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 Stick a fork in 2010.  It’s over.  Done.  Finito.  Finished. 

Despite some personal struggles, 2010 was the best year of my professional career thus far. My first short story collection, Skull Full of Kisses, was released to amazing feedback and reviews. My first novel, The Wide Game, was picked up by Graveside Tales Books for release in 2011. I got to work with the good people at Dark Rider Studios on the book trailers for both. I received invitations to write new stories for various magazines and anthologies. And, most amazing of all, I got to tour the Midwest and meet faithful readers from all over the country.

So where do I go from here?

 Well, 2011 will see the release of the Fell Beasts anthology, featuring my short story “Sandwalkers,” sometime in January. The winter issue of Shroud magazine will feature my short story “Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite.” And, as previously mentioned, my first novel, The Wide Game, will be released on February 15th. Also coming are stories in The Beast Within 2  anthology and Appalachian Folklore: Dark Tales of Superstition and Old Wives’ Tales.  And that’s just the stuff I’ve already written. New projects for the new year include work on my first Sci-fi / Horror novel, Echoes of Aurora, continued work on my epic Urban Fantasy series, The Legacy of the Gods, and a few new short tales, including a zombie Western. And, of course, I will be out on tour in support of all my work. Look for me at Horror Hound Weekend, Mo*Con, Fandomfest, Context, and Scarefest, just to name a few (check the Schedule page for all the details as they become available).

 So thanks to you, all my faithful readers, for your kind words and encouragement in the past, and for your continued support in 2011 and beyond.  Happy New Year!  May the future be a bright one for us all!

Bram Stoker Award-winner Loves the “Harvest!”

The foreword to the Indiana Horror Writers anthology, Dark Harvest, has been written by non other than Bram Stoker Award-winner Gary A. Braunbeck.

“(Dark Harvest) is damned serious stuff, and it’s scary, suspenseful, and sweat-inducing; but more importantly — perhaps most importantly — it’s all disturbing as hell, and cannot be easily forgotten.  Each author writes as if their very life depends on it…” ~Gary A. Braunbeck

Edited by Bob Freeman, Dark Harvest features the *Best Horror Short Story of the Year, Michael West’s “Goodnight,” Mr. West’s new tale “Trolling,” his non-fiction account of a weekend spent in the oh-so-haunted Woodcarver’s Building in Converse, Indiana, as well as heart-stopping tales by Maurice Broaddus, Tracy Jones, Sara J. Larson, and Michelle Pendergrass.

Dark Harvest will be officially unleashed on June 14th at Mo*Con III: The Intersection of Spirituality, Art and Gender.

*2005 P&E Readers Poll Winner

Mo*Con II

(ABOVE) Michael West and author Brian Keene take a moment to enjoy each other’s work.

Mo*Con II was a wonderful event.  Readings, panels, a book launch, and great conversations between writers, friends, and family. In addition to helping sponsor the event through
Indiana Horror Writers, Michael West signed books and even a skeleton(!) for faithful readers (BELOW).