Faithful Readers About to Have Straightjacket Memories!

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Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the new cover art by Natasha Alterici for Michael West’s new short-story collection, Straightjacket Memories!

Featuring 10 tales of horror, including both previously published stories and brand new ones,Straightjacket Memories will be released Friday in eBook format with a print version in trade paperback to follow one week after. Straightjacket Memories is Michael’s second collection of short fiction, following the critically-acclaimed Skull Full of Kisses.

On the new release, Michael said, “I am just so crazy about this collection! Gathered from various magazines, anthologies, and eBooks–some in print for the very first time–these stories represent some of my best work to date. I’m very happy with the way in which Seventh Star Press has put them all together, and excited that my faithful readers will be able to share in more of my nightmares and slightly twisted imaginings!”

Straightjacket Memories includes the following stories:

“Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite”

“Flowers in Winter”

“The Grove”

“Sandwalkers”

“In Vino Veritas” (Written with Tim Waggoner)

“For the River is Wide”

“Masako’s Tale”

“Hell’s Hollow”

“Inner Goddess”

“Unknown Caller”

The new release continues a banner year for Michael that saw his novel Cinema of Shadowsbecome a national bestseller in horror on Amazon.com and his Legacy of the Gods series take the next step with the recently-released Hades Disciples. For further information on Michael and his work, please visit his site at www.bymichaelwest.com

Synopsis of Straightjacket Memories:

There is a fine line between love and madness, between insanity and pure evil.

This is Michael West at his terrifying best! From heart-stopping horror to the strangest of fantasies — these are tales from the darkest regions of his twisted imagination! All the usual tropes are here — vampires and shapeshifters, ghosts and witches, gods and monsters, mummies and zombies — but none of them are exactly what you would expect…

A dream vacation takes a nightmarish turn when a couple finds they did not come home alone…

A man agrees to a meeting with his estranged wife and learns the horrible, obscene truth of the old saying: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…”

An American platoon, cut off from the outside world, discovers an unbelievable enemy they were never trained to fight…

And a man struggling with depression and grief receives text messages from beyond the grave, messages that push him to the edge of sanity…and beyond…

Ten more reasons to say your prayers.

Ten more reasons to check beneath your bed.

Ten more reasons why you may never want to close your eyes again.

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About Michael West:

Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, The Wide Game, Spook House, Skull Full of Kisses, and the critically-acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

Writing keeps him sane.

Seventh Star Press Unleashes Hades’ Disciples!

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Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art from award-winning artist Matthew Perry forHades’ Disciples, the 2nd Book in the acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series from best-selling author Michael West! Hades’ Disciples takes you on the urban/dark fantasy journey that began in Poseidon’s Children.

Terrifying creatures exist all around us, hiding in plain sight. Ancient. Deadly. They gather in secret, conspiring, dreaming of nothing less than humanity’s destruction, and their numbers are growing.

Earl Preston knows the danger all too well. After tangling with a horde of mythological sea monsters in Colonial Bay, he has been tasked with finding these beasts and exposing their plans whatever they may be. But Earl is not the only one with a mystery on their hands. At the very top of the world, Carol Miyagi has stumbled onto an artifact from Earth’s past, something magnificent held captive in a prison of ice and snow. Now, Carol and Earl must work quickly to decipher the will of the gods–a plot that defies imagination–and to stop their followers from carrying it out.

They thought the nightmare was over, but they are about to discover that the horror has only just begun.

Regarding the upcoming release of Hades’ Disciples, Michael West commented, “Whenever I write a story, I hope it appeals to people, that the characters will feel real and connect with my readers, and I am so pleased that readers all around the world have fallen in love with Carol, Earl, and the rest of my diverse cast. With Hades’ Disciples, I get the chance to dive more deeply into the mythology introduced in Poseidon’s Children, and the stakes are much higher now. Fans who thrilled at all the action, excitement and twisted weirdness of Book One will not be disappointed.”

