Fosgate's Game

Fiction - Horror
149 Pages
Reviewed on 05/31/2015
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Author Biography

Award-winning author David C. Cassidy is the twisted mind behind several best-selling novels of horror and suspense, Velvet Rain, The Dark, and Fosgate’s Game. An author, photographer, and graphic designer—and a half-decent juggler—he spends his writing life creating dark and touching stories where Bad Things Happen To Good People. Raised by wolves, he grew up with a love of nature, music, science, and history, with thrillers and horror novels feeding the dark side of his seriously disturbed imagination. He talks to his characters, talks often, and most times they listen. But the real fun starts when they tell him to take a hike, and they Open That Door anyway. Idiots.

David lives in Ontario, Canada. From Mozart to Vivaldi, classic jazz to classic rock, he feels naked without his iPod. Suffering from MAD—Multiple Activity Disorder—he divides his time between writing and blogging, photography and Photoshop, reading and rollerblading. An avid amateur astronomer, he loves the night sky, chasing the stars with his telescope. Sometimes he eats.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Fosgate's Game by David C. Cassidy unfolds with two business partners, Chadwick Harlow and Fosgate Harvard Harrod III, having an after dinner drink in Fosgate’s study. A casual business conversation turns alarming when Fosgate proposes a sordid way to get rid of their business rival. Chadwick blatantly refuses, until Fosgate shows him a strange old chess set. The stormy evening becomes much worse for Chadwick as his ruthless business partner reveals its secret.

Having read Cassidy's previous work, his writing style is as superb as I expected. Cassidy’s narrative is clever and layered, filled with complex yet meaningful gist. Every sound and smell is vivid; the dialogue is alive with emotions. Psychology mind games seem to be this author’s palpable trademark, as the character Chadwick wonders if his mind is playing tricks on him when the strange, repulsive looking chess set seems eerily alive.

Fosgate assures Chadwick that the chess set has the power to destroy, having previously been used by powerful historical figures to achieve their goals. I wish Chadwick had had more guts to defy Fosgate strongly before he is forced to play. By the time Chadwick finally has the courage to do something about the insane Fosgate, the chess game has already claimed some innocent lives through a series of gruesome supernatural deaths.

To sum up, Fosgate's Game is definitely – in Cassidy’s own words – “a short road trip into madness.” It’s an absolutely compelling horror novella. The premise is excellent and the plot is flawless. Chess will never be the same for me again.

Jack Magnus

Fosgate's Game is a horror novella written by David C. Cassidy. Chadwick's deeply regretting his continued presence at the home of Fosgate Harvard Harrod the Third, the president of an English tabloid and his superior. The night is dreadful with flashes of lightning and rolling thunder booming overhead. While he freely acknowledged the lack of reason behind his fear of such things, his phobia extended even to the hearing of a weather report or a third-hand description of an electrical storm. Fosgate is all too aware of Chadwick's nervous disposition and plays upon it at each of these command performances. Chadwick ponders the man's study, which is bristling with an arsenal of weapons and peopled with trophies of elk and lions and the other hapless victims of his aged but still prodigious and predatory boss. Chadwick thinks of his car waiting outside and considers how to make his exit, but Fosgate has other plans for him and will not let him escape the snare.

David C. Cassidy's suspenseful horror novella, Fosgate's Game, is an atmospheric and gloomy work that has changed the way I'll look at a chess set, most likely, forever. The author inserts his audience into the mind of the unfortunate Chadwick, and I found myself hoping that he'd have the courage to defy his loathsome boss and brave the elements. Even such a strong phobia as his should pale in comparison with the menacing and evil Fosgate. We see the gloom of the gentleman's study punctuated by the occasional flash of lightning, and the gleam of Fosgate's monocle glittering evilly. Fosgate's story of his visit to Germany and the little bookstore where he found his treasure gives a small bit of relief to the tension until he brings out the box and proudly displays his acquisition to the horrified Chadwick. I still get the shudders thinking about that chess set and the games it must have seen. Fosgate's Game is horror that keeps on giving, and it's most highly recommended.

