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Cinema of Shadows Paperback – August 9, 2011
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"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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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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The story line was good and kept my interest, some very scary parts.Published 6 months ago by Karen L
I really love how this story kept me on my toes from start to finish. Go and read it!Published 7 months ago by Claude Marino
I don't know what to say, these books are just those kinds that freak me out when I was younger but now I've read it and its actually goodPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this book immensley! The characters were well rounded, and created much empathy. i certainly lost sleep time and didn't mind a bit.Published 7 months ago by glorygirl
This is my first time reading Michael West and it won't be the last. He reminds me of Richard Laymon but better writing skills and style. Read morePublished 8 months ago by The Brown Family
The author, Michael West, has really delivered on the bone-chilling scares with this story. You won't want to put it down!Published 12 months ago by Brenda D.