This is not a book version of SyFy channel’s “Haven,” although both are centered around a community named Haven. This book is actually seven short stories written by Daniel Grotta, who wrote a biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, “Architect of Middle Earth.”
“Seven From Haven” is a kinder, gentler version of some spooky tales that would be perfect for reading at an all-ages Halloween gathering. There are no grisly descriptions of beheadings or blood-washed scenes of zombies feeding on humans. Instead it’s more like The Twilight Zone — stories that made goose bumps crawl up your arms or made you think twice about strange things that happen.
These are stories with a heart. We can feel the grief of the man whose father dies unexpectedly, we can suppress our laughter at stupid crooks with their hapless hostage, and we can feel the wonder of a new father who assists at the delivery of his baby.
In most of the stories, the reader might guess what’s going to happen, but it doesn’t dampen the satisfaction of a good ending.
“Seven From Haven” is available in both hard copy and e-book from Amazon.com.