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“The City Will Eat You Alive” This Christmas!


Seventh Star Press is proud to announce that bestselling author Michael West’s new short story “The City Will Eat You Alive” can be pre-ordered now on Kindle!

Set for release on December 22nd, the new short story from bestselling author Michael West follows the tale of a young woman, trying to make it on her own in 1980s New York, who encounters a pack of carnivorous subterranean creatures on her subway trip home. It will be available in all eBook formats, including Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo.

The cover image for “The City Will Eat You Alive” was created by Glenn Porzig, who won a special cover art contest for this special holiday season release!

Pre-order your copy today!

“Ave Satani” a Reel Dark Story!

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My short story, “Ave Satani,” will be featured in the Reel Dark anthology.   Described as a “sojourn into apocalyptic soundscapes”, “Ave Satani” tells the story of a legendary film composer’s unused final score, one that should have remained lost forever.

Here is the official press release:

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art by Aaron Drown of Aaron Drown Design for the new edition of the Reel Dark anthology from editors L. Andrew Cooper and Pamela Turner.  With a cinema theme and a mix of speculative fiction tales that include suspense, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and even poetry, readers will find this anthology a unique and captivating reading experience.

This edition features 2 brand new stories, one from bestselling horror author Michael West and one from acclaimed author and editor Alexander S. Brown.  eBook and print editions are set for release in the first week of May.

Synopsis of Reel Dark:
Welcome to a macabre cinema for the imagination, to twisted tales projected not on a movie screen but on the page. In Reel Dark you’ll find suspense, horror, science fiction, and fantasy in fiction and poetry by authors ranging from new voices to bestsellers. From the battle for recognition between a child actress and a vengeful, long-forgotten film star in “Whatever Happened to Peggy…Who?” to a hapless artist whose talent propels him into a nightmare of jealousy and revenge in “The Dreamist,” the authors have created worlds filled with madness and twisted desires. Where the lines between reality and fantasy blur, where films flicker at 24 frames per second, we catch a glimpse of strangers’ dreams and nightmares. As David Lynch puts it, “This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top.” As Karen Head writes in her poem “Amnesia,” responding to Lynch, “In the movies / everything is illusion.” But with cameras everywhere, how do you know whether you’re in a movie? 

“Cadence In Decay” Cover Reveal!

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Cadence in Decay an anthology edited by Ty Schwamberger

Table of Contents


Remembrances for J.F. Gonzalez

“City of Joy” by Weston Ochse

“Unknown Caller” by Michael West

“Cacophony” by Adam P. Lewis

“Breaking Up” by Ramsey Campbell

“Dead Cache” by Mike Oliveri

“One Up a Tree” by Chad Lutzke

“The Everyday Struggles of Being” by Philip C. Perron

“Patience” by Skip Novak

“War Is Over” by Gary Braunbeck

“Minx and the Meaning of Life (or A Faery Learns to Feel)” by Gabriel M. Cole

“Dialing the Dead” by James A. Moore

“It’s For You” by Keith Minnion

“Communication Breakdown” by Maurice Broaddus

“Terminal Point of Addiction” by Ian R. Faulkner

“Sorry, No Service – Technological Disturbance” by David Owain Hughes

“MASKS” by Taylor Grant

“Spencer Weaver Gets Rebooted” by Thomas Erb

“Tin Cans” by Jeff Strand

“The Talking Dead” by Tim Waggoner


Cover art by David Anthony Magitis.

The anthology will be released in trade paperback and eBook editions in 2016 by Ravenswood Publishing.


Faithful Readers About to Have Straightjacket Memories!

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Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the new cover art by Natasha Alterici for Michael West’s new short-story collection, Straightjacket Memories!

Featuring 10 tales of horror, including both previously published stories and brand new ones,Straightjacket Memories will be released Friday in eBook format with a print version in trade paperback to follow one week after. Straightjacket Memories is Michael’s second collection of short fiction, following the critically-acclaimed Skull Full of Kisses.

On the new release, Michael said, “I am just so crazy about this collection! Gathered from various magazines, anthologies, and eBooks–some in print for the very first time–these stories represent some of my best work to date. I’m very happy with the way in which Seventh Star Press has put them all together, and excited that my faithful readers will be able to share in more of my nightmares and slightly twisted imaginings!”

Straightjacket Memories includes the following stories:

“Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite”

“Flowers in Winter”

“The Grove”


“In Vino Veritas” (Written with Tim Waggoner)

“For the River is Wide”

“Masako’s Tale”

“Hell’s Hollow”

“Inner Goddess”

“Unknown Caller”

The new release continues a banner year for Michael that saw his novel Cinema of Shadowsbecome a national bestseller in horror on and his Legacy of the Gods series take the next step with the recently-released Hades Disciples. For further information on Michael and his work, please visit his site at

Synopsis of Straightjacket Memories:

There is a fine line between love and madness, between insanity and pure evil.

