Archive for May, 2013

Vampires Don’t Sparkle!: “A Feast for True Horror Lovers!”

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WTF Are You Reading? just posted a great new review of my first anthology as editor, Vampires Don’t Sparkle!  Here is an excerpt:

“This anthology is for those of us who like a little bite with our vampire.  Those of us who crave the scare more than the swoon.  Those of  us wanting the fright with the fangs.  This darkly delicious smorgasbord of things that go bump in the night is a feast for true horror lovers. Sporting a list that reads like a who’s who of horror; this book has something for every fan of the fanged. “

And they go on to give the anthology their highest rating!

5 stars WTF

Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Vampires Don’t Sparkle! here!

Vampires Don’t Sparkle! Is “an Incredible Collection of Amazing Tales!”


Cabin Goddess just posted a wonderful new review of my first anthology as editor, Vampires Don’t Sparkle!  Here is an excerpt:

“Michael West edited an incredible collection of amazing tales with something for every real vampire lover…a complete meal delivered to you in a 16-course feast which will have you going on a secret run to the hardware store and buying a nightlight, a wooden garden stake and possibly sneaking in the local Catholic church with your Nalgene bottle, just in case! “

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Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Vampires Don’t Sparkle! here!

Vampires Don’t Sparkle Offers “Unique Twist on Vampire Tale!”


Horror author Armand Rosamilia (Dying Days, Death Metal) just posted a review of my first anthology as editor, Vampires Don’t Sparkle!  Here’s an excerpt:

“This was a rare collection that didn’t offer a clunker. There were no filler stories, and each story had a unique twist on the vampire tale. There are many well-known authors here (and ones I really love to follow, such as Tim Waggoner, Gord Rollo, and Gary A. Braunbeck) but a few I’ve never read before but now will seek out further stories from: Jerry Gordon, R.J. Sullivan and Bob Freeman…If I can find more vampire literature in this vein (pun intended) I might get back to reading about those undead baddies again and not dismissing them as the stuff my daughter (who’s 12) now reads… please make it so!”


Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Vampires Don’t Sparkle! here!

Seventh Star Press Announces Wide Game eBook, Limited Hardcover!

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For Immediate Release
May 24, 2013

Cover Reveal for the Re-Issue of Michael West Novel The Wide Game!

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the new cover art from the award-winning Matthew Perry for the re-issue of Michael West’s The Wide Game, a Harmony, Indiana Novel!

The 2nd edition of The Wide Game was edited by Amanda DeBord and joins other novels from West such as Cinema of Shadows and Spook House in taking horror fans into the fascinating and often dangerous realm of Harmony, Indiana.

In The Wide Game, Paul Rice, on the advice of his wife, is making plans to attend his 10th year High School reunion.  Returning to his boyhood home of Harmony, Indiana, he finds that he is still haunted by memories of that time–memories of Deidra, his first love, and memories of the Wide Game.  It was ten years ago that Paul and his friends watched their day of fun become a race for their lives, a fight for their very souls.

Now, as he meets the survivors of that day once more, Paul makes a chilling discovery: the incomprehensible forces that toyed with them have yet to finish playing their own game.

Originally published in trade paperback by Graveside Tales, The Wide Game was the first Harmony, Indiana novel released, but has never before been made available in hardcover and eBook formats.  Michael recently commented on the re-release, and the expanded availability in more formats.

The Wide Game was my first novel, and it holds a special place in my heart and the hearts of all my faithful readers everywhere.  This is something they have been requesting for years!  Not a day goes by without messages and emails asking me when The Wide Game would be available as an eBook.  Still others have asked if it would ever be available in hardcover.  I am thrilled that Seventh Star Press will now be offering the work in both formats, and I hope that even more readers will now get to see how the Harmony, Indiana series all began.”

Michael is the critically-acclaimed author of Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, Skull Full of Kisses, and The Legacy of the Gods series. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their bird, Rodan, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

He has made certain there are no cornfields near his home.

The Wide Game will be released in trade paperback and eBook formats during the beginning of June, with a limited edition hardcover to follow. For further information on The Wide Game and Michael West’s other releases, please visit the author’s site at or Seventh Star Press at

Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at)

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky

Vampires Don’t Sparkle! Is “Great Storytelling, Plain and Simple.”


Kentucky Geek Girl just posted a wonderful new review of my first anthology as editor, Vampires Don’t Sparkle!  Here is an excerpt:

“In a world which has become oversaturated by creatures of the night, this anthology brings the topic of conversation back to the monster, back to the old-fashioned vampire of lore. The vampires in this collection are meant to be terrifying, to cause suspense, to enthrall you rather than make you squee like a teenage Twihard. There are no vegetarian vampires in this book.  There are fifteen stories in this Vampires Don’t Sparkle! and each piece of this collection adds a new layer to the vampire mythos. Whether its by reimagining old tales or looking toward the future, these stories fit together in a brilliant tapestry with the common thread of the classic, fearsome vampire. I think that the stories flowed together quite well and I liked to see different themes within the book including the vampire hunter, which in my opinion is a very important part of the vampire mythology. Where there is a creature of the night there will (most likely) be someone who wants to figure out what makes them work and put an end to the terror…Great storytelling, plain and simple. If you’re a fan of horror and vampires in general, this is the collection for you.”


Read the full review here!


And pick up your very own copy of Vampires Don’t Sparkle! here!



“Vampires Don’t Sparkle! Is an Amazing Collection!”


A Girl and Her Kindle just posted a wonderful new review of my first anthology as editor, Vampires Don’t Sparkle!  Here is an excerpt, one that should make author/contributor Tim Waggoner very happy:

“This isn’t your daughter’s vampire novel. Vampires Don’t Sparkle! is an amazing collection of fiction that features vampires at their most evil. While I’m a huge fan of Twilight, I loved this collection. I believe that ‘What Once Was Flesh’ was my favorite, but they were all so good. Still, ‘What Once Was Flesh’ had such a twist at the end that I just loved it. If you want to read a collection of stories that feature the vampire that Bram Stoker created, you need to read this book!”


Read the full review here!


And get your very own copy of Vampires Don’t Sparkle! here!


Best of Indy 2013 Poll Adds Local Author Category!

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My fanclub just notified me that the annual Best of Indy poll has added a new category for Best Local Author.  You just have to write in the name.  Voting ends 11:59 pm on May 31st, 2013.  Thank you all in advance for your support.  I have the best faithful readers in the world!





Cinema of Shadows Is “One Helluva Scary Trip!”

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The Dolls of Despair have posted a review of my Harmony, Indiana novel, Cinema of Shadows, and they love it!  Here’s an excerpt:

“The story is brilliantly written by West…wonderfully original.  West has written a fun, quick-paced thrill of a haunting with (the) most believable characters; each one bringing their own story to the overarching one in a nice blend of reality mixed with ghosts and one real nasty demon.  He writes in a superbly elegant way, almost lyrical at times, while scaring the crap out of the reader. I actually read this book very late at night, and found myself jumping at the usual creaks and groans of an old house; hmmmm…or could it be that while reading this a few haints decided to materialize perhaps encouraged by West’s story?  I’m not sure, but I do know that this book is very difficult to simply put down and definitely not one to forget.  His creative, artistic style ‘paints’ one helluva scary trip.”

Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Cinema of Shadows here!