by Susanne Leist

The Florida coast is beautifully evoked by water that ‘shimmered in alternating shades of azure and cerulean blue’ and ‘the scent of zinnias and lavender’ that ‘permeated the gentle wind.'”–Kirkus Reviews


thedeadgameblog: “ TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE Palm trees waving in the breeze. A taste of salt water in the air. Calm waters in blues and greens. Lush greenery as far as the eye can see. Too good to be true? Does a place like this exist? It does exist in...




Palm trees wave in the sea breeze.

A taste of salt water teases the air.

Shallow waves in blues and greens fan the shore.

Lush greenery as far as the eye can see.

Too good to be true?

Does a place like this exist?

It does exist in Oasis, Florida.

A small community nestled on the beach.

Brilliant white sand sparkles in the afternoon sun.

Tourists sunbathe beside the hotel’s pool.

But at night the climate changes.

Gone is the feeling of peace and serenity.

Gone are the warm trade winds.

Instead, the cold winds bring dark shadows.

The Dead have come to Oasis.









Welcome to Oasis, Florida.

Sunlit beaches and pink sand.

Tourists aplenty searching

for their perfect paradise.

The perfect wave.

The perfect partner.

The perfect party.

Night comes.

The fun begins.

Dark shadows walk the streets.

Searching for their perfect partners.

Innocents join the games.

Games that turn deadly.

Who will be alive come morning?

Only THE DEAD know.







THE DEAD GAME — The Perfect Wave

Welcome to Oasis, Florida
where sunlight glistens on the pink sand.
Money flows like water at the Oasis Hotel.
Tourists forever searching
for the perfect paradise.
The perfect wave.
The perfect partner.
The perfect party.
Night brings the perfect ones,
looking for their perfect partners.
Looking for innocents 
to join their deadly games.
Who will be alive come morning?
Only THE DEAD know.



5 Star Review of THE DEAD GAME


There is something painfully wrong about the seemingly perfect town of Oasis

By Peter Garcia on May 24, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition


The opening pages of “The Dead Game” grab you at the ankles and drag into the deeper story. There is something painfully wrong about the seemingly perfect town of Oasis. Without getting into spoilers, here’s my take. Leist’s cast of characters are interesting in and of themselves. They do leave you wanting to get to know them better; yet, as in real life you only get to see the sides and masks that others want you to see. That, to me, was the author’s point. Everyone in Oasis seems to have an agenda, and it’s hard to know what to believe. With that in mind, Leist does a great job of bringing to life the picturesque town of Oasis, and the menacing End House. The book is reminiscent of tales like “House on Haunted Hill,” yet with its own twists on the supernatural thriller. The story is well-paced and the dangers faced by Leist’s characters feels terrifyingly real. All in all, a good read. I look forward to reading more works from this author.


on March 30, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved the way this author starts of with a bang. Rather then drowning you with backstory and character building, Susanne Leist throws you right into the deep end–I love it. Once she gets you in the pool and gasping for air, she doesn’t let you catch your breath in this fast-paced adventure.
Great pace, suspense, and intrigue; Stephen King would be proud.
This is a book I would recommend.


Calming blue waters.
Soft white sand.
Reclining on the hammock.
Enjoying the sunshine.
The bright blue sky.
The quiet.
Until darkness descends upon us all.
The trade winds become violent and dangerous.
Our belongings are blown away.
Sand is flung into our faces.
We must leave and run inland.
Rooftops fly above our heads.
We make a mad dash to town.
The sun hides her face.
Lightning and thunder join the winds
And bombard the shoreline.
Where to hide?
The Town Hall.
Its front door is open,
Waiting for us.
The inside is dark and quiet.
What awaits us now?
Creatures are attacking the building.
Windows are shattering.
Bats fly into the building.
Big furry bats with human faces.
The gates of hell have opened and have
Released the most gruesome creatures.
One creature is lifting Shana by the hair.
We are all doomed.




door knocker

     A small, petite, middle-aged woman with kind brown eyes and short brown hair, dressed in a conservative pin-striped blue suit, with low black heels, came over to greet them. “Hi! My name is Irene Moore and I’m the mayor of this village. When the killings began some years back in Oasis, Leanne approached me, explaining the situation between the good vampires and The Dead. She told us that it might take some years to destroy all the wicked vampires in town. She offered us a way for us to escape the atrocities that were happening too frequently around us.”