This is Michael West at his terrifying best! From heart-stopping horror to the strangest of fantasies — these are tales from the darkest regions of his twisted imagination! All the usual tropes are here — vampires and shapeshifters, ghosts and witches, gods and monsters, mummies and zombies — but none of them are exactly what you would expect…

A dream vacation takes a nightmarish turn when a couple finds they did not come home alone…

A man agrees to a meeting with his estranged wife and learns the horrible, obscene truth of the old saying: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…”

An American platoon, cut off from the outside world, discovers an unbelievable enemy they were never trained to fight…

And a man struggling with depression and grief receives text messages from beyond the grave, messages that push him to the edge of sanity…and beyond…

Ten more reasons to say your prayers.

Ten more reasons to check beneath your bed.

Ten more reasons why you may never want to close your eyes again.

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About Michael West:

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

Writing keeps him sane.

Streets of Shadows – TOC Announcement




I am thrilled to announce that my very first collaboration with another author, “In Vino Veritas,” which was written with Tim Waggoner, will be part of the upcoming Streets of Shadows anthology.  The book, published by Alliteration Ink and edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, will debut at Context in September.  Here is the full ToC:

“What I Am” – Tom Piccirilli

“A Game of Cards” – A.C. Wise

“Shooting Aphrodite” – Gary Kloster

“Santa Muerte” – Lucy Snyder and Dan Robichaud

“Morrigan’s Girls” – Gerard Brennan

“Such Faces We Wear, Such Masks We Hide” – Damien Angelica Walters

“The Man Who Has Been Killing Kittens” – Douglas F. Warrick

“The Large Man” – Paul Tremblay

“Unfilial Child” – Laurie Tom

“Street Worm” – Nisi Shawl

“Der Kommissar’s In Town” – Nick Mamatas

“The Shadow People” – Brandon Massey

“Hand Fast” – Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“Beware of Dog” – Kevin J. Anderson

“Stay: A Tale of the Spellmason Chronicles” – Anton Strout

“God Needs Not the Future” – Jason Sizemore

“Relics” – Tim Lebbon

“Cold Fear” – Lucien Soulban

“In Vino Veritas” – Tim Waggoner and Michael West

“Best Served Cold” – Seanan McGuire

“Toby’s Closet” – Jonathan Maberry

Jurassic London Actually Mummifies Limited Hardcover “Book of the Dead!”


Hardcover, pre-orders only. £29.99 each ($49.99 US).

Purchases limited to 2 per person.

The Book of the Dead addresses the most fascinating of all the undead: the mummy. The mummy can be a figure of imperial dignity or one of shambling terror, at home in pulp adventure, contemporary drama, or apocalyptic horror. The anthology will be published in collaboration with the Egypt Exploration Society, the UK’s oldest independent funder of archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt, dedicated to the promotion and understanding of ancient Egyptian history and culture.

This anthology includes nineteen original stories of revenge, romance, monsters and mayhem, ranging freely across time periods, genres and styles. The stories are illustrated by Garen Ewing, creator of The Adventures of Julius Chancer and introduced by John J. Johnston, Vice Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society.

Authors: Gail Carriger, Paul Cornell, Maria Dahvana Headley, David Bryher, Jesse Bullington, Molly Tanzer, Jonathan Green, Louis Greenberg, Maurice Broaddus, Will Hill, Glen Mehn, Jenni Hill, Lou Morgan, Sarah Newton, Den Patrick, Michael West, Adam Roberts, David Thomas Moore and Roger Luckhurst.

Intro: John J. Johnston

Art: Garen Ewing

  • “Ramesses on the Frontier” by Paul Cornell
  • “Escape from the Mummy’s Tomb” by Jesse Bullington
  • “Old Souls” by David Thomas Moore
  • “Her Heartbeat, An Echo” by Lou Morgan
  • “Mysterium Tremendum” by Molly Tanzer
  • “Tollund” by Adam Roberts
  • “All is Dust” by Den Patrick
  • “The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, The Mummy that Was and the Cat in the Jar” by Gail Carriger
  • “The Cats of Beni Hasan” by Jenni Hill
  • “Inner Goddess” by Michael West
  • “Cerulean Memories” by Maurice Broaddus
  • “The Roof of the World” by Sarah Newton
  • “Henry” by Glen Mehn
  • “The Dedication of Sweetheart Abbey” by David Bryher
  • “Bit-U-Men” by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • “Egyptian death and the afterlife: mummies (Rooms 62-3)” by Jonathan Green
  • “Akhenaten Goes to Paris” by Louis Greenberg
  • “The Thing of Wrath” by Roger Luckhurst
  • “Three Memories of Death” by Will Hill

100 hand-numbered, hardcover copies, with gold embossed titles on midnight blue buckram, dark cream endpapers. The Book of the Dead limited edition is bound (literally) in cloth and sealed in wax, impressed with the seal of the Egypt Exploration Society.

