THE DEAD GAME — DAY 105

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THE DEAD GAME — DAY 105

Chapter 19

By Wednesday morning the town was back to normal: stores were bustling with activity; people could be seen walking and jogging.

     Todd slept every night at Linda’s house, driving her to and from work every day. Each night, Sam continued his careful watch over Shana while she slept peacefully. Deputy Carl had stayed only one night with Mike and David, claiming that he hadn’t been able to handle their constant bickering.

     Linda was sitting alone at her counter; staring into space, sad over David finding a dead body on the beach. She couldn’t understand how one town could be cursed with so many bizarre events and suspicious deaths.

     Shana hurried in, all excited. “We should see how Louise is doing today. I haven’t heard from her since she returned from the dead.” She looked at Linda’s sad expression and the dejected slump of her shoulders and asked, “Are you okay? You look awful—”

     “Thanks…I’m fine,” Linda assured her. “I’m worried about Tom and Edward…and now the dead woman on the beach…”

     “We can’t do anything to help the woman anymore, but we can still try to locate Tom and Edward. They could have run away…or maybe they were just frightened away. First we must figure out who was behind the awful party. We can begin with Louise and see what she knows—I’m positive that she knows much more than she’s telling.”

     Determined to shake off her sad mood, she gave Shana a timid smile. “Okay. I’ll follow you…as always. Lead away.”

     Linda locked her book shop before they walked across the street. They entered Louise’s store and were surprised to find it empty of any customers. And Louise wasn’t anywhere to be found.

     “This is pretty strange. She’s never left the front desk unattended before…” said Shana while searching for any sign of Louise. Clothes were strewn across the counter—as if she’d run out in the middle of a transaction.

     “She did seem different after the accident…I hope she’s all right.” A cold wind whipped past Linda just as Louise ran over to them from the back of the store. She seemed harried and upset, not her usual chatty self.

     “I’m sorry, but I’m leaving for the day. Could we get together another time?”

     “Sure, as long as you are okay…” Linda wondered why she’d felt the sudden chill just as Louise had appeared—almost as if she carried a cold presence with her. Maybe she was now the walking dead. She shuddered while

scolding herself for having such ridiculous thoughts. She wasn’t going to share that one even with Shana, who was the queen of weird thoughts.

     “I’m just fine,” replied Louise, ushering them out of her store.

     They found themselves back across the street in Linda’s bookstore, without any new leads from Louise.

     “All I wanted to know was if Louise had remembered anything from that night. I’ve never liked her too much anyway,” said Shana.

     “I don’t like the way she’d hurried us out of her store. Maybe we should stay away from her permanently.”

     “We could try getting information from another source. We’ve never asked Shirley, Hank, or Minnie and Frank what they thought about the party.”

     “There are all so secretive, but it’s worth a try.”

     “We can interview them tomorrow.”

LET YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR

 

brutalgeneration:</p> <p>(by esther jung)</p> <p>When you look into the pit of fire,<br /> do you see marshmallows toasting?<br /> Or do you see demons staring out at you?<br /> Each person’s perspective is different,<br /> and mine is creepier than most.

When you look into the pit of fire,
do you see marshmallows toasting?
Or do you see demons staring out at you?
Each person’s perspective is different,
and mine is creepier than most.

Light the candle<br /> and see where it leads you.<br /> Will it take you out of the darkness,<br /> or lead you further into it?

Light the candle
and see where it leads you.
Will it take you out of the darkness,
or lead you further into it?

You can hide your face,<br /> cover it with make-up,<br /> assume strange expressions,<br /> but you are still you.<br /> There is not escaping that truth.

You can hide your face,
cover it with make-up,
assume strange expressions,
but you are still you.
There is not escaping that truth.

The joy of reading a book.<br /> Sit back and let your imagination drift.<br /> Let it take you to far away places.<br /> Meet new people.<br /> Let your imagination soar to new heights!

The joy of reading a book.
Sit back and let your imagination drift.
Let it take you to far away places.
Meet new people.
Let your imagination soar to new heights!

THE DEAD GAME — DAY 104

THE DEAD GAME -- DAY 104

THE DEAD GAME — DAY 104

After Linda and David were gone, Todd quietly asked Sam, “Is everything under control? Can we keep this contained, with everything else that has happened? People are getting too suspicious. This last killing has raised questions about vampires.”

“I’ll keep it contained…I have no other choice. Maybe someone from our group has turned. This has to involve more than one person. This time bite marks have been left behind on a body fully drained of blood. The culprits are either getting more careless, or else they are leaving behind clues because they want to be found out. It’s getting harder and harder to cover up the bodies.”

