Top Entertainment Industry Leaders Launch Film Director Competition: '3 Gates of the Dead'

Top Entertainment Industry Leaders Launch Film Director Competition: '3 Gates of the Dead'

The "3 Gates of the Dead Filmmaker Competition" invites aspiring film directors from across the United States and Canada to enter the contest in one of two ways. Using the horror mystery novel "3 Gates of the Dead" by Jonathan Ryan, to be published October 15, 2013 in eBook and print by Premier Digital Publishing, applicants can visit and enter by either:

1. Creating a film adaptation trailer from the novel, or

2. Select and film one scene from the novel.

All participants will receive a free digital copy of the novel from Premier Digital Publishing. Submissions must be no less than two and a half minutes or more than six minutes in length. Unlike film festivals, there is no cost to the applicant to enter.

Finalists will be voted on by top industry professionals including: Michel Shane, Sam Alexander, Wendy Kram and Jessica Cameron. The top ten submissions will receive global exposure via the internet and include fan based voting to select the winner of the prestigious "People's Choice Award."

The grand prize winner will receive:

1. Round trip air travel from anywhere in the United States or Canada to Los Angeles

2. Three night's hotel accommodation

3. A behind the scenes insider tour of Warner Bros. studios

4. A personal meeting with Sam Alexander, Director of Development, the Wolper Organization (

5. Introductions to leading managers and agents for possible representation opportunities

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to enter, and all submissions must be received not later than the end of business on Saturday, November 30, 2013. Interested parties should go to to register and receive the ebook 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.

3 Gates of the Dead (ISBN: 978-1-62467-102-9) will be available October 15, 2013 from Premier Digital Publishing-eBook $9.99 and print $16.99:

Advance Praise for 3 Gates of the Dead:

"Ryan's skill is unsurpassed as he spins a tale of the macabre that leaves you turning each page desperately longing for more... I found each page leading me further into a mystical and, at times, terrifying world that shows glimpses of the other side of goodness, kindness, and Godliness... Just make sure you have plenty of lights on."
-Tracy Riva, Midwest Book Review

"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."
-Larissa Mrykalo, Head Writer,