Seventh Star Press Unleashes Hades’ Disciples!

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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 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.

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Start the series today!  Pick up your very own copy of The Legacy of the Gods Book One: Poseidon’s Children!

Download it for Kindle here!
Download it for Kobo here!
Download it for Nook here!

Cinema of Shadows Becomes #1 Best Seller!

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Cinema of Shadows, a Harmony, Indiana novel, has become Michael West’s first #1 Best Seller, topping the charts in Horror/Occult fiction!

Cinema welcomes readers 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.

Get your very own copy of Cinema of Shadows today!

And watch the book trailer below… if you dare! 

 

The Legacy of the Gods: Thrilling Urban Fantasy of Gods and Monsters

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The Hades’ Disciples Blog Tour kicks off with fuonlyknew.com: Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews, and killer reviews for The Legacy of the Gods series as a whole.  She starts off with Book One: Poseidon’s Children.  Here is an excerpt:

“I’m trying to think of one thing the author did wrong with this book, and can’t come up with anything…  With action and adventure, monsters, characters to love and loathe, and mysteries from the deep, Poseidon’s Children is a blast and I’m anxious to get started on Hades’ Desciples, the next book in this series.  I’m thrilled to give this 5 Stars!” 

She then turns her attention to Book Two: Hades’ Disciples.  The Result?  Another 5-Star review!  Here is a bit of what she had to say:

“This is the second book in this series. Just wanted to warn you if you haven’t read Poseidon’s Children yet. I’ll do my best not to spoil it for you.  The story picks up around two years after Colonial Bay and, while some of my favorite characters aren’t in this story, some are…Werewolves, bats, yeti, satyrs, and many more monsters will keep your hair standing on end…This second book delves deeper into the history of these creatures. I learned more about how they came to be here and why…And one heck of a cliffhanger ending! Just thought I’d warn ya…If you love monsters, myths and urban fantasy, you’ll love this series and I recommend you give it a go.”  

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Read the full reviews here!

And get your very own copy of Hades’ Disciples here!

Streets of Shadows – TOC Announcement

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I am thrilled to announce that my very first collaboration with another author, “In Vino Veritas,” which was written with Tim Waggoner, will be part of the upcoming Streets of Shadows anthology.  The book, published by Alliteration Ink and edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, will debut at Context in September.  Here is the full ToC:

“What I Am” – Tom Piccirilli

“A Game of Cards” – A.C. Wise

“Shooting Aphrodite” – Gary Kloster

“Santa Muerte” – Lucy Snyder and Dan Robichaud

“Morrigan’s Girls” – Gerard Brennan

“Such Faces We Wear, Such Masks We Hide” – Damien Angelica Walters

“The Man Who Has Been Killing Kittens” – Douglas F. Warrick

“The Large Man” – Paul Tremblay

“Unfilial Child” – Laurie Tom

“Street Worm” – Nisi Shawl

“Der Kommissar’s In Town” – Nick Mamatas

“The Shadow People” – Brandon Massey

“Hand Fast” – Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“Beware of Dog” – Kevin J. Anderson

“Stay: A Tale of the Spellmason Chronicles” – Anton Strout

“God Needs Not the Future” – Jason Sizemore

“Relics” – Tim Lebbon

“Cold Fear” – Lucien Soulban

“In Vino Veritas” – Tim Waggoner and Michael West

“Best Served Cold” – Seanan McGuire

“Toby’s Closet” – Jonathan Maberry

 

Hades’ Disciples Now Available for Kindle and Nook!

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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.

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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

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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.

Hades’ Disciples Limited Edition Hardcover Now Available for Pre-Order!

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Seventh Star Press is proud to announce a special pre-order offer for Michael West’s Hades’ Disciples, the latest book in the Legacy of the Gods Series.

Synopsis of Hades’ Disciples: 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.

This special hardcover edition is limited to 75 copies, signed and numbered.

The price for the limited edition hardcover is $36.95 plus shipping and handling, and includes the eBook version of Hades’ Disciples in both Mobi and ePub formats, covering Kindles, Nooks, iPads, Kobo Devices, and many others.

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How about Book One in the Legacy of the Gods series, Poseidon’s Children? If you happened to miss the Poseidon’s Children limited edition hardcovers, we still have a few left, but when they are gone, they are gone.

