“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.”
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“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.”
Today, she highlighted the novel for Teaser Tuesday.
- 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.
“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.”
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
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.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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.”