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Hades’ Disciples by Michael West #review

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Title : Hades’ Disciples ( The Legacy of the Gods : Book 2 )
Author: Michael West
Published: 2014
Pages:: 301
Format:: ebook

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 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 been beneficial. The series continues with mythological and fantasy creatures tied to modern day. We have good guys in a race against time to keep the bad guys from implementing their evil plan. Well written characters that are so fascinating to read about I so want to get my hands on book three. Michael has written what is a super fun and entertaining urban fantasy that gets the reader hooked and desperate for more. You’ll also have a sex scene that will blow your mind. For a man who is arachnophobic Michael sure does go in depth in their sex lives.

Hurry and write book three Michael and put us out of our misery, that was one mega cliffhanger.

Highly recommended.

Michael West

 

Hades Disciples by Michael West #horror @byMichaelWest

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It’s a pleasure to welcome horror author and horror fanatic Michael West. It amazes me how he can go to a convention and have a tee to wear for every photo op with every celebrity. How he does this I do not know. I admire it though and try and control my own buying of tees because well there is only so much money to go around. Pity.I’ve asked Michael to share which of these t-shirts is his top 10 favourite.

This coincides with his newest horror book release which I am awaiting eagerly. I’ve ordered it in limited edition signed hardcover. Envy me people. I’ve reviewed his previous one in the series Poseidon’s Children and enjoyed it so much. Based on the illustrations I can tell there is more spine tingling fun and freaky sex. Thanks Michael 🙂

Michael West

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 in the Legacy of the Gods Series.

Michael West

Top Ten Horror Shirts I Own
I have hundreds and hundreds of shirts, so it was tough to narrow it down to 10, but here are some that hold special meaning, or that I wear frequently…
1. Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Limited Edition. I LOVE this shirt! It is a collage of faces and scenes from the movie, and on the back, it has the quote from Edgar Allan Poe: “Sleep, those little slices of death–how I loathe them.” I wore it when I met Robert Englund. Just…awesome!
2. John Carpenter’s The Thing. One of the best Horror films ever made IMHO. Plus, I wore it when I met John Carpenter, so it holds a special place in my heart.

The Thing
3. Bride of Re-Animator. I just love the design! It has the bride ripping her heart out, the head flying around on bat wings, and the eyeball walking around on fingers.
4. Return of the Living Dead: Tar-Man Limited Edition. It was designed by William Stout, who created Tar-man. Love it!
5. Edgar Allan Poe. It has the raven, skulls, a tell-tale heart, and the man himself in the middle of it all. I like to wear it while I write. It inspires me.

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6. Pumpkinhead. I LOVE Pumpkinhead! When I see a shirt of him, I have to get it, and I love them all.

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7. C.H.U.D. One of my favorite 80s Horror films, and just an awesome design. It doesn’t glow in the dark, but it looks like it should.

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8. “You’re so cool, Brewster!” from Fright Night. I love the film, and the Evil Ed character, and it’s one of my favorite lines.
9. Silent Night, Deadly Night. I wear it every Christmas.
10. Thanksgiving. I couldn’t believe they made a shirt from Eli Roth’s Grindhouse trailer, but they did, and I had to have it. I wear it every Thanksgiving.

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MichaelWestAuthorPhotoAbout 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 can be found on Web site / Twitter / Facebook / Publisher

Hades Disciples is available in print and ebook

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Vampires Don’t Sparkle review @bymichaelwest @7thstarpress

Vampires do not sparkle. They suck your blood seduce you, glamour you perhaps but they are not 100 year old virgins. They kill, humans are cattle. This anthology focuses on familiar vampires those that existed before they became eunuchs.

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I enjoyed this anthology and while there are stories that I liked more than others it was good overall.

Story one A New Life was one of my least favourites. It focuses on a guy who stumbles upon a vampire gang or they him. While the story itself I felt was slow what really got me was that this human was given a vampire woman to um play with. He’s food. I simply didn’t see this happening and as with the sparkle think this was inaccurate.

What Once Was Flesh also put a new spin on things though in a much more acceptable way. This story was good and I quite enjoyed it. What new things does a vampire have to learn. According to this story a lot along with who can or cannot be trusted.

The Darkton Circus Mystery was a good read. It examines human nature as well as relationships. I thought it had a very introspective aspect to it as well as being entertaining. Users and abusers. Why people want to stare at caged things and how cruel people can be

Robot Vampire not an outright vampire novel per se but one thing is for sure you don’t cross robot vampire. Good read.

Beneath a Templar Cross is one of my faves. Great read, well written and the author creates quite the beginning for Van Helsing.

The Weapon of Memory is a great story about what makes some what they are. That moment that can effect them and change the very core of their being. Sometimes that thing is a vampire.

The Excavation is a good little story that shows that one should not go digging willy nilly. You could uncover something unpleasant not to mention this is another different spin on the vampire tale with this blood sucking beast being a seemingly unstoppable mist.

Skraeling is a great story about what happens after the zombie apocalypse. What is the thing that ensures our humanity who we are, what we are is preserved.

Dreams of Winter incorporates magic and the poked fun at the expense of the sparkly vampire.

Dracula’s Winkee: Bloodsucker Blues is my favourite story in the anthology and in fact this story alone makes this anthology worth buying. It is so freaking hilarious I was in hysterics. Loved it. Simply loved it. Poking fun at the sex aspect of the virgin vampire, what does Dracula do when he suffers um performance issues? Totally brilliant.

I Fuck Your Sunshine is another great read. About aged vampires and what happens when their food source dries up.

