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 lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, Stephanie, their two children, Kyle and Ryan, their daughter-in-law, Grace, and their dog, King Seesar. His children are convinced that spirits move through the woods near their home. West’s short story “Goodnight,” originally published in WICKED KARNIVAL #6, was named “Best Horror Short Story of 2005” in the P&E Readers Poll.
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 newfound friends must work together to unravel a mystery as old as time, and face an enemy as dark as the ocean depths.
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.
Hades’ Disciples is Book Two of the Legacy of the Gods Series!
Zeus’ warriors, the defenders of humanity, have suffered terrible losses.
Presumed dead, Earl Preston has been forced to retreat into a forgotten underworld beneath New York City, but he is still far from safe. Hades’ disciples need only to recover the two remaining crystal skulls – ancient vessels of indescribable power – and their dark quest to return the vanquished gods to earth will be all but complete. To save civilization as we know it, Earl must rise to confront his greatest challenge yet, but this is a fight he cannot win alone.
Trapped inside an alien environment, Alan Everson and Kari Hannigan must put aside their differences and work together to help a gravely injured Carol Miyagi – a woman they both claim to love. Theirs is a journey to discover the secret of life itself. And they may not like what they find.
Zeus’ Warriors is the third book in the Legacy of the Gods series.
Earl Preston has been fighting dark, seemingly impossible forces, trying to prevent the return of ancient, otherworldly beings — creatures of unfathomable intellect, rumored to have created all life here on Earth. Gods or monsters, these unseen puppet masters continue to pull strings despite a millennia of exile. Now, as the gateway to their alien world nears completion, Earl must locate Hades’ secret base of operations, must destroy this doorway before it can ever be opened.
And time is running out.
Scattered across the globe, allies and foes alike are coming together — Poseidon, Hades, and Zeus, all rallying their forces for one last confrontation. This will be a battle to end all battles, and its outcome will decide the fate of generations yet to come.
In this fourth and final installment of the Legacy of the Gods series, bestselling author Michael West provides answers to all the questions faithful readers have been asking for years, closing his dark, fantastic narrative in spectacular fashion. Prepare for Kronos’ Return!
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.
Cinema of Shadows is one of the growing Harmony, Indiana collection of horror tales from Michael West that also includes Spook House, Goodnight, For the River is Wide and the Gods are Hungry, and The Wide Game.
On the advice of his wife, Paul Rice is making plans to attend his 10th year High School reunion.
Returning to his boyhood home of Harmony, Indiana, he finds that he is still haunted by memories of that time-memories of Deidra, his first love, and memories of the Wide Game.
It was 10 years ago that Paul and his friends watched their day of fun become a race for their lives, a fight for their very souls.
Now, as he meets the survivors of that day once more, Paul makes a chilling discovery: The incomprehensible forces that toyed with them have yet to finish playing their own game.
The Wide Game is one of the Harmony, Indiana horror novels from Michael West, which also include Cinema of Shadows and Spook House.
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.
There are some places in this world that go far beyond any normal definition of “haunted”. These places are so evil and 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 land, 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!
Spook House is Michael West’s latest novel based in Harmony, Indiana, joining Cinema of Shadows, The Wide Game, and short stories such as “Goodnight” and “For the River is Wide and the Gods are Hungry”.
Love and evil know no bounds!
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.