Our very own Jonathan Ryan, who heads up Dread Central’s paranormal feature The Seen and The Unseen, has a new book coming out this October, and it looks and sounds pretty damned sweet. Read on for the first details and artwork.
From the Press Release
Blending spirituality and horror may seem a daunting task for some, but for Jonathan Ryan, who has spoken to thousands of people regarding faith and maintains a column on Dread Central—a widely respected online source for horror news—it is second nature. Jonathan credits summers with his grandmother, who allowed him to check out the scariest books from the library, for imbuing him with the respect and hunger for the paranormal that helped him to write this novel.
In addition to writing 3 Gates of the Dead, to be published by Premier Digital Publishing in both eBook and print on October 15, 2013, Jonathan has written for: The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, The High Calling and the renowned interfaith blog site Patheos.com. With this title gaining praise from fellow authors and reviewers, one can see how Jonathan’s in-depth knowledge of both the church and the occult have helped to craft this narrative. In the same vein as other horror writers like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, who have successfully blended the dichotomy of faith in God and belief in his adversary, true Evil, 3 Gates of the Dead also handles this delicate balance with a seasoned writer’s finesse.
“We love to be scared. We love myths, haunted houses and ghost stories; it’s in our nature. We also love Jonathan’s writing because he seamlessly blends theology, horror and suspense—unruly bedfellows at the best of times. We are happy to offer this tale of terror as part of our fall releases which will be available in digital and print,” commented Thomas Ellsworth, CEO of Premier Digital Publishing.
“I didn’t grow up on the slasher horror of Jason or Freddy. Instead, I listened to ghost stories around the fire, heard the hushed tones of adults talking about the supernatural, and I remember thinking, ‘I want to write stories like that someday,’” said Jonathan Ryan, author of 3 Gates of the Dead.
About 3 Gates of the Dead:
In 3 Gates of the Dead, we are introduced to Aidan Schaeffer, a young assistant pastor who is in a constant state of spiritual turmoil, struggling with his faith in God and the hypocrisy of the church. When Aidan learns that his ex-fiancée is the first victim in a string of ritualistic killings, he finds himself in the middle of 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 Aidan’s world apart.
For more information on the book, visit 3 Gates of the Dead online at Premier Digital Publishing!
3 Gates of the Dead will be available October 15, 2013, from Premier Digital Publishing—eBook $9.99 and print $16.99.
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