Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Thriller, Suspense
Release Date: March 13, 2013
No matter where you are, they’ll find you, and put you in “The Game”.
Candice Laguna’s life is being systematically dismantled, by an unknown force, for a reason she can’t imagine. But she is about to become the unwilling star of a reality game competition the likes of which has never been broadcast to the world.
Just when things get darkest, a mysterious man snatches her from the grips of doom. He is a man who is not what he appears, and not who he says. He has no name and his motivation to help Candice is not what it seems to be.
The Game is a mystery/thriller with an unpredictable paranormal twist. It has action and adventure and plays up the everyday exploitation of reality television obsession gone wrong.
Candice tossed her bag on the wood chair by the door and kicked off her shoes. A part of her expected the phone to ring just before it did. The logical part of her mind screamed at her, just let it ring, or unplug the phone. But some sense of morbid curiosity dug at her spine.
She picked up the phone but didn’t say anything. She expected the voice of the little girl again, but that’s not what she heard. This time it was a man, an old man.
“Hello, Candice. Why didn’t you talk to me at the bar, when I called you earlier?”
She was confused yet again. “Who the hell is this?”
“What do you mean? You don’t remember me? I’m glad you told that loser Eddie to beat it. He’s not good enough for you.” She hung up the phone.
The phone rang again. She answered. “Leave me alone, dammit! If you call back, I’m going to call the cops.” She hung up the phone.
Her thumb was barely off the receiver when it rang again. Reluctantly, she answered again. “What do you want from me? Why are you doing this?”
“I want you, Candice.” This time the voice was sinister, haunting, that of a deranged, cliché psychopath out for blood. The call ended.
She went into the living room. The phone rang again. This was maddening. She answered the call, prepared to scream, but on the other end was the tra-la-la of a young girl.
“Candy? Are you there?”
Candice could feel her mind twisting into a knot. This was pure insanity.
“Candy, can you come out to play?”
She disconnected the call and turned off the ringers on her phones. She then turned off her cell and crawled into her bed to get some sleep.
Shane Scollins is a freelance writer and author. From New Jersey, he now resides in Upstate New York with his wife, Heather. He has worked as an automotive service manager, a website developer and a computer network engineer. Primarily a science fiction and paranormal novelist, Shane enjoys taking readers on surprising and unexpected journeys that twist reality. He is currently working on his next book.