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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  297 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Bryan Armstrong and Kyle Detwiler, two college students on the cusp of graduation, are the lucky winners of a contest to become interns on the paranormal television show The Specter Slayers.

Their excitement turns to jubilation when they discover that they'll be aiding in the investigation of The Danver Church, one of the most haunted places in America. Nestled in the remot
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Published August 11th 2012 (first published August 10th 2012)
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Montzalee Wittmann
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Gate
By: Jason Brant
Narrated by: Robert Martinez
This is a creepy story filled with a lot more than a ghostly church. I thought it was going to be a haunted house story with this strange TV ghost hunting group but this is more fantastic and horrible than that!
There is a terrific backstory to the haunted place. The characters are unique and well developed. The world build and atmosphere created is dark and dreadful. The crew assembles and the nightmare begins.
The book starts bringing more and
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm not really certain where the author comes up with his ideas, but I think I'm glad I can only live in his brain through his books. Another great one from him. The book kept me glued wondering what would happen next. ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Some freaky sh*t with Brant's own dash of humor thrown in. I thought about 2/3 through that I was reading a Sephen King novel. ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Ummm...let me; okay. I am not a harpy. Can I start there? I feel that to a certain extent I have to disclaimer my reviews of my latest reads because as I mentioned in an earlier review of The Mourning House, I am struggling mightily with the novella format on Kindle, mostly due to the length of the books, and am still viewing them through eyes much more acclimated to the depth that comes with a hundred or more additional pages. Anyway others are reviewing as if they know Mr. Brant and I will fee ...more
Terri Baldwin
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bryan didn't want the intern job that his fun-loving football playing best friend, Kyle won, but he needed an internship to graduate. Ghost hunting seemed like such a crock to him, and he wanted no part of that show. He was going to spend the weekend before finals chasing ghosts in an abandoned church in the middle of nowhere instead of studying. The church they will be shooting the show in is shrouded in mystery... several people having gone there and never returned again. Once they find the ch ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie
I would actually rate The Gate at 4.5 to 4.75 Stars. Since Goodreads doesn't allow for a partial star, I rounded up.

Everything I have come to expect from Jason came through in The Gate. The characters are 100% believable. He uses a mix of real life personalities, Smart to Stupid, and the characters feel like you would meet this group in real life, and their interactions would play out as written. I especially enjoyed his 'Specter Slayers' group, and fully approve of how their story line evolves
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
I have been intrigued by The Gate since I first saw it pop-up in my recommended books on Amazon way back in January. Great cover work, it reminds me of The Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World. I’ve always loved the contrast of a house of horrors in the happiest place on earth…I digress, back to The Gate.

Imagine if you will, that you’ve been dumped, and you’re dum bass best friend has signed you up to “volunteer” on the worst reality show on television with two drunken hosts. The “job”- to spend
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really, really enjoyed this book.

It was scary, as expected, but not soul destroyingly so. The thought of the existence of a gateway to hell, or even another dimension inhabited by the creatures depicted in this book is enough to send shivers down my spine.

The story was well written, and the description of the church and the surrounding area was so well described, it felt as if I had actually seen it myself. It was also fast paced and kept me interested right through to the surprising end. The
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely one of the best books I have read this year. If you haven't had a chance to read a book by Jason Brant, you are missing out. Fans of Stephen King and Charlie Huston will dig this one for sure. Quick witted humor, terror-inducing monsters, and whole lotta awesome. Read it, read it, read it. ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me goose bumps it creeped me out that bad. Solid writing/story telling. Loved the characters. Jason Brant even gave a nod to the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which in my opinion, instantly made this book awesome! Well done. Loved it!
Cindy Boepple
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. I love something different and this was it. Started as a the regular haunted investigation and packed an awesome twist.
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Jason Brant outdid himself this time! The Gate is twice the length of his other books, and though I liked them all, this one is my favorite.

The Gate starts off with two college boys, Bryan and Kyle, being accepted as interns on a television show called The Specter Slayers. Bryan is the studious one and his fiancé just broke off their engagement, leaving him depressed. Kyle is the hot football player that scores all the chicks. The Specter Slayers is a show about paranormal investigators that go
Aug 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent spooker....

At first I Was a little disappointed that what I thought was going to be a book with a kind of supernatural experience , turned out to be a sea monster and other strange creature kind of book. But, I stuck with it and read to the end and, I have to say I enjoyed it. I liked the characters They were very real and vibrant for me, as were the writers descriptions of scenery and surroundings.
Jayce Grayson
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Just a super fun monster tale with some fun characters.
Michael Loring
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-books
The Gate is a standalone horror novel by thriller author Jason Brant, telling a story of ghosts, demons, other dimensions, and douchey TV show hosts.

