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Enter the Star Chamber!

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Tonight is the kickoff of The Star Chamber Show, the new live podcast  co-hosted by Michael WestSelah JanelSusan H. Roddey, Stephen Zimmer and Alexander Stephen Brown! The book world is a big part of it, but we’ll also be doing some things with movies and music too. First featured guest is James R. Tuck, a rising star in Urban Fantasy and author of the Deacon Chalk novels. Our book blogging guest is Babs Hightower of Babs Book Bistro. We’ll have call-ins from the audience (our call in line is (619) 639-4616), there’s a live chat room you can participate in, and more! The adventure begins! 9pm eastern at

Hope to see you all there!

Mangled Matters Interview!


Mangled Matters just posted a new interview with me on my life, my work, and my first anthology as editor, Vampires Don’t Sparkle!  I also talk about some upcoming projects, including the next chapter in the Legacy of the Gods saga, Hades’ Disciples.

Read the interview here!



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

Day-Long Interview, Chat, Contest at Bitten by Books!


From the Bitten by Books website:

Join us on 4/10 with editor Michael West for an Interview, chat and contest. This event post goes up at 12:00pm Central and runs into the evening. For those visiting from outside of the US, here is the time conversion link. We are in the Chicago time zone:

He will be talking about his new anthology Vampires Don’t Sparkle

What would you do if you had unlimited power and eternal life?
Would you…go back to high school? Attend the same classes year after year, going through the pomp and circumstance of one graduation after another, until you found the perfect date to take to prom? Would you…spend your days moping and brooding, finding your only joy in a game of baseball on a stormy day? Or would you…do something else? Anything else?

The authors of this collection have a few ideas; some fanciful, some humorous, and some as dark as an endless night. Join us, and discover what it truly means to be “vampyre.”

CONTEST INFO: Open to readers WORLDWIDEPrize:  A $50.00 Amazon gift cardRSVP below and get 25 entries to the prize portion of the contest when you show up on the day of the event. If you don’t show up and mention your RSVP your points won’t be entered into the contest.

Be SURE to TWEET and FACEBOOK this link: so your friends can RSVP too.


The Next Big Thing

Hey there, faithful readers!  Some time ago, author John Skipp started a revolving blog called The Next Big Thing. It involves answering 10 questions about your own writing, then passing the baton to another author whose work you enjoy, but who may not be as well known as they should be…yet.  Last week, author Ben Eads named me as one of his writers to watch, so now it’s my turn.   Here goes…


1) What is the title of your next book?

The Legacy of the Gods Book Two: Hades Disciples

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

The whole Legacy of the Gods series started with a very vivid, very strange dream. Some dreams fade as soon as you open your eyes. Others stick with you for days. This particular dream has been with me for over twenty years. It involved an ancient stone temple, with odd markings etched into its walls, and a very seductive sea-creature. Most people have fantasies about movie stars and musicians; mine get directed by H.P. Lovecraft.

 Go figure.

3) What genre does your book/work fall under?

I don’t think about labels when I write, but the entire series is considered Urban Fantasy.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Well, there are a lot of characters, but I have always seen Will Smith as Earl Preston Jr., my Coast Guard officer turned monster-hunting Homeland Security agent, and Michael Madsen as his nemesis, Horror Show.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

After the events of Colonial Bay, Earl Preston finds himself on the front line of a battle for all of humanity.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It is part of a multi-book deal with Seventh Star Press.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I’ve only just started writing it, but a novel normally takes me about six months to complete.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I try to be as original as I can be, but I would probably call it an odd cross between a modern day Lord of the Rings and the Sookie Stackhouse series.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Well, as I said before, it started as a very vivid, very strange dream, but the more I live with these characters, the more I want to explore their world and what makes them tick.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

This is a series that truly has a little bit of everything: shapeshifters, gangsters, hitmen, massive battles, ancient mysteries, yeti…you name it, it is probably in there, but at its core is an ensemble of very interesting, very believable and likable characters.

Now, here is my pick for a writer to watch: RJ Sullivan

Bio:  R. J. Sullivan’s first novel, Haunting Blue, is an edgy paranormal thriller about punk girl loner Fiona “Blue” Shaefer and her boyfriend Chip Farren. Haunting Obsession, a Rebecca Burton Novella, was released by Seventh Star Press in August.

R.J. is hard at work on the next chapter in Fiona’s story, Virtual Blue, coming from Seventh Star Press in 2013, followed by two more novels over the course of 2013 and 2014. R.J. resides with his family in Heartland Crossing, Indiana. He is Vice-president of the Indiana Horror Writers. Check in regularly to learn the latest about the latest projects by R. J. Sullivan.

Days of the Dead Interview

An interview I did with John Wroblewski at Days of the Dead: Indianapolis for On The Beat back in July has just surfaced online.  Enjoy!


Michael West On Spook House In a Spook House!

Today’s stop on the big Spook House Blog Tour…a video interview for Reading Away the Days!  But not just any video interview.  Oh, no.  This interview was conducted in an actual haunted house!

See the full blog post here!

And get your copy of Spook House here!

Our next stop…Ginger Nuts of Horror!

Lunch With Peggy: Fried or Boiled?

Cabin Goddess has posted Part 2 in their three-part series on my new novel, Poseidon’s Children.   Today, in addition to an interview with one of the characters from the book, the site posts recipes for Traditional New England Crab Cakes and a New England Traditional Clambake (Stove-top).  So, now you have something wonderful to eat while reading Book One of The Legacy of the Gods series!

Read the interview and get the recipes here!

The Ginger Nuts of Horror Interview Michael West

The Ginger Nuts of Horror just posted an in-depth interview with me that covers my entire career up to this point, including my short fiction, my book trailers; my collection,Skull Full of Kisses; and all three of my novels: The Wide Game, Cinema of Shadows, and the just released Poseidon’s Children.

Read the full interview here!

Interview with Jess Resides Here

Jess Resides Here just posted a new interview with me on my writing career, my love of all things Horror (and coffee), and the release of my new Seventh Star Press novel, Poseidon’s Children.

Read the interview here.

And order your copy of Poseidon’s Children here.

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!