Some days you want to escape.

And find a new life somewhere new.

Meet new people.

Experience new sights.

Leave old baggage behind.

Open the proverbial door

to see what’s on the other side.

Will it be everything you’ve desired?

Or will it be worse than life is now?

The grass always appears greener

on the other side.

But most of the time it isn’t.

A door balanced at the edge of a pier

might not be holding the answers to your dreams.

Home may be the only place that has had all the answers all along.


 The Dead Game

The Dead Game
by Susanne Leist (Goodreads Author)


Simon Okill‘s review

Oct 24, 14

bookshelves: horror, fantasy, mystery, paranormal

Read in October, 2014

The Dead Game by Susanne Leist is a top-notch haunted house horror thriller. The author excels at spooky descriptions, terrifying scenarios like opening a door and stepping into a black abyss or forever trapped in a dark maze with endless rooms stretching into infinity. Her characters are perfect and the reader can easily connect with them.
Linda moves to the perfect seaside town to open up a book store. But soon strange things happen that peaks her interest in the old house on the hill. She and her friends receive an invitation to a party at the house. This screams DON’T GO – but her inquisitive nature wins over.
Here the author ramps up the action full of terrifying games that defy the imagination as the house wants to play. This reader had nightmares after this book and even so, needs to know what the house owner has to offer with further games of the dead.
This is a truly scary read for Halloween and is suitable for 13+ and adults.
FIVE STARS for this haunted house horror and highly recommended.



2983 by peter holme iii

A house with personality.

Its own unique character.

Sitting on a rise of land.



Maybe it isn’t the house,

who is watching and waiting,

but the character who lives inside.

Trick or treat.


The chicken or the egg.

Which came first?

What a conundrum.

Who knows?

Or who even cares?

Each one leads to a miracle.

A miracle of nature.

Where did nature come from?

Who knows?

Or who even cares?

It exists.

It’s beautiful.

And we should enjoy it.



Costume designed by Eiko Ishioka (1938~2012)

Come to me, my pretty.

I’m waiting with open arms.

Grab hold of my gown.

I will take you on an adventure.

The bats will be your guide.

Don’t worry.

No one will harm you.

Unless I say so.

Would you follow her?

Would you wear that gown?

What else comes to mind

when you see a gown with bats?


bloody moon

Welcome to Wolf’s house of horrors, where anything is possible. Be careful where you step. Alligators live below.

      Judy, Gregg, and Ryan were blocking the front door of Wolf’s house, waiting until Sam arrived with reinforcements. They were insisting that they were only following the sheriff’s strict orders, but Todd was impatient to be inside already.

     He didn’t have to wait long. Sam arrived with Father John as his sole backup. Todd was shocked to see only the two of them. “How are we going to free Linda? Where is our vampire backup?” He knew that there was no way they could be successful without adequate supernatural support.

     “Leanne, Diane, and Reece are coming; they told me to go in and check out the situation. Hayden will be here soon,” Sam said.

     Todd charged up the steps, pushing his way between the three human vampires. Inside he spotted Shana, Mike, David, and Louise, standing close together in the hall. He turned to Sam. “I thought I’d told you to steer clear of humans. How did they find out so quickly?”

     Shana stepped forward. “Each one of us received a note requesting our presence at Wolf’s house. Sam didn’t tell us.” She threw Todd a cold, angry look.

     “I’m sorry,” Todd said.

     Todd turned to march down the hall and began issuing orders. “I’ll go in first and then the rest of you can follow. We’ll first check out the alligator tank. Take my lead and make no abrupt decisions on your own. Linda’s life is at stake.” He led the way through the house until they reached the alligator pool. He suspected that Linda and Maxell were there: alligators would be easy weapons. Just as he suspected, Maxell was standing in front of the open alligator tank.

     From the corner of his eye, Todd saw movement from above. He looked up and was startled to find Linda suspended by a rope hanging from the glass-domed ceiling. She was hanging above the alligator-filled water, a huge snake coiled around her neck.

     Sam and Father John stepped forward, but Todd motioned for them to move back. He moved forward. “Why are you doing this? You didn’t have to join with the evil forces in town. Our town used to be quiet and pleasant. We could have that again. You could remain a vampire or join with a human.”

     “‘Quiet and pleasant’ means boring. I would rather die than live an uneventful and boring life in a small unknown town.”

     Mike was thrilled that he’d finally found a woman after his own heart. Too bad she was going to be killed.


Torn between two lives.

What you want.

And what others want of you.

A tough balancing act.

Full of uncertainty.

How to keep balance?

How to walk the fine line?

Do you cut yourself into half

like in the tale of Solomon?

Can you please everyone?

No. You can’t.

You must please yourself first.

Then you can solve the rest of

the world’s problems.

Balance carefully.

And balance wisely.