John West


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?

Now I spend my days managing client finances, writing novels and short stories, and growing old disgracefully.

When I'm not hanging with Spike the psychotic butcher bird, fresh from his starring role in Dancing in Valhalla.

Follow our exploits at - - or - to enter a decadent twisted world of mystery, music, magick & mayhem.

9780620713276 - Burning Roses local paperback
9780620833035 - Dancing in Valhalla local paperback
9780620846110 - Hard Money local paperback
9780639824802 - Tales from the Crying Room local paperback
9780620882026 - Let Sleeping Gods Lie local paperback
9780620872133 - Shorty's Poems
9780620882033 - Big Day Out

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
Labels on beer bottles.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Fight Club. Clockwork Orange. Stranger in a Strange Land. Illusions. And maybe Lord of the Rings, although that is the only one that I have read only once. For obvious reasons.

Unless you're including graphic novels. Then the list could change slightly.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find John West online

Where to buy in print


Burning Books
Decadent twisted tales of music, magick, mayhem & murder.
Burning Roses
Price: $2.99 USD.
Dancing in Valhalla
Price: $2.99 USD.


Let Sleeping Gods Lie
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,010. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
What happens when reality TV ventures out into space and awakens ancient gods who would really rather be left alone? Watch the human race tear itself apart in the face of cosmic forces unleashed after millennia. Science-fiction horror, written during Corona lockdown as part of the 2020 Zombie Pirate Writing Week Challenge. And yes, I was influenced by Lovecraft. Always have been. Always will be.
Book of Faces
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,110. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » General
When an angry Facebook post spirals into a serial killing spree, John's ordered life slips sideways into a nightmare world where social media betrays his every move to the killers. Fast-paced, compelling psychological thriller.
Tales From The Crying Room
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,430. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Plays » American / African American
Three full short stories. One radio play. And 20 snippets of Flash Fiction. Previously published separately. Now bundled together.
Dancing in Valhalla
Series: Burning Books. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,070. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
13 twisted tales of music, magick, mayhem & murder. Some set in sunny South Africa where, for many, these are part of everyday life. Sit back and enjoy an assortment of characters almost as twisted as the endings of these 13 tales.
Hard Money - How To Build Wealth Without Winning The Lottery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,780. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance / money management, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance / budgeting
Stop living from paycheck to paycheck. Learn how to save money every month, no matter how much you earn. Learn how to avoid the mistakes that lead to financial ruin. Discover how celebrities throw their money away. And learn why it’s better to build wealth slowly than to just have lots of money. Escape the rat race and live your dreams. If you have the right attitude. If you want it bad enough.
Burning Roses
Series: Burning Books. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,330. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Sex magick rituals in nightclubs. Ancient demons in the mosh pit. Combining music, magick, mayhem & murder, this work of fiction is set against the real rock n roll underworld of 1980s Hillbrow, the heavy metal heart of Johannesburg. A humble tribute to the lost generation, to those of us who survived, and to the fallen heroes who live on in our hearts.

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