Cinema of Shadows

Cinema of Shadows

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by Michael West
     
 

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Welcome to the Woodfield Movie Palace. The night the Titanic sank, it opened for business...and its builder died in his chair. In the 1950s, there was a fire; a balcony full of people burned to death. And years later, when it became the scene of one of Harmony, Indiana's most notorious murders, it closed for good. Abandoned, sealed, locked up tight...until now.

Overview

Welcome to the Woodfield Movie Palace. The night the Titanic sank, it opened for business...and its builder died in his chair. In the 1950s, there was a fire; a balcony full of people burned to death. And years later, when it became the scene of one of Harmony, Indiana's most notorious murders, it closed for good. Abandoned, sealed, locked up tight...until now. Tonight, Professor Geoffrey Burke and his Parapsychology students have come to the Woodfield in search of evidence, hoping to find irrefutable proof of a haunting. Instead, they will discover that, in this theater, the terrors are not confined to the screen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012990730
Publisher:
Seventh Star Press
Publication date:
08/18/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
298
Sales rank:
218,397
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael West a member of the Horror Writers Association and serves as President of its local chapter, Indiana Horror Writers. 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 bird, Rodan, and turtle, Gamera. His children are convinced that spirits move through the woods near their home.

For further information, please visit Michael's site at www.bymichaelwest.com

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Cinema of Shadows 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Mom2Demonz More than 1 year ago
I love horror that makes me afraid to turn off the lights. This book fits that bill. It also made me nervous about going to the movies. Spooky...and very hard to put down!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is "truth in advertising". In other words it lives up to its promise. I highly recommend this book. I love good horror books, and this one is comparable with King and Koontz. Spooky with touches of humor and romance (some sex so beware). This was my first book from this author, but it won't be the last. In fact, I just bought his Spook House and some short stories. ER
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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Scary, Haunting and Cool! Have you ever wanted to go on a ghost hunt? If so, read this novel first for some excellent practical suggestions—no smoking for a start. And if not, enjoy this ghost-hunting tale for the vicarious thrill of a truly scary encounter with the ghosts of a crumbling cinema. “If this place isn’t haunted, it sure is dressed for the part,” muses one protagonist, and the Woodfield Movie Palace truly is—sumptuously classic, haunted with history, fallen into decay, and destined for demolition. Professor Burke and his parapsychology students are looking for genuine proof of a genuine haunting, expecting maybe the victims of a tragic fire, or a woman murdered by her lover, to come and speak to them. But each of the characters has his or her own experience with horror in the past, and the hand that binds the spirits doesn’t plan to be confined. Backstory is well-timed, adding depth to characters the reader already cares about. Romance has just the right level of happenstance and human depth. And the horror creeps up on the reader, scary, double-edged and well-focused, serving the story well. Harmony Indiana sounds like a town that will haunt the horror shelves for years to come, and Michael West is a writer to enjoy. For young adult upwards, Cinema of Shadows is highly recommended. Disclosure: I bought this ebook on a deal and I’m really glad I found it.
Beauty_in_Ruins More than 1 year ago
This is supernatural horror at its darkest, wildest, and most unapologetic. It's a story populated by ghosts, poltergeists, demons, and psychic phenomena, and one that refuses to waste a single word in justifying itself to the skeptics. I found it so refreshing to become immersed in a good old-fashioned horror story again, to sit back and be entertained by the thrills and the chills, and not be preached at or reasoned with. It's pure popcorn horror, complete with a gallon of sugary soda to fray your nerves and stretch your bladder, keeping you physically and emotionally on edge until the very last page. Whether he's suggesting something in the shadows, building up to a big reveal, or literally dragging you into Hell, West does an absolutely stellar job of describing the horrors. There are subtle moments of campfire ghost-stories born of urban legends, creepy scenes of Poltergeist like activity, and even some darkly comic moments that reminded me of movies like Ghostbusters or The Frighteners. Once the story really gets going, though, it's sheer paranormal insanity, kind of like an unrated version of the original The Amityville Horror, as re-imagined by Stephen King, and directed by Rob Zombie. While it's the kind of story that could have succeeded quite well with a few nameless, faceless stock figures to serve as catalysts, West offers us a solid group of characters to humanize the experience and draw us even deeper into the horror. Kim, Tashima, Joss, and Kevin are the core group of students, called upon to investigate the haunted cinema before it faces demolition. There's a surprising amount of tension and maturity represented here, and enough familiarity to allow for some comic moments to relieve the tension. Although Professor Burke initially comes across as a little too stereotypical, he develops very nicely as his backstory is slowly revealed, and he really adds an extra element to the story. Tyler (Doctor Bachman) didn't make much of an impression on me, despite being a likeable enough character, but he does provide Kim with the all-important romantic hero. I can't recommend this one highly enough.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
At the risk of sounding too squee, let me preface with this: I absolutely loved this book. Over the last few years I've found myself increasingly bored with straight horror novels. Perhaps it's my perceptions as a writer (picking out storytelling elements and good things gone cliché automatically instead of gleefully falling for them) or the by-the-numbers or just-like-Stephen-King styles that are prevalent. Regardless I find myself looking for something just plain different. Cinema of Shadows isn't actually different. It's the tale of a group of college kids who are part of a paranormal investigations class (what college has that class? I want to go!) who are investigating the Woodfield Movie Palace. The Woodfield began as a live performance theater in the 20s, then a single theater movie place. Then it degraded into a porn theater before the last owner shot his fiance and himself in the ticket booth. It goes without saying that the Woodfield is very, very haunted, and maliciously so. The kids are in for a world of trouble, especially since one of them is a natural channel, drawing trapped spirits to her for liberation. In many ways, great ways, Cinema of Shadows is a typical horror novel. It's clear West loves the genre, but also understands some of its failings. He manages make the book a ton of fun by playing on reader expectations and turning them over. The lead females can be in distress, without having to be saved and they can be saved without being weak and useless. Likewise the males can be tough guys, but still get into trouble and need a little help themselves. Cinema of Shadows was fun to read, hard to put down though I had strong suspicions where it was going. Definitely recommended, especially by those who miss having a little fun and humor with their ghosts and gore. Contains: sex, violence, language
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This had me on the edge of my seat! I literally had to just put it down to charge my Nook, it was one of the quickest reads I've ever experienced. Great for anyone, even the ones that don't like Horror, it has great elements from other genres to pull just about anyone in. Highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! Great characters and real, building tension that kept me wanting to find out what happened next. This is the first book I've read by this author, but I can't wait to read more! If you like a good thriller, this one is a must!
Judy67JW More than 1 year ago
I am not a fan of horror, but this book was recommended to me by several people so thought I would give it a read. I was engaged from the very first chapter and found that I could not put it down. The character development really got to me and I really cared about what would happen to these characters! I highly recommend you pick up this book when you have some dedicated time to read as you will not want to stop.