     “We accepted her offer. She gave us this door, which opened to any fantasy that the person opening the door wanted to imagine. Whoever walked through the doorway was safe from any violent storm or attack on our village,” continued a tall brown-haired man.

     “This is my husband, Jack. He is also the village’s sheriff. He is the one who makes sure that whoever walks through the door comes out again safely.”

     “What if a person decides to imagine a horrific scene instead of a fantasy?” David asked.

     “Why do you ask such silly questions?” Mike turned to David.

     “It isn’t a silly question, because I do have to make sure the scene is peaceful before anyone crosses the threshold. Someone had to remain behind to watch over the door while the villagers escaped through the doorway. It was a huge responsibility that I’m happy is finally over,” Jack said.

     “Why is it over?” Todd asked.

     “Leanne informed us today that we are finally free of The Dead and their evil games, so we won’t need to escape any longer. We were just coming here to see our door for the last time. Our daughter, Cindy, wanted one more fantasy before it was gone for good,” Jack said with a smile.

     Cindy’s laughter could be heard tinkling merrily through the open door. It was the laugh of a young girl who was happy and carefree. That is what Shana wanted for the town and this village: a lifetime full of joy and challenges and many happy endings.

     Irene called to her daughter that it was time for her to return. Cindy waved goodbye to her new friends at the carnival and ran back through the doorway to her mother.

     She said to everyone, clustered around her at the diner, “That was fun. I will miss the magic door.”

     Irene bent down and picked up her daughter. “You will have many more adventures in life that will be real, but it will be fun to remember the fairy-tale adventures that we had behind the door. Now go out and play with your friends.”

     Cindy ran out to play. Shana looked across the street and noticed other children also running out to play in the park. These children didn’t need fairy tales, since they had a very beautiful life right here in their village.

     “I agree,” said Leanne who appeared behind Shana.  Shana turned around and also recognized Reece and Diane in the crowd.

     “I forget that you can read minds,” Shana said.

     “Sorry, we were just arriving to remove the door.”

     “Could we have a door just like that in our town?” David asked Leanne.

     “Don’t act silly,” Mike said.

     “Don’t correct me anymore. If you aren’t happy with Louise and me being a couple, then go find different friends.”

     “I’m sorry, I guess I was feeling left out. I’ll leave you both alone if you want.”

     “I want you to be friends with both of us. Just lay off of me a little.”

     “See. You don’t need a magical door to find happiness. You could find it within yourselves and with the people around you. You just have to open your eyes and your heart to the possibilities.”

     With that said, Leanne disappeared with Reece and Diane and the magical door.

     The villagers began dispersing, while waving goodbye to their new friends from town. Irene and her husband thanked them for coming and sharing the special experience with them. The couple briskly walked out of the diner into the brilliant sunshine, hand in hand.





5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Story, January 19, 2015
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This review is from: The Dead Game (Kindle Edition)
Warning: Do not read this book before going to bed. Your sweet dreams may be replaced by nightmares.

However, “The Dead Game” is more than just a scary story, it is also an extremely engaging mystery that kept me guessing, even as I was glued to the edge of my seat.

Protagonist, Linda, in-advisably attends a party in a strange abandoned building inhabited by vampires. (In my mind, I was screaming “Linda, DO NOT go to that party!”) She barely escapes with her life, but when she returns to try and find her lost friends my skin was crawling as she faced many terrifying objects. None of these objects were created with the intention of lengthening Linda’s life.

This is an outstanding story that moves at breakneck speed and provides dreadful thrills.

You’ll like the sleepy little town of “Oasis,” but let me warn you, stay away from the old, abandoned building!



Vampires and Humans- my favorite kinda story

By Jalpa Pandya “jae”on November 3, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

In some ways, The Dead Game reminded me of the Vampire Diaries. Personally, I really enjoy Vampire Diaries so I enjoyed this book. There are evil vampires, good vampires, human vampires, and humans. This story takes place in a small town and the main character, Linda, becomes suspicious that something doesn’t seem right. She and her friends end up in the End House, which is “haunted.” They are barely able to get out of there that night. Things really get crazy when their friends are missing, and dead bodies are found.
This is a fast moving story, with every page full of surprises. There are a lot of characters, but I have to admit that my favorite was Todd. He was very intriguing and luckily, he was a fierce protector of the main girl, Linda.
Todd and Linda’s relationship is a bit confusing, but the author has a nice epilogue at the end that gives the readers closure. The author also hints at a sequel, so I’m looking forward to see what happens next!