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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Spook House is an amazing story, with characters that are real, behave believably, and are lovable.
West's imagination truly takes flight in this episode of his Harmony novels. He creates monsters that are unique and then manifests them in a way that is completely plausible-- making this his scariest ride yet. As with all West writing, the exposition is smooth and flawless; the descriptions are detailed enough, and yet never boring.
The illustrations are unbelievably right on, giving a window to precisely what West describes, as if Matthew Perry got inside West's head and pulled the images out.
From the first chapter, the story is high energy, and one immediately feels connected with the main character. The action will keep you turning the pages, as quickly as you can.
I am not sure I will ever be able to enter an abandoned farm house again!
I don't want to give away too much of the story: JUST READ IT! You won't be sorry!!
I had read Cinema of Shadows by this author, who is a super favorite of mine and was so frightened out of my shoes I was sure I'd have nightmares. I knew Spook House would not disappoint. It was even better if that is possible and when I was approaching the end of the book I had become so well acquainted with the characters, old and new, that I felt every twinge and terror with them. I wept when innocents were taken and so viciously that I kept the light turned up to light every corner in the room.
I highly advise all readers and lovers of horror to run to your nearest book store or better yet, order it online. If you want it faster, get the kindle edition. Trust me, please, as an avid reader and fan of good horror tales, you will NOT be disappointed.
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
What I did find is butter-smooth prose and a razor-keen sense of how to draw out suspense. I found a story that pulled me along the shoot like a greased up pig and plenty of greasy-grimy people guts decorating the scenery. I even found myself caring about the main characters a bit and was quite impressed at how whole and solid he makes this little slice of Indiana feel. I haven’t gotten this strong of a sense of the personality of place in a while. Most importantly, I had fun. That’s all that matters here.
The best analog I can think of is AC/DC. Michael West doesn’t change anything about horror fiction any more than those limeys changed Rock N’ Roll, but only a soulless bastard doesn’t get excited when they here that introductory clang of Hell’s Bells.
You see, Halloween is huge in America, and here horror writer West taps into this popular tradition, giving it his own unique blend of terror and humour.
Spook House very neatly interweaves other West stories and plots. Fans of his will enjoy the crossovers and in-references, whilst these in no way detract from can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.
The Fuller House is central to the plot, but don't make the mistake that this is a novel entirely set in one location, with people getting bumped off one by one. West instead presents a story that takes place in many locations over several days. It does not matter if it is night or day, haunted house, or in the middle of a bustling town or city: no one is safe!
I have to mention West's character of Cayden Donnelly, he is a charismatic and enigmatic Irish drifter, who in true West fashion, is a lot more than the initial surface detail. Whenever he appeared I was fascinated and gripped. All I can say is `Beware the charm ladies!'
Mention must also be given to Robby and Sheri, two appealing leads that bounce off each other well. Despite all the horror, supernatural beasts and hellish goings on, West never loses sight of the `human' side of his story: there are plenty of pop culture references and irreverent humour in this slice of small town America in peril tale.
This is my third Michael West novel, and I have noticed one key thing: he is a consistently rewarding author with his own distinctive style and flourishes. The title may seem generic and by the numbers but the content within is anything but. This author can make the seemingly mundane scary and fantastical. I am eagerly anticipating the next effort!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I saw the words by one reviewer that this was a "hauntingly evocative" book, I thought I was in for a real treat. Read morePublished 2 months ago by One Good Book
There were some parts that were gory, which at first made me queasy. Then I remembered it's just a book and appreciated the incredible imagery the author was putting into my head! Read morePublished 2 months ago by schw0855
I liked this book because it didn't take you in different directions .
It was a I-can't-put- it -down book. Read more
I just finished reading "Spook House" and it was FANTASTIC! Great story, believable characters, perfect amount of detail, engaging writing style, and no distractions from... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott G. Pfitzinger
I enjoyed this book. I recommend it for horror readers who like blood, guts, gore and a good story. Very entertaining.Published 4 months ago by Lilliam Arvelo
I had heard of this author, in many of my circles, but hadn't tried him out yet. Until now! The cover of this book caught my eye, and I couldn't resist. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brandy Nicole Havers
Very good story, it had some surprise developments that I didn't see coming and that is refreshing. Spook House was a good read with a good story!Published 4 months ago by Bill