We’ve all had those nights where drunken sex with a witch in a blood pentagram under a full moon on the roof of your favourite Johannesburg nightclub summons a hard-drinking demon who changes the fate of the human race forever.
Just me, then?
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And some tips on how to manage your finances.
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I’ll keep this site – and my Facebook page – updated with news on books that have been published, books about to be published, and books that are still in the planning stage.
I might even publish weekly extracts from upcoming releases and stories I’m working on, for those of you who like that kind of thing.
And there will be free stuff. Advance copies before general release. And maybe some stories not released to the general public.
But mainly free stuff.
The stories so far
New release – Dancing in Valhalla – 13 twisted tales of music, magick, mayhem & murder.
Burning Roses – a decadent tale of sex, drugs, rock n roll & magick.
Hard Money – how to build wealth without winning the lottery. Non-fiction.
Anthology of Snippets – short short almost-stories.
Fiddlesticks – a radio play. Because I like a challenge.
Tales from the Crying Room – paperback version of the above two digital books, plus some new short stories.
Paperbacks available from –
– Me – send me a message/email.
– Curiosity shop, Railways Cafe in Pretoria.
– East Rand Children’s Haven, Merchandise Charity Shop, 5 Muriel Brand Street, Weltevreden 118-IR, Brakpan.
Review of Burning Roses
There’s dark, and there’s twisted. Then there’s Burning Roses…
Brilliant first novel. Sex magick rituals in nightclubs. Ancient demons in the mosh pit. Dozens of easter eggs, hilarious subtle references to song lyrics and dead musicians, that had me snorting coffee out my nose.
If this is how people lived in the 80s, I’m surprised anyone survived. But I’m glad they did. And that they came back to tell us how.
Can’t wait for another book from this dude.
Review of Dancing in Valhalla
Oh my. He’s not joking – very twisted and vengeful and even sad (the teenagers in Johannesburg).
I’m always happy to read South African writers’ books. Good to see them anywhere!
The title is very interesting. Valhalla is a suburbish place near Pretoria, South Africa. And heaven to Nordic mythology. And hell, in this book.
My favourite story is Dancing in Valhalla, and it took me back many years with the slang of the 80’s. I haven’t heard “china” “bra” and “check me” for a very long time!
I found this story of love and drugs and teenagers trying to survive their bad choices incredibly sad and beautiful at the same time.
Please Mr West, write a novella like this?
The devil’s disciplinary is quite unique, and I thoroughly enjoyed the revenge of the dessert. Overall a good read if you like twisted with bits of reality and horror thrown in for good measure.
Other reviews – across all books – can be found here –
– newspaper article covering one of our book fairs
– and here is a short video introducing my books.
9780620833035 – Dancing in Valhalla local paperback
9780620713276 – Burning Roses local paperback
9780620846110 – Hard Money local paperback
9780639824802 – Tales from the Crying Room local paperback