E/view: The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate

Edmonton author Marty Chan explores an alternate New York in which illusionist Harry Houdini sets upon historic adventures in search of his lost brother in the first book of The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles.


A strange portal that leads to an alternate New York. A cast of characters from different dimensions and parts of history. A young Harry Houdini at the centre of the story.

Marty Chan's 'The Ehrich Weisz
Chronicles: Demon Gate' (2013)
These are three major elements of Marty Chan's new novel, The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate (Fitzhenry & Whiteside). Ehrich Weisz is the aforementioned future illusionist Harry Houdini as a teenager, who follows his brother, Dash, through a mysterious portal. The version of New York where he ends up is full of immigrants from different dimensions in addition to being from different parts of the world. They include Nicola Tesla and Thomas Edison, amongst others. 

Ehrich's main goal is to find his brother. Instead, he finds a medallion leading to a woman wrapped up in inter-dimensional intrigue and brings Ehrich along for the ride as he tries to figure out who he can trust, find his brother, and get back home. 

Demon Gate is the first teen fantasy novel from accomplished Edmonton author Marty Chan. Chan is best known for his playwriting, as well as several picture books and novels for children. A former Edmonton Public Writer-in-Residence, Chan is the recipient of an Arts Achievement Award and a Performance Award from the City of Edmonton

The steampunk theme of the novel is very cool. The action and the chapters are very fast-paced, but sometimes I had a difficult time keeping track of everything that was going on. There are a lot of battles and adventures, with something exciting happening on almost every page, and new characters introduced throughout the novel. 

Demon Gate is the first book in The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles. The next book, Infinity Coil, is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2014. Demon Gate is on sale now and retails for $12.95.

Below is a video clip featuring Edmonton author Marty Chan escaping from a
Straitjacket as part of his book release at Audrey's Books in downtown Edmonton.

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