This edition also contains an exclusive illustration by Garen Ewing that will not appear in any other edition. Because of its unique construction, purchasers of the limited edition will also receive a copy of the ebook for free. 

Jurassic London Unearths The Book of the Dead!


Jurassic London is delighted to announce The Book of the Dead, a collection of new short stories, all themed around the most mysterious, versatile and under-appreciated of the undead: the mummy.

The Book of the Dead will be published in collaboration with the Egypt Exploration Society, the UK’s oldest independent funder of archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt, dedicated to the promotion and understanding of ancient Egyptian history and culture.

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The Society’s Vice Chair, John J. Johnston, who provides the volume’s introduction, explains:

“The mummified remains of Egypt’s ancient dead have fascinated travellers, scholars and museum visitors for millennia and for around the last 180 years, they have provided a potent source of inspiration for authors, artists, and film makers. As an Egyptologist who studies the reception of ancient Egypt in the modern world, I view the fictional mummy as a compelling figure, lurking in the dark recesses of our collective imagination, having been resurrected and refashioned as the object of exotic fantasy; the tragic paramour, tortured by long-lost loves and, most frequently, as the terrifying instrument of ancient vengeance. As such, I am delighted to see this grand literary tradition continue in Jurassic London’s impressive and original collection of new, mummy-inspired short fiction, The Book of the Dead.”

The anthology collects 19 original stories, ranging freely across time periods, genres and styles. Paul Cornell takes an Egyptian monarch on an unusual—and contemporary – journey to redemption in “Ramesses on the Frontier”. Gail Carriger gives readers a peek into the history of the Parasol Protectorate series and the Tarabotti family in “The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, The Mummy that Was and the Cat in the Jar.” Maria Dahvana Headley raises discomfiting new questions about the candy industry in “Bit-U-Men” and Jesse Bullington features a young man who finds an unlikely role model in “Escape from the Mummy’s Tomb.”

The Book of the Dead also contains new stories from David Thomas Moore, David Bryher, Molly Tanzer, Sarah Newton, Lou Morgan, Maurice Broaddus, Adam Roberts, Michael West, Den Patrick, Roger Luckhurst, Jenni Hill, Glen Mehn, Jonathan Green, Louis Greenberg and Will Hill.

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The stories are illustrated by Garen Ewing, the creator of The Adventures of Julius Chancer, the acclaimed ligne claire adventure nominated for two UK National Comic Awards and currently serialized in The Phoenix.

The Book of the Dead will be released this October as a limited edition hardcover as well as in paperback and digital formats.

You want more? How about an early look at the entire Table of Contents?

  • Maurice Broaddus—“Cerulean Memories”
  • David Bryher—“She is Cleopatra”
  • Jesse Bullington—“Escape from the Mummy’s Tomb”
  • Gail Carriger—“The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, The Mummy that Was and the Cat in the Jar”
  • Paul Cornell—“Ramesses on the Frontier”
  • Maria Dahvana Headley—“Bit-U-Men”
  • Jonathan Green—“Egyptian death and the afterlife: mummies (Rooms 62-3)”
  • Louis Greenberg—“Akhenaten Goes to Paris”
  • Jenni Hill—“The Cats of Beni Hasan”
  • Will Hill—“Three Memories of Death”
  • Roger Luckhurst—“The Thing of Wrath”
  • Glen Mehn—“Henry”
  • David Moore—“Old Souls”
  • Lou Morgan—“Her Heartbeat, An Echo”
  • Sarah Newton—“The Roof of the World”
  • Den Patrick—“All is Dust”
  • Adam Roberts—“Tollund”
  • Molly Tanzer—“Mysterium Tremendum”
  • Michael West—“Inner Goddess”

Read the full official post on!

Hell’s Hollow for Mountain Dead!


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From APEX Publications:
Cover artwork by Cortney Skinner.

Apex Publications is pleased to announce that the MOUNTAIN DEAD zombie anthology will be arriving soon!

Almost heaven… or is it?

The mountains’ enduring beauty holds something dark. Something dreadful. Something hungry for our flesh, our brains. Something dead yet not quite dead, driven by magic as old as the coal seams and the hills.

