THE DEEP

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The ocean holds mystery in its dark depths;

the myriad of fish and long lost possessions

hidden in its deep waters.

Its waves bury lost secrets, hopes and wishes.

If we venture below, will we find treasures, sunken

ships, or even dead bodies?

Too afraid to find out?

So am I.

LIFE’S JOURNEY

LIFE’S JOURNEY

Life’s journey may be long and dark,<br /> but we must take it to grow and learn.<br /> At journey’s end, we will see that is was all worth it.

Life’s journey may be long and dark,

but we must take it to grow and learn.

At journey’s end, we will see that is was all worth it.

  • What are we made of?<br /> Are we just pieces put to together?<br /> Are we the sum of our parts?<br /> Or are we something more?<br /> Do we serve a purpose?<br /> These are difficult questions,<br /> but I believe that we have been<br /> placed on earth for a purpose.<br /> We live our lives with ups and downs,<br /> but we learn important lessons along the way.<br /> If we learn correctly, then we will have<br /> something useful to offer the rest of mankind.<br /> It is sad but true, that many people don’t learn<br /> much during their lives.<br /> But they only live to serve themselves.<br /> If we ignore these useless beings, then there is much<br /> good and beauty to be found in this world.

What are we made of?

Are we just pieces put to together?

Are we the sum of our parts?

Or are we something more?

Do we serve a purpose?

These are difficult questions,

but I believe that we have been

placed on earth for a purpose.

We live our lives with ups and downs,

but we learn important lessons along the way.

If we learn correctly, then we will have

something useful to offer the rest of mankind.

 

MY INTERVIEW WITH JOHN REINHARDT DIZON

Thanks so much for interviewing me!

Interview With Susanne Leist

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Susanne Leist is a good friend and mutual supporter whose Dead Game is an innovative addition to the indie horror genre. A fellow native Brooklynite, Susanne brings her unique insights and lively personality to Center Stage for our interview…

The town of Oasis was the home of an upscale community in your novel. Did your current hometown of Woodmere, New York provide an inspiration for your story? Did you envision the same kind of people and places when describing Oasis?

The town of Oasis is the polar opposite of Woodmere, Long Island. In Woodmere, no one ever walks. People take their cars everywhere, even to the corner store. Most people don’t bother to say hello when they pass you on the street. Strollers aren’t pushed by mothers but by their housekeepers or maids.

In Oasis, Linda loves to walk each morning through town, waving hello to everyone she meets. Only Charles Wolf refuses to wave back, but that leads to another part of the story. Oasis is a friendly town, except for the supernatural element, but I’m getting ahead of myself again.

 

 

Dead Game was an innovative contribution to the vampire genre in incorporating the surrealistic hallucination angle. Was this your original game plan, or did you add the vampire to the concept of End House?

My books was originally going to be a simple murder mystery. A murder mystery in small town. It was to begin with End House and the mysterious party. Two of the young residents were to be murdered. The rest of the book was supposed to be the journey to find the murderer.

Instead, End House became alive to me with trap doors and deadly saws. This turned out to be only the beginning of the whole story. Dead bodies turn up on the beach. The reclusive residents don’t come out at night. The story snowballed into a supernatural thriller with a surprise ending.

 

Charles Wolf was undoubtedly the bad guy in this novel, but it seemed he took a back seat to Todd Morrison as the more sympathetic figure. Are we going to see more of Morrison, or are you planning a Dead Game II?

The Dead Game is the first book of two books. The first book resolves the murder mystery, but at the same time, opens a Pandora box of new mysteries. Its surprise ending will lead to more surprises.

I  have just begun to work on the sequel. My outline and notes are ready.  My writing often leads me in unknown directions, so I won’t know how the book will end until it does.

Todd Morrison will play an important role in the next book as his relationship with Linda becomes more complicated. That’s all I’m going to say for now.

 

 

The novel seemed to portray the guests at End House as being upwardly-mobile professionals who would be considered somewhat materialistic. Could the hallucinations at End House be perceived as an allegory of their self-delusuons and conceits?

No, please no. I left the world of finance to escape into the world of my imagination. My imagination doesn’t include allegories or self-righteousness.