A Soldiers Story is less about vampires and more the horrors of the real world. We fear so often the things our imaginations creates when the real evil is human. Good read.

Rattenkonig is an interesting story about well its about being trapped – about so much that we don’t really see.

Vampire Nation is negotiation, big giant chess moves.

Curtain Call about how your life can change just from going in to a book store.

Interesting reads, one that would be appreciated by those not fans of the sparkly virgins who call themselves vamps but those who miss the blood thirsty vampires of old.

Vampires Don’t Sparkle is available in print and ebook via publisher Seventh Star Press

The Wide Game by Michael West book tour

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Welcome to The Wide Game book tour. I’m so pleased to have Michael West on to discuss his book recently republished by Seventh Star Press. I cannot wait to read this one! Thanks Michael and Seventh Star Press.

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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 ten 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.

 

Books go out of print all the time (So do movies, but don’t get me started on that. Still waiting for Killer Party to be a decent release on DVD or Blu-ray). Sometimes they get picked up by other publishers and find new life and new audiences, and sometimes… Well, sometimes they become that treasure you find at the local used book store. You know, the one that you slide off the shelf and then think to yourself, “My God, who in the hell would have given this up?” Or, if you are the author of said book, you look to see if the spine was even cracked and then you take it as a personal slight.

Where were we again? Oh yes, books going out of print.

My first two books ever published were my short story collection, Skull Full of Kisses, and my novel, The Wide Game, which ended up becoming the first book in my Harmony, Indiana series. Both were put out by a very small press. The advantage of working with a small press is that you can have a lot of input into everything from the layout to the cover design. The disadvantage is that sometimes, those small presses go under and they take your books down with them. This is what happened with these first two works of mine. The press is no longer active, and the books went out of print.

But, thankfully, not for long.

My current publisher, Seventh Star Press, which has become the home to all my other Harmony, Indiana novels, as well as my Legacy of the Gods series, stepped in to bring these works back to life and expose them to a whole new audience. As the author, this is very exciting, because, ultimately, you want your work to be read. For my faithful readers, this is exciting, because The Wide Game has never been available as an eBook for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc., and it will allow people who started the Harmony series with Cinema of Shadows or Spook House to go back and see how it all began. And with Skull Full of Kisses, it gives these same readers a chance to explore my short fiction as well.

So, what’s The Wide Game all about you ask? (Well, at least I hope that’s what you were asking.)

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 ten 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.

It is a story that has been with me for a long, long time.

I’d done a short story in college that was inspired by Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” and around the turn of the century (God, it feels so strange saying that), I was thinking of expanding it into a novel, but I really didn’t know how to go about doing it. Then, I took a road trip with a high school friend and we started talking about our upcoming class reunion, all the things we’d done in the 80s, and the things we wished we could have done differently, and suddenly…there it was. I decided to make the novel about a man who returns home for his class reunion, who returns to the site of a great tragedy, and then is forced to deal with the horrors of that night once and for all.

While The Wide Game is a novel, a single story, readers get a lot to choose from with Skull Full of Kisses…

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.

I have a lot of fondness for these early stories.

In the beginning, I wrote a lot of short stories simply because that’s what sold. Then, after editors became familiar with my work, I began to get invitations to write for various anthologies and magazines. And the more I wrote, the more invitations I got. Soon, I had enough short fiction to put out a collection of my own work, and the success of that led to my book deals. Now that I’m putting out two novels a year, my time is more limited, and I’ve had to say no to several short fiction projects, but it’s hard to say no when you get to be in the same table of contents with Ramsey Campbell and Joe Lansdale, so I still put out a few shorts a year.

I hope readers will enjoy these re-issues of my early works, and I hope they will be even more excited about what I have in store for them in the very near future.

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Michael West is the critically-acclaimed author of The Wide Game, Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, Skull Full of Kisses, and the 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 bird, Rodan, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

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

 

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SSP cover reveal. The Wide Game by Michael West re-issue

Can I just say I don’t remember the last time I was this excited about a book release. This book is one that I know will be released in limited edition signed hardcover as Seventh Star Press does with all its books published. As soon as the buy link is posted I’m snatching one up. Yep like asap. Michael is just the sweetest; perfect for a horror author lol but his book The Wide Game was his first book and its a hard one to find. It’s now out of print with the original publisher but SSP will be re-issuing it. I have heard it’s his best work and have been dying to get my grubby little reader paws on it which I will now be able to do. Join me in the excitement and be sure to get your own copy, with a cover like this how could you say no. It has me dying for a copy.

 

In The Wide Game, Paul Rice, on the advice of his wife, 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 ten 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.

Originally published in trade paperback by Graveside Tales, The Wide Game was the first Harmony, Indiana novel released, but has never before been made available in hardcover and eBook formats.  Michael recently commented on the re-release, and the expanded availability in more formats.

“The Wide Game was my first novel, and it holds a special place in my heart and the hearts of all my faithful readers everywhere.  This is something they have been requesting for years!  Not a day goes by without messages and emails asking me when The Wide Game would be available as an eBook.  Still others have asked if it would ever be available in hardcover.  I am thrilled that Seventh Star Press will now be offering the work in both formats, and I hope that even more readers will now get to see how the Harmony, Indiana series all began.”

 

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Wide-Game-Author-Pic-210x300Michael is the critically-acclaimed author of Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, Skull Full of Kisses, and The Legacy of the Gods series. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their bird, Rodan, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

He has made certain there are no cornfields near his home.