Ghosts of the Desert

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“Ryan Ireland’s Ghosts of the Desert is an intensely compelling read full of muscular prose and characters who are, at once, cinematically vivid and entirely, scarily authentic. This book richly deserves and surely will find a wide, enthusiastic audience.” 

-Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

“When we finish reading Ryan Ireland’s Ghosts of the Desert, one can only think of the unavoidable certainty of a contemporary classic. The prose is hypnotizing and precise, the characters flawlessly conceived, the plot superb: a lush page-turner that constantly reveals a dreamlike landscape before the reader’s eyes. At some point in life, we all have to escape something or someone. Ireland’s main character, chooses past, perhaps the most difficult thing to escape from; what reads throughout each page is an extraordinary powerful narrative, ghostly and lyrical, like the words we hear in dreams or in the distant lands of the soul.” 

-Carlos Pintado, winner of the Paz Prize for Poetry

Praise for Beyond the Horizon

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“Expertly plotted, artfully executed, compulsively readable.” 

-LA Review of Books

“Ireland’s intensely and brutally violent debut novel sweeps through period and place while exploring the role memory plays in the establishment of creation myths.”

-Library Journal 

“Intellectual in theme, literary in execution: think Gabriel García Márquez reimagining Little Big Man.”


With trenchant dialogue, affecting characters, and a page-turner of a story, Ryan Ireland has given readers a mysterious and exciting Western that may become a classic.”  

– Ron Hansen, author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Desperadoes

“Ireland’s voice stands apart and he will surely be marked as a courageous and essential writer.”  

-Ann Weisgarber, author of the award-winning The Personal History of Rachel DuPree and The Promise

“Badass and creepy and so philosophical.”

Francesco Cerniglia, writer for Candid, Frame Rated, and Film Doo

Beyond the Horizon violates the laws of existence yet rings true to the human experience, cutting across time and space to rewrite an America that captures our ability to make up stories and shape truth, to dream our history into existence.”

– Erin Flanagan, author of The Usual Mistakes and It’s Not Going to Kill You and Other Stories