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Cinema of Shadows

(Harmony, Indiana #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  298 ratings  ·  61 reviews
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, Pr ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Seventh Star Press, LLC
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Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one had a real cheesy B-movie vibe going on. I liked that about it. It was a little heavy on the cheese in parts, but a quick and entertaining read nonetheless.
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Michael West's Cinema of Shadows is the most fun I've had between the pages of a book in a long time. I honestly can't remember the last time I felt so compelled to keep my wife awake for just a few minutes longer, so I could read just one more scene aloud, only to feel the need to finish just one more chapter.

It's just that kind of book.

This is supernatural horror at its darkest, wildest, and most unapologetic. It's a story populated by ghosts, poltergeists, demons, and psychic phenomena, and o
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, review-copy
You know how sometimes huge blockbuster movies get raves from fans but get poo pooed by the critics because it's idk not artsy fartsy enough. Well I've always thought those critics over look the obvious that sometimes you want an escape in fact most times when people go to the movies they go solely for entertainments sake. That's really okay to just go and enjoy, I wish they would learn that.

This book reminds me of that. It's not one I'll ever reread but I enjoyed myself and that is really the p
Michael West
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My second novel set in Harmony, Indiana.

You ever watch ghost hunting shows on television and say to yourself, "Why can't they go to the Poltergeist house? I want to see stuff flying around, blood flowing from the walls, GHOSTS!" Yeah, so do I. So, I tried to imagine the most frightening haunting possible and make a team of paranormal investigators finally have to deal with it. I'm very proud of the result.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's always such a delight to discover a new horror author that actually impresses. And with this book, Michael West certainly does. How can you not enjoy a haunted movie theatre story? It's such a great setting. Throw in great action, likeable characters, geniunely cinematic boombastic effects, kickass art not just cover but also surprising the reader twice throughout the book and a awesomely appropriate (post credit) ending and you got a terrific horror story that's a quick and fun read. Highl ...more
Michele Lee
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
At the risk of sounding too squee, let me preface with this: I absolutely loved this book. Over the last few years I've found myself increasingly bored with straight horror novels. Perhaps it's my perceptions as a writer (picking out storytelling elements and good things gone cliché automatically instead of gleefully falling for them) or the by-the-numbers or just-like-Stephen-King styles that are prevalent. Regardless I find myself looking for something just plain different.

Cinema of Shadows is
Lindsey Goddard
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Cinema Of Shadows" by Michael West held my attention until the last page. There were lots of different elements at play, incidents in the main characters' pasts that intermingled towards the close of the story, and I always love that. It shows that the author had a structure for the story, a multifaceted plan, even if he himself didn't know where the plot might end.

It's the story of Kim Saunders and Tashima Ishmail, college roommates and best friends, both with disturbing memories in their hist
J. Aaron Parish
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t much care for fast-paced horror. I grew up with the door-stopper tomes of Stephen King and Clive Barker. I like the way they slowly unfold a story and reveal the terror to come. (Slowly I turn, step by step, inch by inch). That being said, Cinema of Shadows is very much a fast-paced horror story that I very much enjoyed.

Cinema is a story much in the vein of The Mangler with a touch of Rose Red. It’s got demons, ghosts and psychics. It’s got a parapsycholog
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wanted to go on a ghost hunt? If so, read this novel first for some excellent practical suggestions—no smoking for a start. And if not, enjoy this ghost-hunting tale for the vicarious thrill of a truly scary encounter with the ghosts of a crumbling cinema.

“If this place isn’t haunted, it sure is dressed for the part,” muses one protagonist, and the Woodfield Movie Palace truly is—sumptuously classic, haunted with history, fallen into decay, and destined for demolition. Professor Bu
Brett Talley
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cinema of Shadows is an excellent little horror novel rooted deeply in the style of Stephen King and the notion of "the bad place." The Woodfield Movie Palace is one of those places, a cursed structure where echoes of the horrors that went before still ring through to those who are listening. But more than the past lives there. An evil stalks the men and women who enter the Woodfield, ever seeking to add their souls to its growing tally of death.

