A DOOR IN THE FOREST

A Door in the Forest

A DOOR IN THE FOREST

The house is gone.
All that’s left is ash
And the door.

The door to the dungeons.
Where The Dead lived
And died.

I can see dark shadows
In the distance.
Are they coming for us?

I thought they were all gone.
What happened to The Dead?
Are they gone or still lingering?

The earth is rumbling.
The door is shaking.
We’d better leave.

Right Now!

THE DEAD GAME

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FALLING

The staircase gives way.

Linda slides into its grasp.

A tunnel envelopes her.

Hands reach out for her.

Her cries fill the dark void.

“Will I reach the bottom?

Is there even a bottom?”

Her jumbled thoughts swirl around.

She hears a voice yell out,

“Stop!”

The tunnel dissolves.

The stairs return.

Todd waits on the top step.

Linda runs down the staircase

And makes it to the front door.

But the door knob won’t budge.

“Open!”

The door opens

At Todd’s command.

The house pushes Linda

and her friends out the door.

It slams shut behind them.

Afraid to face a new and more powerful Todd,

Linda scrambles to her feet

and races away from End House.

THE DEAD GAME


ABYSS

Source:

Into the tunnel we are thrown.

Been more careful if I had known.

We’re falling down a dark abyss.

Please someone give us an assist.

 

We’re falling too hard and fast.

This nightmare better not last.

Our time has come to an end

As we fly around the bend.

 

The Dead are waiting for us below.

I can hear them yelling out hello.

We land with a thump and a bang.

I’m now facing a big fat fang.

 

THE DEAD GAME

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OASIS IN HELL

Oh no.

Too late.

We shouldn’t have come.

To the party at End House.

It’s not a party for us.

But a deadly game.

A game to the death.

Revolving rooms.

Dead bodies.

Traps.

It’s too late for us.

But you must leave now.

THE DEAD GAME HAS BEGUN.

 

Hi!

We’re here for the party at End House.

No one seems to be home.

Should we stay?

We heard movement inside.

Sounds of laughter and music.

Maybe there is a party for us.

Let’s go in.

THE DEAD GAME IS HERE.

 

Welcome to End House.

The games are about to begin.

Watch out for the blood and bodies.

Everything is an illusion.

Or so they say.

THE DEAD GAME is about to begin.

 

 

I’m trapped in a nightmare.

Clowns are chasing me.

The knife-thrower swings at me.

Where should I run?

There’s a colorful tent.

This must be a carnival.

Oh no.

This tent is full of mirrors.

Reflecting distorted images of myself.

Someone just pushed me.

I’m falling through a mirror.

Down a dark tunnel.

I’ve landed in the basement of End House.

I can never escape this house.

THE DEAD GAME HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN.

 

Your heart is pounding.

Your pulse is racing.

The house is alive.

It’s breathing.

It’s moving.

Illusions are stalking you.

Creatures from within the walls.

How do you get out of here?

You can’t.

 

THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist

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DOWN WE GO!

DEEP HOLE

buron:

Syd’s Opal Daydream v (11)

©buron – May ‘14

Come into my darkness.

My deepest depths.

Where dreams and nightmares flourish.

And light is held at bay.

Come in and be lost.

Lost in my utter despair.

Where loneliness and horror

are the rules of the day.

THE DEAD GAME

LET’S REVISIT YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE

 

EXCERPT FROM THE DEAD GAME

Chapter 32

Intense feelings of claustrophobia began to overwhelm Shana in the narrow, confined space. The air was becoming heavier and thicker. She thrust her hand in front of her, where she could feel the air: it felt strangely thick and spongy. When she tried to move her arm back down, she found that it was being held firmly in place. She was being sucked into the unyielding darkness, where some unnatural force was probably lying in wait for them.

     She felt a slight shift in the air—possibly even a slight breeze. The darkness slowly lifted and loosened its hold on her arm. She turned to flee, but her hasty escape was interrupted by a high-pitched, blood-curdling scream. What now? What else could be in store for them?

     She looked ahead into the darkness and spotted Louise, standing as still as a statue with her huge blue eyes wide open in horror as she stared at the far end of the tunnel. The group edged closer to Louise and watched the bizarre scene that was being played out in front of them.

     In the darkness of the tunnel, a light was being projected on one small area. In this subdued light sat a woman in rocking chair, rocking a baby in her arms while humming a sweet lullaby. To Shana, the scene looked very peaceful and serene—which didn’t at all fit with Louise’s terrified reaction.

     She asked Louise, “Why are you so afraid? Who is that lady with the baby?”

     Louise replied, “It’s my mother holding me. I’ve seen this scene numerous times in old pictures. My mother had died when I was only a baby.”

     “This scene has to be one recreated from you own imagination. Before our minds are toyed with any further, we must turn around and leave. Right now!”

     Louise grabbed Shana’s outstretched hand and followed her back through the tunnel.

FALLING

 

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The opulent staircase gives way.
Linda slides into its deadly grasp.
A tunnel envelopes her.
Hands reach out for her.
A thick, spongy darkness.
Walls too slippery to grab.
Cries fill the endless void.

Will I reach the bottom?
Is there even a bottom to this madness?
Who lives beneath End House?
Will I become one of them?
Forever roaming the dark tunnels,
Not really dead but one of the undead.

Into the unyielding darkness comes a cry.
“Stop!”
Linda looks up to see Todd and Shana,
Clinging to the rocky walls.
It was Todd who had called out.
The tunnel dissolves.
The stairs return.

They run down the staircase
And make it to the front door.
Linda pulls on the handle.
It won’t budge.
“Open!”
At Todd’s command,
The door opens for them.
The house pushes them out.
The door slams behind them.

Too terrified to look at Todd,
Linda races ahead to the car.
If Todd has powers,
Then he might be one of The Dead.
He could be evil like the rest of them.
I can’t believe I was actually
Falling for him.

THE DEAD GAME

 
 

A DARK ABYSS

Source:

 

Into the tunnel we are thrown.

Been more careful if I had known.

We’re falling down a dark abyss.

Please someone give us an assist.

 

We’re falling too hard and fast.

This nightmare better not last.

Our time has come to an end

As we fly around the bend.

 

The Dead are waiting for us below.

I can hear them yelling out hello.

We land with a thump and a bang.

I’m now facing a big fat fang.

 

THE DEAD GAME

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

Down the rabbit hole we go.

Far down beneath the earth’s surface.

Where The Dead wait for their savior.

Arms extended.

Reaching for us.

Mouths held open in silent cries.

As we fall farther.

Deeper.

Past the point of no return.

THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist