Seventh Star Press Unleashes Hades’ Disciples!

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Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art from award-winning artist Matthew Perry for Hades’ 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 at www.bymichaelwest.com or Seventh Star Press at www.seventhstarpress.com

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.

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

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Cinema of Shadows Becomes #1 Best Seller!

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Cinema of Shadows, a Harmony, Indiana novel, has become Michael West’s first #1 Best Seller, topping the charts in Horror/Occult fiction!

Cinema welcomes readers to the Woodfield Movie Palace.

The night the Titanic sank, it opened for business…and its builder died
in his chair.   In the 1950s, there was a fire; a balcony full of people
burned to death.   And years later, when it became the scene of one of
Harmony, Indiana’s most notorious murders, it closed for good.  Abandoned,
sealed, locked up tight…until now.

Tonight, Professor Geoffrey Burke and his Parapsychology
students have come to the Woodfield in search of evidence, hoping to find
irrefutable proof of a haunting.  Instead, they will discover that, in this
theater, the terrors are not confined to the screen.

Get your very own copy of Cinema of Shadows today!

And watch the book trailer below… if you dare! 

 

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Ravenous Reads just posted a new review of my first Legacy of the Gods novel, Poseidon’s Children.  Here’s a bit of what they had to say:

“It’s not often I find myself short of words on a book I’ve recently read, but such is the case with Michael West’s Poseidon’s Children.  An odd mish-mash of various genres – horror, thriller, sci-fi, and urban fantasy - that threw out some interesting new ideas.  Being the first book in a series, a few plot threads are left dangling, but enough is explained that most will be satisfied.  I’ll likely be searching out more from Michael West in the near future.”

Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Poseidon’s Children here!

This Solstice, Give the Gift of Tentacles!

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If you are giving the gift of an eReader this Christmas–Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook, etc., it’s not too late to load it up with some great books!  Get the Horror/Urban Fantasy fan in your life ready for the release of The Legacy of the Gods Book Two: Hades’ Disciples by stocking up on the first two books related to the characters / mythology of the series!

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The Legacy of the Gods Book One: 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.

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

 

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While technically Book 3 of the Harmony, Indiana series, this stand-alone novel also has important ties to The Legacy of the Gods.  Think of it as Book 1.5…

There are some places in this world that go far beyond any normal definition of “haunted.”  These places are so evil, so diabolical, that they become gateways to Hell itself.  The Fuller Farm is one such place.

It is said that old man Fuller conducted unspeakable acts, blood rituals and human sacrifices, all in an attempt to gain the ultimate knowledge, the ultimate power.  And then, he was killed–horribly murdered on his own lands, leaving the house to stand as a vacant monument to his wickedness.  But once a door is opened, it can never really be closed.

Now, the stars are right.   The gateway is ready to once more unleash unspeakable horror upon the town of Harmony, Indiana.   And this will be one Halloween that they will never forget!

 

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Merry Christmas, happy reading, and pleasant nightmares!

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

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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!

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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!

 

Vampires Don’t Sparkle! Is “What So Many of Us Have Been Missing!”

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just posted a wonderful review of my first anthology as editor, Vampires Don’t Sparkle!  Here is an excerpt…

“Vampire fiction has been mostly a turn-off for me lately. I don’t want to read about vegetarian vampires, vampires who don’t want to hurt humans, vampires who are lonely and just waiting for the right mortal who could make this all worth it. I don’t want my vampires to be family friendly. Sexy vampires are always fun, and well, sexy, but I’d rather have the real thing. Give me some violent amoral bloodsuckers any day, give me some Jasper Kent, some Kim Newman, some gold old traditional Bram Stoker any day!  Good thing Vampires Don’t Sparkle! came along. Fifteen authors who agree with me. Fifteen stories where the vampire is the bad guy, the dangerous one, the thing to run away from. As editor Michael West says in his introduction, pop culture (and one particular author who changed the face of vampire fiction) stole vampires from us, and made them into something they’re not. It’s time for us to take them back! These stories aren’t all horror, not in the slightest. Some of them are laugh out loud funny, some of them cover the lonely and dangerous reality of what hunting humans entails,   there is a truly disturbing one about how one man learns how to destroy a vampire. They are all a throwback to what so many of us have been missing. Sick of sparkly vampires? This anthology is for you.” 