Cinema of Shadows has everything you are looking
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Cinema of Shadows is not a "good" read, it's a Great read! As always, Michael West draws the reader in, effortlessly. His characters are easy to connect with and the storyline never stops moving.

This book centers around a haunted movie theater, and a group of individuals investigating it. There's history, emotion, terror, action, sex, and violence. He makes the unbelievable, believable! What more could you ask for in a book?

I definitely recommend this book.
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 2012-reads
A fun read, especially if you are a fan of horror movies. The plot is completely derivative and mixes numerous story threads and scenes (I think deliberately) from famous books and movies. I found it fun to "name the movie or book" as each scene transpired. There really isn't anything original here, and West keeps the story light, but I still enjoyed it because I could sense that the writer has a deep affection for the movies that I have enjoyed over the years. ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very well written short little novel. I loved the story premise, and it's execution...though formulaic and predictable, it was so well done and tightly written that I found myself reading it in one sitting.
The book actually made me feel like I was watching a movie of it. That is how vivid the pictures in my head were. Some very scary scenes, too.
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Horror is not a genre I normally read, but downloaded this one after several recommendations and could not put it down. The character development was particularly good. I really cared about what would happen to them. A great read.
Christine Desrochers-Broderick
This has to be the best Horror book I have read in forever!!! Way surpasses King and Koontz. I loved every minute of it. This would make an awesome movie!!! Id buy it!! :)
Laura Thomas
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Ooh. what better setting for a haunting than a derelict movie theatre. Woodfield Movie Palace hasn’t projected a film onto it’s large screen in many many years. Dust motes float in abandoned rooms. Birds and critters make nests in it’s empty shell. And something else moves about in its darkest places. This is its home. It will never leave. So you best stay away or it will make you pay. And the price for admission is death.

I’ll admit that spectacular cover was the first reason I chose to read the
R.J. Sullivan
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Cinema is a triumph—incredibly satisfying, offering the scares you hope for with an attention to detail, history, and a set of characters you like and root for, even knowing not everyone makes it through to the end.

And the movies. The book is a celebration of Michael’s love of movies.

The book begins with a couple of prologues, first about our main character Kim Saunders, then with a significant flashback within the Woodfield—the movie palace in which the bulk of the story takes place.

Michael tak
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cinema Of Shadows is a Horror Thriller.

When Kimberly Saunders was born, her mother thought there was something wrong with her, she was positive that Kim could speak with ghosts. As Kim grows she has an event which occurs on a covered bridge that leaves her dreams filled with nightmares.

Present day, Kim is attending college and she and her roommate Tashima Ismail are attending a Parapsychology course. They, along with their classmates Kevin and Joss, are preparing a haunting for their class credi
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, ghosts
I've never really thought of movie theaters as scary places, though there was that Jim Carrey movie, The Majestic. That was pretty frightening--in an "I've wasted two hours of my life" sort of way. So, when Seventh Star Press approached me about reviewing this book, I was curious to see how Michael might turn a movie house into a horror house.

The Woodfield Movie Palace used to be a place of art of culture in the modest town of Harmony, Indiana, until tragedy upon tragedy reduced it to a porno th
I received this book for review from the publisher. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.

When Kim Saunders was a baby, her mother was sure that she was developmentally delayed or autistic. Despite being assured by doctors that her beautiful daughter was absolutely normal, she still worried because it seemed that Kim was watching things that no one else could see.

The story then flashes-forward to when Kim is in college, and she is taking a P
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
With Cinema of Shadows, Michael West returns to the fictional town of New Harmony, Indiana to scar and scare inhabitants and readers alike. West doesn't do this in the typical sequel, trope riddled fashion. Instead he takes something that's become so overly done in recent years and manages to breath new life into it. Cinema of Shadows is truly an unforgettable ghost story, one that you'll be shoving into the hands of friends, family, enemies and strangers alike, insistent upon them reading it.

