Shay West is my Woman In Horror today! Shay writes pure horror and also creates genre mixes, blending science fiction into many of her stories. To me, this is a great blend, and Shay is a master at it.
Much in the way of sci-fi today is more reality and science backed than many people believe. Shay does an excellent job of portraying time travel in her The Adventures of Alexis Davenport series, for example. I love anything to go with time travel, worm holes, and all that goes with it. Add in her science background in Human Medical Genetics, and you'll see why Shay is able to take you on some fantastic rides into the world of horror.
I stole this from Shay's website http://shay-west.com/ :
"Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series, the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series, and Organ Reapers. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military scifi), Orange Karen (fund raiser), Ancient New (fantasy, steampunk, etc), and Horror in Bloom.
Shay is what you would call a nerd. Some call her geek but it really all means the same thing. Her passion for all things science is matched by her love for all things fantastical and magical…and tough guy movies. She would love to say she likes long walks on the beach but she’d be lying. Hiking through pine and aspen forests is more her style.
Her exuberance about her favorite subjects or good news often results in a high pitched noise that only teens at a Justin Bieber concert can hear and emulate. The technical word for this is squeee and is usually perfectly safe although some have complained about damage to their eardrum. This will usually clear up in a day or so."
Interesting tid-bits from a fascinating lady. Check her website and keep on top of her latest goodies coming out, as well as information on some books you might not have read and blasts from the past.
Another great thing about Shay: her publisher went belly-up and Shay took control of her books' destiny and re-published them herself. I get upset when people do the moan and groan type of thing and just let their treasures sit dormant when their publishers go away. Shay is not a dormant lady. Go girl go!
"Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series and the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military scifi), Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior (fund raiser), Ancient New (steampunk/fantasy), and Horror in Bloom."
My favorite book of Shay's is Organ Reapers. It has everything you could ask for in a great read. The free sample on Amazon should convince you of that.
Detective Elliott “Eli” Robinson and his new partner, Ava Aguilar, are baffled by a series of brutal murders happening in their fair city.
No evidence, no eyewitnesses...only mutilated corpses with missing internal organs.
When Eli and Ava stumble on evidence of similar gruesome crimes around the globe, they realize there is more to the murders, but the answers continue to elude them. In a race against time, Eli and Ava must figure out who is behind the killings and stop them before more people die.
But the answers will take them out of their comfort zone and into the realm of the fantastic: another world with a different set of rules, and a leader who has no qualms about killing.
Peruse more of Shay's fantastic books. Shay West is most certainly a Woman In Horror!