 

This would be an extenuation of the last question. Could it be argued that the vampires were a further metaphor symbolizing what many feel is upper-class society, feeding on the working class, having the tables turned on them?

Vampires are the upper class. They’re the upper class of all creatures. That’s why they’re bad and have to be stopped.  And now we’ve brought politics into my imagination.

 

Readers could be excused for perceiving a homosexual relationship between Mike and David. It seemed as if David played a feminine role throughout the novel.

If women are silly and scared all the time, then David played a feminine role. But not all women are silly and easily frightened. And not all men are heroes and act brave. And who wins the woman at the end? Not Mike.

 

Father John seems as if the stereotypical religious figure in the novel. Were you just going with the generic flow in the horror category, or was there a reason you didn’t choose an evangelical preacher or a rabbi?

I used a priest because that’s who I’ve usually seen in horror movies and read about in books. I can’t picture one of my rabbis running after a vampire or chanting spells.

The church and devil worship have a long-standing relationship. I was just continuing the myth.

 

Most of your Facebook friends would describe you as a religious person. Does it play an important part in your daily life? Do you feel that writing provides a platform for believers?

My religion guides me on all matters. It has taught me to be kind to others and never to embarrass anyone—ever. My religion has a lot of rules so it definitely affects my everyday life. I usually miss out on a lot of things. The Sabbath, each week, keeps me grounded.

Writing could be a very important platform if used properly. However, I’m not using my writing for this purpose. I’m writing to bring adventure and enjoyment to my readers, and a little escape from the humdrum of day to day living.

 

You moved from Brooklyn to Woodmere. As a fellow Brooklynite, I’ve seen it change enormously in my time. Do you still have family and friends in Brooklyn, and do you see it evolving when you visit?

After my parents passed away, I had no one left in Brooklyn to visit. All their friends are gone. Everyone my age has left the neighborhood behind. I do go back to see Sheepshead Bay. It was and still is a very beautiful area.

 

Check out Susanne’s Amazon page!!!

http://www.amazon.com/Susanne-Leist/e/B00F253FE6/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1402512364&sr=1-2-ent

HOPE SPRINGS ANEW

nichvlas:</p> <p>Some days feel dark and stormy<br /> with no hope and no end in sight.<br /> The next day, the sun rises<br /> and shows us its cheerful face.<br /> Our hope is renewed like the new day.<br /> We must remember that the<br /> sun rises each and every morning.<br /> And we must rise with it—with hope<br /> in our hearts for new beginnings.

Some days feel dark and stormywith no hope and no end in sight.

The next day, the sun rises

and shows us its cheerful face.

Our hope is renewed like the new day.

We must remember that the

sun rises each and every morning.

And we must rise with it—with hope

in our hearts for new beginnings.

NO LIMTS TO OUR DREAMS

What if clouds are created by<br /> a god or a god-like creature<br /> blowing smoke at us?<br /> On bad days, this creature<br /> would cry and tears would fall,<br /> turning into raindrops.<br /> Happy days would bring out a smile<br /> on its face and the world would be<br /> bright and shiny.<br /> Our beliefs and dreams are limitless.<br /> Anything is possible if we use our imagination.

What if clouds are created by

a god or a god-like creature

blowing smoke at us?

On bad days, this creature

would cry and tears would fall,

turning into raindrops.

Happy days would bring out a smile

on its face and the world would be

bright and shiny.

Our beliefs and dreams are limitless.

Anything is possible if we use our imagination.

FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS

FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS AND SEE WHERE THEY TAKE YOU

I didn’t say that your dreams are always good.

LET YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR

 

brutalgeneration:</p> <p>(by esther jung)</p> <p>When you look into the pit of fire,<br /> do you see marshmallows toasting?<br /> Or do you see demons staring out at you?<br /> Each person’s perspective is different,<br /> and mine is creepier than most.

When you look into the pit of fire,
do you see marshmallows toasting?
Or do you see demons staring out at you?
Each person’s perspective is different,
and mine is creepier than most.

Light the candle<br /> and see where it leads you.<br /> Will it take you out of the darkness,<br /> or lead you further into it?

