Spooky Tales For Halloween

People who know say that Haven takes care of its own. And in “Seven From Haven” we learn in seven short stories how the community of Haven helps its residents and anyone else who may wander in.

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.