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“Ave Satani” a Reel Dark Story!

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My short story, “Ave Satani,” will be featured in the Reel Dark anthology.   Described as a “sojourn into apocalyptic soundscapes”, “Ave Satani” tells the story of a legendary film composer’s unused final score, one that should have remained lost forever.

Here is the official press release:

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art by Aaron Drown of Aaron Drown Design for the new edition of the Reel Dark anthology from editors L. Andrew Cooper and Pamela Turner.  With a cinema theme and a mix of speculative fiction tales that include suspense, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and even poetry, readers will find this anthology a unique and captivating reading experience.

This edition features 2 brand new stories, one from bestselling horror author Michael West and one from acclaimed author and editor Alexander S. Brown.  eBook and print editions are set for release in the first week of May.

Synopsis of Reel Dark:
Welcome to a macabre cinema for the imagination, to twisted tales projected not on a movie screen but on the page. In Reel Dark you’ll find suspense, horror, science fiction, and fantasy in fiction and poetry by authors ranging from new voices to bestsellers. From the battle for recognition between a child actress and a vengeful, long-forgotten film star in “Whatever Happened to Peggy…Who?” to a hapless artist whose talent propels him into a nightmare of jealousy and revenge in “The Dreamist,” the authors have created worlds filled with madness and twisted desires. Where the lines between reality and fantasy blur, where films flicker at 24 frames per second, we catch a glimpse of strangers’ dreams and nightmares. As David Lynch puts it, “This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top.” As Karen Head writes in her poem “Amnesia,” responding to Lynch, “In the movies / everything is illusion.” But with cameras everywhere, how do you know whether you’re in a movie? 

Hades’ Disciples Now Available for Kindle and Nook!

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Seventh Star Press is proud to announce that Hades’ Disciples, Book Two in the Legacy of the Gods series from best-selling author Michael West, is now available in Kindle and Nook formats!  Hades’ Disciples is the followup to the highly-acclaimed Poseidon’s Children, which introduced the Legacy of the Gods series to urban fantasy readers and reviewers all over the world. The new title expands the action and settings, offering fans of the series much more to explore as they follow the adventure from where it concluded in the first book.

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Interior Illustration by Matthew Perry

Available on Kindle and Nook, Hades’ Disciples will be available shortly in Kobo, iTunes, and other eBook formats with a softcover print version to follow next week.  The links for the Kindle and Nook versions are as follows:

Edited by Amanda DeBord, Hades’ Disciples features cover art and new interior illustrations from award-winning artist Matthew Perry. A special limited edition hardcover version is now available for pre-order at the Seventh Star Press site.

Hades’ Disciples continues the revelation that 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.

For further information on the Legacy of the Gods series, please visit Michael’s site atwww.bymichaelwest.com or Seventh Star Press at www.seventhstarpress.com

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Interior Illustration by Matthew Perry

About Michael: 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.

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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This Solstice, Give the Gift of Tentacles!

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If you are giving the gift of an eReader this Christmas–Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook, etc., it’s not too late to load it up with some great books!  Get the Horror/Urban Fantasy fan in your life ready for the release of The Legacy of the Gods Book Two: Hades’ Disciples by stocking up on the first two books related to the characters / mythology of the series!

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

Man no longer worships the old gods; forgotten and forsaken, they have become nothing more than myth and legend.  But all that is about to change. After the ruins of a vast, ancient civilization are discovered on the ocean floor, Coast Guard officers find a series of derelict ships drifting in the current—high-priced yachts and leaking fishing boats, all ransacked, splattered in blood, their crews missing and presumed dead.

And that’s just the beginning.

Vacationing artist Larry Neuhaus has just witnessed a gruesome shark attack, a young couple torn apart right before his eyes….at least, he thinks it was a shark.   And when one of these victims turns out to be the only son of Roger Hays, the most powerful man in the country, things go from bad to worse. Now, to stop the carnage, Larry and his new-found friends must work together to unravel a mystery as old as time, and face an enemy as dark as the ocean depths.

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While technically Book 3 of the Harmony, Indiana series, this stand-alone novel also has important ties to The Legacy of the Gods.  Think of it as Book 1.5…

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!

 

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Merry Christmas, happy reading, and pleasant nightmares!

Skull Full of Kisses Back from the Dead!

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Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art by Matthew Perry for the reissue of Michael West’s Skull Full of Kisses, a collection of short stories that horror fans are sure to enjoy!

Featuring a forward by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Gary Braunbeck, Skull Full of Kisses includes a diverse range of tones and settings that display the horror virtuosity of Michael West.  The release also unites Skull Full of Kisses with Michael’s other Seventh Star Press titles such as Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, The Wide Game, and Poseidon’s Children.

“I am so pleased that this, my first short fiction collection, is now back in print.  Ten tales, including a lot of fan favorites such as ‘Jiki,’ my ode to Asian Horror; ‘To Know How to See,’ my first real stab at Sci-fi Horror; and ‘Goodnight,’ which was named Best Horror Short Story of 2005 in the annual P&E Readers Poll. Those stories hold special places in my heart as well, and I’m so happy that they are now available again to both new and faithful readers alike.”

