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Author Brian Keene Burn Fund

The picture above is one of my all-time favorites! Author Brian Keene and I reading each other’s work. Brian is one of the reasons I am where I am today. He helped me prepare for my first pitch session with Don D’auria of Leisure, a major New York publisher at the time. The story I pitched? Cinema of Shadows. Based on that pitch, I was asked to write Cinema for Leisure. And who was the first person to shake my hand and congratulate me? Brian Keene. Leisure didn’t end up publishing Cinema of Shadows (That’s a whole other story!), but that novel, all the ones that followed, and maybe my career, wouldn’t exist without that original pitch and the guidance of one Brian Keene.

Brian has done so much for so many over the years, but now it’s Brian who needs assistance. Brian was involved in an accident about a week ago, and was badly burned. He is without insurance, and his medical bills could be somewhere north of $300,000.00! A GoFundMe has been established to help with Brian’s growing medical expenses. If you are able to give, please do so. Here is the link.

Thank you in advance for whatever you can do!

“Ave Satani” Now Available for Pre-Order!

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the new cover art by Nabin Karna for bestselling author Michael West’s “Ave Satani”, a short story that will be released in all eBook formats on April 27th!  A Kindle pre-order window is opening today, and those pre-ordering will have the eBook automatically delivered to their devices on the day of release!

Named one of the 10 Best Horror Stories of 2016*, the short story was only available in the 2nd edition of the Reel Dark Anthology, a title that is no longer in print.  Michael wished to make the story available to readers and Seventh Star Press is thrilled to offer this chilling tale as a single ebook release for his fans.

“Ave Satani” tells the story of a legendary film composer’s even more legendary final score — music written for an Italian Horror film from the 1970’s that was ultimately never used. For years, it has been one man’s holy grail. Now, he may actually get the chance to hear this lost symphony…and we may all pay the price.

All the story will cost you is $0.99…and maybe your sanity.


Direct Order Links:

Kindle Version

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iTunes Version

This is the first time “Ave Satani” has been made available as a single eBook.

*TOP 10 FINISHER: P&E Readers Poll for Best Horror Short Story of 2016


About Michael West: 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 loves movie music and often listens to film scores while he writes.

Tasty Brews and Terrifying Books!

Scarlet Lane Brewing Company, in McCordsville, Indiana, has always been a little different.  The Horror-themed brewery has sponsored movie screenings of new and classic fright films, has been a fixture at Horror festivals and conventions, and has even brewed the official beer of HorrorHound Weekend: HorrorHound Ale!


Now, this Indiana legend has teamed up with celebrated Indiana Horror author Michael West in a big way.  All of West’s dark fiction novels and short story collections are now on sale in the brewery’s Tap House.  Even better, West has signed every copy!  Horror fans* can now stop by Scarlet Lane every day of the week to enjoy a tasty brew while they read some truly terrifying books.


Scarlet Lane Brewery
7724 Depot St
McCordsville, IN 46055



Seventh Star Press Unleashes Hades’ Disciples!


Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art from award-winning artist Matthew Perry forHades’ Disciples, the 2nd Book in the acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series from best-selling author Michael West! Hades’ Disciples takes you on the urban/dark fantasy journey that began in Poseidon’s Children.

Terrifying creatures exist all around us, hiding in plain sight. Ancient. Deadly. They gather in secret, conspiring, dreaming of nothing less than humanity’s destruction, and their numbers are growing.

Earl Preston knows the danger all too well. After tangling with a horde of mythological sea monsters in Colonial Bay, he has been tasked with finding these beasts and exposing their plans whatever they may be. But Earl is not the only one with a mystery on their hands. At the very top of the world, Carol Miyagi has stumbled onto an artifact from Earth’s past, something magnificent held captive in a prison of ice and snow. Now, Carol and Earl must work quickly to decipher the will of the gods–a plot that defies imagination–and to stop their followers from carrying it out.

They thought the nightmare was over, but they are about to discover that the horror has only just begun.

