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"West simultaneously warms the heart and chills the soul." ~ Horror-Web

"Cinema Of Shadows is a full-throttle, unique journey that takes the concept of the conventional 'haunting' to new territory.  West proves once again that his voice is rare and quite formidable." ~Shroud Magazine

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Seventh Star Press, LLC (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983740208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983740209
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, their two children, their turtle, Gamera, 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.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robin Blankenship on November 5, 2011
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To set the mood, I was excited to read this one as I love horror stories. Especially one with blood, gore and ghosts. One Day I was sitting reading this book in my car and someone knocked on my window and I literally screamed. My first thought was that it is the little girl wanting me to take her home. This was a classic horror tale, It had all the elements to make it a horror story one I could enjoy.

One Thing I really enjoyed was the characters they were all interesting and engaging. It is hard to make characters in a horror novel interesting and get you to care about them because honestly you never know what is going to happen.

The Cinema itself was an awesome setting. I loved the description of the beautiful old grand theater the way a theater should be. It made me what to grab a camera and explore the place.
I love the adventure that the characters went through. I love the tale of Kim and Tyler it is so fluid and wonderful.

The author writes people well. Especially the wide range of characters that existed in this book. I really liked that Professor Burke had a reason to be interested in parapsychology, it made it more real and believable.

I would highly recommend this book to Older Teens and adults. I enjoyed this book greatly and look forward reading some more by this author. I am so glad that I read this book in October it set the mood for the whole month. I will say this it is a fast read but it is for sure a great terrifying (in a good way) read.

I give this one 4.5 Stars out of 5.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Shrewsbury on October 28, 2011
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Who says the midwest is not scary, or theaters for that matter? Michael has delivered a great read here and I recommend it to all who love tough to put down horror reads.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 6, 2011
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I have read The Wide Game, Skull Full of Kisses and Cinema of Shadows and couldn't put any of them down - once I started them, I had to finish them! Michael West is definitely an author on my "must read" list! Can't wait for the next one to come out!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wag The Fox on August 23, 2011
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I've never really thought of movie theaters as scary places, though there was that Jim Carrey movie, The Majestic. That was pretty frightening--in an "I've wasted two hours of my life" sort of way. So, when Seventh Star Press approached me about reviewing this book, I was curious to see how Michael might turn a movie house into a horror house.

The Woodfield Movie Palace used to be a place of art of culture in the modest town of Harmony, Indiana, until tragedy upon tragedy reduced it to a porno theater, then scheduled for demolition. The man who built it died in his seat on the night it opened for business, was the site of a tragic balcony fire that killed several people, plus more than one murder within its walls. So, upon news that the place is going to be torn down, a parapsychology professor at the local university assembled a small team of his students to assist him in a paranormal investigation. After years of seeking a single event of documented paranormal activity, Professor Burke sees the Woodfield as his last and greatest chance to prove ghosts exist.

The lead character of the novel isn't Burke though, but Kim Saunders, who Burke suspects may be the key to his success given her ability to hear and see spirits while her classmates must rely on the scientific instruments they take with them on their "ghost hunts." Kim, however, has a past with apparitions ever since she was an infant, and it seems the last thing she wants to do is go on one more expedition, especially since she only took Burke's course for the easy credit. And, she now has a love interest with a young local doctor, who is having his own strange experiences with the supernatural.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darlene on May 15, 2012
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I received this book for review from the publisher. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.

When Kim Saunders was a baby, her mother was sure that she was developmentally delayed or autistic. Despite being assured by doctors that her beautiful daughter was absolutely normal, she still worried because it seemed that Kim was watching things that no one else could see.

The story then flashes-forward to when Kim is in college, and she is taking a Parapsychology course to fulfill her Psychology requirement. Professor Burke uses all types of specialized equipment in his investigations to identify paranormal activity, such as infrared thermal scanners to detect changes in temperature.

With the news that the Woodfield Movie Palace is slated for demolition, Professor Burke is keen to take his students there to investigate for paranormal activity. The old building has long been plagued with unusual occurrences and violent incidents, and there were claims of spectral activity made by both staff and patrons. Before the building is destroyed, Professor Burke wants to determine whether there is any truth to the rumors.

What happens at the Woodfield Movie Palace is straight out of a horror flick! Cinema of Shadows is delightfully creepy, and West has a way of writing that makes the hair stand up at the back of your neck. At a particularly eerie part in the story, I flipped the page and was faced with a ghastly illustration (courtesy of Matthew Perry) that startled me into dropping the book!

Some horror books are pretty gruesome and gory, but this book falls more into the "scary" category. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a book that gives you the creeps while reading! West is a new-to-me author, and I certainly plan to read more of his work!

MY RATING: 4 stars!! It was really good! You should put it on your TBR list! Thanks to Seventh Star Press for the review copy!
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