For a limited time, add Poseidon’s Children Limited Hardcover to your Hades Disciples order for $36.95 with no additional shipping and handling (while supplies lasts)!  If you take advantage of this special offer, the Poseidon’s Children Hardcover will be shipped with Hades’ Disciples.

 

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We are also still taking orders for the limited edition hardcover of West’s first Harmony, Indiana novel The Wide Game.

Order The Wide Game Limited Edition Hardcover for $36.95 plus shipping and handling (while supplies last)!

We will be doing our print runs of hardcover editions of both Hades’ Disciples and The Wide Game in early June for mid-June shipment.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW!

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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.

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Ravenous Reads just posted a new review of my first Legacy of the Gods novel, Poseidon’s Children.  Here’s a bit of what they had to say:

“It’s not often I find myself short of words on a book I’ve recently read, but such is the case with Michael West’s Poseidon’s Children.  An odd mish-mash of various genres – horror, thriller, sci-fi, and urban fantasy - that threw out some interesting new ideas.  Being the first book in a series, a few plot threads are left dangling, but enough is explained that most will be satisfied.  I’ll likely be searching out more from Michael West in the near future.”

Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Poseidon’s Children here!

This Solstice, Give the Gift of Tentacles!

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If you are giving the gift of an eReader this Christmas–Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook, etc., it’s not too late to load it up with some great books!  Get the Horror/Urban Fantasy fan in your life ready for the release of The Legacy of the Gods Book Two: Hades’ Disciples by stocking up on the first two books related to the characters / mythology of the series!

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The Legacy of the Gods Book One: Poseidon’s Children

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.

Download it for Kindle here!
Download it for Kobo here!
Download it for Nook here!

 

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Spook House

While technically Book 3 of the Harmony, Indiana series, this stand-alone novel also has important ties to The Legacy of the Gods.  Think of it as Book 1.5…

There are some places in this world that go far beyond any normal definition of “haunted.”  These places are so evil, 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 lands, 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!

 

Download it for Kindle here!
Download it for Kobo here!
Download it for Nook here!

 

Merry Christmas, happy reading, and pleasant nightmares!

Skull Full of Kisses Is “a Wonderfully Intense Collection!”

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Author Sheila Deeth has posted a great new review of my first short fiction collection, Skull Full of Kisses.  For those who do not frequent Sheila’s blog, she has just about the best rating system around.  All of her ratings are based on coffee!

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Here’s an excerpt of what she has to say:

“Starting with the wonderfully scary Skull Full of Kisses, by Michael West; you’ll need a bold, dark, intense, 5-star coffee with this one–a wonderfully intense collection, beautifully crafted, filled with flawed, believable characters, genuine scares, perfect timing, haunting concepts and breathtaking surprises.”

Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Skull Full of Kisses here!

 

Vampires Don’t Sparkle! Is “What So Many of Us Have Been Missing!”

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The Little Red Reviewer
just posted a wonderful review of my first anthology as editor, Vampires Don’t Sparkle!  Here is an excerpt…

“Vampire fiction has been mostly a turn-off for me lately. I don’t want to read about vegetarian vampires, vampires who don’t want to hurt humans, vampires who are lonely and just waiting for the right mortal who could make this all worth it. I don’t want my vampires to be family friendly. Sexy vampires are always fun, and well, sexy, but I’d rather have the real thing. Give me some violent amoral bloodsuckers any day, give me some Jasper Kent, some Kim Newman, some gold old traditional Bram Stoker any day!  Good thing Vampires Don’t Sparkle! came along. Fifteen authors who agree with me. Fifteen stories where the vampire is the bad guy, the dangerous one, the thing to run away from. As editor Michael West says in his introduction, pop culture (and one particular author who changed the face of vampire fiction) stole vampires from us, and made them into something they’re not. It’s time for us to take them back! These stories aren’t all horror, not in the slightest. Some of them are laugh out loud funny, some of them cover the lonely and dangerous reality of what hunting humans entails,   there is a truly disturbing one about how one man learns how to destroy a vampire. They are all a throwback to what so many of us have been missing. Sick of sparkly vampires? This anthology is for you.” 

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to cancer research institutions to fight the real horrors of Cancer.

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Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of Vampire’s Don’t Sparkle! here!