One of the episodes of Kripke's show Supernatural takes place in his home town of Toledo, Ohio. The episode is called Bloody Mary.
The 2007 Comic-Con featured Kripke as one of the panel for Supernatural.
Eric attended the 2006 William S. Paley Film Festival. He sat on the Supernatural panel.
Eric wrote and directed his first two films in 1997, Battle of the Sexes and Truly Committed.
In 1997, Eric was nominated for the Short Film Award at the Austin Film Festival for his movie Truly Committed. He won Sundance Film's Audience Award for the same film.
In 1996, Eric graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television.
Eric Kripke: (on his newborn son's birthday) Want to hear something creepy? My son was born on Sam [Winchester's] birthday. It freaks me out. My son was born on May 2nd, and Sam was born on May 2nd. It's disturbingly coincidental. I mean what are the odds that with any day out of the year he is born on Sam's birthday? Very, very troubling
Eric Kripke: (About Jared Padalecki's injury in season 2 of Supernatural) Ah, Jared. We're making it work. Luckily, he gets in fights every episode so it is easy for him to break his hand. It turns out the zombie breaks his hand. I'm glad he's OK, and I'm glad it all worked out, but I do have to say there is a part of me that wished he broke his hand a little earlier because it would have made so much more sense to come out of the car crash with the broken arm. He survived getting T-boned by a semi going full speed, but a zombie broke his hand? We do what we always do — we made a joke out of it and we had Dean give a funny reaction. Not once does it get in the way of the story.
Eric Kripke: (On the third season of Supernatural ) This is a season where war breaks out. And there's no longer any of this, 'Who's the psychic kid? And I should follow the yellow-eyed demon, what?' It's war. We're at war. Choose a side. It's the end of the world. We feel this is the most exciting season yet. We feel this is the season to join the party. I'm not promising that we're not going to make missteps, as any show does. But the difference between us and other shows, is when they make missteps, they say, 'Go f--- yourself.' When we make missteps, we pay attention to the fans and we course correct. So, fans, I love you all, but stop worrying.
Eric Kripke: (On the fans of Supernatural ) First of all, I love our fans. I love them to death. I love how passionate they are. But they tend to worry unnecessarily. They tend to get stressed before they have a chance to judge the finished product. We are so conscious and aware of our fans. We're making the show for the fans; we're not making the show for the network. We would never do anything to betray them. I'm not saying we're perfect. I'm not saying we don't make mistakes. But we're very conscious and aware. And when we do make mistakes, we course-correct. So if I can get any message to them, it's, 'Don't worry. We're making choices based on what's best creatively for the show.'
Eric Kripke: (On his show Supernatural) We're hoping the audience will connect to committed, good, red-blooded, rollicking storytelling that every week is a satisfying story. We'll track the mythology, but every week we just want to scare the hell out of you with basically a different horror movie that has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Eric Kripke: (On the boys in Supernatural ) We're hoping our guys are charismatic, and handsome, and we hope the girls are attracted to that, but we want everyone to come to the party. We have what we think are Luke Skywalker and Han Solo cruising the country and killing monsters, and what's not to love about that?
Eric Kripke: (On his friend's and family's reaction to the spooky -sometimes disturbing urban legends that go into Supernatural.) Because of the show, people wonder if I had a disturbed childhood, or tortured puppies, stuff like that. But I'm a normal Ohio boy from a tight-knit family, though my friends and family do seem surprised that I'm coming up with such twisted crap. About once a month my sister calls me and says, "What the hell's wrong with you?".
Eric Kripke: It's the ability to confront death, but come out safe and sound at the other end. For me, there is nothing more pleasurable than sitting with someone watching the show and having them jump or spill popcorn. It's so fun to see that you can create a story that has that impact on people.
Eric Kripke: You really learn a lot about a culture based on what scares people, and I've always been interested in these legends, which are every bit as fleshed out as any world mythologies, they're the stories you tell by the campfire.