A REVIEW TO DIE FOR

5 STAR REVIEW OF THE DEAD GAME

Gripping horror, March 14, 2015

By 

Jimbo “Jimbo”  – See all my reviews

This review is from: The Dead Game (Kindle Edition)

“Beneath the pretty field of flowers growing on End House property, exists an evil so great and powerful that even the elders can’t fight it on their own.” Who are the elders? What is The Dead Game, what is the relationship between the wicked vampires, good vampires, human vampires and what role do spells and magic play in Susanne Leist’s hugely enjoyable horror novel? If you want to learn the answers then you’ll need to read The Dead Game, and if you enjoy this type of fiction then I strongly suggest you do.
The author wastes no time laying out her literary stall. After a gripping prologue replete with bloody tentacles and a swirling vortex Leist ends her introduction with, “No sounds or voices were heard again. End House remained empty until the party five years later that awoke the house to the possibility of new victims.” I especially enjoyed the prologue as I’m not a big fan of the slow burn or the slow build. When chapter 1 begins with descriptions of the quaint shops, pristine white sand beaches, tree lined walkways and grassy town parks of the picturesque town of Oasis we know that this tranquility is illusory, ephemeral at best. When Linda and the others receive invitations to End House the sense of suspense quickly grows and it isn’t long before we’re plunged into supernatural horror once more.
Some books you can’t help but imagine as films and for me, The Dead Game is one of these. I could easily see myself watching something like this on the horror channel or a Fright Night special. The characters are well drawn as are the interactions and interpersonal conflicts but in essence it is the narrative, the “game” itself  which drives the tale as the victims wonder if their fate is to “all die in this house, one by one.”
On the whole the novel pretty much played out as I expected and the diabolical vampire, Wolf, was very much part of this. Even the little surprise right at the end wasn’t such a surprise. Yet for me at least, this is not to the work’s detriment. The Dead Game is extremely well written with vivid (often extremely vivid) descriptions, the premise is strong, the central characters well drawn and the actions and reveals continue to build throughout. If I had one criticism it is that of the narrative layering. Linda is the main protagonist and as such needs to be the focus a little more in the story. It is through the central character after all that the reader best experiences the roller coaster of emotions, especially fear and hope, of a horror novel. Although a fan of James Herbert this is an aspect that I never enjoyed of the late British horror writer’s work.
Notwithstanding this minor quibble, if you like this type of fiction then you will love Dead Game. I certainly did.

 

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

My post from a year ago. It still holds true today.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

To be or not to be a writer.
This has been the hardest question for me.
Should I continue with my pursuit?
Or step away and claim defeat?
One book written.
One book sold.
It dances around on Amazon and Nook.
It reaches new heights in its niche
And then it slowly bows its head in silence.
The highs feel good and lofty,
While the lows feel depressing and sad.
Is it worth it? 
Is it worth the aggravation?
I am told that a writer must keep writing.
More books to dance around.
More highs and lows.
Should I keep doing this?
Will I keep doing this? 
Yes, for now
As I wait for the next high.

A RIDE INTO YOUR IMAGINATION

A ride into your imagination
Take a ride into your imagination.
Explore the deep recesses
of your mind and your fears.
Explore the unknown.

Open door
In the basement of End House,
you are faced with three closed doors.
What lies behind them?
When you open a door,
will you be entering an actual room
or one from created from your darkest fears?
Does one hold a tunnel leading to darkness?
Pick one and find out.
You are only limited by your own imagination.

 

THE DEAD GAME

Kindle

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Nook

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A RIDE INTO YOUR IMAGINATION

A RIDE INTO YOUR IMAGINATION

rocknroll-hippie:<br /> Take a ride into your imagination.<br /> Explore the deep recesses<br /> of your mind and your fears.<br /> Explore the unknown.<br /> THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist<br /> http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dead-game-susanne-leist/1116825442?ean=2940148410881

rocknroll-hippie:

Take a ride into your imagination.

Explore the deep recesses

of your mind and your fears.

Explore the unknown.

THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dead-game-susanne-leist/1116825442?ean=2940148410881

  • pixography:</p> <p>Yo Coquelin</p> <p>In the basement of End House,<br /> you are faced with three closed doors.<br /> What lies behind them?<br /> When you open a door,<br /> will you be entering an actual room<br /> or one from created from your darkest fears?<br /> Does one hold a tunnel leading to more darkness?<br /> Pick one and find out.<br /> You are only limited by your own imagination.<br /> THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist<br /> http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dead-game-susanne-leist/1116825442?ean=2940148410881

pixography:

Yo Coquelin

In the basement of End House,

you are faced with three closed doors.

What lies behind them?

When you open a door,

will you be entering an actual room

or one from created from your darkest fears?

Does one hold a tunnel leading to more darkness?

Pick one and find out.

You are only limited by your own imagination.

THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dead-game-susanne-leist/1116825442?ean=2940148410881

TO HELL AND BACK

Do you want a ride from hell?<br /> Do you want to approach the unknown<br /> at a break-neck speed?<br /> Visit Oasis, Florida and you won’t<br /> be disappointed.<br /> It will be hard to distinguish<br /> reality from illusion.<br /> Who is the one responsible<br /> for the evil games?<br /> Who is leaving dead bodies behind?<br /> Who invited the young residents to<br /> the deadly party at End House?<br /> So many questions and so little time<br /> to explain.<br /> Come visit and you’ll find the answers<br /> and much more.<br /> A ride to hell and back.<br /> The Dead Game.<br /> http://outskirtspress.com/thedeadgame http://amazon.com/author/thedeadgame http://amzn.com/1478704489  http://barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dead-game-susanne-leist/1116825442?ean=2940148410881

Do you want a ride from hell?Do you want to approach the unknown

at a break-neck speed?

Visit Oasis, Florida and you won’t

be disappointed.

It will be hard to distinguish

reality from illusion.

Who is the one responsible

for the evil games?

Who is leaving dead bodies behind?

Who invited the young residents to

the deadly party at End House?

So many questions and so little time

to explain.

Come visit and you’ll find the answers

and much more.

A ride to hell and back.

The Dead Game.

http://outskirtspress.com/thedeadgame
http://amazon.com/author/thedeadgame
http://amzn.com/1478704489
http://barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dead-game-susanne-leist/1116825442?ean=2940148410881

(Source: krstinasaurusrex)

THE DEAD GAME–A SUPERNATURAL THRILLER

THE DEAD GAME--A SUPERNATURAL THRILLER

5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Fun October 10, 2013
By Karl Clay Vetter
Format:Paperback
As Admin of the Blood Moon Social Club on FB I know a little of Scary Fun. Typically, a mystery story opens with a slow build up until someone finds a body or witnesses a murder. A supernatural thriller will begin with the protagonist discovering a strange darkness creeping into their quaint village. BORING! Done to death thank you.
Dead Game is a mysterious supernatural thriller that blows the cover off with evil in full bloom right from the very first page. Life’s to short to wade through chapters of suspense building weather changing mood swings. It’s lovely to read a story that starts off with a rush to the top of the roller coaster. Followed by the stomach wrenching drop right before you swoop to the top of the loop and hang upside down screaming.