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Author John Ryland

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About the Author

John Ryland lives and writes in Northport, Alabama with his wife and two sons. His previous works include the novels Souls Harbor and Shatter, the collection of short stories entitled Southern Gothic, and a poetry chapbook, The Stranger, Poems from the chair. You can find his other works in publications such as Bewildering Stories, The Eldritch Journal, The Writer’s Magazine, Otherwise Engaged, The Birmingham Arts Journal, Subterranean Blue, and others, as well as the online journal The Chamber Magazine. His novel The Man with No Eyes will be released in March 2022.

When not writing or attending various sporting events for his sons, he enjoys gardening, people-watching, and wondering what makes people do the things they do.



Author: John Ryland

Paperback ISBN: 9781956788426

eBook ISBN: 9781956788433

Genre: Supernatural Horror/Suspense

Release Date 1/17/2022

When Camille Powers hits her head in a seemingly harmless fall, she finds herself in a strange world between life and death. Able to see but not interact with her regular life, she turns to the only friend she has left—Anna Grace, the spirit of a young girl Camille has seen around her since childhood. With Anna Grace’s help, Camille learns she didn’t just slip into this strange world but was dragged into it by a powerful centuries-old spirit that has been watching her for years, waiting for its chance to possess her body. Known as a Looker, the demon has a taste for the vices offered by our world and intends to indulge in all of them. If Camille can’t find a way to save herself and Anna Grace from this haunting place soon, the demon will destroy her physical body, trapping her in the Peripheral forever.

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The Unkindness of Ravens


Author: John Ryland

Paperback ISBN: 9781960076007

eBook ISBN: 9781960076014

Genre: Horror/Suspense/Psychological

Release Date 12/19/2022


Overlooked by grief-stricken parents, Miranda follows a raven into the woods behind her house. When it leads her to the dead body of a young boy, her past awakens in ways she could never imagine. After deciding to keep the body a secret and taking on the role of protector, she realizes that the remaining flock of ravens also have their sights set on the body, whom she has named Andy. Haunted by memory fragments of the death of her younger brother, the desire to protect Andy quickly becomes an obsession, and so do the ravens. Fortunately, Miranda knows just how to deal with birds who can’t keep a secret.

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The Muck


Author: John Ryland

Hardback ISBN: 9781960076977

Paperback ISBN: 9781960076984

eBook ISBN: 9781960076991

Genre: Horror/Suspense

Release Date 7/3/2023

When Brandon Stivers and his family move into his dead grandmother’s river house for the summer, he is immediately drawn to the swampy area at the river’s edge. Susceptible due to his autism, it doesn’t take long before Brandon succumbs to the call of the dark spirits that reside there. He begins to offer small sacrifices to the muck in exchange for the euphoric feelings he’s never experienced, but when he meets a neighborhood girl named Amy, his summer takes a deadly turn. When Amy begins talking about tossing an obnoxious neighbor into the muck to cure her mother’s cancer, Brandon must decide how far he will go. He wants to please the girl he’s falling in love with, but he also knows that the muck gives, and the muck takes away.

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