3 Gates of the Dead
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-fiancee 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.
Library Journal ★ 10/15/2013
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.
New York Journal of Books
“. . . an intense, compelling story that keeps the reader thoroughly engaged . . . In a story about good versus evil, Jonathan Ryan brings an old-school vibe back to contemporary horror.”
Midwest Book Review
“3 Gates of the Dead, by Jonathan Ryan is a roller coaster ride of a horror story – the suspense keeps building and you know when you hit the other side you are going to come out screaming – but you can’t help turning the pages anyway.
The struggle of faith juxtaposed with the onslaught of things we aren’t supposed to believe strikes a deep chord with many people in this day and age, and when blended with fear of the unknown and the temeritous virtue of the overtly horrific, 3 Gates of the Dead brought me, all at once, to that place of intellectual terror that only results in pure joy over a book that so immediately transports to other realms of the deeply macabre in a primordial, Lovecraftian scope. It is more than obvious that Johnathan Ryan has a firm grasp on crisis of belief, as well as a keen insight into the things that send shivers down our necks.
Paranormal Pop Culture
“Jonathan Ryan’s captivating writing style, his attention to detail in his characters, and his grasp of what truly scares people, makes Three Gates of the Dead a must read for fans of horror and suspense. Adding the element of romance to this chilling tale made me love this story even more and left me hungry for its sequel, The Dark Bride. Warning: Your electric bill will go up from having to sleep with the lights on.”
Dark Bride (Coming April 21, 2015 from Open Road Media)
When Father Neal deciphers a voodoo message with a dire warning, he reveals he is part of the Order of the Five Sorrows—a group dedicated to fighting evil with the use of holy objects present at Christ’s crucifixion—and Aidan is destined to become a member
The supernatural unleashed . . .
Still reeling from Father Neal’s revelation, Aidan assists his friend Brian by investigating a series of unexplained events at his farm, including eerie lights in the fields at night and his daughter’s fixation with an invisible friend. After women with mysterious powers, who are hunting down a witch from the 1600s, appear, the group embarks on a perilous journey to destroy the Dark Bride before the Grinning Man’s true purpose can come to pass . . . but they will be drawn into a horrific battle that some will not survive.
Early Praise for Dark Bride
“For those who like to mix deep theological debate with full-throttle horror, there’s no better bet than the works of the Benedictine-trained master of the macabre, Jonathan Ryan.”—Robert Masello, best-selling author of The Romanov Cross
“[Dark Bride] successfully knits religion, demonology and suspense to produce a tapestry of excitement and originality that will please any fan of the genre.” —Andrew Neiderman, author of The Devil’s Advocate and The Terrorist’s Holiday
“A remarkable novel.”—Michael W. Collings, Literary Scholar and author of The Annotated Guide to Stephen King
“A tale steeped in the fantastic and simmered in faith, a book as terrifying as it is profound—Dan Brown collides with Stephen King collides with St. Augustine.” —Jack Slay Jr., author of Sleeping Policemen
“Dark Bride is scary, smart, fun…it’s entertaining and thought-provoking. This is how I like to spend my time.” Michaelbrent Collings, bestselling author and screenwriter.
War in Heaven by Charles Williams (Introduction by Jonathan Ryan)
An unidentified body lies lifeless in the offices of a British publishing house. Soon after it is discovered, an urgent request from an author arrives by post, pleading for the deletion of an important paragraph from an upcoming publication. These unlikely incidents mark the beginning of a secret war waged in the English countryside but threatening to engulf all of humankind. On the side of the godly, an archdeacon, an eccentric duke, a book editor, and a young boy must confront the dark magic of relentless satanic forces—for behind the facade of a common pharmacy, sinister plans are being laid for the negation of everything. The most horrible of conspiracies, its success hangs on the acquisition of an object of enormous supernatural power recently discovered in a small parish church: the Holy Grail. The Da Vinci Codeand the Left Behind novels by half a century, War in Heaven is the first novel written by Charles Williams, an esteemed member of the famed Oxford literary society known as the Inklings, which included such notables as C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, and J. R. R. Tolkien. This is a provocative, page-turning tale of faith, morality, and magic—an amalgam of thriller, fantasy, metaphysics, and theology that engages and entertains.
This ebook includes a new introduction by Jonathan Ryan.