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“The City Will Eat You Alive” Voted One of the Top 10 Horror Stories of 2017!

Michael West’s 80’s-style monster tale, “The City Will Eat You Alive,” has been voted one of the 10 Best Horror Short Stories of 2017 in the annual P & E Readers Poll.  

In the story, released as a Christmas present to all of West’s faithful readers eagerly awaiting his next novel, “a young woman, trying to make it on her own in 1980s New York, encounters a pack of carnivorous subterranean creatures on her subway trip home.”

“Thank you to all my faithful readers, and all the people who voted, ” West said upon hearing the final results of the poll.  “Your support means the world to me!”

Available as a digital download on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and other formats, the story became an instant Top 100 Bestseller when the pre-order window opened ahead of its holiday release by West’s publisher, Seventh Star Press.

If you haven’t had a chance to read “The City Will Eat You Alive,” click here to see what all the fuss is about!

“Ave Satani” Voted One of 2016’s Ten Best Horror Stories

“Ave Satani,” Michael West’s short story from the Reel Dark anthology, edited by  L. Andrew Cooper and Pamela Turner, has been named one of the Top 10 Best Horror Short Stories of 2016 in the annual P&E Readers’ Poll.

Top 10 Horror 2016

“I wish I could take some sort of credit, but I hardly touched the thing,” said co-editor L. Andrew Cooper of the tale.  “(Michael West) turned in one of the best manuscripts I’ve ever received in any of my professional outings–a well-deserved award!”

A “sojourn into apocalyptic soundscapes,” Michael West’s “Ave Satani” tells the story of a legendary film composer’s even more legendary final score  — music written for an Italian Horror film from the 1970’s that was ultimately never used.  For years, it has been one man’s holy grail.  Now, he may actually get the chance to hear this lost symphony…and we may all pay the price.

Published by Seventh Star Press, Reel Dark is a collection of award-winning authors as well as newer voices spinning tales of movie mayhem.

Reel Dark cover

If you have not read this award-winning tale, you can get your very own copy of the Reel Dark anthology here.

“Tales from Harmony” eBook Series Now On-Line!

Michael West joins the Seventh Star Press  Seventh Star Singles line of $0.99 eBooks with “Goodnight,” the first short story in his Tales from Harmony collection for the Seventh Star Singles line.  Michael West’s Tales from Harmony collection features stories with ties to Harmony, Indiana, a location synonymous with horror and the site of many of his tales, including his novels The Wide Game  and Cinema of Shadows.

In this Tales from Harmony short story, a frightened child, in a rural Indiana farmhouse, attempts to fool the Angel of Death.

“Goodnight” was voted Best Horror Short Story of the Year in a 2005 P&E Readers Poll. First featured in the magazine Wicked Karnival #6, it was also included in Skull Full of Kisses, a single author collection from Michael West published by Graveside Tales. Now, it debuts Michael’s Tales from Harmony eBook short story collection.

Click here to download the story to your Kindle for just $0.99!

Click here to download the story to your Nook for just $0.99!

Michael West Part of a Bram Stoker Award-Winning Work!


As faithful readers know, some months ago, I was interviewed by editor Michael Knost for an article entitled “The Aha! Moment,” an article featured in the Writers Workshop of Horror. That collection of articles on the craft of writing horror and dark fiction was just awarded the Bram Stoker Award for Best Achievement in Non-Fiction! ;D

Congrats to Michael Knost and all the writers involved:

— Clive Barker
— Joe R. Lansdale
— F. Paul Wilson
— Ramsey Campbell
— Thomas F. Monteleone
— Deborah LeBlanc
— Gary A. Braunbeck
— Brian Keene
— Elizabeth Massie
— Tom Piccirilli
— Jonathan Maberry
— Tim Waggoner
— Mort Castle
— G. Cameron Fuller
— Rick Hautala
— Scott Nicholson
— Michael A. Arnzen
— J.F. Gonzalez
— Michael Laimo
— Lucy A. Snyder
— Jeff Strand
— Lisa Morton
— Jack Haringa
— Gary Frank
— Jason Sizemore
— Robert N. Lee

Here are some of the reviews:

“Packing more knowledge and sound advice than four years’ worth of college courses…It’s focused on the root of your evil, the writing itself.”
Fangoria Magazine

“A veritable treasure trove of information for aspiring writers–straight from the mouths of today’s top horror scribes!”
Rue Morgue Magazine

For more information, or to order your copy, click here!

“To Know How to See” Seen as One of the Year’s Best!

Michael West’s short story, “To Know How to See,” has been named one of the 10 Best Horror Short Stories of 2008 in the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll! If you have not read the story yet, you can find it here.  Thanks to all who voted!

“God Like Me” Voted One of the Year’s Best!

Michael West’s short story “God Like Me,” from the anthology Raw Meat, has been voted one of the Top 10 Horror Short Stories of 2007 in the P&E Readers Poll! Thanks to everyone who voted!

“Goodnight” Named Best of the Year!

Michael West’s “Goodnight” has been named BEST HORROR SHORT STORY OF 2005 by the P&E Readers’ Poll.

Crypt of Horror Award

by Michael awarded the Crypt Crawl Horror Search Crypt of Horror Award.

Excellent Site Award

by Michael awarded the Excellent Site Award from Countess Blood’s Halloween Horror.

Freaking Scary!

by Michael wins the Freaking Scary Site Platinum Award from