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“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.

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“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.

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

Zeus’ Warriors Is “an Addictive Treat!”

 

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Michael Smith from Mike’s Film Talk has posted an amazing review of bestselling author Michael West’s new Legacy of the Gods novel, Zeus’ Warriors.  Here’s a bit of what he had to say:

“This was a brilliant third installment to this ‘page turner’ series.   It is literally impossible not to attempt reading all of the book in one sitting…All of West’s characters connect with the reader…The Legacy of the Gods Book Three: Zeus’ Warriors was well worth the wait.  It is still set against an international backdrop and carries the story forward with an admirable momentum…Do not miss this third installment in the series…an addictive treat that will leave readers clamoring for more…Make sure you read this third visit to West’s wonderfully weird world.” 

You can read the full review here!

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Synopsis for Zeus’ Warriors:

Zeus’ warriors, the defenders of humanity, have suffered terrible losses.

Presumed dead, Earl Preston has been forced to retreat into a forgotten underworld beneath New York City, but he is still far from safe. Hades’ disciples need only to recover the two remaining crystal skulls — ancient vessels of indescribable power — and their dark quest to return the vanquished gods to earth will be all but complete. To save civilization as we know it, Earl must rise to confront his greatest challenge yet, but this is a fight he cannot win alone.

Trapped inside an alien environment, Alan Everson and Kari Hannigan must put aside their differences and work together to help a gravely injured Carol Miyagi — a woman they both claim to love. Theirs is a journey to discover the secret of life itself. And they may not like what they find.

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Zeus’ Thunderclap

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From Seventh Star Press…

We’ve got a brand new Thunderclap underway for bestselling author Michael West and his forthcoming release, Zeus’ Warriors, the third title in his acclaimed series The Legacy of the Gods. Help us spread awareness on the release day, September 27th, by sharing a tweet or Facebook post. The app takes care of it all, takes just a moment to sign up.  Click here to offer your support!

Blending dark fantasy, horror and thriller elements, The Legacy of the Gods series has enjoyed a fast-growing audience and growing acclaim for the author of bestselling horror novels such as Cinema of Shadows and Spook House.  Get ready for the best release in the series yet!  Featuring new interior illustrations by Natasha Alterici.

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Synopsis of Zeus’ Warriors:

Zeus’ warriors, the defenders of humanity, have suffered terrible losses.

Presumed dead, Earl Preston has been forced to retreat into a forgotten underworld beneath New York City, but he is still far from safe. Hades’ disciples need only to recover the two remaining crystal skulls — ancient vessels of indescribable power — and their dark quest to return the vanquished gods to earth will be all but complete. To save civilization as we know it, Earl must rise to confront his greatest challenge yet, but this is a fight he cannot win alone.

Trapped inside an alien environment, Alan Everson and Kari Hannigan must put aside their differences and work together to help a gravely injured Carol Miyagi — a woman they both claim to love. Theirs is a journey to discover the secret of life itself. And they may not like what they find.

Zeus’ Warriors is the third book in the Legacy of the Gods series.

Attention Walmart Shoppers…

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Say what you will about Walmart, according to the Fortune Global 500 list in 2016, it is undeniably the world’s largest retail company.  And now, I am pleased to report that the world’s largest retailer is currently offering all of my novels and short fiction collections, including Vampires Don’t Sparkle!, which benefits cancer research, to new and faithful readers alike via their website, Walmart.com.  

In case you are interested, here are the links…

Short Fiction Collections:
Skull Full of Kisses
Straightjacket Memories

Harmony, Indiana Novels:
The Wide Game
Cinema of Shadows
Spook House

The Legacy of the Gods Series:
The Legacy of the Gods Book One: Poseidon’s Children
The Legacy of the Gods Book Two: Hades’ Disciples
The Legacy of the Gods Book Three: Zeus Warriors (Coming September 27, 2016)
The Legacy of the Gods Book Four:  Kronos’ Return (Coming Soon)

Anthologies as Editor:
Vampires Don’t Sparkle!

Enjoy!

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About the author:

Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, The Wide Game, 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.

West displays many different skulls in his office. His favorites include a skull-shaped computer speaker and a human skull lamp that sits on his desk.

“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? 

Cover Reveal for The Legacy of the Gods Book 3: Zeus’ Warriors!

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Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art by Natasha Alterici for best-selling author Michael West’s Zeus’ Warriors, Book Three in The Legacy of the Gods Series! The follow-up to the acclaimed novels Poseidon’s Children and Hades’ Disciples, Zeus’ Warriors continues the urban fantasy/dark fantasy series by Michael West. The novel will also feature interior art by Natasha Alterici and will be released in the later part of 2016 in softcover, limited edition hardcover, and all eBook formats.With Amazon best-sellers such as Cinema of Shadows and Spook House to his credit, Michael is ready to excite readers everywhere with his best novel yet! Synopsis for Zeus’ Warriors:

Zeus’ warriors, the defenders of humanity, have suffered terrible losses.

Presumed dead, Earl Preston has been forced to retreat into a forgotten underworld beneath New York City, but he is still far from safe. Hades’ disciples need only to recover the two remaining crystal skulls — ancient vessels of indescribable power — and their dark quest to return the vanquished gods to earth will be all but complete. To save civilization as we know it, Earl must rise to confront his greatest challenge yet, but this is a fight he cannot win alone.

Trapped inside an alien environment, Alan Everson and Kari Hannigan must put aside their differences and work together to help a gravely injured Carol Miyagi — a woman they both claim to love. Theirs is a journey to discover the secret of life itself. And they may not like what they find.

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About the author:

Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, The Wide Game, 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.

West displays many different skulls in his office. His favorites include a skull-shaped computer speaker and a human skull lamp that sits on his desk.

Big Joseph Beth Booksellers Event Announced!

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On Saturday, June 13, bestselling Horror author Michael West joins fellow Seventh Star Press authors Selah Janel, and Stephen Zimmer to take Cincinnati by storm with a very special event at Joseph Beth Booksellers! Featuring a panel on writing speculative fiction, a signing and presentation, giveaways, and an after event gathering, this promises to be an exciting event for all who attend.

Joseph-Beth Cincinnati
2692 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208

June 13, 2015, at 7pm.

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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!

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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.

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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.