Straitjacket Memories (2014)

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.

Straitjacket 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 and the Gods Are Hungry”

“Masako’s Tale”

“Hell’s Hollow”

“Inner Goddess”**

“Unknown Caller”

ISBN Number  978-1941706-99-2  (Trade Paperback)
Also available as an eBook.

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* “In Vino Veritas” was named one of the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories of 2014 in the annual P&E Readers’ Poll.


**”Inner Goddess” was nominated for a 2013 Shirley Jackson Award as part of The Book of the Dead anthology, edited by Jared Shurin (Jurassic London)

Shirley Jackson Awards