Come see the dark side of the mountains where the undead walk. Appalachia stands against an ever-hungry, never-tiring army created by the region’s own mysteries and lore. Mountain Dead collects intriguing zombie tales by some of the best names in horror, including John Skipp, Jonathan Maberry, Geoffrey Girard, Gary A. Braunbeck, Tim Lebbon, Elizabeth Massie, Lucy A. Snyder, Bev Vincent, Tim Waggoner, and many more.

Introduction by S.G. Browne author of Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament
Afterword by Rebekah McKendry of Fangoria Magazine
Edited by Hugo and Stoker Award-nominated editor Jason Sizemore

MOUNTAIN DEAD contains most of the lost stories from the Appalachian Undead project from last winter, along with four new exciting works of zombie horror. This has been a bit of a secret project as I assembled all the pieces together to make it happen. I am ecstatic about bringing these dead stories back to life!

This one comes out in June. Keep your eyes open for the Early 50 order announcement!

Table of Contents:Introduction — SG Browne
When Granny Comes Marchin’ Home Again — Elizabeth Massie
Sitting Up with the Dead — Bev Vincent
Company’s Coming — Ronald Kelly
Repent, Jessie Shimmer! — Lucy A. Snyder
Black Friday — Karin Fuller
Calling Dead — Jonathan Maberry
Times is Tough in Musky Holler — John Skipp & Dori Miller
Reckless — Eliot Parker
The Girl and the Guardian — Simon McCaffery
On Stagger — G. Cameron Fuller
Long Days to Come (New version) — K. Allen Wood
Hide and Seek — Tim Waggoner
Sleeper — Tim Lebbon
We Take Care of Our Own — John Everson
Miranda Jo’s Girl — Steve Rasnic Tem
Being in the Shadow — Maurice Broaddus
Almost Heaven — Michael Paul Gonzalez
Twilight at the Zombie Game Preserve — S. Clayton Rhodes
Hell’s Hollow — Michael West
Brother Hollis Gives His Final Sermon from a Makeshift Pulpit in the Remains of a Smokehouse That Now Serves as His Church — Gary A. Braunbeck
Let Me Come In — Lesley Conner
Deep Underground — Sara M. Harvey
Zombies in a Church — Geoffrey Girard
Afterword — Rebekah McKendry

Note: This is not the official, final table of contents and order of stories.

Appalachian Undead Elevates Zombies to “Hellish New Levels!”

Fearnet has posted an excellent new review of Appalachian Undead, the anthology featuring my short tale “Hell’s Hollow.”  Here’s an excerpt:

“The fact is, it’s difficult to pinpoint a weakness anywhere in the anthology. Johnson has built the book with a mix of established names and newer talent, and the finished package does not come close to wearing out the welcome of its central idea – it does, in fact, leave the reader wanting even more. Appalachian Undead is an absolute blast to read, and should serve as the perfect antidote for those dreading the end of the Halloween season.”

Click here to order your copy of Appalachian Undead!

Appalachian Undead Finds “Hell’s Hollow”

As if the sound of dueling banjos wasn’t frightening enough, later this month, APEX Publications will unleash Appalachian Undead,  a new anthology dedicated to mountain folk who just won’t stay in their graves.   The amazing cover art was created by Cortney Skinner, and I am pleased to announce that my short story, “Hell’s Hollow,” is among these hair-raising hillbilly tales.    Here is the full Table of Contents:

Foreword by S.G. Browne (author of Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament)
When Granny Comes Marchin’ Home Again – Elizabeth Massie
Calling Death – Jonathan Maberry
Hide and Seek – Tim Waggoner
Twilight of the Zombie Game Preserve… – S. Clayton Rhodes
Being in Shadow – Maurice Broaddus
Sitting up with the Dead- Bev Vincent
The Girl and the Guardian – Simon McCaffery
Repent, Jessie Shimmer! -Lucy Snyder
Almost Heaven -Michael Paul Gonzalez
On Stagger – G. Cameron Fuller
We Take Care of Our Own – John Everson
Sleeper – Tim Lebbon
Reckless – Eliot Parker
Company’s Coming – Ronald Kelly
Black Friday – Karin Fuller
Spoiled – Paul Moore
Miranda Jo’s Girl – Steve Rasnic Tem
Times Is Tough in Musky Holler – John Skipp & Dori Miller
Hell’s Hollow – Michael West
Long Days to Come – K. Allen Wood
Brother Hollis Gives His Final Sermon from a Rickety Make-Shift Pulpit in the Remains of a Smokehouse that now Serves as His Church – Gary A. Braunbeck

Special afterword by Fangoria Magazine editor Rebekah McKendry

I am so honored and excited to be a part of this anthology, and I hope my faithful readers will check out all of these great tales!

Click here to order your copy today!