Skull Full of Kisses will be released in eBook format on Monday, September 30th, with availability for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBookstore, and other types of eReaders, with the print version to follow 1 week later. For further information on Michael West and his releases, visit the author’s site at www.bymichaelwest.com or www.seventhstarpress.com

Seventh Star Press is a publisher of speculative fiction based out of Lexington, Kentucky.

 

Seventh Star Press Announces Wide Game eBook, Limited Hardcover!

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For Immediate Release
May 24, 2013

Cover Reveal for the Re-Issue of Michael West Novel The Wide Game!

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the new cover art from the award-winning Matthew Perry for the re-issue of Michael West’s The Wide Game, a Harmony, Indiana Novel!

The 2nd edition of The Wide Game was edited by Amanda DeBord and joins other novels from West such as Cinema of Shadows and Spook House in taking horror fans into the fascinating and often dangerous realm of Harmony, Indiana.

In The Wide Game, Paul Rice, on the advice of his wife, is making plans to attend his 10th year High School reunion.  Returning to his boyhood home of Harmony, Indiana, he finds that he is still haunted by memories of that time–memories of Deidra, his first love, and memories of the Wide Game.  It was ten years ago that Paul and his friends watched their day of fun become a race for their lives, a fight for their very souls.

Now, as he meets the survivors of that day once more, Paul makes a chilling discovery: the incomprehensible forces that toyed with them have yet to finish playing their own game.

Originally published in trade paperback by Graveside Tales, The Wide Game was the first Harmony, Indiana novel released, but has never before been made available in hardcover and eBook formats.  Michael recently commented on the re-release, and the expanded availability in more formats.

The Wide Game was my first novel, and it holds a special place in my heart and the hearts of all my faithful readers everywhere.  This is something they have been requesting for years!  Not a day goes by without messages and emails asking me when The Wide Game would be available as an eBook.  Still others have asked if it would ever be available in hardcover.  I am thrilled that Seventh Star Press will now be offering the work in both formats, and I hope that even more readers will now get to see how the Harmony, Indiana series all began.”

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

He has made certain there are no cornfields near his home.

The Wide Game will be released in trade paperback and eBook formats during the beginning of June, with a limited edition hardcover to follow. For further information on The Wide Game and Michael West’s other releases, please visit the author’s site at www.bymichaelwest.com or Seventh Star Press at www.seventhstarpress.com

Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at) seventhstarpress.com

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky

Now Vampires Don’t Sparkle on Kindle!

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My first short story anthology as editor, Vampires Don’t Sparkle!, is now available on Kindle.  Download it now for just $3.99 and begin reading some amazing fiction by the best names in Horror and Dark Fantasy, and best of all, help contribute to the fight against cancer!  Here is another look at the table of contents:

Edited by Michael West

Foreword by Michael West

“A New Life” by J. F. Gonzalez
“What Once was Flesh” by Tim Waggoner
“The Darkton Circus Mystery” by Elizabeth Massie
“Robot Vampire” by R. J. Sullivan
“Beneath a Templar Cross” by Gord Rollo
“The Weapon of Memory” by Kyle S. Johnson
“The Excavation” by Stephen Zimmer
“Skraeling” by Joel A. Sutherland
“Dreams of Winter” by Bob Freeman
“Dracula’s Winkee: Bloodsucker Blues” by Gregory L. Hall
“I Fuck Your Sunshine” by Lucy A. Snyder
“A Soldier’s Story” by Maurice Broaddus
Rattenkönig” by Douglas F. Warrick
“Vampire Nation” by Jerry Gordon
“Curtain Call” by Gary A. Braunbeck

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Poseidon’s Children Is “Insanely Imaginative!”

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Amanda Amaya at I Read a Book Once just posted her thoughts on the first novel in my Legacy of the Gods series, Poseidon’s Children, giving it 4 stars!  Here’s a bit of what she had to say about it…

“The concept of this book is insanely imaginative.  Drawing on extensive knowledge of the deep, Mr. West creates truly horrifying creatures that literally leap out of the pages.  The plot is well developed…and despite the subject matter, it is actually believable.  The entire thing is very well written…I particularly loved the author’s description of the ‘transformation’ that some of the characters go through.   And the character development is excellent.  All of the ‘unrelated characters’ are so strongly developed so the reader will have a sense of confidence to where the plot is going toward the end of the book.  Overall it is a good and captivating read.  I will definitely think twice before heading into any ocean.  And I will NEVER swim at night.”  

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Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Poseidon’s Children here!

Spook House Is “a Fabulous Find!”

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eReaderPerks.com has just posted an amazing review of my new novel, Spook House.  Here is an excerpt:

“What a fabulous find! Spook House by Michael West is one of those Horror books that just grabs you from the very first page with characters you really want to get to know–and some you never want to have the bad luck to run into, that’s for sure!  This is a super scary, and sometimes delightfully gross, horror tale…Oh, and the illustrations…WOW! What an unexpected touch to find in this book!  That spider-dog was one of the sickest things I’ve seen; it was so great! Where do authors come up with this stuff?  I wonder sometimes just how terrifying their nightmares are if they think up this stuff while they are awake.  The town, the characters, the creatures, and the back story in Spook House are all so wonderfully crafted I swear I have just been on a great adventure and I wish it wasn’t over.”

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Read the full review here!

 

 

And pick up your very own copy of Spook House here!