J. L. Bryan
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About J. L. Bryan
J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, his son, and some dogs and cats.
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I'm Alice, a werewolf slayer, though not really a great one yet.
Born with the wolf curse, I was trained by a secret ancient order to hunt the most dangerous lycanthropes, those who relish violence and murder. The order also provides the critical drug cocktail that keeps my inner beast under control...most of the time.
When my rebellious, impulsive nature leads me to botch an assignment, the order sends me into a kind of exile. My new assignment is to follow up on faint rumors of lycanthrope activity in small, fairly remote Rust Belt cities of Michigan. I'm supposed to set up a quiet listening post to gathering information, though being quiet has never been one of my strong points.
Now I find myself isolated, establishing a new deep-cover identity, searching for a day job and a place to live in a new city. I struggle to build relationships with actual normal people who are neither shifters nor slayers. I feel like I've lost my home, like an unwanted wolf shunned from her pack, my trusted community lost along with their trust in me.
My new, almost normal adult life won't last, either. Beneath the illusion of a regular life that I try to create, my past is always stalking me, even as I stalk the local werewolves. Learning about my enemies, I learn about myself, and soon I'm torn in different directions by the different worlds in which I live, and by my heart, soul, and sense of duty, as I search for the right path in the shadowy world of the night folk.
A family recovering from tragedy have devoted themselves to its restoring a magnificent centuries-old mansion, but the ghosts of the past remain strong. Shadowy figures walk the labyrinth of overgrown gardens adorned with fearsome statues and strange structures resembling ancient temple ruins. Layers of thorns and poisonous plants surround the inner rings of the gardens, centered on a mysterious well where whispering voices sometimes echo from below.
Ellie and Stacey are called to discover what secrets the old well holds and confront the dark entities who stalk the grounds and the antique house by night, terrifying the family. The history of the house proves as deep and labyrinthine as its well and gardens, founded on the darkest of wishes—and every wish that comes true has its price.
Close your doors and cabinets tight, or Jack will climb out to see you tonight.
The former railroad stop of Timbermill, Georgia has grown ever more quiet and empty since its boom era faded decades ago. Reduced to little more than a ghost town, it is suddenly revitalized by suburban sprawl from the city of Savannah, its long-vacant downtown storefronts gradually reopening as boutiques for weekend shoppers.
But Timbermill has a dark legend unknown to the newcomers. Stories whispered from one generation of children to the next warn of a supernatural figure who emerges from the doors of closets and cabinets left carelessly open at night. As the children grew up and moved away, the town shrank, windows were boarded over, and the old stories were almost lost.
One recently relocated couple is restoring an antique house for themselves and their children rather than buying into one of the new neighborhoods, but an unsettling figure from the local legend appears to be stalking them. They turn to Ellie and Stacey for help against an old evil that, while nearly forgotten, was never fully buried.
Paranormal investigator Ellie Jordan faces a difficult new case. Her new clients are a family haunted by multiple ghosts and a poltergeist that wrecks their home at night. Their seven-year-old son’s invisible friends may not be imaginary at all, but the restless spirits of dead children.
To clear her clients’ house of the dangerous entities, Ellie must unravel the mysterious deaths of another family who lived in the old mansion more than a hundred and sixty years ago—and she must do it before the ghosts can carry out their malevolent designs on her clients and their children.
Ellie and her mentor Calvin have tried to capture the same entity before, in a different house nearby, an attempt that ended in disaster. Now, with the help of her apprentice Stacey, Ellie must try again to capture the elusive shapeshifting ghost before it can claim another soul as its own.
A secretive client hires paranormal investigator Ellie Jordan to study one such island, home to a sprawling estate modeled after a royal hunting lodge. Someone is trying to bring the neglected island back to life, but the shadows of its gilded past remain strong, stalking the galleries and winding corridors.
The mysterious grand lodge is more than it seems, and its restoration has unearthed profound evil. Ellie must uncover the lodge's dark history and drive its paranormal inhabitants back into the world of the dead where they belong, before they can do more harm to the living.
The remote campground in the mountains has a history shrouded in legend. Located by the mysterious mounds of a vanished people, it was once a popular summer destination for children, but closed long ago under tragic circumstances.
Josh and Allison Conner have moved out from the city, inspired to create a retreat for children in need, a place to build skills and character. They've brought their own children with them, and now they're hurrying to rebuild and update the old camp in time for their first opening day.
But something lurks in the wilderness around the old summer camp, something that strikes against the Conners' best efforts to revitalize it. They feel watched, then threatened, but after sinking their savings and their hopes into the place, they are unwilling to walk away.
Paranormal investigator Ellie Jordan must sort history from legend to determine what haunts the long-dead campground, and how to fight it, before it inflicts more harm on the well-meaning family attempting to restore it to life.
At the same time, Ellie and Stacey are called in to investigate an eerie entity haunting a baby's nursery room. The ghost appears late at night, its face barely visible on the baby monitor, and sings a chilling song.
Soon, Ellie learns there are more ghosts in the house, and at least one of them is a dangerous, child-hunting monster who must be stopped before it kills again.
Included in this set:
Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper (book 1): Ellie must unravel the secret history behind a disturbing presence in a family's dilapidated mansion while training her new assistant Stacey, a recent film school graduate with a knack for capturing images of the paranormal.
Cold Shadows (book 2): Ellie investigates a destructive poltergeist for a family whose child is obsessed with invisible friends that may not be imaginary at all.
The Crawling Darkness (book 3): Ellie investigates an apartment building where a spirit takes the shape of its victims' nightmares. Ellie and her mentor Calvin have tried to capture the same entity once before, but it ended in disaster. Now, with the help of her new apprentice Stacey, Ellie must try again to capture the elusive shape-shifting ghost before it can cause more harm.
Thousands of readers have enjoyed the spooky adventures of Ellie Jordan, a private detective in the haunted city of Savannah, Georgia. These are the first three novels in this fun paranormal mystery series--grab them and enjoy!
A young family brings the forgotten theater to life with a new, modern vision for its future, but strange troubles plague them. Something from the past haunts the theater and won't leave them, or their occasional customers, alone. The family is living in the old theater manager's apartment located inside the drive-in's screen tower, so they enjoy no peace even when they go home after work late at night.
With disturbing supernatural activity threatening their small business and their family, they turn to paranormal investigator Ellie Jordan for help—but the mythic world of the movies has its own dark magic, and Ellie may not be prepared to face what awaits her when the sun goes down, the lights go out, and the show begins.
Now the museum is a crumbling relic of an older age, fallen into disrepair. Its longtime owner has died,
leaving it in the hands of a younger distant relative who knows nothing of how to run a failing tourist trap of a museum, but who is desperate to make a living and provide for his own children.
The museum has a serious ghost problem, though, and Ellie Jordan is called in from Savannah to help. An unexpected old friend joins Ellie at the last moment so that they can spend a snow-filled Christmas together in the mountains...if the ghosts of the restless dead don't turn the holidays into a horrific tragedy.
The house's recently deceased owner was a reclusive former professor who transformed his home into a great library, but his desire for hidden knowledge and arcane power may have led him into madness, even death.
Disturbing specters now haunt the new occupants of the house, who turn to paranormal investigator Ellie Jordan for help. Ellie must unravel the mysteries of the occult library before she can banish its ghosts and make the house safe again for the living.