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to cancer research institutions to fight the real horrors of Cancer.

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Read the full review here!

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

 

Small Wide Game SSP

Limited to just 75 copies total, this special edition of The Wide Game features a cloth-bound hardcover with a dust jacket. A special signature page is included, with all copies signed and numbered by Michael West. This book also will include a bonus illustration by the award-winning Matthew Perry not featured in the regular edition.

The pre-order window for this edition will be open from now until January 2, 2014. Books will be shipped towards the end of January. Everyone ordering will also receive an eBook copy of The Wide Game in ePub or Mobi format so that you do not have to wait to read this highly-reviewed tale from Michael West.

Even though there are only 75 copies, the price for this release is just $34.95 with $6.50 shipping and handling in the USA, $12.00 to Canada.

Feel free to continue to shop in our online store, as our shipping is a flat rate so all additional items purchased with this order will add nothing to the shipping rate. (and all softcovers include digital copies as a bonus!)

Click here to reserve a copy or two of this collectible Michael West hardcover today!

Enter the Star Chamber!

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Tonight is the kickoff of The Star Chamber Show, the new live podcast  co-hosted by Michael WestSelah JanelSusan H. Roddey, Stephen Zimmer and Alexander Stephen Brown! The book world is a big part of it, but we’ll also be doing some things with movies and music too. First featured guest is James R. Tuck, a rising star in Urban Fantasy and author of the Deacon Chalk novels. Our book blogging guest is Babs Hightower of Babs Book Bistro. We’ll have call-ins from the audience (our call in line is (619) 639-4616), there’s a live chat room you can participate in, and more! The adventure begins! 9pm eastern at blogtalkradio.com/starchambershow

Hope to see you all there!

The Wide Game Is “Excellent!!!!!”

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Bee’s Knees Reviews just posted a great new review of my novel, The Wide Game.  Here’s a bit of what they had to say…

“Michael West is one of the best storytellers I have ever read. The Wide Game from start to finish had me on the edge of my seat. It never lagged, it was never slowed, it was just one twist and turn barreling to the end.  I absolutely loved The Wide Game. I loved the details when the story flashes back to the 80s. This book was not just written it was crafted. It was smart, witty, funny and scary. Perfection all rolled in to one horror novel.  I highly recommend this to everyone… a 5 out of 5 for me. Excellent!!!!!”

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Read the full review here!

And pick up your very own copy of The Wide Game here!

The Wide Game Is a 4-Star Pick of the Literate!

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Pick of the Literate just posted a new review of my first Harmony, Indiana novel, The Wide Game, giving it four stars…er, flaming skulls!

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Here’s a bit of what they had to say…

“Once again the small town of Harmony, Indiana turns out to be less than harmonious.  More demented souls seem to reside in this small, corn fed town than any major metropolis.  What is up with all the corn fed fear?  Michael West surely has a strange turn of mind.  I’m guessing that he, like Stephen King, has the heart of a small boy and he too, keeps it in his top desk drawer.  After plowing through the mayhem you discover that you aren’t done yet.  Mr. West likes to flip things around just when you think you have everything figured out.   Robby Miller of the Spook House is here, younger and not yet jaded.   I have read and reviewed  Spook House , Poseidon’s Children and Cinema of Shadows all by Michael West.   He has carved a niche into the face of evil, leaving his readers looking over their shoulders and listening to the wind in the corn.  I’ve stated before I don’t read a lot of horror stories but I really the way Michael West renders them.”

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Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of The Wide Game here!