Regarding the upcoming release of Hades’ Disciples, Michael West commented, “Whenever I write a story, I hope it appeals to people, that the characters will feel real and connect with my readers, and I am so pleased that readers all around the world have fallen in love with Carol, Earl, and the rest of my diverse cast. With Hades’ Disciples, I get the chance to dive more deeply into the mythology introduced in Poseidon’s Children, and the stakes are much higher now. Fans who thrilled at all the action, excitement and twisted weirdness of Book One will not be disappointed.”

Hades’ Disciples will be released in late April in trade paperback and all eBook formats, including Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and for the iBookstore. The book will feature new interior illustrations from Matthew Perry and also brings back Poseidon’s Children editor Amanda DeBord. For further information on The Legacy of the Gods series or Michael West, please visit the author’s site or Seventh Star Press at

About the Author: Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, Skull Full of Kisses,The Wide Game, Spook House, 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 avoids manhole covers and sidewalk grates whenever possible. He just doesn’t know what’s down there, and he’s not sure he wants to find out.


Start the series today!  Pick up your very own copy of The Legacy of the Gods Book One: Poseidon’s Children!

Download it for Kindle here!
Download it for Kobo here!
Download it for Nook here!


Bitten by Books just posted a wonderful new review of my first anthology as editor, Vampires Don’t Sparkle!  Here’s an excerpt:

“Vampires Don’t Sparkle! is a collection of stories that have one thing in common: they all highlight the good old-fashioned vampire. The vampires here are evil, wicked, and glory in all the blood they can. There are no creatures that regret their existence, pine after mortals, or limit themselves to subsist on animal blood. These are the vampires of old, the vampires that make us humans crave the daylight and fear the darkness. Along with the twisted, fun, and Gothic darkness of these fifteen stories, a major highlight of this anthology is that a portion of the proceeds of the sales of Vampires Don’t Sparkle! are donated to cancer research as a tribute to a dear friend of West who lost her battle, as well as to his wife, who is a cancer survivor. Each story includes a bit of information on the author including their favorite vampires… totally original, inventive, current, and completely fascinating… stays with you long after the last page.”


Read the full review here!

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

Cinema of Shadows “Doesn’t Disappoint In Any Way!”

Cinema of Shadows Kindle

Mike’s Film Talk just posted a glowing new review of my Harmony, Indiana novel, Cinema of Shadows, giving it 5 Stars!  Here is an excerpt:

“Stephen King, James Herbert, Richard Laymon, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub, and maybe one or two more make up my ‘horror stable.’ I’ve now added Michael West to this small very talented group of writers who have the ability to entertain the hell out of me…The book is fast paced and the story made me think of Straub’s ‘possessed’ movie theatre in Ghost Story but more in-depth and a damn sight scarier…With a minimum of muss and fuss West has come up with characters that I liked.  More importantly, I believed their assorted back stories and I could empathise with all of them.  He also does a brilliant job with the dialogue of each character.  Very few authors have the knack for making the people in their stories sound real.  Michael West has a ‘good ear’ and he has the knack of making their speeches and conversation sound natural and real.  Cinema of Shadows was an excellent introduction to a new author and he is now a member of my small stable of writers who can deliver not only scares but stories that carry you away.”


Read the full review here!

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

Teaser Tuesday: Tentacle Edition

Cabin Goddess has posted the first in a three-part series on my new novel, Poseidon’s Children.  

Today, she highlighted the novel for Teaser Tuesday. 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading (she also hosts some other great memes) . Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Tomorrow, Cabin Goddess will feature a quick interview with Peggy, a character from the novel, and some seafood recipes to go along with the book.

And Thursday, the site will feature their full review.

Click here to read the Tentacle Edition  edition of Teaser Tuesday!

Poseidon’s Children Is “Strong Blend of Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror!”

Wag The Fox just posted the first review of my new novel from Seventh Star Press, Poseidon’s Children, and it’s a great one!  Here is a small snippet:

“Michael West has created a story that is as much event driven as it is character driven, with several characters offering viewpoints for the action and mystery to play out. Michael doesn’t hold back on the gruesomeness, either. The introductory scene involving the ‘shark’ attack gives a pretty clear idea that there will be more horrific elements than what readers might expect from conventional urban fantasy. What comes as no surprise, however, is the richly laid out history of the underwater progeny that are making their presence known. And by the time you reach the third act, all bets are off, and you wonder just where the story is going to lead in the next book. Poseidon’s Children is a strong blend of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, and it seems like it’s about time some Atlantian-style source material got the spotlight.”