“I’d like to find the guilty party before Diane’s next meeting. We must deal with this situation quickly and quietly,” said Todd. He decided that this was a good time to update Sam of recent events in town. He pulled Sam away from the other police officers who were busy examining the crime scene. He began, “I almost lost Linda this week! She was attacked in the ocean. I wasn’t able to identify the swimmer, since he was wearing a wet suit with a mask. He looked tall and muscular. Unfortunately, this description fits most of the men from town, except for Carl, who is much too skinny. In addition, her store had been almost destroyed by an earthquake-like force, but there had been no earthquake or tremor of any kind in town that day.”

Sam was shocked to hear of these new developments. “This situation is growing worse by the day. Shana also had a life-threatening incident. In the middle of the night I found her balanced on the ledge of the church’s tower…looking like she was about to jump off. Only after I shouted her name a few times did she finally notice me and move away from the edge. Afterward, she claimed that she’d been hypnotized. I don’t understand how she could’ve been hypnotized if I’d been with her the whole evening…just outside her bedroom door where she’d been sleeping….”

“I agree. It had to be someone with great powers, who was able to hypnotize someone against their will, and from a good distance. If he’s from the splinter group, then this will continue to grow worse—unless we stop them for good.”

Todd continued, “Events in town have taken a shocking turn: becoming more unexplainable and hinting more of the supernatural. David and Mike complained about bat-like creatures attacking them on the cliff below End House, and then at Wolf’s house, we were attacked by a cave full of bats. Did you know that Wolf sits on the board of the company that owns End House? Wolf is someone we should be investigating further.”

“Oh great! This situation keeps getting sicker and sicker. Do what you have to; but don’t get too close to Linda—it could get too dangerous for her.”

“What about you and Shana? Practice what you preach.”

“Touché.”

 

THE DEAD GAME — DAY 104

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THE DEAD GAME — DAY 104

     After Linda and David were gone, Todd quietly asked Sam, “Is everything under control? Can we keep this contained, with everything else that has happened? People are getting too suspicious. This last killing has raised questions about vampires.”

     “I’ll keep it contained…I have no other choice. Maybe someone from our group has turned. This has to involve more than one person. This time bite marks have been left behind on a body fully drained of blood. The culprits are either getting more careless, or else they are leaving behind clues because they want to be found out. It’s getting harder and harder to cover up the bodies.”

     “I’d like to find the guilty party before Diane’s next meeting. We must deal with this situation quickly and quietly,” said Todd.

     He decided that this was a good time to update Sam of recent events in town. He pulled Sam away from the other police officers who were busy examining the crime scene. He began, “I almost lost Linda this week!  She was attacked in the ocean. I wasn’t able to identify the swimmer, since he was wearing a wet suit with a mask. He looked tall and muscular. Unfortunately, this description fits most of the men from town, except for Carl, who is much too skinny. In addition, her store had been almost destroyed by an earthquake-like force, but there had been no earthquake or tremor of any kind in town that day.”

     Sam was shocked to hear of these new developments. “This situation is growing worse by the day. Shana also had a life-threatening incident. In the middle of the night I found her balanced on the ledge of the church’s tower…looking like she was about to jump off. Only after I shouted her name a few times did she finally notice me and move away from the edge. Afterward, she claimed that she’d been hypnotized. I don’t understand how she could’ve been hypnotized if I’d been with her the whole evening…just outside her bedroom door where she’d been sleeping….”

     “I agree. It had to be someone with great powers, who was able to hypnotize someone against their will, and from a good distance. If he’s from the splinter group, then this will continue to grow worse—unless we stop them for good.”

     Todd continued, “Events in town have taken a shocking turn: becoming more unexplainable and hinting more of the supernatural. David and Mike complained about bat-like creatures attacking them on the cliff below End House, and then at Wolf’s house, we were attacked by a cave full of bats. Did you know that Wolf sits on the board of the company that owns End House? Wolf is someone we should be investigating further.”

     “Oh great! This situation keeps getting sicker and sicker. Do what you have to; but don’t get too close to Linda—it could get too dangerous for her.”

     “What about you and Shana? Practice what you preach.”

     “Touché.”

