About Jonathan Ryan

Jonathan Ryan is a novelist, blogger and columnist. His novel, 3 Gates of the Dead, will be released Fall 2013 in book outlets everywhere.

Salt Lake City Comic Con 2014: Arrow!!! WETA!!! HOWARD!!!! NAPOLEON!!!

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Hey Geeks, As you know, The Rogue is going to be present at Salt Lake City Comic Con in a variety of ways. We'll outline our coverage more extensively in future posts. Plus, it's rumored that I'll be participating in some panel discussions to promote 3 Gates of the Dead for Open Road Media. The folks who run the Con had a press conference today to make the following announcements. First, some really cool new guests..... -Simon Helberg plays Howard Wolowitz, a nerdy and aspiring … [Read more...]

Dark Bride Release Date News (And 3 Gates movie news)

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  Hey Everyone, Many of you have been asking about the release date for Dark Bride, book two of the 3 Gates of the Dead series. Here is what is going on... As you know, Open Road Media (Michael Chabon, Walker Percy, Dorothy Sayers) bought the series from my previous publisher, Premier Digital. Premier set the release date at November 1st. However, when Legendary Editor (Betsy Mitchell) got a hold of it, she decided that we needed a full on marketing push. As any publisher will tell … [Read more...]

Trailer for The Remaining

Here you go, folks, the trailer for the Rapture/Zombie/Demon flick to be released September 5th by Affirm/Sony Pictures. … [Read more...]

Mid-Life Report Card of a Mostly Bad Christian (Written by St. Peter Himself!)

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A few days ago, I turned forty. I felt pretty good about the first half of my life, especially my recent confirmation in the Catholic Church. I didn’t expect all A’s, but I figured I’d be a solid B student. I waited by the mail box but nothing came. Finally, a weird creature with seven heads appeared in front of me and handed me a scroll. I looked at the postmark that said, “Office of the Church, St. Peter The Rock, Director.” When I tried to tip the strange creature, all seven … [Read more...]

You Do Wurds Good? Legendary Editor agrees to work with me. (Yay. Oh, Crap.)

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So, today, my Wonder Woman agent, Italia Gandolfo, sent me this text: Betsy Mitchell is going to be your editor at Open Road. I stared at the text for a moment in utter disbelief. Then I texted back with a link to Betsy's bio You mean, THIS Betsy Mitchell?  Wonder Woman Agent texts back That's her. (Madcap mayhem ensues as I alternate between exultation and absolute panic.) For those of you wondering why I would panic, Betsy has edited some pretty legendary … [Read more...]

Ghost Bear Ramblings: Finding the Wolf

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(In celebration of the beauty of creation, I've asked my friend, world renowned environmentalist, Simon Jackson nd his fiancee crazy talented wildlife photographer, Jill Cooper,  to share some of their amazing wildlife experiences here on The Rogue. This will be a weekly feature. Enjoy!) I think I'm crazy. Certainly Jill thinks I'm nuts. My parents too. Yet whenever I have a remarkable wildlife sighting, I just can't resist, year after year, returning to the scene of the crime on the … [Read more...]

Slender Man and the Need for Sacramental Horror

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(Yesterday, the nation was horrified at the near murder of a young girl by her twelve year old companions. The girl stumbled out of the woods with fifteen stab wounds. When the police arrested the two culprits, they told the officers that "they wanted to become servants of Slender Man ".  As you might expect, this sent my fellow members of the media scrambling around to find about this mythical creature. Those in the horror world (like me) knew the name in an instant. Slender Man is a … [Read more...]

Death Comes to us all: Interview with David Ury

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(David Ury is an actor, writer and magna specialist. His most famous role was being crushed to death by an ATM on Breaking Bad. We here at the Rogue loved that show, so we jumped at the chance to read Everybody Dies, the book he wrote with Ken Tanaka (are they the same person? Hmmm). Yeah, it's a little odd, it's a little twisted, but darkly hilarious. Even more, it brings up the question, why do we avoid the conversation about death?) Western Culture avoids the topic of death. Why do you … [Read more...]

The Gospel Fragmentation: Evangelical Rebels without a Clue

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Recently, the Protestant word has been rocked with controversies involving a number of significant figures. Mark Driscoll, de facto leader of the “young, restless, and reformed” crowd, has been caught plagiarizing, buying book sales, and being a questionable leader in his church. Over at the Gospel Coalition, a horrendous public split is taking place between Tullian Tchividjian (grandson of Billy Graham) and the leaders of the Coalition. The later asserts it's a question of theology while … [Read more...]

Joy in a Game Show: Interview with Jeff Foxworthy and Kirk Franklin

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When I first started church ministry, I wore a tie to work. My elders and I wanted to convey to people that "I was a serious theologian doing serious things for Jesus". My time as a Presbyterian minister was defined by that ideal. This attitude led to self righteous pomposity taking root in my soul. These roots strangled the joy I had in Christ. When joy disappears, we start taking our theological swords on people we deem "less serious". To my shame, this is what I did. I'd look down on … [Read more...]


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