Hades’ Disciples will be released in late April in trade paperback and all eBook formats, including Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and for the iBookstore. The book will feature new interior illustrations from Matthew Perry and also brings back Poseidon’s Children editor Amanda DeBord. For further information on The Legacy of the Gods series or Michael West, please visit the author’s site atwww.bymichaelwest.com or Seventh Star Press at www.seventhstarpress.com

About the Author: Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, Skull Full of Kisses,The Wide Game, Spook House, and the critically acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

West avoids manhole covers and sidewalk grates whenever possible. He just doesn’t know what’s down there, and he’s not sure he wants to find out.

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Start the series today!  Pick up your very own copy of The Legacy of the Gods Book One: Poseidon’s Children!

Download it for Kindle here!
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Cinema of Shadows Becomes #1 Best Seller!

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Cinema of Shadows, a Harmony, Indiana novel, has become Michael West’s first #1 Best Seller, topping the charts in Horror/Occult fiction!

Cinema welcomes readers to the Woodfield Movie Palace.

The night the Titanic sank, it opened for business…and its builder died
in his chair.   In the 1950s, there was a fire; a balcony full of people
burned to death.   And years later, when it became the scene of one of
Harmony, Indiana’s most notorious murders, it closed for good.  Abandoned,
sealed, locked up tight…until now.

Tonight, Professor Geoffrey Burke and his Parapsychology
students have come to the Woodfield in search of evidence, hoping to find
irrefutable proof of a haunting.  Instead, they will discover that, in this
theater, the terrors are not confined to the screen.

Get your very own copy of Cinema of Shadows today!

And watch the book trailer below… if you dare! 

 

 

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Spook House Haunts #1 Spot on Bestseller List!

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Bestselling author Michael West has another hit on his hands.  His third Harmony, Indiana novel for Seventh Star PressSpook House, just became a #1 bestseller, topping the Horror charts for Kobo.  A global leader in eReading, Kobo delivers the best digital reading experience to millions of users in 190 countries, offering one of the world’s largest catalogs with millions of titles.

In Spook House, there are some places in this world that go far beyond any normal definition of “haunted.”  These places are so evil, so diabolical, that they become gateways to Hell itself.  The Fuller Farm is one such place.

It is said that old man Fuller conducted unspeakable acts, blood rituals and human sacrifices, all in an attempt to gain the ultimate knowledge, the ultimate power.  And then, he was killed–horribly murdered on his own lands, leaving the house to stand as a vacant monument to his wickedness.  But once a door is opened, it can never really be closed.

Now, the stars are right.   The gateway is ready to once more unleash unspeakable horror upon the town of Harmony, Indiana.   And this will be one Halloween that they will never forget!

Order your own copy of this chart-topping bestseller now from:
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IndieboundSeventh Star Press or your favorite book store.

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“In Vino Veritas” One of 2014’s Best Short Stories!

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“In Vino Veritas,” the short story Michael West wrote with author Tim Waggoner, was just named to the Top 10 list of The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories of 2014 by voters in the annual P&E Readers’ Poll.

“Working with Tim Waggoner on this story was an amazing experience,” West commented.  “We were very happy with the tale, and to see that it was also liked by readers is very rewarding…Thank you all for your continued support!”

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The story was originally published in the Streets of Shadows anthology, edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon for Alliteration Ink.  Get your copy here!

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A longer, unedited version of the tale (think Director’s Cut) was also published in Michael West’s 2014 short fiction collection, Straightjacket Memoriespublished by Seventh Star Press.

Order now from:
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Barnes&NobleBooksAMillion, Kobo, iTunes, Seventh Star Press or your favorite book store.

The Monster Librarian Recommends “Vampires!”

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The Monster Librarian has posted a wonderful new review of my first anthology as editor, Vampires Don’t Sparkle!  Here’s a bit of what they had to say:

“From fun to splattery, and with a smattering of regional specialties, Michael West has assembled a collection of stories designed to leave prissy, playboy bloodsuckers in their condos and compounds. In his selections, monsters run the streets again. Standout stories include Joel A. Sutherland’s “Skraeling”, “Dreams of Winter” by Bob Freeman, and Jerry Gordon’s “Vampire Nation”, though with so much great fiction inside it’s hard to pick out just a few. Definitely recommended for public and private horror collections.” 

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Read the full review here!