REVIEWS OF THE DEAD GAME

THE DEAD GAME

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I had to share this review. It’s the type of review that authors dream of. A reader that understood the book, the plot, the characters. Thank you Deneale!
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Deneale Williams rated it was amazing

This book, “The Dead Game” would make an excellent horror movie. I just could not get enough of it and would love to see it on the silver screen. In fact, I think it would be even more fantastic in 3 dimensional. Let me start by saying: I read this in the dark, along with one light on and in a big house. Wait, did I mention I was alone? I might suggest that you might not want to do that. I’m just sayin…

Just let me be frank with you here. Okay, wait. I still want to be me. Here goes. I honestly love watching TV, and I know what would make for a good show or movie. And as I was reading this, I was just so totally freaking out all through it, I could totally visualize everything. I know this book would be amazing as a Movie, you seriously need to read it, because you know it goes. When they turn books into Movies, they ruin them. And if the words are this good, you need to read them now!

Another thing that I loved about this book, was the fact that it is portrayed in Oasis, Florida. As most of you know, I am I currently live in Florida. So I love it when books put Florida, or Ohio on the map, I’m in. 

This book, “The Dead Game” has Vampires, Beachfront property, a scary haunted mansion, dead bodies, romance and of course people. What a unique kind of mix.

But let me tell you, never ever go to a place called: “End house” and never attend a party on a Friday night where the invitation envelopes are black. I mean if that doesn’t just say: “It’s going to get weird.” As a warning, then nothing will. 

I was so impressed, with “The Dead Game”, I couldn’t put it down. I give it five stars, it was just that exciting. If you’re anything like me, and enjoy horror, with a kick, then you need to read this. And you better be ready to get comfortable, because you’re not going to want to put this book down! It’s just that enjoyable. 

I LOVE THIS REVIEW!

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on March 5, 2016
“The Dead Game” by Susanne Leist is one of those great reads that you stumble across and end up eternally grateful for discovering it. In a vast sea of paranormal novels, The Dead Game stands out in all its horrifying glory. If you’re seeking chills and thrills this book is definitely a great read. Just the prologue will be enough to drag you deep into a plot filled with brilliant twists and turns. Leist brings her world and story to life with strong vivid language that flows seamlessly, lulling you into a tale you’ll never forget. I find her cast of characters to be truly unique and real, expressing human nature as if it were bare before us. Without hesitation, I can say this is among the best novels of the year I’ve come across. Highly recommended.
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The Dead Game is a mystery/horror story that brings you into the lives of a group of people living in the quaint seaside community of Oasis, Florida. Even though Oasis seems to be a lovely place to live, sinister forces are hiding around every corner and wreaking havoc on the innocent town-folk. The author does a good job of developing the characters (both good and evil) and fleshing out the world they live in. Two inanimate objects in the story that grew into characters as the book progressed where the town of Oasis, Florida as well as a place called End House.
End House is an old abandoned mansion in a reclusive part of town that has a mysterious background. Invitations in black envelopes are sent to select people in town to attend a party at End House on a Friday night. The friends decide to attend the party and that is when all hell breaks loose. (Not wanting to reveal too much of the story) End House displays its paranormal personality with all sorts of terrifying entities from razor sharp saws to gigantic bugs.  
The author is very creative with the horror she dishes out making it interesting and detailed without being so graphic as to turn anyone away from reading the rest of the story. After the horrific events of the party, the group has suspicions about the people within their own circle and if they are friend or foe. Friendships evolve between the characters both positively and negatively. The Hidden attraction between a few of the main characters brings a romantic angle to the story as well. A few of the characters work together to discover information on an eccentric man named Charles Wolf and a group he leads named “The Dead”. Rich and powerful, Wolf is known as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and throws another wrinkle into the story. At this point in the tale, suspicion among one another runs rampant as factions emerge from among the groups of characters. Some groups are honest and good and others deceitful and evil.  
It’s not easy to tell the good from the bad and the author keeps you guessing here. The honest and good group of characters leads a revolt against The Dead at the mysterious End House in an attempt to crush the evil group and eliminate them from Oasis. The author provides us with more creative action and gore as the battle between good and evil plays out. After the brawl, the town goes back to its lazy little self and people start getting back to their normal lives… or do they? The last few chapters are a topsy-turvy dance to figure out who is the real bad guy in the story. I was surprised by the end of the story and didn’t see it coming. This book is definitely well worth the time and the price.

5 STAR REVIEW OF “THE DEAD GAME”

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A GREAT 5 STAR REVIEW ON AMAZON AND BARNES & NOBLE

The Haunted Mansion Awaits?, March 22, 2014
 

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The Dead Game by Susanne Leist is a psychological thriller set in the small town of Oasis, Florida where Linda Bennett and her friends embark on a haunted house expedition. Her clique of entrepreneurs includes Todd Morrison, a roguish fellow who easily navigates among the different factions within the community. Only Linda perceives the fact that Todd and the enigmatic Father John may know something more about the town than meets the eye, and the traumatic events to follow serve to confirm her darkest fears.

