Archive for October, 2011

Darlene’s Book Nook Interviews Michael West

The interview I did with Darlene’s Book Nook is now up and running. You can read it, and register to win a copy of my Seventh Star Press novel, Cinema of Shadows, by clicking here!

Wag the Fox Gets “That Halloween Spirit”

Michael West has written a guest blog for Gef Fox’s dark fiction website, Wag the Fox

After reviewing Michael’s Cinema of Shadows recently, I thought he’d be a perfect author to coax into writing a little something for the Monster Movie Marathon. Well, boy howdy, did he go the extra mile in writing a testimonial to Halloween and the monsters who revel in it. Enjoy.”

To read “That Halloween Spirit,”  click here!

“It’s About Time You Read Something Scary, like Cinema of Shadows”

Ryan Thomason at Watch Play Read is, by his own admission, a big scaredy cat, but he bravely picked up a copy of my novel, Cinema of Shadows and read it from cover to cover.   Here’s an excerpt of his review:

“I loved the characters, the setting, and yes, even the baddies. Mr. West told us of his love for the horror genre and damn does he shine. If I can read this book and love it, anybody can, because it’s good. When at one point I was asked why I was visibly squirming in my chair you know he’s doing something right!”

Read the full review here!

Mansion House Books Gets “Unknown Caller”

My new short story, “Unknown Caller,” will be featured in the Cadence In Decay anthology, edited by Ty Schwamberger and released by Mansion House Books, the home of UK-based MHB Press/Hard Gore Press.   MHB Press specializes in the publication of finely bound, signed, and illustrated limited editions of out of print classic works of Horror and Erotic Horror, as well as exciting new works from todays best voices in the genre.  The anthology is currently slated for an early 2012 release, and in addition to my story, features the work of: Wrath James White, J.F. Gonzalez, Mike Oliveri, Tim Waggoner, Thomas A. Erb, Maurice Broaddus, Ian R. Faulkner, James A. Moore, Deborah LeBlanc, Skip Novak, Jeff Strand, Ramsey Campbell, Gary Braunbeck, and Weston Ochse.

This limited edition, signed, and illustrated hardcover will be available for pre-order in the near future, and is sure to become a collector’s item.  Stay tuned for more news as it becomes available!

A Little Love for “Flowers”

This may not be a new review, but it is new to me.  Richard Dansky of The Green Man Review, posted his thoughts on the Legends of the Mountain State 3 anthology, featuring my story “Flowers in Winter,” based on a legend of tragic romance that takes place in the John North House in Lewisburg, West Virginia.  Here’s an excerpt:

“Massie leads off with ‘The Caretaker,’ a slow build of a ghost story that takes an unexpected but appropriate turn at the end. Scott Nicholson’s ‘Wampus Cat’ is another, sidestepping the pitfalls of both the predictable and the overly folksy. Steve Vernon gives a fresh take on the legend of John Henry with ‘Where You Gonna Run To?,’ and Michael West’s ‘Flowers in Winter’ neatly reverses the twist of Massie’s story, all the more effectively since the two are back to back…more than solid and deeply entertaining.”

Read the full review here!

“Cinema Of Shadows is a cracking read!”

The Horror Review Hole, a site out of the UK, has posted a review of my novel, Cinema of Shadows.  Here’s an excerpt:
“Classy, old-fashioned horror, Cinema Of Shadows will appeal to…those who enjoy supernatural horror and well-constructed, well-written stories of any sort.  The characters are well-written and the story compelling, tense and creepy, building to a fitting conclusion.  It’s no slight on the book that my dear old mother picked it from my shelf, read it in a matter of days and loved it (hey, she reads The Walking Dead comic books. Being cool is in the blood). Cinema Of Shadows is approachable, readable horror that even a non-genre connoisseur can pick up and enjoy; a page-turner in the truest sense.”
And you have to love their Scream Queen rating system:

Halloween Signing at That Book Place

Halloween is drawing near, and what better way for a Horror author to celebrate than with a book signing!  l will be at That Book Place in Madison,  Indiana on Saturday, October 22, from 11am-3pm, signing copies of my work.    Here’s more information on the store:

That Book Place

337 Clifty Drive
Madison, IN 47250
(812) 574-4113

This is sure to be a fun event, so I hope to see all my faithful readers there!

Shroud Magazine Loves “every pulse-pounding chapter” of Cinema!

Shroud Magazine has just posted a glowing review of my novel, Cinema of Shadows.  Here’s an excerpt:

Cinema Of Shadows is a full-throttle, unique journey that takes the concept of the conventional ‘haunting’ to new territory.  Well written, with a suspense that is palpable, West delivers a novel that strikes emotional chords and challenges our imaginations.  (He) proves once again that his voice is rare and quite formidable.” 

Read the full review here!