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Kronos’ Return Named “Book to Read in 2021!”

Global Traveler Magazine has named its list of the Top Reads of 2020, and the books to look forward to reading in the new year. One of their picks for Most Anticipated Reads of 2021 is the final novel in Michael West’s Legacy of the Gods series: Kronos’ Return!

The Legacy of the Gods Book Four: Kronos’ Return is coming soon from Hydra Publications!

“The City Will Eat You Alive” Named Best Short Story Finalist!

Michael West’s 80’s-inspired horror tale, “The City Will Eat You Alive,” has been named a finalist for Best Short Story of 2017 in the annual Imadjinn Awards presented by the Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

The awards will be presented on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

Inspired by the horror cinema of West’s youth, “The City Will Eat You Alive” tells the story 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. The story, already named one of the 1o Best Horror Short Stories of 2017 in the annual P&E Readers Poll, is now available in all e-formats for just $0.99.

Download your copy today!

“The City Will Eat You Alive” Voted One of the Top 10 Horror Stories of 2017!

Michael West’s 80’s-style monster tale, “The City Will Eat You Alive,” has been voted one of the 10 Best Horror Short Stories of 2017 in the annual P & E Readers Poll.  

In the story, released as a Christmas present to all of West’s faithful readers eagerly awaiting his next novel, “a young woman, trying to make it on her own in 1980s New York, encounters a pack of carnivorous subterranean creatures on her subway trip home.”

“Thank you to all my faithful readers, and all the people who voted, ” West said upon hearing the final results of the poll.  “Your support means the world to me!”

Available as a digital download on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and other formats, the story became an instant Top 100 Bestseller when the pre-order window opened ahead of its holiday release by West’s publisher, Seventh Star Press.

If you haven’t had a chance to read “The City Will Eat You Alive,” click here to see what all the fuss is about!

“In Vino Veritas” One of 2014’s Best Short Stories!


“In Vino Veritas,” the short story Michael West wrote with author Tim Waggoner, was just named to the Top 10 list of The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories of 2014 by voters in the annual P&E Readers’ Poll.

“Working with Tim Waggoner on this story was an amazing experience,” West commented.  “We were very happy with the tale, and to see that it was also liked by readers is very rewarding…Thank you all for your continued support!”


The story was originally published in the Streets of Shadows anthology, edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon for Alliteration Ink.  Get your copy here!

Straightjacket Kindle

A longer, unedited version of the tale (think Director’s Cut) was also published in Michael West’s 2014 short fiction collection, Straightjacket Memoriespublished by Seventh Star Press.

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Best of Indy 2013 Poll Adds Local Author Category!

Best of Indy 2013

My fanclub just notified me that the annual Best of Indy poll has added a new category for Best Local Author.  You just have to write in the name.  Voting ends 11:59 pm on May 31st, 2013.  Thank you all in advance for your support.  I have the best faithful readers in the world!





Spook House Makes Another List of 2012’s Best Reads!



Beagle Book Space posted a list of their favorite reads of the past year, and my new novel Spook House was one of them.

See the full list here.

And get your very own copy of Spook House here!


Spook House Named Best “Pure Horror” of 2012!

It’s that time of the year again, when everyone compiles their list of the best and worst of the past twelve months.   Beauty In Ruins just released their picks for highs and lows in speculative fiction from 2012, and I’m proud to say that my new novel, Spook House, landed firmly in the Best column!  Here’s an excerpt:

“Strangely, I didn’t read a lot of pure horror this year, but Spook House by Michael West was the best of the batch for me.  Check out all my Micheal West reviews here and stock your shelves!”

Read the full list here!

And get your very own copy of Spook House here!

“Wide Game,” “Cinema” Among Best Reads of 2011!

 The Sci-Fi Guys have put out their list of the The Best of 2011: Books, and my two Harmony, Indiana novels, The Wide Game and Cinema of Shadows, both made the list! 

Cinema of Shadows came in at number 9.  Here’s what they had to say about it:

Cinema of Shadows was everything that I could want in a ghost story: an intelligent professor with a sordid past, a group of teenagers searching for answers in a Ghost Adventures fashion, a haunted movie theater, a well paced story, and an exorcism from Hell. Plus a few familiar faces. Cinema of Shadows did not disappoint.”

And where did The Wide Game come in?  Why all the way up at number 2!   Here’s what Sci-Fi guys had to say about it:

The Wide Game takes the reader back to a time when horror was thriving. Back to a time where storytellers and Hollywood didn’t rely on gratuitous violence and stupid gore to shock the consumer. Back to a time when this novel would have easily made the New York Times, and quite possibly rivaled the newest Stephen King title.”

With all the books released in 2011, it would have been an honor just to have one of my titles make a year-end “best of” list, but to have both of my Harmony, Indiana books appear on a list with the likes of Joe R. Lansdale and Brian Keene…words cannot describe!

You can read the full list here!

The Wide Game is available from Graveside Tales Books.

And Cinema of Shadows is available in paperback and e-book from Seventh Star Press.  There may even be a few signed, limited edition hardcovers available if you act fast!

And to all my faithful readers out there, if you thought 2011 was something, wait until you see what I have in store for 2012!

The Wide Game One of 2011’s Best Reads!

Rhonda Wilson, a reviewer with Monster Librarian, just listed her Top 10 Reads of 2011, and my first novel, The Wide Game, made the list! 

“My top 10 reads of 2011 were:
1. Floating Staircase – Ronald Malfi
2. My Soul to Steal – Rachel Vincent
3. Smile No More – James A. Moore
4. A Bad Day for Voodoo – Jeff Strand
5. The Samhanach – Lisa Morton
6. Lost Homicidal Maniac – Jeff Strand
7. The Wide Game – Michael West
8. Drink, Slay, Love – Sarah Beth Durst
9. Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs – Molly Harper
10. I Was a Seventh Grade Monster Hunter – A.G. Kent (W.D. Gagliani & David Benton)”

You can order your copy of The Wide Game here!