Robin Blankenship
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
To set the mood, I was excited to read this one as I love horror stories. Especially one with blood, gore and ghosts. One Day I was sitting reading this book in my car and someone knocked on my window and I literally screamed. My first thought was that it is the little girl wanting me to take her home. This was a classic horror tale, It had all the elements to make it a horror story one I could enjoy.
One Thing I really enjoyed was the characters they were all interesting and engaging. It is hard
Brett Talley
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cinema of Shadows is an excellent little horror novel rooted deeply in the style of Stephen King and the notion of "the bad place." The Woodfield Movie Palace is one of those places, a cursed structure where echoes of the horrors that went before still ring through to those who are listening. But more than the past lives there. An evil stalks the men and women who enter the Woodfield, ever seeking to add their souls to its growing tally of death.

Cinema of Shadows has everything you are looking
William Bentrim
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cinema of Shadows by Michael West

Many of us go to the movie theatre to be frightened. The difference is this movie theater is terrifying and there is NO movie running. This novel is a first rate horror story.

Michael West creates realistic, likeable characters. I think that is what I like best about his books. I’m not a big fan of spooky stories but I like his and his characterizations are what make it likeable for me.

A professor and several volunteers decide to explore the paranormal aspects o
Shan Winslow
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
A good little horror yarn that makes you think twice about the theaters you know and love. Michael West is good at conveying the emotions of his characters onto the page, as well as getting you to believe in an old movie house with a dark past.

If you love horror novels or are just in the mood for a good story, with believable characters, then this book is definitely for you.

The only real complaint is that the book is fairly short and once you reach the end, you wish there was more. Other than
Brick Marlin
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mr. West has delivered yet another great tale or terror. CINEMA OF SHADOWS snatched my interest from the very start, carrying me through a chilling story about an old theater called the Woodfield Movie Palace, a tomb harbored by ghosts. The characters are vivid, as believable as your next door neighbors. The villains uncoil like a snake and strike and sink their fangs into the flesh of the reader's imagination, releasing nightmares for the weak at heart. I would recommend this novel to any horro ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Surprisingly a good read. It could have used a bit more fleshing out of the characters but it was a basic house/movie theatre possessed by ghosts/demons.
Some might think this a spoiler...
I loved the descriptions of the gargoyles/muse coming to life that I actually visualized it like one of those Ray Harryhausen stop-motion animation movies that I loved and adored from my childhood.

My only regret is that I felt the ending resolved a bit quick.

Oh! And make sure you stay through the c
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: shelfari-horror
I liked the book. It was nicely paced, but I agree with Jason about the characters. Not just Kim and Tyler but also Joss and Tashima. The characters makeup reminded me of some made for TV movie on the SciFy channel. I think this approach was intentional and the author was having fun with it. The focus was not necessarily on the characters but the demons and the props they faced. Their responses to those various encounters made the story work for me
Ira Gansler
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, kindle, owned
Cinema of Shadows is a great continuation of the Harmony, Indiana series by Michael West. Again, West gives us characters that we want to follow along with and find out what happens to them. He draws us in right from the start and there is no question that something big is going on in this story. This story is fast paced without sacrificing character development or descriptive settings. I highly recommend this to any horror fan along with the entire Harmony, Indiana series.
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really liked Cinema of Shadows, it kept me on my toes and I actually cared about the characters and what was happening around them. I hope there is a sequel that revisits the Woodfield and Kim as I would read it.
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Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, The Wide Game, Skull Full of Kisses, and the critically-acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series. A graduate of Indiana University, West earned a degree in Telecommunications and Film Theory, and since that time, he has written a multitude of short stories, articles, and reviews for various on-line and print publications. He live ...more

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