1 Door


If you dare step inside,
there’ll be nowhere to hide.
A new dimension you’ll cross
on the back of a black horse.
Are you ready for this?
Lean in for my first kiss.

by Susanne Leist

New Edition







Can I trust a vampire?

I think not.


Welcome to ☠️THE DEAD GAME☠️





Welcome to End House.

Step inside.

The party is about to begin.

Let me show you the way.

Where is everyone, you ask?

They’re here.

Can’t you hear them?




Candles light your way.

Follow their flickering path.

No harm will come to you.

I promise.

THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist





The stairs lead us to the basement.

Circular saws rotate above our heads.

Traps with pointy edges dangle close.

The door locks behinds us.

Water reaches our ankles.

Three doors appear on the opposite wall.

Will we make it across the water?

Will we ever see the light of day?

The house is winning the deadly game.




Run but you cannot hide.
Todd will be mine to find.
No light will shine today,
Only darkness to wield the day.

I wave my wand of lightning,
Bang my drums of thunder.
My mouth breathes puffs of fire,
My soul is pure black.

I come to you as a tornado,
Twisting in the wind,
Gathering force along the way
To strike with the arm of a god.

Your smell entices me.
It leads me to your side.
What was once human
Will soon be a follower of mine.

Linda might adore your sickly beauty,
A facade of a true vampire.
A mere human vampire is no match
For the perfect beauty of mine.

Stand back as I unleash my minions,
Who will crush you with pellets of hail,
Sharp bullets into your human heart,
A stampede of thrashing winds and fire.

Come to me to fulfill your destiny,
As one of my own army.
As a follower and not a competitor,
Leaving only one choice for you to make.



5 Star Review of THE DEAD GAME

Creative, refreshing and chilling
on March 25, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Susanne Leist’s The Dead Game had my reading intently and wide eyed, often forgetting to blink due to the eagerness to find out what happens next. The plot keeps you involved with each character as they all had a key role to play in the story. It is unnerving, mysterious yet still shares the perspective of multiple characters to give you an understanding of their point of views, even though Linda and Todd are the primary focus.

Susanne puts a creative spin on vampires which gave the book a refreshing aspect to the supernatural/dark fantasy genre. I particularly enjoyed the setting of the small town, providing an eerie vibe throughout the story while keeping a fine balance of fright, action and romance. The range of genres intertwined the book is well woven, keeping the story arch at a good pace and easy to follow.

I would recommend anyone that is a fan of paranormal romances / dark fantasy novels to pick up a copy of Susanne Leist’s debut novel, The Dead Game, and get lost in this mysterious horror novel.



Can you feel the evil?

Spreading through town.

Moving through the trees.

Entering through open windows.


Enveloping us all.

It comes at night.

Into our beds.

Seeking the innocents.

Ones to join them.

In their deadly adventures.

Do not join them.

Stand strong.

Don’t let the evil enter.

Once it’s inside,

it won’t leave.

Until all are dead.





Oasis hotel

Take the road to the Oasis Hotel.
Lined with trees
shedding their pink petals.
A bright and sunny road.
Filled with wishes and dreams.
No worries or despairs.

A road in Oasis, Florida.
At its end stands the hotel.
Waiting with open arms.
A garden of colorful flowers
spelling out its name.
Its white walls and high archways
invite ocean breezes.
Tourists lounge on its many couches.
“Drinks for one and all,”
call out the waiters.
Drinks with fancy umbrellas.
No worries or despairs
for these guests.

That is until night falls.
Then all must retreat for safety.
Dark shadows appear on the streets
and on the white-sand beach.
No one ventures out at night.
Except for The Dead.
They own the night.
They own Oasis.
No worries or despairs
for those who take care.
Death for those who do not.




Play ‘The Dead Game’ With Author Susanne Leist!


Today we have with us paranormal mystery writer Susanne Leist. She’s the author of the very entertaining “The Dead Game”. Check out our exclusive interview where we get to know more about the author and her book.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi! My name is Susanne Leist. I graduated with an M.B.A. in Finance. I’ve worked in budgeting and financial analysis. However, my greatest love has always been reading. One day, I decided to use my over-active imagination and write a book. Seven years later, The Dead Game was born, and I’m proud of it.

When did you realize you wanted to become an author?

I’ve been reading murder mysteries and thrillers ever since I was a teenager. I’ve read all types of mysteries, from Agatha Christie to Sherlock Holmes. In recent years, I began to read paranormal mysteries. These books bring fantasy and the surreal to the simple murder mystery.

It’s hard to find books that combine the paranormal with mystery. That’s why I decided to write a paranormal murder mystery of my own. It’s the type of book that I search for and love to read.  My book, The Dead Game, has dead bodies and suspects like a traditional murder mystery. It also has humans, vampires, and vampire derivatives, and don’t forget the haunted house—we must have one of these.

Any other authors who have inspired your work?

My favorite author is Brad Meltzer. It’s fun and easy to read his books. His words flow smoothly and hold on to my attention. I enjoy his characters. He also weaves his extensive knowledge of Washington into the complex story lines.

What can you tell us about your book ‘The Dead Game‘? What kind of readers will it appeal to?

My book, The Dead Game, is a paranormal mystery/thriller. It takes place in a small town called Oasis on the coast of Florida. During the day, the town is a paradise for its residents and abundant tourists with its picturesque streets, wide-sand beach, and warm waters. However, at night, the town turns dark and deadly. Dark shadows roam the streets, tourists begin to disappear, and bodies turn up dead on the beach. The evil in this town revolves around a deserted house. The younger residents are invited to a mysterious party at End House, and that is when the fun and games begin.

My audience is anyone who enjoys mystery and the unknown; anyone who is ready to use his or her imagination to explore new possibilities.

What do you find interesting about the genre you write in?

The paranormal calls out to me. I love haunted houses, creepy settings, and feelings of being stalked… To me, this entails a killer or villain. Paranormal stories have villains and dead bodies; appealing to my love of murder mysteries. These stories could also have romance or horror. I love this genre where anything is possible.

Would you like to share your thoughts regarding self and traditional publishing?

I used Outskirts Press to self-publish my book. The editor corrected about half the typos. I was determined to make my book the best it could be. I was on a mission to make it leaner and meaner. I read editing, grammar books, articles, and so on. The story remained the same but the words brought it to life. I wonder if an editor and a traditional publisher could have helped me achieve my potential. It might have been a journey that I had to take on my own.

What advice would you like to give to writers who have just started?

It is important for an author to have everything in place before launching his or her book. I learned the hard way after I self-published. Blogs, websites, and social sites like Google and Twitter should be ready and waiting. Summaries and bios should also be prepared in advance. After the book is released, it should be announced everywhere with bold pictures and words. People will be ready and eager to read it. That’s my goal for my next book, which will be the second book in The Dead Game series.

You can get to know more about Susanne Leist through her blog and Twitter.

Check out The Dead Game on Amazon Kindle and Nook.

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