The author raises the bar in the Stephen King haunted house genre by combining an illusory backdrop to the standard demon-filled storyline. We are introduced to the evil Wolf, whose Dead subculture threatens to overwhelm those who trespass upon their perimeters. Yet Leist weaves an element of surrealism into the tapestry, creating scenes where each area of the property and room in End House appears to lead into a different dimension. Walls that reach into the sky and floors that lead into the netherworld are just some of the enhancements that Leist has built onto End House, and Wolf and his vampires arrive just as the protagonists appear to teeter on the brink of madness. It is rare when the environment is nearly as overwhelming as the evil that lurks within, but Leist has clearly made this happen in this page-turner.

This is an intriguing spin on the supernatural genre, definitely something to curl up with on book night. The Dead Game by Susanne Leist is a well-crafted novel you won’t want to miss.

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fun sun death

on May 6, 2017
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“Write with energy and imagination!” That’s what the great Oz said on the day author Susanne Leist was born. Then he waved his five-foot-long wand and infused her with the power to create worlds of Vampires and Wolves and twisted players from the mist of legends and grim fairy tales.
The Dead Game never quits. It takes off like a rocket through skies that may or may not be real, and it ends in fantastical possibilities that burrow into the secret earth. But throughout, there’s the mysterious, sexy, brown-eyed Todd and the responsive and curious heroine Linda. Can they ever get off of the diabolical crazy train long enough to take care of business?
Hmmm. You’ll have to read it for yourself. A town with so many questions raised by a mile of bizarre events is worth a closer look. And creepy mansions are elevated to a new level that supersedes the merely haunted houses of days gone by. The Dead Game. Humans are invited to the party, but just who or what you will be by its end is part of the gruesome fun. Get the book!
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ANOTHER GREAT REVIEW. YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY.
run
on March 4, 2017
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Spooky scary and kept me up all night! I loved it. A small town filled with secrets… and some you don’t want to know. Shivery delicious.
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MORE PLEASE…
small ice
on March 29, 2017
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I read this in one sitting because I couldn’t stop turning pages. The story is well done, to say the least. Leist weaves together a gothic horror story that includes both good and evil vampires. Unlike many stories that include vampires, The Dead Game focuses on our human heroines and their efforts to solve the mysteries of Oasis Florida.

Keeping to the format for good gothic horror, Leist introduces a tantalizing romantic element. The haunted house had a personality all its own. Be certain to read the prologue to catch the house’s seductive side.

If you like good gothic horror this ranks right up there with Anne Rice and Radcliff.

YES!
Footsteps in the Sand
on May 21, 2016
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The Dead Game by Author Susanne Leist

It is not very often that I read paranormal novels, but “The Dead Game” by talented Author Susanne Leist is a real page turner. I found it very difficult to put down.

The story takes place in the quaint town of Oasis, Florida. Shrouded in mystery, it is evident that this lovely oasis holds many secrets. Newcomers to this picturesque town soon realize that something is amiss. There is what appears to be a vacant mansion called “End House” which all local residents are aware of and usually, avoid at great lengths. When there is a foreboding black invitation sent to several young people, including Linda and her friends to attend a party on Friday 13th, there is much angst as to whether they should go or not. Pique by a combination of curiosity and fear, they decide to go as a group to get to the bottom of the mysterious aura and odd events that prevail in Oasis…

Scary people, vampires, a touch of romance, murder and mayhem all add to the many twists and turns in “The Dead Game”. The Prologue captures the reader’s attention right from the onset and after that…Leist entices her readers to hang onto to her every word.

A most chilling and thrilling horror story!

MADE MY DAY!
glory of dead
on August 14, 2016
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Omg, I just know I will have nightmares tonight. This book scared the heck out of me, so much so I had to skim past some pages to get back into my comfort zone as those pages were getting to me. If you want a good read on a blustery night then choose this book! The Dead Game You can’t go wrong if you like scary stories. This book has a great story, from a great scare the pants off you type of author. Wonderful descriptions. In truth, should have read this book with a glass of wine or something, to make me a bit more relaxed. Maybe I am just a coward…. Thank you, Susanne Leist for such an entertaining, though scary read. It would make a great “hide behind the cushions” type of movie!!!

Honest review by Jessie B Tyson author of 1st edition “White Heaven Women” AND 2nd edition WHITE HEAVEN WOMEN on Pre-Order, coming out soon, so I know about things that bump in the night..haha.

THE DEAD RISING

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