New Cover Art Unveiled for Michael West’s Straightjacket Memories

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the cover art by Natasha Alterici for Michael West’s new short-story collection, Straightjacket Memories!

Featuring 10 tales of horror, including both previously published stories and brand new ones, Straightjacket Memories will be released Friday in eBook format with a print version in trade paperback to follow one week after. Straightjacket Memories is Michael’s second collection of short fiction, following the critically-acclaimed Skull Full of Kisses.

On the new release, Michael said, “I am just so crazy about this collection! Gathered from various magazines, anthologies, and eBooks–some in print for the very first time–these stories represent some of my best work to date. I’m very happy with the way in which Seventh Star Press has put them all together, and excited that my faithful readers will be able to share in more of my nightmares and slightly twisted imaginings!”

Straightjacket Memories includes the following stories:

“Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite”
“Flowers in Winter”
“The Grove”
“Sandwalkers”
“In Vino Veritas”
“For the River is Wide”
“Masako’s Tale”
“Hell’s Hollow”
“Inner Goddess”
“Unknown Caller”

The new release continues a banner year for Michael that saw his novel Cinema of Shadows become a national bestseller in horror on Amazon.com and his Legacy of the Gods series take the next step with the recently-released Hades Disciples.

For further information on Michael and his work, please visit his site at www.bymichaelwest.com

Synopsis of Straightjacket Memories: 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.

About Michael West: 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. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

Writing keeps him sane.

Michael West’s Hades’ Disciples Now Available on Kindle and Nook!

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce that Hades’ Disciples, Book Two in the Legacy of the Gods series from best-selling author Michael West, is now available in Kindle and Nook formats!

Hades’ Disciples is the followup to the highly-acclaimed Poseidon’s Children, which introduced the Legacy of the Gods series to urban fantasy readers and reviewers all over the world. The new title expands the action and settings, offering fans of the series much more to explore as they follow the adventure from where it concluded in the first book.

Interior Illustration by Matthew Perry

Available on Kindle and Nook, Hades’ Disciples will be available shortly in Kobo, iTunes, and other eBook formats with a softcover print version to follow next week.  The links for the Kindle and Nook versions are as follows:

Edited by Amanda DeBord, Hades’ Disciples features cover art and new interior illustrations from award-winning artist Matthew Perry. A special limited edition hardcover version is now available for pre-order at the Seventh Star Press site.

Hades’ Disciples continues the revelation that 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.

For further information on the Legacy of the Gods series, please visit Michael’s site at www.bymichaelwest.com or Seventh Star Press at www.seventhstarpress.com

Interior Illustration by Matthew Perry

About Michael: 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.

Special Hades’ Disciples Limited Edition Hardcover Offer!

SSP is proud to announce a special offer for the limited edition hardcover of best-selling author Michael West’s Hades’ Disciples, the highly-anticipated followup to last year’s hit novel Poseidon’s Children!

Limited to just 75 copies signed and numbered, the pre-order is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Just $36.95 for this highly collectible version.   If you missed the limited hardcover for Poseidon’s Children, there are still some copies left that you can pick up while supplies last for no additional shipping and handling.
Reserve your copy today!

Cover Reveal for Hades Disciples by Best-Selling Author Michael West!

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 my 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.

Michael West Limited Edition Hardcover Offer for The Wide Game!

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce a special offer for a Limited Edition Hardcover of Michael West’s The Wide Game!


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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. 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.

To reserve your copy of this limited edition offering, proceed to a special ordering page on the Seventh Star Press site:

Michael West’s Skull Full of Kisses Availability and Links

 

We wanted to provide a full list of links for the eBook versions of Skull Full of Kisses from Michael West!  We hope you enjoy this outstanding single-author collection!

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eBook Formats:

Kindle

http://www.amazon.com/Skull-Full-of-Kisses-ebook/dp/B00FIWDFPW

Nook

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/skull-full-of-kisses-michael-west/1103111608?ean=2940148774655

Kobo

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/skull-full-of-kisses-1

iBookstore

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/skull-full-of-kisses/id718162578?mt=11

eBook Pie

https://ebookpie.com/ebooks/708660-skull-full-of-kisses

 

 

Michael West’s Skull Full of Kisses Cover Reveal

For Immediate Release
September 27, 2013

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art by Matthew Perry for the reissue of Michael West’s Skull Full of Kisses, a collection of short stories that horror fans are sure to enjoy!

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Featuring a forward by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Gary Braunbeck, Skull Full of Kisses includes a diverse range of tones and settings that display the horror virtuosity of Michael West.  The release also unites Skull Full of Kisses with Michael’s other Seventh Star Press titles such as Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, The Wide Game, and Poseidon’s Children.

“I am so pleased that this, my first short fiction collection, is now back in print.  Ten tales, including a lot of fan favorites such as ‘Jiki,’ my ode to Asian Horror; ‘To Know How to See,’ my first real stab at Sci-fi Horror; and ‘Goodnight,’ which was named Best Horror Short Story of 2005 in the annual P&E Readers Poll. Those stories hold special places in my heart as well, and I’m so happy that they are now available again to both new and faithful readers alike.”