Mary DeKok Blowers

Fosgate’s Game by David C. Cassidy is reminiscent of stories like The Monkey’s Paw, or The Cask of Amontillado. This puts him in the same category as Edgar Allen Poe and W.W. Jacobs, in my mind. Seemingly a story of two old adversaries sparring at each other over cognac, Fosgate reveals a recent purchase while he was out of the country with his wife. It is an old chess set, in a carved wooden box. But the figures are hideous and warlike, as are the carvings on the box. Once Fosgate saw it, he was obsessed and ended up trading a valuable car for it because of its hefty price tag. But the chess set had a dark past. Reputed to have originated in medieval times, and also reputed to have belonged to both Vlad the Impaler and Adolf Hitler in their times, Fosgate reveals that it possesses strange and horrible powers. But like a game of Jumanji, you must play it to test its efficacy. Manipulated by generous liquor, the threat of death, and a very stormy night, Chadwick is coerced by Fosgate to stay and play the game with him.

As one might expect the results are shocking. I loved this book and my thoughts keep going back to it. Anyone who enjoys old horror stories with high drama will be hooked as I was and motivated to seek out Cassidy’s longer novels. Fosgate’s Game does contain shocking themes and a suggestion of horrible violence, but the intrigue is beyond compare. The twist at the end seems clever and justified to make things right, as much as they can be. One wonders what will become of the chess set if it is discovered once again.

Faridah Nassozi

In Fosgate's Game by David C. Cassidy, for Chadwick, the evening had started just like any other with after work drinks with his boss and a discussion of business. But this was no ordinary discussion; the topic on the table was how to get rid of the competition, and his boss had an idea on how to do this. The solution lay in a fifteenth century chess set. Against his better judgement, and because of an intense storm that just wouldn’t let up, Chadwick had stayed much longer than intended. He indulged Fosgate as he narrated the story of how he came to acquire the odd looking chess set and the legend of its evil powers. The set had an alluring force and was believed to have been used by powerful men of the past, including Hitler, to eliminate their enemies with ruthless efficiency. Chadwick was forced to stay and engage in a bizarre game of chess just so he could disprove the legend as mere myth. By agreeing to play the game, Chadwick had no idea of the hell they were about to set in motion.

Fosgate's Game by David C. Cassidy is a chilling story of a nightmare brought about by an evil chess set and its greedy master. On so few pages, David C. Cassidy delivered a terrifying tale of greed, dark magic and murder, and an innocent player caught in a deadly game. It is the narration of a horror born out of curiosity. It is simply amazing how David managed to bring to life such a powerful and spine-chilling effect in such a short story. The scene descriptions will terrify you and fill you with suspense and fear. The story of the origin and history of the evil chess set sounded so outrageous and yet David managed to make it feel so naturally believable.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

Fosgate is a determined man. Determined to make some big changes in his life and to improve the life he wants to have. But Chadwick doesn’t want to sacrifice and he doesn’t want to be the evil in the world. Will he be able to stop Fosgate before something too terrible happens? There’s so much more to consider and there’s definitely so much to lose if either one of them fails. In the end, all Chadwick can do is attempt to be the lesser of two different evils in the world. Fosgate’s Game is a book that you will love to read. It will make you question everything in your entire world and most definitely what you know about the people who exist around you.

Fosgate's Game by David C. Cassidy is an interesting book and one you won’t quickly forget. The characters are more than a little strange and yet you feel yourself tied to them in some ways. It’s an interesting sort of book and one you will want to find out a lot more about. Chadwick is a character that tries to do the right thing (although he goes about it completely wrong). He’s a well-meaning character in contradiction to Fosgate, who wants everything to go exactly his way all the time. Fosgate’s Game by David C. Cassidy is only a short story, but it’s a suspenseful one nonetheless. You are going to find yourself turning each page with near bated breath, uncertain of what’s going to happen next.