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Attention Walmart Shoppers…


Say what you will about Walmart, according to the Fortune Global 500 list in 2016, it is undeniably the world’s largest retail company.  And now, I am pleased to report that the world’s largest retailer is currently offering all of my novels and short fiction collections, including Vampires Don’t Sparkle!, which benefits cancer research, to new and faithful readers alike via their website,  

In case you are interested, here are the links…

Short Fiction Collections:
Skull Full of Kisses
Straightjacket Memories

Harmony, Indiana Novels:
The Wide Game
Cinema of Shadows
Spook House

The Legacy of the Gods Series:
The Legacy of the Gods Book One: Poseidon’s Children
The Legacy of the Gods Book Two: Hades’ Disciples
The Legacy of the Gods Book Three: Zeus Warriors (Coming September 27, 2016)
The Legacy of the Gods Book Four:  Kronos’ Return (Coming Soon)

Anthologies as Editor:
Vampires Don’t Sparkle!


Drinking Coffee


About the author:

Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, The Wide Game, 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.

West displays many different skulls in his office. His favorites include a skull-shaped computer speaker and a human skull lamp that sits on his desk.

Skull Full of Kisses Is “a Wonderfully Intense Collection!”


Author Sheila Deeth has posted a great new review of my first short fiction collection, Skull Full of Kisses.  For those who do not frequent Sheila’s blog, she has just about the best rating system around.  All of her ratings are based on coffee!

coffee ratings

Here’s an excerpt of what she has to say:

“Starting with the wonderfully scary Skull Full of Kisses, by Michael West; you’ll need a bold, dark, intense, 5-star coffee with this one–a wonderfully intense collection, beautifully crafted, filled with flawed, believable characters, genuine scares, perfect timing, haunting concepts and breathtaking surprises.”

Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Skull Full of Kisses here!

Skull Full of Kisses Back from the Dead!


Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art by Matthew Perry for the reissue of Michael West’s Skull Full of Kisses, a collection of short stories that horror fans are sure to enjoy!

Featuring a forward by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Gary Braunbeck, Skull Full of Kisses includes a diverse range of tones and settings that display the horror virtuosity of Michael West.  The release also unites Skull Full of Kisses with Michael’s other Seventh Star Press titles such as Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, The Wide Game, and Poseidon’s Children.

“I am so pleased that this, my first short fiction collection, is now back in print.  Ten tales, including a lot of fan favorites such as ‘Jiki,’ my ode to Asian Horror; ‘To Know How to See,’ my first real stab at Sci-fi Horror; and ‘Goodnight,’ which was named Best Horror Short Story of 2005 in the annual P&E Readers Poll. Those stories hold special places in my heart as well, and I’m so happy that they are now available again to both new and faithful readers alike.”

Skull Full of Kisses will be released in eBook format on Monday, September 30th, with availability for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBookstore, and other types of eReaders, with the print version to follow 1 week later. For further information on Michael West and his releases, visit the author’s site at or

Seventh Star Press is a publisher of speculative fiction based out of Lexington, Kentucky.


“When Michael West Tells A Scary Story, Nothing Can Be Considered Safe.”


MikesFilmTalk just posted a new review for my short story collection, Skull Full of Kisses.  Here’s an excerpt:

“A real 5 out of 5 for creative and non-repetitive horror. If this collection was a musical instrument, it would be the Stradivarius of its peers; playing with a deeper and more resonant sound than other stories in the genre.”

Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Skull Full of Kisses here!

Splash of Our Worlds Calls Spook House “Pure Awesomeness!”

Today’s stop on the ongoing terror train that is the big Spook House Blog Tour…a wonderful new 4-Star review from Splash of Our Worlds!  Here’s an excerpt:

“Woohoo!!! It spooks you literally from the first moment and keeps you at the edge of your seat the whole time. It’s creepy, violent (monster violence that is), excited and full of mystery. It’s exactly what that kind of stories need, written or live action, and as a result you have a really great read at your hands…gave me the chills and made me wanna try more of the both the genre and the author.”

Read the full review here!

We also have a guest post on A Book Vacation.  Read it here!

And get your very own copy of Spook House here!

Tomorrow’s stop…A Daydreamer’s Thoughts!

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!

Poseidon’s Children Now Available for Pre-Order!

For Immediate Release
February 15, 2012

Illustrations and Limited Hardcover/eBook Pre-Order Offer Unveiled for Michael West’s Urban Fantasy Novel Poseidon’s Children.

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil 2 new Matthew Perry illustrations and the start of pre-orders for Michael West’s Urban Fantasy novel Poseidon’s Children, Book One of The Legacy of the Gods series.

