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Cinema of Shadows by [West, Michael]
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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. 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.

Cinema of Shadows is one of the growing Harmony, Indiana collection of horror tales from Michael West that also includes Spook House, Goodnight, For the River is Wide and the Gods are Hungry, and The Wide Game.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2617 KB
  • Publisher: Seventh Star Press; First edition (9 August 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I57L18
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying in a Good Way 6 November 2011
By Robin Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've read other novels from Michael West and as yet have not been disappointed. Thank you Michael West for all the excitement .. 4 August 2016
By Redgie - Published on Amazon.com
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Cinema of Shadows was a fast moving, especially when the students and professor started to go spirt hunting in the Woodfield's Cinema is when the suspense and excitement started. I was really surprised how strong Kim & Tashima were (especially the quick thinking on Tashima's part). All in all this was a well written suspense, horror novel. I've read other novels from Michael West and as yet have not been disappointed. Thank you Michael West for all the excitement and feeling scared when reading your novels. I love horror books. Don't ever stop.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary, haunting and cool 6 December 2012
By Sheila Deeth - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Spookathon 16 January 2013
By William Bentrim - Published on Amazon.com
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Cinema of Shadows by Michael West

Many of us go to the movie theatre to be frightened. The difference is this movie theater is terrifying and there is NO movie running. This novel is a first rate horror story.

Michael West creates realistic, likeable characters. I think that is what I like best about his books. I'm not a big fan of spooky stories but I like his and his characterizations are what make it likeable for me.

A professor and several volunteers decide to explore the paranormal aspects of a movie theatre with a sordid past. Each volunteer was chosen by the professor who is struggling to exorcise his personal demons. The volunteers were chosen due to their own experiences with some type of paranormal experience.

Dealing with one's fears can be difficult anytime but when there is a real basis for those fears it can be overwhelming. The characters are likeable and are forced to face their personal demons. West does a great job building tension and terror.

As I said after the last Michael West book I read, Spook House, I'm not a fan of horror stories but I really liked this rendition.

I enjoyed the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced horror at its best 27 December 2011
By Jeff Parish - Published on Amazon.com
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Cinema is a story much in the vein of The Mangler with a touch of Rose Red. It's got demons, ghosts and psychics. It's got a parapsychology instructor eager for proof. And it's got a great setting, well-rounded characters and plenty of scares. West does some interesting things with the trapped-ghost sub-genre, but overall, the book didn't strike me as overly original. Even the ending in the epilogue (delivered after the "credits" movie-style) is fairly predictable. But you know what? The reader doesn't care (at least, this reader didn't). Even knowing the tropes West employs (and some of the ones he subverts), I couldn't put this one down.

I will say that the story's pace does harm it somewhat, in my opinion. For example, one character faces some really weird stuff completely contrary to his rational world view. In a King novel, he'd argue with himself for chapters before finally settling on the supernatural once he ran out of options. A bit of that happens in Cinema of Shadows, but the acceptance comes a bit to readily in my opinion. But that's a minor point in an otherwise fantastic story.

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