The guests twirl and dance
between frozen statues.
Sad expressions for eternity
on their icy faces.
Wet tears flow
on frosty cheeks.
Beneath the music and gaiety
lies an undercurrent of evil.
THE DEAD GAME
Brutal winds follow close on my heels.
Thunder and lightning join the crusade.
Fluorescent lights paint the night sky
In rings of orange, yellow, and red.
A vortex of horror in unending circles
Makes its way to the town of Oasis.
I wait with a sword in hand,
Secure in the knowledge that Wolf won’t win.
The Watchers have joined the battle.
I can see them on the hill beyond.
Their raincoats flap in the wind,
Revealing their hidden weapons.
We protect Linda from the devil,
Standing firm in the fighting winds.
The Father clutches his bible of spells
To help cast the evil from this town.
Humans, vampires, and human vampires
Have come together as one.
The last battle on this earthly planet
Will determine the fate of us all.
Linda holds onto her friends,
Huddled together in the raging winds.
Will she choose wisely?
Will she choose me above The Dead?
The time has come for the showdown.
Time has slowed to a stop.
We raise our weapons above our heads
As we wait for evil to make its final appearance.
Wolf sports a new body.
I still recognize his deadly soul.
A new package for an old one
Does not change the battle to be won.
Our games have just begun.
THE DEAD GAME
I walk quickly this night
from who lurks out of sight.
The wind gives a whistle and a sigh
as strands of my hair begin to fly.
The moon hides its face.
I pick up my pace.
Shadows surround me.
Footsteps behind me.
Hands around my neck.
Is that a love peck?
He is taking my blood.
I die in a red flood.
THE DEAD GAME
A smoking gun.
Let’s have some fun.
The dark shadows grow near.
My skin prickles with fear.
I’ll fight to the bitter end.
No matter if you’re a friend.
I know you’re back for me.
You’ll never set me free.
Come closer to me, buddy.
The waters will soon muddy.
The ocean will flow red.
You have now made your bed.
THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist
A book of evil.
A book of the devil.
Worshippers of death.
Does it exist?
Does it have a cult of followers?
It does in Oasis, Florida.
It’s revered and honored.
Welcome to Oasis.
Enjoy your stay.
THE DEAD GAME
By Deneale’s Book Buzz on January 14, 2016
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.
By Oscar A Wiggy on April 25, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
A GREAT 5 STAR REVIEW ON AMAZON AND BARNES & NOBLE
The Haunted Mansion Awaits?, March 22, 2014
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.
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.
The Dead Game by Author Susanne LeistIt 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!
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.
Lights flicker non-stop,
Bodies block my way.
Darkness shows the truth
Never seen by day.
Horror clogs my throat,
A weak cry creeps out.
“How did I get here?”
I run as I shout.
Arms reach for me.
They want me to stay.
I refuse to join
the games The Dead play.
THE DEAD GAME
A doorway to hell and beyond.
And death, I don’t need to remind.
Twisted limbs beg your forgiveness
as they beckon for your presence.
The midnight dance has begun.
Come and join in on the fun.
THE DEAD GAME