Light the candle
and see where it leads you.
Will it take you out of the darkness,
or lead you further into it?

You can hide your face,<br /> cover it with make-up,<br /> assume strange expressions,<br /> but you are still you.<br /> There is not escaping that truth.

You can hide your face,
cover it with make-up,
assume strange expressions,
but you are still you.
There is not escaping that truth.

The joy of reading a book.<br /> Sit back and let your imagination drift.<br /> Let it take you to far away places.<br /> Meet new people.<br /> Let your imagination soar to new heights!

The joy of reading a book.
Sit back and let your imagination drift.
Let it take you to far away places.
Meet new people.
Let your imagination soar to new heights!

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL

What can be better than sitting on a bench<br /> in the warm weather, watching people, and<br /> daydreaming?<br /> Nothing,<br /> unless you live those dreams.

What can be better than sitting on a bench

in the warm weather, watching people, and

daydreaming?

Nothing,

unless you live those dreams.

opticallyaroused:<br /> Warm weather,<br /> soft winds,<br /> pretty blooms,<br /> are all part of the<br /> best time of year.<br /> Welcome to spring.

opticallyaroused:

Warm weather,

soft winds,

pretty blooms,

are all part of the

best time of year.

Welcome to spring.

ohmydisney:</p> <p>Spring = Flowers.</p> <p>Hope springs eternal.<br /> Enjoy the new season!
ohmydisney:</p> <p>Spring = Flowers.</p> <p>Hope springs eternal.<br /> Enjoy the new season!
ohmydisney:</p> <p>Spring = Flowers.</p> <p>Hope springs eternal.<br /> Enjoy the new season!

ohmydisney:

Spring = Flowers.

Hope springs eternal.

Enjoy the new season!

martingogo:</p> <p>♡ LOVELY ♡</p> <p>This makes me ready for spring.<br /> The beautiful lilac color.<br /> The soft motion of the falling petals.<br /> Yes, I’m very ready.

martingogo:

♡ LOVELY ♡

This makes me ready for spring.

The beautiful lilac color.

The soft motion of the falling petals.

Yes, I’m very ready.

LIGHT SHINES THROUGH

THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH

<br /> ❥‿↗⁀simply-beautiful-world</p> <p>THE PATH MIGHT APPEAR<br /> DARK AT TIMES.<br /> BUT THE ROAD WILL LEAD<br /> YOU PAST THE DARKNESS,<br /> THROUGH MANY TWISTS AND TURNS,<br /> TO THE LIGHT AT THE END.

❥‿↗⁀simply-beautiful-world

THE PATH MIGHT APPEAR

DARK AT TIMES.

BUT THE ROAD WILL LEAD

YOU PAST THE DARKNESS,

THROUGH MANY TWISTS AND TURNS,

TO THE LIGHT AT THE END.

<br /> ❥‿↗⁀simply-beautiful-world</p> <p>There is always hope.<br /> The birds wait for the spring<br /> And venture out when it finally arrives.<br /> There are bad times for everyone<br /> But they don’t last forever.<br /> Seasons change,<br /> And life changes for everyone.<br /> We just have to be patient.

❥‿↗⁀simply-beautiful-world

There is always hope.

The birds wait for the spring

And venture out when it finally arrives.

There are bad times for everyone

But they don’t last forever.

Seasons change,

And life changes for everyone.

We just have to be patient.

  • sundxwn:</p> <p>Molten Ice by Dylan Toh &amp; Marianne Lim</p> <p>THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH<br /> Life might seem dark at times—<br /> Without the hope of any future.<br /> But if you keep your hopes<br /> And keep doing best,<br /> You will someday be surprised.<br /> For one day you will wake up,<br /> And find some of your dreams<br /> Have actually come true.<br /> There is always some light<br /> That shines through the darkness.

sundxwn:

THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH

Life might seem dark at times—

Without the hope of any future.

But if you keep your hopes

And keep doing best,

You will someday be surprised.

For one day you will wake up,

And find some of your dreams

Have actually come true.

There is always some light

That shines through the darkness.