Skull Full of Kisses will be released in eBook format on Monday, September 30th, with availability for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBookstore, and other types of eReaders, with the print version to follow 1 week later.

For further information on Michael West and his releases, visit the author’s site at www.bymichaelwest.com or www.seventhstarpress.com

 

Seventh Star Press is a publisher of speculative fiction based out of Lexington, Kentucky.

True Blood Cast Members Sign SSP Book for Cancer Research Fundraiser

True Blood Cast Members Sign SSP’s Vampires Don’t Sparkle Anthology for Cancer Research Fundraiser

Five members of the cast of HBO’s hit television series True Blood signed a copy of the Michael West-edited SSP anthology Vampires Don’t Sparkle! to be auctioned with 100% of proceeds from this event going to support cancer research. The auction will be conducted through eBay starting the second week of October and ending on Halloween, October 31st.

“It is a very personal cause for me, ” says Michael West, the author of highly-acclaimed novels such as Poseidon’s Children, Cinema of Shadows, The Wide Game and Spook House. “One year ago, I lost one of my closest friends, author Sara J. Larson, to cancer, and then my wife was diagnosed with the disease last fall. I hope that, with this anthology, we can help win the fight against this real-life horror.”

Signing the copy of Vampires Don’t Sparkle! were:

Rutina Wesley, who plays Tara Thorton 
Sam Trammell, who plays Sam Merlotte 
Jim Parrack, who played Hoyt Fortenberry 
Janina Gavankar, who played Luna Garza  
Jessica Clark, who plays vampire god Lilith
 This will be a great opportunity for True Blood fans to get a one-of-a-kind collectible!  Even better, Vampires Don’t Sparkle! honors the true spirit of vampire storytelling, making for a perfect match!

What would you do if you had unlimited power and eternal life?

Would you…go back to high school? Attend the same classes year after year, going through the pomp and circumstance of one graduation after another, until you found the perfect date to take to prom? Would you…spend your days moping and brooding, finding your only joy in a game of baseball on a stormy day? Or would you…do something else? Anything else?

The authors of this collection have a few ideas; some fanciful, some humorous, and some as dark as an endless night. Join us, and discover what it truly means to be “vampyre.”

Edited by Michael West

Foreword by Michael West

“A New Life” by J. F. Gonzalez
“What Once was Flesh” by Tim Waggoner
“The Darkton Circus Mystery” by Elizabeth Massie
“Robot Vampire” by R. J. Sullivan
“Beneath a Templar Cross” by Gord Rollo
“The Weapon of Memory” by Kyle S. Johnson
“The Excavation” by Stephen Zimmer
“Skraeling” by Joel A. Sutherland
“Dreams of Winter” by Bob Freeman
“Dracula’s Winkee: Bloodsucker Blues” by Gregory L. Hall
“I Fuck Your Sunshine” by Lucy A. Snyder
“A Soldier’s Story” by Maurice Broaddus
“Rattenkönig” by Douglas F. Warrick
“Vampire Nation” by Jerry Gordon
“Curtain Call” by Gary A. Braunbeck

 

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Vampires Don’t Sparkle are donated to cancer research institutions to fight the real horrors of Cancer.

Available in print and also eBook formats such as:
Kindle:
Nook:
Kobo:
iBookstore:

 

Indianapolis Marriott Posts New Michael West Q&A in Advance of Saturday GenCon Apperance

We would like to pass along a link for a brand new Q&A posted by the Indianapolis Marriott featuring Michael West, who will be making a GenCon appearance this Saturday there!

Follow the link below to see the full Q&A and get further information on the appearance.

http://www.indymarriott.com/blog/q-a-with-author-michael-west-book-signings-this-weekend-at-gen-con/

We are pleased to announce four brand new titles on Kindle and Nook!

Four New Kindle and Nook Titles!

For all of you horror fans, especially those who have enjoyed Michael West’s Spook House and Cinema of Shadows, we are pleased to offer The Wide Game for the very first time as an eBook!   Just $3.99 for the Kindle version too!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Wide-Game-ebook/dp/B00E4RHND2

For the Nook version: Click here

If you are more into Urban Fantasy, we have John F. Allen’s The God Killers, the first book of The God Killers Legacy!  Meet Ivory Blaque, one of the stars of this series.  If you like Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden novels, you will really enjoy this great new series!  Just $3.99 for the Kindle Version!

http://www.amazon.com/The-God-Killers-Legacy-ebook/dp/B00E4TD5QO

for the Nook version: Click here

Maybe you’d like a humor-laced paranormal thriller?  If so, we’ve got the book for you!  Four ‘Til Late, the first book of the Road Ghosts trilogy from Eric Garrison.  Supernatural, adventurous, and funny too! Also just $3.99 for the Kindle version.

http://www.amazon.com/Four-Late-Road-Ghosts-ebook/dp/B00E4WO7YA

For the Nook version: Click Here

And last, but not least, we’ve got a new YA Steampunk novel for you, The Boxcar Baby, the first book in the Steel Roots series from J.L. Mulvihill.  This one will appeal to steampunk, dystopian, and alternate history fans alike!  Just $3.99 on Kindle!

http://www.amazon.com/Boxcar-Baby-Steel-Roots-ebook/dp/B00E4WTEP2

For the Nook version: Click Here