Archive for November, 2012

Spook House Limited Edition Illustration Revealed!

Well, this is it…the FINAL STOP on the big Spook House Blog Tour!  Today, we visit with Jessica Lay at Jess Resides Here, and we get a look at the illustration for the Limited, Signed, Hardcover Edition of Spook House!  Thanks to all who have followed along on this month-long odyssey.  I hope you have enjoyed it, and I hope you will enjoy the novel!

Read the full post here!
And order the signed, limited, hardcover edition of Spook House here!

“Trolling” For Readers of Oceans Unleashed!

“Trolling,” a short story that takes place during the events of my novel Poseidon’s Children, will appear in the new Graveside Tales  anthology The Beast Within 3: Oceans Unleashed. Here is the full Table of Contents:

Edited by Jennifer Brozek
Foreword by Jennifer Brozek

“The Roe Girls” by Mae Empson
“Dry Run” by Pete Kempshall
“Wreckage” by Rosemary Jones
“Rites of Justice in Civilized Societies” by Amanda C. Davis
“Beyond the Reach of Moonlight” by Jamie Lackey
“The Murmur of Lorelei” by Jason Andrew
“Salt on the Dance Floor” by Nisi Shawl
“Mother Water” by T. S. Bazelli
“Beneath Feather and Fur” by Minerva Zimmerman
“Woman of War” by Ivan Ewert
“Trolling” by Michael West
“Safe” by Mari Ness
“Spawning Season” by Montgomery Mullen
“The Wedding Seal” by Josh Reynolds
“Hunger” by Jennifer Pelland
“The Summoned” by Wendy Wagner

Cover art by Shane Tyree
Interior art by John Ward

“The stories in here will make you think long and hard before going back in the water.” ~ Gary Brander, author of The Howling

Can you ask for a better recommendation than that?

 The Beast Within 3 will be unleashed on December 7, 2013.  Order from Graveside Tales!

Looking for Good Horror? “Spook House Fits the Bill!”

John Allen over at Write Mind posted a 4-Star review of my new novel, Spook House.  Here’s an excerpt:

“Michael West is a very good writer.  Spook House reads just like a horror movie, but not in the corny, cheesy predictable way.  It has plenty of gore, plenty of suspense, plenty of monsters, plenty of action…but what it also has is heart.  If you’re a fan of the horror genre, then do yourself a HUGE favor and pick up a copy of Spook House, because I know you’ll absolutely love it!”

Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Spook House here!


Spook House Is a “Kick-Ass…Old-Fashioned Horror Story!”

Today’s stop on the big Spook House Blog Tour…a great review from I Smell Sheep!  Here’s an excerpt:

“West writes a damn fine story. The characters are well-developed and the story is rich and intelligent. Where you find monsters you will also find gory deaths, but it isn’t done in a gratuitous manner. The story has a few lulls between the fast paced action scenes, but overall this is a quick read and good time for any fan of horror. If you like Stephen King or Scott Nicholson, then you will enjoy this.”

Read the full review here, and enter to win a copy of Spook House and Cinema of Shadows!

And if you don’t win, get your very own copy of Spook House here! 

Tomorrow’s stop…Ali’s Bookshelf!

Spook House Is “a Creepy Good Read!”

Today’s stop on the big Spook House Blog Tour…a great review from The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia!  Here’s an excerpt:

“I do love reading a well written horror novel, especially when the characters are ones that are extremely likable who you want to see survive the ordeal. And that is just what I got with Michael West’s Spook House…a creepy good read.”

Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Spook House here!

Tomorrow’s stop… I Smell Sheep!

Spook House “Doesn’t Let You Go When It’s Drawn You In!”

Sheila Deeth recently posted a review of my previous Harmony, Indiana novel, Cinema of Shadows.  Luckily, I didn’t scare her off, because she is back for another dose of Horror as the next stop on the big Spook House Blog Tour.  Sheila’s rating system was made for me, as it is based on coffee!

Sheila calls Spook House “a smooth dark novel best enjoyed with a bold dark 5-star cup of coffee.”  Here is a bit more of her review:

“Beautifully timed with moments of peace and mystery interspersed among gruesome horror, nicely rounded with backstories so sparingly told they add depth without increasing length, and hauntingly evocative with gorgeous scenery behind the gathering gloom, Spook House lends a whole new dimension to the idea of a haunted house, and will keep both new readers and long-time fans glued to the pages.  Or stuck to them with curious slime perhaps…A writer to watch, a novel to enjoy, and a place to avoid on the map: Spook House, Harmony, Indiana, USA.”

Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Spook House here!

Our next stop on the tour…Kayla’s Reads and Reviews!

Cinema of Shadows “Is a Classic!”

Most of my attention as of late has been devoted to the release of my new novel, Spook House, but Sheila Deeth has just taken a look at my previous entry in the Harmony, Indiana series: Cinema of Shadows!  Sheila reviews books for a variety of sites, and coolest of all, she has a “cup of coffee” review system!

She calls the novel “a 5-star bold dark intense cup of coffee.” Here’s an excerpt of the review:

“Have you ever wanted to go on a ghost hunt? If so, read this novel first for some excellent practical suggestions—no smoking for a start. And if not, enjoy this ghost-hunting tale for the vicarious thrill of a truly scary encounter with the ghosts of a crumbling cinema.  Backstory is well-timed, adding depth to characters the reader already cares about. Romance has just the right level of happenstance and human depth. And the horror creeps up on the reader, scary, double-edged and well-focused, serving the story well.  Harmony Indiana sounds like a town that will haunt the horror shelves for years to come, and Michael West is a writer to enjoy. For young adult upwards, Cinema of Shadows is highly recommended.”

Read the full review here!

And get your copy of Cinema of Shadows here!

Spook House “Will Not Disappoint!”

Today’s stop on the big Spook House Blog Tour…an amazing new 5-Star review from Bee’s Knees Reviews!  Here’s an excerpt:

“Michael West is of one of my favorite all time writers. His writing is smart, his stories are intense and captivating. He is one of the rare ones that I can honestly say I have loved everything he has written.  I started reading this book and I literally could not put it down… awesome, fun, scary, clever. This is a book that will not disappoint.”

You can read the full review here!

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

Tomorrow’s stop…From the Bootheel Cotton Patch!

Spook House “Is Sure to Become a Staple for Halloween!”

Today’s stop on the big Spook House Blog Tour…a 5-Star review from Crossroads Reviews!  Here’s an excerpt:

“A cult classic! A book I will read EVERY HALLOWEEN! I loved it. It was scary and fun!”

Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Spook House here!

Tomorrow’s stop…Bee’s Knees Reviews!


A Daydreamer’s Thoughts On Spook House!


Today’s stop on the big Spook House Blog Tour…an incredible, in-depth 4-star review from A Daydreamer’s Thoughts!  Here is an excerpt:

“4-Stars!  The very first thing that must be mentioned is that, while this is the third book in the series, you do not need to read the first two books in the series to understand and enjoy this… a truly imaginative novel that was interesting, intriguing and page-turning…wonderfully written and enthralling…It’s not long before you feel that you cannot put the book down and simply have to get to the end to know how it ends…There were many things to love about this book; the plot, the monsters, the tension, the writing style, and the characters…It is one story that I am incredibly glad to have read and I will now be making sure I go and read the first two stories in this series, just so that I can read more of the characters and of Michael West’s writing style. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fantasy, horror, and mystery all rolled into one. It is a captivating and intense read and it is definitely not for the easily scared or the light-hearted. So if you’re in the mood for something that may have the power to keep you up at night, this is the book you should read.”

Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Spook House here!

Our next stop…Crossroads Reviews!