Order now from: Amazon, Barnes&Noble, BooksAMillion, Kobo, iTunes, Seventh Star Press or your favorite book store.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to cancer research institutions to fight the real horrors of Cancer.

Hades’ Disciples Catches Bitten by Books “Completely Off Guard!”

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Bitten by Books just posted a new 4-star review of my second Legacy of the Gods novel, Hades’ Disciples. Here’s a bit of what they had to say:

“4-stars! This was the second installment of the series and, although Hades’ Disciples could stand on its own, I really appreciated the continuity and getting reacquainted with several of my favorite characters from the last book. I was, once again, impressed by the illustrations and the imagination that went into building these characters. This time the “creatures” felt more substantial and more threatening at the same time. I was particularly intrigued by the Dragon Lady Attorney that was introduced in this one…The ending caught me completely off guard, but now, of course, I need the third installment.

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Read the full review here!

And pick up your very own copy of The Legacy of the Gods Book Two: Hades’ Discipleshere!

Bitten by Books Takes a Bite Out of Poseidon’s Children!

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Bitten by Books just posted a new 4-star review of my first Legacy of the Gods novel,Poseidon’s Children.  Here’s a bit of what they had to say:

“4-stars! I love books that take place in and around the water so I was excited when I realized that Poseidon’s Children would involve Atlantis…I did enjoy the theories offered, and the illustrations really jumped off the page. It is also interesting that this tale is told from the viewpoint of several characters… There are some pretty gruesome moments and the bad guys are truly revolting. I was impressed with the imagination and amount of detail that went into bringing these creatures to life. The journey from character to character at the end gave me more than one opportunity to say, ‘I did not see that coming.’”

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Read the full review here!

And pick up your very own copy of The Legacy of the Gods Book One: Poseidon’s Childrenhere!

The Wide Game Is Legend!

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The website Legends of Horror just posted a review of my first Harmony, Indiana novel, The Wide Game.  Here is a bit of what they had to say:

“(Reading The Wide Game is) like being blindfolded on a roller coaster with ups and downs, twists, turns, and loops, you never know what will happen next but you’re excited to find out.” 

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Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of The Wide Game here!

Hades’ Disciples Is “One Hell of a Story!”

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I Smell Sheep has just posted a great new 5-Star…er, Sheep review of my new novel, The Legacy of the Gods Book Two: Hades’ Disciples.  

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Here is a bit of what they had to say:

“This is urban fantasy that takes creatures of myth and legends and stirs in alien mythology, with the added touch of Lovecraftian horror, to make one hell of a story to read. I cannot wait for the third book in series, Zeus’ Warriors (Legacy of the Gods, Book 3), and the satisfying conclusion I know Mr. West will bring to the readers.” 

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Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of The Legacy of the Gods Book Two: Hades’ Disciples here!

Poseidon’s Children is “A Great Story!”

 

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Pamela K. Kinney at I Smell Sheep has just posted a wonderful new review of my first Legacy of the Gods novel, Poseidon’s Children, giving it 5 sheep!

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Here’s a bit of what they had to say:

“A great story that held me, it is dark fantasy tipping close to the edge of pure horror. Michael West brought a tale worthy of Lovecraft to the 21st century, making it real and natural, bringing the unnatural brimming beneath the surface up from the depths.”

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Read the full review here!

And The Legacy of the Gods Book One: Poseidon’s Children here!

Hades’ Disciples “is Done Brilliantly!”

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Michael Smith, of the Las Vegas Guardian, just posted a wonderful new review of the second novel in my Legacy of the Gods series, Hades’ Disciples.  Here’s a bit of what he had to say:

“Author Michael West continues the story of the first Legacy of the Gods and takes the horror to another level. Introducing a twist in this tale of a battle to allow these shape shifting creatures to take over the world from mankind. This scribe, who also terrified fans with his tales of terror set in Indiana and his short stories, cranks things up with Hades’ Disciples. West writes action that cracks and his stories have a pace that never drags, along with these attributes, his characters are well drawn and his dialogue never hits a false note…Hades’ Disciples is a cracking read and earns a solid five star rating. Do not miss this one, if you are a fan of horror/science fiction and fantasy.“

Read the full review here!

And pick up your very own copy of Hades’ Disciples here!