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,

"Questions of faith wrap its noose around Pastor Aidan Schaeffer's neck and Aidan gets drawn in to a world much more sinister than he ever imagined hell could be. A fast-paced thriller, Jonathan Ryan's THREE GATES OF THE DEAD will scare and delight and keep you up way too late at night."
-Susan Wingate, Award-winning author and #1 Amazon Best Seller of Drowning and Spider Brains

About Jonathan Ryan:

Jonathan Ryan is a novelist, columnist, blogger and theologian. Jonathan's work has received acclaim from: Midwest Book Review, Library Journal and a TIME Magazine reviewer. Jonathan draws his inspiration from the time he spent with his grandmother each summer and the books on ghosts and monsters she let him check out of the library. Thanks to this, and a love of exploring all the dark and scary haunts of the Midwest, Jonathan developed a taste for the strange, weird and downright scary.

With an adventurous spirit and giving nature, Jonathan has spent much of his time traveling the world and helping where he can-sometimes at his own risk. He was once mistaken for an IRA member while encouraging dialogue in Belfast between Protestants and Catholics before the Truce. Jonathan has worked with the Navajo and Tohono O'odham nations, as well as brought together a group of atheists and Christians to contribute to relief efforts in Biloxi and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Jonathan has spoken to thousands of people regarding writing and religion. His writing credits include The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, The High Calling, TAPS ParaMagazine, Intrepid Magazine, the renowned interfaith blog site, and popular horror site,

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About Premier Digital Publishing:

Los Angeles-based Premier Digital Publishing is a leading independent digital publisher and innovator in eBooks, enhanced eBooks and interactive content. Led by a team of digital media pioneers, the company ranks among the top suppliers of quality print and eBook entertainment to the industry's most prominent tablet reader distributors and top-tier retailers.

About Gandolfo-Helin Literary Management

Gandolfo Helin Literary Management is a full service literary and dramatic rights agency with a presence in Los Angeles, New York, Louisville and Vancouver, Canada. We pride ourselves on discovering and managing the development, publishing, producing, marketing, and licensing of client property. We manage an exclusive group of writers who create works that range from commercial fiction (YA and Adult), non-fiction and personal memoirs to original teleplays, screenplays and film properties. Our published authors have produced best selling books and are recipients of multiple awards.


About Steve Ecclesine:

Steve Ecclesine has produced 14 films and 700 television shows for Warner Brothers, Sony, Universal, Disney, HBO, CBS, ABC, Fox, NBC and many independent production companies. He is the author of So You Wanna Be a Producer? Adventures of a Migrant Film Worker published by Premier Digital Publishing.