Publisher: Premier Digital Publishing
Date: October 15, 2013
Format: Print and Digital
Where? Book stores and e-book outlets everywhere.
Conflicted with his faith in God and the hypocrisy of the church, Aidan Schaeffer, a young assistant pastor, is in a constant state of spiritual turmoil. When Aidan learns that his ex-fiancée is the first victim in a string of ritualistic killings, he finds himself catapulted into an even deeper fight. Tormented by demonic threats and haunted by spirits, Aidan throws himself into investigating Amanda’s death, all the while supernatural forces have begun to attack the people around him. The more questions he asks, the more he is drawn into the world of a mysterious Anglican priest, a paranormal investigation group and a rogue female detective investigating the murders. As the gruesome rituals escalate, ancient hidden secrets and an evil long buried threaten to rip apart Aidan’s world.
Praise for 3 Gates of the Dead
“3 Gates of the Dead is like a Harry Potter novel for adults.”
-Sam Alexander, Dir. of Development, The Wolper Organization at Warner Bros. (Bates Motel, Mists of Avalon)
” Ryan’s first novel skillfully blends theology, murder mystery, horror, and paranormal investigation through one man’s struggle with his belief in God. Solid characterization and a grounding in his subject matter make this series opener a real attraction for fans of The Exorcist and the darker fiction of C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams.” Starred Review, Library Journal
“I cannot recall the last time I was so enthralled by a book that I was unable to walk away to even do the most normal things – like eat. However, that is exactly the impact 3 Gates of the Dead had on me. I became so caught up in the original story (which is refreshingly filled with lifelike characters), that time just vanished. This is a MUST READ for all horror fans, and anyone seeking out an original and creepy tale. Even if you are not a “reader,” this book is so well-written it doesn’t feel like you are reading, just that you are a fly on the wall watching the tale unfold. I cannot wait to see what Jonathan Ryan writes next; I will be first in line to read it! 3 Gates of the Dead will make one hell of a film!”
-Jessica Cameron, Scream Queen (Truth or Dare, Silent Night, The Black Dahlia Haunting, TLC’s Brides of Beverly Hills)
“This book falls in with the tradition of The Exorcist and with Stephen King’s supernatural thrillers. There is a quality to the story that reminds me of Poe’s short stories at their best with their unforeseen macabre twists.This is a complete stand-alone book, but there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end that means we will be seeing more books involving Pastor Schaeffer, Father Neal and the supernatural world from this promising new horror writer.
I highly recommend this book to all readers of horror, suspense and the mysterious. It really is excellent.”
-Tracy Riva, Midwest Book Review
Publisher: Premier Digital Publishing
Date: Spring 2014
Book Description: Coming Soon.
The Dark Bride (Sequel to 3 Gates of the Dead)
Coming Fall 2014
Revolution of the Wolf (A new adult Trilogy in the vein of The Hunger Games, Zorro and Batman)
Being considered by interested publishers
The Ghost Bear (A children’s book series in the vein of The Chronicles of Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time)
Being considered by interested publishers.
Cottonwood-Associate Producer, Mark Campbell Productions
I’ve just been recently named as the associate producer for this amazing film. Here is the synopsis:
Sometimes, doing the wrong thing is the right thing.
In 1930′s depression era Texas, a massive dust storm descends as Sheriff Rube Whitlock buries his daughter who died from “dust pneumonia,” and his wife falls into a deep depression. He hires a local black woman, Esther, to take care of the house just as a black teenager is almost beaten to death. Racial tensions build as PV, the housekeeper’s husband, buys an extra mule to help with his cotton planting, which is considered a white man’s crop, and Rube stirs the white community further as he investigates the beating of the young black boy.
As racist forces, led by local troublemaker Orville “Guppy” Walters, step up their campaign of terror to intimidate the black community, a tragedy strikes, and the kindling is set for Rube’s whole dust dry county to go up in flames. Forced to choose between legal boundaries and moral convictions, Rube must come to terms with personal tragedy, save his family, and decide how to protect his new found friend.
Status: Pre-Production and under consideration by major studios for distribution.
3 Gates of the Dead-One of the Executive Producers.
See above book description
Status: Announcement to be made in the next two weeks concerning production.
Annabelle-Associate Producer, and Screenwriter with Michael Harrison, Mark Campbell Productions.
Description: Coming Soon.
Status: Rewriting script, studios interested in the project.