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{November 12, 2012}   Write Like A Fan :: A Guest Post With Michael West :: Spook House Blog Tour

 I’m very excited to be hosting Michael West on the blog today as part of his Spook House Blog Tour!  So, without further ado:

Write Like a Fan

By Michael West

Why does the stuff I write connect with people?  I really don’t know, and I still find it hard to believe.  The only answer that comes to mind is the fact that I write like a fan.  I create stories that I’d like to read, movies that play out in my head that I wish Hollywood still made but no longer seems interested in.  When I sit down at my keyboard, I’m still that wide-eyed child searching for the next creepy thrill, the next heart-stopping jolt, the next rollercoaster ride.  I respect the genre, and from what people tell me, it shows.

You see, I’ve been a Horror Fan all my life.  When I was a child, I used to trick babysitters into letting me stay up late so that I could watch classic Hammer films and reruns of Night Gallery.  I had a room that was plastered with posters of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pumpkinhead, Creepshow, and Phantasm.  I always knew when the next issue of Fangoria would hit the stands.  And when I wasn’t standing in line for the newest Horror film, you would find me with my nose in a book by Clive Barker or Stephen King.  Yes, I didn’t just love Horror growing up…I lived it.

Now as an adult, I still have the posters; they hang in my office–in neat frames instead of simply being tacked to the walls.  And I still find myself staying up late to watch reruns of Night Gallery, but now it is with kids of my own.  And strangest of all, I’m actually finding other people with their noses in books by Michael West.

I still can’t get used to that.  I remember sitting in darkened theaters, watching movie stars up there on the screen, and now…to have those same stars come to my table at conventions and tell me how much they enjoy my work.  Well, let’s just say that my life has become quite surreal.

When I write, I write as a fan of the genre I love so much, a genre that has provided me with joy and thrills.  I write what I want to read.  And it tickles me to no end that others want to read it too.


Synopsis of Spook House:

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!


About the Author:

Michael West is the critically-acclaimed author of The Wide Game, Cinema of Shadows, 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.

Every Halloween, he turns his garage into a haunted house.

Check out Michael on Facebook or on his blog!


Tour Dates October 25-November 27:

10/25 Book Lover’s Hideaway – Guest Post

10/25 Great Minds Think Aloud – Review

10/26 Bookishly Me – Review

10/27 Red Headed Bookworm -Excerpt

10/28 Book and Movie Dimension — Review

10/29 Azure Dwarf Horde of Science Fiction & Fantasy – Review/Giveaway

10/30 Reading Aways the Days -Interview/Giveaway

10/31 Ginger Nuts of Horror – Review

11/1    WTF Are You Reading? – Review

11/2    Darlenes Book Nook – Guest Post

11/3    JeanzBookReadNReview – Excerpt

11/4    The Independent Review – Review

11/5    Fictional Candy – Character Post

11/6    Book Den – Review

11/7    Vilutheril Reviews – Excerpt

11/8   Beauty in Ruins – Review

11/9    Beagle Book Space – Review

11/10 Bunny’s Review – Review

11/11 Splash of Our Worlds – Review

11/12 A Book Vacation -Guest Post

11/13 A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Review

11/14 Crossroads Reviews – Review

11/15 Bee’s Knees Reviews – Review

11/16 From the Bootheel Cotton Patch – Excerpt

11/17 Sheila Deeth – Review

11/18 Kayla’s Reads and Reviews – Excerpt

11/19 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia – Review

11/20 I Smell Sheep – Review

11/21 Ali’s Bookshelf – Excerpt

11/22 Full Moon Bites – Excerpt

11/24 Stuck in Books – Guest Post

11/26 The Rabid Fox  – Review/Interview

11/27 Jess Resides Here – Excerpt

Spook House by Micheal West

Presented by Seventh Star Press Tour page:


Thank you for having Mike aboard today! :)

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