DANCE WITH ME

Dance with me until the moon hides its face,

and the sun attempts to quicken the pace.

From the sunlight, vampires turn their face,

And dancers twirl to the light’s frenzied pace.

THE DEAD GAME

by Susanne Leist

THE GAMES BEGIN

Metal clangs shut over the doors and windows.

Trapped in a house sealed as tight as a tomb,

Gregg must solve the computer’s complex riddles to escape.

Vampires and werewolves, sworn enemies of the night,

stare at each other as time begins to click away.

Freezing air blasts from the vents,

followed by a mechanized female voice.

“Gentleman, are you ready?” echoes around them.

Thus begins the thrilling adventure for Shana and her friends as they track The Dead from Florida’s swamplands to Quebec City.

Will Gregg escape the locked house in time to save his fiancee Linda from the rogue werewolves?

Will Shana save her boyfriend, William, from the blood curse infecting vampires, or will she succumb to her ex’s boyish charms?

A race to the finish culminates at a showdown at Quebec’s La Citadelle.

Let the better man or vampire win.

“This is a Gothic suspense/thriller that remains true to the vampire mythology while exploring fresh storylines and plot twists guaranteed to keep readers enthralled throughout. For vampire genre enthusiasts and romantic horror fans alike, The Dead at Heart by Susanne Leist is one you won’t want to miss.” – Broadway Turk Superstar, VINE VOICE

THE DEAD AT HEART

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WELCOME TO CANADA!

Welcome to Canada.

The Dead are waiting for you.

Chateau Frontenac is their base.

I hope your room is to your taste.

THE DEAD AT HEART

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THE DEAD GAME

I leave the storefronts behind,

their tinted-green windows reflecting the bright sunlight.

I hurry toward the boardwalk and beach.

The soft sand will trickle through my toes.

The sea breeze propels me forward.

Beyond the white sand,

the waves dance and writhe in a demented dance,

a dance growing wilder by the minute.

The palm trees bow their heads to the wind.

Rooftops sail through the air.

Glass crunches beneath my feet

as I run through the streets.

The windows hang broken and twisted.

The saddest sight is the church.

The once-white church stands charcoal-black,

debris at its proud feet.

They’re here.

The deadly games have begun.

THE DEAD GAME

HEARTACHE IS FOR ME

Heartache is for me.
My heart yearns for thee.
Lies fall so easily from your lips.
They feel salty on my fingertips.
I must remain strong.
I hope I am wrong.

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THE DEAD AT HEART

Embroiled in the vamps’ evil games,

Shana travels to Quebec

for the vampire summit.

Amid murder and betrayal,

she must help her friends

find a way to save humanity.

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FROZEN FOR ETERNITY

Sad expressions for eternity

on frozen faces.

Actual tears mark

their frosty cheeks.

Beneath the music and gaiety

lies an undercurrent of evil.

THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist

Will We Fall Prey to The Dead?

Brutal winds follow close on my heels,
Thunder and lightning joining the crusade.
Fluorescent lights paint the night sky,
Rings of orange, yellow, and red.


A vortex of horror in unending circles
Makes its way to the small town of Oasis,
Where I will be waiting with a sword in hand,
Secure in the knowledge Wolf won’t win.


The Watchers have joined the battle.
They stand on the hill beyond,
Their raincoats flapping in the wind,
Concealing their cache of weapons.

We will protect Linda from the devil,
An army standing strong against the harsh winds.
The Father clutches his bible of spells,
Ready to cast the evil from our town.

We have come together as one,
Humans, vampires, and human vampires.
The last battle on this earthly planet,
Which will determine our combined fate.

Linda clings to her friends,
Huddled together in the storm.
Will she choose wisely and correctly?
Will she choose me above The Dead?

The time has come for the showdown.
Time has slowed to a halt.
We raise our weapons above our heads,
Waiting for evil to make its final appearance.

Wolf has been given a new body,
But I recognize his deadly soul.
A new package for an old one
Does not change the battle to be won.

Our games have just begun.

PREY FOR THE DEAD

CAN LUCK SAVE US?

Can luck save the residents of Oasis
from rogue vampires desperate for blood?
Time will tell.

THE DEAD GAME SERIES

by Susanne Leist

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