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Michael West

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in Franklin, Indiana, The United States




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Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, The Wide Game, Spook House, Skull Full of Kisses, and the critically-acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series. A graduate of Indiana University, with a degree in Telecommunications and Film Theory, West has written a multitude of short stories, articles, and reviews for various on-line and print publications. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

His children are convinced that spirits move through the woods near their home.

West's short story "Goodnight," published in Wicked Karnival 6, was named Best Horror Short Story of 2005 in the P&E Readers' Poll.

“Ave Satani,” Michael West’s short story from the Reel Dark anthology, edited by  L. Andrew Cooper and Pamela Turner, has been named one of the Top 10 Best Horror Short Stories of 2016 in the annual P&E Readers’ Poll.

Top 10 Horror 2016

“I wish I could take some sort of credit, but I hardly touched the thing,” said co-editor L. Andrew Cooper of the tale.  “(Michael West) turned in one of the best manuscrip...

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Poseidon’s Children (The Le...

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Cinema of Shadows (Harmony,...

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Spook House (Harmony, India...

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Vampires Don't Sparkle!

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The Wide Game (Harmony, Ind...

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Hades' Disciples (The Legac...

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Good Night

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The Wide Game Cinema of Shadows Spook House
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Poseidon's Children (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: 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.
Cinema of Shadows (Horror)
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Description: Welcome 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.
Skull Full of Kisses (Horror)
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Description: 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.
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The third chapter in my Legacy of the Gods series. Picks up right where Hades' Disciples left off. Took longer than anticipated to write, but I am very pleased with the results. Glad my faithful readers can now enjoy it!
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"Very enjoyable "monster movie" book. That's just what it felt like. I've always loved monster movies and this book didn't disappoint.

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"This is a seriously good series that I wish more people knew about. I enjoyed book one which I read ages ago. The only problem I had with reading book two was that some things I had forgotten so reading the two books closer together would have bee..." Read more of this review »
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"I've never wanted kids. At 35 I still have people ask me when I'll have some. Most don't like when I say never. I apparently have no clue what I want in life because they are all so sure I'll change my mind. Oddly the older I get the more I don't..." Read more of this review »
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“Well, at least we know they can be killed. It always pisses me off when the monster won't die.”
Michael West, Poseidon’s Children

“The flesh is the clay of the gods. Only the chosen can be sculptors.”
Michael West, Poseidon’s Children

“We regret to inform you that your husband survived two tours in Hell, but was taken down by some pissed off crabs, jacked-up on steroids. Sorry for your loss.”
Michael West, Spook House

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“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
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“That which is imagined can never be lost.”
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