Archive for January, 2012

Book Den Interview and Giveaway!

Jennifer at Book Den just posted a new interview with me on my two Seventh Star Singles, “Goodnight” and “For the River Is Wide and the Gods Are Hungry.”  We also talked about my upcoming novels, Poseidon’s Children, the first book in my epic, dark Urban Fantasy series, The Legacy of the Gods, and Spook House and Field of Screams, the next two Harmony, Indiana titles. 

Read the interview here!

Book Den is also giving away copies of all 8 Seventh Star Singles to three lucky people!  This contest will be open until January 31, 2012.  Good luck!

“Wide Game,” “Cinema” Among Best Reads of 2011!

 The Sci-Fi Guys have put out their list of the The Best of 2011: Books, and my two Harmony, Indiana novels, The Wide Game and Cinema of Shadows, both made the list! 

Cinema of Shadows came in at number 9.  Here’s what they had to say about it:

Cinema of Shadows was everything that I could want in a ghost story: an intelligent professor with a sordid past, a group of teenagers searching for answers in a Ghost Adventures fashion, a haunted movie theater, a well paced story, and an exorcism from Hell. Plus a few familiar faces. Cinema of Shadows did not disappoint.”

And where did The Wide Game come in?  Why all the way up at number 2!   Here’s what Sci-Fi guys had to say about it:

The Wide Game takes the reader back to a time when horror was thriving. Back to a time where storytellers and Hollywood didn’t rely on gratuitous violence and stupid gore to shock the consumer. Back to a time when this novel would have easily made the New York Times, and quite possibly rivaled the newest Stephen King title.”

With all the books released in 2011, it would have been an honor just to have one of my titles make a year-end “best of” list, but to have both of my Harmony, Indiana books appear on a list with the likes of Joe R. Lansdale and Brian Keene…words cannot describe!

You can read the full list here!

The Wide Game is available from Graveside Tales Books.

And Cinema of Shadows is available in paperback and e-book from Seventh Star Press.  There may even be a few signed, limited edition hardcovers available if you act fast!

And to all my faithful readers out there, if you thought 2011 was something, wait until you see what I have in store for 2012!

Sci-Fi Guys Rate and Give Away Shorts!

The Sci-Fi Guys have interviewed myself, Steven Shrewsbury, and Stephen Zimmer about our $0.99 short stories and other works available from Seventh Star Press.  They also rated my entries, giving “For the River Is Wide and the Gods Are Hungry” 4 out of 5 stars and  “Goodnight” a 5 out of 5! 

Read the interview here!

If you leave a comment at the end of the post with your name and e-mail, you’ll have a chance to win a copy of all 8 stories!  Good luck!

Between Two Books Contest and Interview

The website Between Two Books is giving you a chance to win all the Seventh Star Press Singles e-Books, including my short stories, “Goodnight” and “For the River Is Wide and the Gods Are Hungry.”  They also conducted an interview with me on everything from my favorite books and writing style to what I think of digital books and the current state of Horror. 

You can register to win copies of the short stories here!

And read the new interview here!

“The Gods Are Hungry” for Kindle, iPad, and Nook!

My newest short story, “For the River Is Wide and the Gods Are Hungry,”  is now available as a $0.99 eBook for Kindle, iPad, and Nook!

In this never before published Tales from Harmony short story, it should be the best time of Becky’s life. Her studies at Stanley University are going well, and her boyfriend, Mark, has just asked her to marry him. But when she returns to her childhood home, Becky finds she must deal once more with the events of one horribly hot summer day, a deadly past that now threatens to steal all her future happiness.

Tales from Harmony short stories offer horror fans much more to experience in the Harmony, Indiana setting that is featured in Michael West novels such as Cinema of Shadows and The Wide Game.

Be sure to check out other eBook short stories that are part of the Seventh Star Singles collection!

“Poseidon’s Children” One of “Top 10 Books I’m Excited to Read in 2012”

Jennifer at Book Den just posted her list of the “Top Ten (Series) Books I’m Excited to Read in 2012,” and Poseidon’s Children, the first novel in my Legacy of the Gods series, is on it. 

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.  

Faithful readers have been asking about this series for years, but the wait is almost over!   Seventh Star Press is poised to release Poseidon’s Children in March.  Stay tuned for sample chapters, a sneak peek at the illustrations, and a book trailer from Darkrider Studios in advance of the big date, and be ready to place your pre-orders soon!

“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!

The Wide Game One of 2011’s Best Reads!

Rhonda Wilson, a reviewer with Monster Librarian, just listed her Top 10 Reads of 2011, and my first novel, The Wide Game, made the list! 

“My top 10 reads of 2011 were:
1. Floating Staircase – Ronald Malfi
2. My Soul to Steal – Rachel Vincent
3. Smile No More – James A. Moore
4. A Bad Day for Voodoo – Jeff Strand
5. The Samhanach – Lisa Morton
6. Lost Homicidal Maniac – Jeff Strand
7. The Wide Game – Michael West
8. Drink, Slay, Love – Sarah Beth Durst
9. Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs – Molly Harper
10. I Was a Seventh Grade Monster Hunter – A.G. Kent (W.D. Gagliani & David Benton)”

You can order your copy of The Wide Game here!

Monster Librarian Calls ‘Cinema’ Recommended Reading!

Monster Librarian recommends my novel, Cinema of Shadows.  Here’s an excerpt of their review:

“Cinema of Shadows is a very creepy but fun take on the haunted house/building theme.  There are interesting and well-rounded characters and a fantastic history for the old movie theater.  We are given eerie glimpses into the tragic happenings, all the while building to the story’s terrifying climax….except there is more to this story than a final showdown with ghosts.  I really enjoyed the ‘twist’ ending as it veers away from predictable.  If you like ghosts, demons or hauntings then Cinema of Shadows belongs in your horror book collection.”

Read the full review here!