Archive for June, 2011

Sci-fi Guys Say “Cinema” Is Just the Ticket!

My new novel, Cinema of Shadows, has been available to order for less than a day, but the Sci-Fi Guys Book Review site has already read it and posted a glowing notice!  Here’s a snippet:

“9 out of 10!  West effortlessly chills you to your very marrow.  I highly recommend snagging a copy of Cinema of Shadows as soon as humanly possible…one hell of a good story.” 

Read the full review here!

Enter the ‘Cinema of Shadows’

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the brand new cover art by Matthew
Perry created for Michael West’s Cinema of Shadows, which will make
Harmony, Indiana a household name with horror readers everywhere.

A pre-ordering window is now open for readers interested in a limited
edition hardcover of Cinema of Shadows, which features a Matthew Perry
illustration not included in the regular editon.  Only 75 numbered copies
of the limited edition will be issued, at a price of just $34.95.

There is also a special pre-order offer for the regular trade paperback
edition.  Both of the pre-order offers include an array of Cinema of
collectibles, including a beautiful 14X20 poster of one of the
interior illustrations (also by Matthew Perry), a set of 5X7 glossy art
cards, bookmarks, a pair of buttons, and a magnet.  Copies can be
pre-ordered in the online store at and will be
shipped August 1st, to ensure arrival before the book’s August 7th street

Cinema of Shadows welcomes you 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. 

Cinema of Shadows will ultimately be available in trade paperback,
hardcover, and a variety of eBook editions.

Spook House, the next Harmony, Indiana novel from Michael West, is slated
for 2012 release, with another title coming in 2013.
Updates and additional information can be obtained at the official site
for Seventh Star Press, at , or at the author’s
site at

The Wide Game Scores a Perfect 10!

 RJ Sullivan, reviewer and author of the ghost story Haunting Blue,  just finished reading my debut novel, The Wide Game, and had this to say about it:

“10 out of 10!   West can deliver on the scary.   But what impressed me more about The Wide Game is West’s ability to create fully developed characters, even the ones that won’t make it to the end…and any reader whose heart is not made of gargoyle stone will get vested in their story.  West opens a creative vein of truth to bring the perfect touch of honesty to his fiction.   Bottom line: If you’re just looking for a great scary book, you can’t go wrong with The Wide Game.”

Read the full review here!