Through a contest Bryan and Kyle win an internship on the popular ghost hunting television show The Specter Slayers. Thinking it would be nothing more than just an easy one night job, Bryan and Kyle drive out into the Appalachian Mountains to hunt ghosts. When they arrive they’re shocked to learn that they’re doing more than just rearranging papers
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Awesome short horror. Bryan is trying to get through his finals when his happy-go-lucky friend, Kyle, announces he entered them into an internship and they won. The internship is for a popular ghost hunting show that Kyle loves and Bryan wants nothing to do with. But he needs an internship in order to graduate. The filming is the weekend prior to finals, which Bryan was planning on using as a cram session. Relunctantly he decides to go along. The site is in the middle of nowhere and is a run-dow ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
1. The author of this story is a fantastic writer. The characters, the situations they were in, their dialogue...all felt real. Every scene, (except for the paranormal scenes..just because I don't believe in all that stuff but it's still fun to read)... in this story felt as though it could take place in real life and that's what's so intriguing about this story. And I absolutely love authors who give you an ending that is not depressing, especially after all the gore and torn body limbs. It's n ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kyle and Bryan are two college students whom are given a unique opportunity to intern for an episode of the fictitious reality ghost hunting show called the "The Spectral Slayers". The subject of tonight's investigation will be The Danver Church. A site where 40-years ago to the day six people disappeared under very suspicious circumstances. Upon arrival at the church, Kyle and Bryan are greeted by the show's hosts, who prove to be Grade A Chuckle-Heads, and a semi-famous paranormal author. The ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second Jason Brant book I've read, the other being The Dark. It was really creepy and pretty scary. It is on the shorter side, I think my Nook said 175 pages. But it took me a couple days to read because I refused to read it at night; I had nightmares the one time I tried to read it before bed and would rather not invite those images into my head. I think Jason Brant would be excellent at telling scary stories while camping because I would for sure be freaked the f*@^ out like I was ...more
Kelly Truelove
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dare to Open the Gate!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, even with the editing errors. I must admit, though, that it wasn't quite what I expected. I expected a haunting and a gateway to hell or the spiritual realm, with paranormal phenomena. Paranormal, check. The rest? Not so much. This book didn't give me what I expected, and that's perfectly okay, because the story I did get was unique and thrilling all the same. This was a wild ride, full of believable characters that I could picture clearly,
Rene Folsom
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I definitely like a book that ties my stomach in knots and THE GATE was no exception! I felt like I knew Bryan and understood him well. His interactions with Kyle throughout the book had me laughing out loud, drawing some pretty odd looks from my family members as I stayed glued to the story. Jason's vivid imagination had my blood pumping ramped for several hours straight. I was able to picture every small detail described through Bryan's eyes and it seriously makes me wonder if such a place as ...more
Katie Walton
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, new-adult, not-ya
In The Gate a couple of college students become interns for a Ghost Hunters-esque television program. The students end up in a remote location and of course they encounter something they could never have anticipated. I love reading about haunted locations and I'm even a fan of the shows the book pokes fun at and I expected one thing and got something I hadn't bargained for which is both good and bad. The scares didn't really start until I was pretty deep in the book, but once they began it was h ...more
From reading the story summary, I was expecting a horror novel, where characters go into a haunted house and meet their demise in gruesome, horrific fashion. However, for most of the book, it was really a sit-com. At one point, I glanced down at my progress and noticed I was at the 60% mark in the book - and NOTHING scary or horrific had happened at that point at all! People did indeed start meeting with unfortunate circumstances in the last third of the book, but it wasn't horrific, it was kind ...more
Sep 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I am very disappointed .
When I read the story summary, I was expecting a horror novel, where characters go into a haunted house and deal with ghosts . However, for most of the book, nothing happened. At around 70% mark in the book - People start meeting with unfortunate circumstances in the last third of the book, but it wasn't horrific, it was kind of silly. I really, really disliked this book.
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Yet another brilliant story by one of my favourite authors!

It was creepy and gripping the entire way through, it had some funny moments that I found helped keep the level of creepiness nicely balanced.

I never tire of his books! I absolutely love them and really wish The Gate had a sequel. I'm interested to know more about some aspects of the story (which I won't mention here incase of spoilers)
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Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved the ending. Lol.

Go to a church in the middle of no where. Miles and miles from everythjng. Get involved in a ritual. Then be one of the few survivors. Try explaining that. Lol

Mind blowing and I loved it.
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved the ending. Lol.

Go to a church in the middle of no where. Miles and miles from everythjng. Get involved in a ritual. Then be one of the few survivors. Try explaining that. Lol

Mind blowing and I loved it.
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