The new Urban Fantasy series is Michael’s second with Seventh Star Press, following the extremely successful release of Cinema of Shadows, his latest Harmony, Indiana novel, in 2011. The Legacy of the Gods series is set to build rapidly upon Michael’s horror readership, introducing his well-crafted storytelling to Urban Fantasy audiences everywhere.

Increasingly recognized for the high quality of its limited hardcover editions, Seventh Star Press is making available a new pre-order offer that allows readers and collectors to secure both a collectible, signed hardcover of Poseidon’s Children (out of a run of just 75 copies), as well as an eBook version suited for their particular eReaders (Kindle or Nook editions will be “gifted” by Seventh Star Press on the day of release).

The bundle of a hardcover and eBook edition is accompanied by a sharp set of glossy 5X7 art cards, featuring the interior illustrations found in Poseidon’s Children, as well as bookmarks from the novel and a set of thee collectible magnets. The price for the hardcover/eBook bundle andexrras is one readers will find very attractive at just $32.95. The hardcovers (and pre-ordered softcovers) will be signed and numbered by Michael on Saturday, March 17 and shipped out on the 19th.

The illustrations for Poseidon’s Children were created by highly acclaimed fantasy/horror artist Matthew Perry, who also does the artwork for Michael’s Harmony Indiana Novels with Seventh Star Press. The Poseidon’s Children project also reunited Michael with his Cinema of Shadows editor, Amanda DeBord.

In Poseidon’s Children, man no longer worships the old gods; forgotten and forsaken, they have become nothing more than myth and legend. But all that is about to change. After the ruins of a vast, ancient civilization are discovered on the ocean floor, Coast Guard officers find a series of derelict ships drifting in the current–high-priced yachts and leaking fishing boats, all ransacked, splattered in blood, their crews missing and presumed dead.

And that’s just the beginning.

Vacationing artist Larry Neuhaus has just witnessed a gruesome shark attack, a young couple torn apart right before his eyes … at least, he thinks it was a shark. And when one of these victims turns out to be the only son of Roger Hays, the most powerful man in the country, things go from bad to worse. Now, to stop the carnage,Larry and his new-found friends must work together to unravel a mystery as old as time, and face an enemy as dark as the ocean depths.

Michael West is fresh from a great reception of his first Seventh Star Press release, the Harmony, Indiana novel Cinema of Shadows. His other works include novels such as The Wide Game (Graveside Tales) and a single author collection, Skull Full of Kisses (Graveside Tales). He also has an array of short fiction published, spanning many magazines and anthologies, including appearances in Shroud Magazine, and the Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest.

Poseidon’s Children will be released in limited hardcover, trade paperback, and several eBook formats, such Kindle, iPad, the Nook, and Sony/Sony compatible eBookreading devices. The second novel in the series is slated for the spring of 2013, with the other two planned titles to follow on an annual basis.

Updates and additional information can be obtained at the official site for Seventh Star Press, at, or at the author’s site,

Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press

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


“Tales from Harmony” eBook Series Now On-Line!

Michael West joins the Seventh Star Press  Seventh Star Singles line of $0.99 eBooks with “Goodnight,” the first short story in his Tales from Harmony collection for the Seventh Star Singles line.  Michael West’s Tales from Harmony collection features stories with ties to Harmony, Indiana, a location synonymous with horror and the site of many of his tales, including his novels The Wide Game  and Cinema of Shadows.

In this Tales from Harmony short story, a frightened child, in a rural Indiana farmhouse, attempts to fool the Angel of Death.

“Goodnight” was voted Best Horror Short Story of the Year in a 2005 P&E Readers Poll. First featured in the magazine Wicked Karnival #6, it was also included in Skull Full of Kisses, a single author collection from Michael West published by Graveside Tales. Now, it debuts Michael’s Tales from Harmony eBook short story collection.

Click here to download the story to your Kindle for just $0.99!

Click here to download the story to your Nook for just $0.99!

Michael West joins “The Walking Dead” in Cincinnati!

Michael West will be a guest at HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati 2011, November 11-13th at the  Crowne Plaza Cincinnati North.   He will be signing copies of his novels, The Wide Game and Cinema of Shadows, as well as his short story collection, Skull Full of Kisses, and other works.   Other guests include the casts of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, Ghostbusters, and the hit AMC series The Walking Dead.

The Crowne Plaza is located at 11320 Chester Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246.  Look for more information as the event draws near.  Michael West hopes to see all his faithful readers there!

Sci-fi Guys Say “Cinema” Is Just the Ticket!

My new novel, Cinema of Shadows, has been available to order for less than a day, but the Sci-Fi Guys Book Review site has already read it and posted a glowing notice!  Here’s a snippet:

“9 out of 10!  West effortlessly chills you to your very marrow.  I highly recommend snagging a copy of Cinema of Shadows as soon as humanly possible…one hell of a good story.” 

Read the full review here!