Read the full review here.

Closing the Book on 2011

As one year ends, another begins, like the chapters of a book that you just can’t put down, eager to see what happens to all the characters on the next page.  And let me tell you, faithful readers, there is a lot of exciting stuff coming on those next pages.  But before we look ahead, let’s reflect a moment on the story so far…

2011 was one hell of a year!  It was a rollercoaster ride of the highest highs and lowest lows.  On the high end, I signed on with Seventh Star Press and saw a record number of works published in various magazines and anthologies. 

“Sandwalkers” published in Fell Beasts

“Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite”  published in Shroud #11

“Masako’s Tale” published in The Beast Within 2: Predator & Prey

The Wide Game  

And last but not least, Cinema of Shadows.

The reaction from faithful readers and critics to Cinema has been especially rewarding, and I thank you all for your kind words and support. 

And for the lows?   Well, they were pretty damn low.

Sara J. Larson, a co-founder of Indiana Horror Writers, my harshest critic, my biggest fan, and one of my closest and dearest friends, has been battling breast cancer for over a year.  There was a time, after her chemo and radiation treatments, when it looked like she would be with us for years to come, but in the fall, her condition took a turn for the worse.  She is now in hospice, and her time is short.  For those who have had a friend or family member fight a losing battle with this disease, you know my sadness and my total feeling of helplessness.  She is in my thoughts and my prayers every minute of every day, as is her incredible husband, Bill.  If you have never had a cancer screening, please do so.  And give what you can to cancer research so that, someday, no one will have to go through this. 

Which leads me to 2012

One of the projects I am working on for the new year is an anthology of Vampire fiction for Naked Snake Press called Vampires Don’t Sparkle!  The stories will be dark, and gritty, with vampires that do not mope or go to prom, and best of all…all proceeds from the sale of the anthology will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Sara J. Larson’s name.  The stories are in, and I am reading and editing like crazy, so I hope to have a table of contents for you soon.  If you are a fan of Horror, or you just want to help make a difference in the war on cancer, please buy or download a copy when it becomes available in the first half of 2012.


On a much lighter note…

Also coming in 2012 is the first novel in my Legacy of the Gods series, Poseidon’s Children.  This epic, four book saga has been a project that I have been toying with off and on since 1989, and I am so happy that Seventh Star Press is giving me the opportunity to be able to finally share it with all of you.  Look for the limited edition hardcover, paperback, and eBook versions of Poseidon’s Children to surface in March.

I also have three new short stories coming out in the next few months.  “The Grove” will appear in Shroud Magazine, Issue #13, “For the River Is Wide and the Gods Are Hungry” will be released as a $0.99 eBook from Seventh Star Press, and “Unknown Caller” will be part of an amazing limited edition anthology from MHB Press called Cadence in Decay.

And last but not least, my next Harmony, Indiana novel, Spook House, will be released in September.

I will also be on the road quite a bit in the next 12 months, with appearances at Days of the Dead, HorrorHound Weekend, Fandom Fest, and Scarefest to name just a few.  Check my schedule throughout the year, as it does change from time to time.

Yes indeed, 2012 promises to be another roller coaster of a year!  Let’s hope there are more ups than downs for us all, and I look forward to meeting many of you in my travels.  As always, thanks to you, my faithful readers.  You are why I do this, and I hope to offer you more thrills and chills over the next 12 months and for many years to come.


Monster Librarian Recommends The Wide Game

Monster Librarian has just posted their review of my debut novel, The Wide Game. 

“West has created a creepy tale with enough twists and turns to keep any reader sucked into the story, and still questioning what happened when arriving at the end…I would recommend The Wide Game to all fans of horror as it is the kind of story you’d want to pull out on a dark, rainy night… especially if reading by flashlight out in the middle of a cornfield.”  

Read the full review here!

And get your cogy here!