Skull Full of Kisses (2010)

Love and evil know no bounds!

Turn the page and enter a world of shadow, as Michael West brings together his most disturbing short stories — twisted tales of forbidden desires and ghoulish deeds, where nightmares manifest in the most mundane and unlikely of places…

The basement of a Japanese restaurant, where a seductive creature promises comfort to a lonely hitman, if only he will set her free…

A ruined city, where survivors of a natural disaster have become prey to something unnatural…

An Indiana farmhouse, where a frightened child attempts to fool the Angel of Death…

And the darkest regions of space, where a man fights to protect the woman he loves from invaders only he can see…

Ten reasons to lock your doors.
Ten reasons to keep the lights on.
Ten reasons why you may never sleep again.

Skull Full of Kisses includes the following stories:


“The Bridge”

“Dogs of War”


“Einstein’s Slingshot”

“God Like Me”

“To Know How to See”

“For Her”



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“Michael West loves being a horror writer, is in fact proud to call himself one, and that love of the genre, and his feeling such pride at being a part of it, is evident in each story in this spendid (and sometimes quirky–in the best sense of the word) collection…This is the Good Stuff folks.”~ Gary A. Braunbeck, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Coffin County and Mr. Hands.

“****= 4 Stars
“In the introduction to *Skull Full Of Kisses*, Gary Braunbeck says, “Michael West loves being a horror writer, is in fact proud to call himself one.”  Braunbeck is right, and when you love what you’re doing, it shows.  As I turned the pages of this nifty collection, I couldn’t help thinking about how much fun West must have had writing these stories.  Because I was having a blast reading them.

“It took me back to my teenage years, those Golden Days of horror, back when you could use the word “tales” and nobody laughed.  Classic tales (don’t you dare) of monsters and ghosts – nothing deconstructed, no post modern meanderings – just good old scary stories.  The kind you remember when you’re walking down a dark street or driving over an old covered bridge.  The kind that make you look over your shoulder, even though you know it’s idiotic.  Nothing’s there, right?  Right…. “~ Horror-Web

“West displays a strong knowledge of the genre and its readers and also a level of skill that reflects reliability in forming tales, fleshing out characters and setting a tone that brings good tales to life. Midline horror for those looking for something good, and entertaining, but not too experimental as to lose audience interest, West’s collection delivers a spectacular assortment of cultures, themes, and settings sure to keep readers engaged and up at night.”~Dark Scribe Magazine

Skull Full Of Kisses is a unique, diverse and powerful collection of bone-chilling horror. The old saying, ‘love knows no bounds’ is well exemplified here. From random acts of kindness, to utter madness, West shows us that even love – the most innocent emotion we posses – is often the impetus for these and other ghastly acts…West’s seamless prose, coupled with his unique and powerful voice gives us multi-layered tales rarely seen in horror fiction. Most importantly, and what truly makes this collection a breath of fresh air, is how West peppers each story with his uncanny ability to weave readers directly into his fiction. Skull Full Of Kisses cements West’s status as a rare and formidable storyteller whose work should not be approached lightly.”~Shroud Magazine

“Michael West is a horror writer.  If you are a fan of the genre, you’ll be happy he has shared this with us.”~Gregory L. Hall (Choate Road / The Funky Werepig)

“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.” ~MikesFilmTalk

“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.” ~Sheila Deeth, author of Divide by Zero and Tails of Mystery

“There are demons. Ghosts. Aliens. Serial killers. Dinosaurs…freaking dinosaurs. West makes the reader feel like we’re glued to the old late-night horror show on television. I couldn’t wait to get to the next story to see what other monster was waiting for me. What wicket twist was going to grab me and get my heart pounding in my chest? 5 out of 5 sheep!” ~ Belle Bivdavo, I Smell Sheep


Read a sample story here.

ISBN # 978-1-948374-27-9
Also available as an eBook!

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*“Goodnight” was named Best Horror Short Story of 2005 in the annual P&E Readers’ Poll.