Book 1 in Series
Beneath the town's sandy shores lies an evil so great and powerful.
Linda Bennett moves from New York to Florida to live a quieter life. She rents a bookstore and makes new friends. Her best friend, Shana, opens a magic shop with elixirs and potions. Oasis offers white sand and blue ocean with calming tropical breezes. Life is peaceful until the dead body washes up on shore. As soon as the sun sets, elusive shadows stalk the young residents.
Blood tinges the water of Oasis a deep red.
As rumors of dead bodies and disappearing tourists circulate through town, Linda and her friends search for answers.
What secrets are the original residents hiding?
Limousines pull up to the secluded estates of the older residents. Colorful lights, music, and laughter drift to town through the humid air.
Who are the late-night visitors?
Linda opens her mail and finds an invitation for a party at End House. Since the last owners vanished, the house has stood deserted and broken. Hanging shutters and shattered steps mar the elegance of the Victorian mansion.
What happened to the family?
Curiosity leads the group to End House, and a determined Mike. A fearful David tries to sway the group but to no avail. Shana convinces Linda to join them. They arrive at the house. An empty mansion greets them.
Not so empty, they soon find out.
End House has a sinister life of its own. Wild animals and bloody scenes taunt the terrified group. Traps, illusions, and revolving rooms add to their growing fear. After two of their friends disappear, they must flee for their lives.
What happened to Tom and Edward?
Linda and Shana discover that their journey to hell and back is far from finished. Chased by supernatural creatures and not knowing whom to trust, they must uncover the one controlling the evil game.
Who are The Dead? Are they humans, vampires, or both?
Will Linda lose her heart to Todd whom she suspects knows more than he admits? Does Shana fall in love with Sheriff Sam? Do David and Louise stay together as a couple?
Does the mystical door in the fishing village hold the answers to the never-ending puzzle?
Is a second book needed?
The Dead Game has begun.
A beachfront town, a haunted mansion, people disappearing or turning up dead—these are the elements of gothic horror, but this unique novel has a more than a few twists. The writing is a first-rate, and the pace is fast. The characters are well-defined, and the plot is imaginative and unpredictable. Linda, Shana, Logan, Todd, and others are plagued by the town's original residents, old family secrets, and more. All kinds of paranormal manifestations beset the characters. Poe and H. P. Lovecraft would have been proud to have written this novel...
Howard Lipman, pen name PanOrpheus, author