THE DEAD ARE HERE TO STAY
Why are the birds fleeing from Oasis?
Can they sense something?
Something that we can’t see?
They swarmed at night fall.
We should leave this forsaken town.
A town in Florida,
where the sun shines at day
and dark shadows rule the night.
The tides are rising.
The moon is glowing.
The shadows are appearing.
But Linda refuses to leave.
Her friends will perish with her.
It dangles before me.
A horror to be felt.
Walls closing in.
Becoming a coffin.
My fears circle round.
Waiting to be unleashed.
Darkness holds me in place.
Stiff as a corpse.
A tiny dot of light.
Showing me the way.
A peek at my tormentor.
A glimpse of hell.
THE DEAD GAME
Louise and her friends escaped End House but the deadly game was far from over.
The Dead had much more in store for Louise.
Black shapes were creeping toward them on the pool deck.
Louise fled down the stairs to the beach,
with Mike and David following close behind.
David was screeching about flying bats trying to knock him off the mountain.
Hard objects swiped at her,
almost causing her to lose her balance on the slippery stone steps.
But she continued on, refusing to look back.
She dashed along the beach.
Mounds of sand were being thrust in her face.
On the walkway, branches swiped her across the face.
Skinny wooden arms struggling to hold her back.
She ran down Main Street.
She felt all alone.
The streets quiet.
No lights or sounds were coming from the empty buildings.
Candles were flickering inside the gazebo.
Her body was being thrust toward the ghostly display of lights.
The gusting wind was flinging leaves and branches,
but still she was being propelled forward.
She had no control over her body;
she was like a puppet on a string.
A noose wrapped itself around her neck.
She was hanging in the middle of the gazebo.
Hooded creatures began circling her.
The noose was tugged tighter
until she could no longer breathe—or even care to struggle any longer.
Without any air left in her lungs…
with the world spinning around her…
she watched as the shadows slowed down
to take on distinct human forms.
The figures revealed themselves to be men and women with black eyes,
glaring up at her.
They were chanting in an unfamiliar language.
Their hoods casting their faces in deep shadow.
Long metal chains hung from their necks with gold medallions depicting snarling wolves’ heads.
One member of the group lifted arms up high.
The winds turned wilder and more violent,
moaning in unison with the voice of the unknown leader.
Louise recognized one face right before she lost consciousness,
but she knew that it was too late for her or the town.
THE DEAD GAME has begun.
Not in Oasis, Florida.
Beneath the gaiety,
lies an evil.
An evil so dark
that nightmares are born.
Borne by the innocent
residents and tourists.
Can you feel it?
Can you hear it?
The evil laughter.
Come and join the fun.
THE DEAD accept one and all.
THE DEAD GAME
It’s the story of Linda who moves into a small town to open a bookstore. And along the way, finds there’s more to the town than she first thought. People are going missing for years, and it seems to be connected with a house on the hill.
The story is well told, has lots of characters and plenty of action. I thoroughly enjoyed the tale and would love to read another book by this author.
Follow me to the clearing.
Where the trees part in fear.
For The Dead come to play.
And the La Santa Muerte
comes to rule.
She will rule with an iron hand,
and reward her followers.
Come and bring your sacrifices.
And your wishes will come true.
You will reap her rewards of
revenge and murder.
For the female Grim Reaper
The taste of blood
can be so sweet.
Come and join us.
THE DEAD GAME
Wolf was dead. Hayden had saved the day.Were they finally safe?Would Oasis ever be safe?
Mike couldn’t understand how they always got so lucky with some unexpected savior coming to their rescue at the last possible moment. This story was somehow paralleling fairy tales and sappy movies. Where were the gory endings, where everyone received their just rewards? When was he going to be a hero and finally save the day? He had to admit that he did get to watch as Wolf and his furry friends got eaten alive by his pets.
Sheriff Sam ran in, closely followed by Ryan, Judy, and Gregg.
“We were waiting outside to see if you needed our help, boss,” Gregg said.
“Thanks, but I could’ve used the help when I was having my head bashed into the ground by Wolf,” Todd said.
“You’re the boss?” asked Linda.
“We’ll talk about that later.”
“You’re definitely not the boss of me,” replied Linda in a huff.
“We shall see.”
Shana stared at Sam and asked him, “If he’s the boss, then who are you?”
“The trusted sidekick?”
Todd pulled Sam aside from the others. “This is no time for jokes. Where did Ryan, Judy, and Gregg vanish to this time? They walked up to the house behind me and then disappeared from sight. They’re never around when we need them; they’re supposed to be our back-up, but they never protect our backs any longer.”
“When I’d first arrived, I had found them peeking into the front window of the house,” Sam said, “closely watching the action being played out inside. They made no attempt whatsoever to enter the house on their own to help you out. However, as soon as they noticed me, they acted as if they’d been planning a rescue of their own. But of course, they couldn’t offer any suggestions, since I believe it was only a front. By the time we joined you, Hayden was leaving.”
“I have doubts about whether those three are still on our side. If they’re traitors, I wonder what they’re planning to do now that their precious leader has been vanquished.”
“Reality has been distorted so many times that I’m having problems differentiating between the bad guys and the good guys. My current motto is to trust no one until they can prove their worth,” Sam said.
THEY KNEW BETTER
THAN TO ENTER END HOUSE.
THE DEAD GAME.