whole life in a small, concrete cell and suffered numerous experiments at the hands of his human captors. He manages to escape and learns about the outside world before turning his attention to revenge.
A prolific writer, Richard Humphries co-wrote the Award Winning film ‘Seize the Night’ alongside British filmmaker Emma Dark. He has contributed to Ms. Dark’s “Ask a Filmmaker” article in multiple issues of Digital FilmMaker Magazine; answering screenwriting related questions. His feature screenplay ‘After Wolf’ has garnered success with placements in contests such as the Semi-Finals of Stage 32’s 3rd Annual Feature Screenwriting Contest and Quarter Finals for Spring 2018 Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards Contest.
Author Richard Humphries’s spoke of the novella’s origins: “The story’s genesis is honestly with my appendix being removed earlier this year and I had a week to lie in bed and watch movies. I’ve always loved B creature films such as ‘Them!’ and ‘Carnosaur’, they’re comfort food to me. I was watching dozens back-to-back; ultimately questioning ‘how can a creature who’s never been outside act so natural and not have it’s mind blown by this new world?’ I originally conceived THERIAN RED as a low-budget screenplay told entirely from a creature’s POV; much like a dog or cat, he understands words and fragments of sentences, but the human dialogue would be virtually non-existent.
“One page in I realized that the challenge in making such a film would most likely result in the screenplay being rewritten from page one to focus on the human characters. I shelved the idea for a while before coming across a favorite book from my childhood: ‘Raptor Red’ by Robert T. Bakker; a novel that takes place entirely from the perspective of a utahraptor during the Cretaceous. It sparked the idea of writing it in prose and the title is a reference to the Bakker’s story. THERIAN RED is for fans of creature and monster-run-amok stories from a fresh perspective.”
THERIAN RED is currently available worldwide on Amazon in paperback & Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. Mr. Humphries is currently working on his follow-up novel ‘SunChasers.’
The novella can be purchased here: