Seven From Haven by Daniel Grotta

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“Welcome to Haven, Pennsylvania.

Ours is a village that takes care of its own. If you are visiting with good intentions and kindness in your heart, you’ll have a wonderful time. But if your heart is cold and calculating, and your intentions are less than honourable. we suggest you turn around and hightail it back to the Interstate – or else.”

“Seven From Haven” is a wonderful collection of “gentle” ghost stories, based on the premise that Haven, Pennsylvania is “a village that takes care of its own”.

Haven, the fictional setting for these stories, is a delightful village. People, generally, care for each other. They help each other; they group together to ensure the safety of their village and its inhabitants. According to these stories, it isn’t only the living who share this ethos!

In each of the seven stories, Daniel Grotta convincingly adopts a different voice. In “Dead and Buried”, the tale is told by David Wilson, who, with his wife Cindy, move from New York City. They find a house next to a somewhat neglected cemetery in Haven and commence their restoration of house and cemetery. “Could Have Been” is an interesting story, told by a disillusioned sixty year old man, who appears to “have it all”. “Benecent and Benifelstomp” the only story in the collection that is told by a woman, is a chilling episode in the life of Miss Hopkins, a local school teacher.

I love these stories. They aren’t sensational, filled with blood and horror, but the power of Daniel Grotta’s often humourous writing drew me into this fictional world, where anything is possible. There was enough variation in style and plot to keep my interest throughout and left me wanting more from this super-talented author.

I would like to thank Pixel Hall Press for sending me this book to review.

About the author:

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A former war correspondent, investigative reporter, editor and critic, Daniel Grotta has written literally thousands of articles, reviews and columns for major magazines, newspapers and online journals. A former member of the National Book Critics Circle he has also authored several books, including  “J.R.R. Tolkien:Architect of Middle Earth”, the renowned first biography of the creator of “The Lord of the Rings”.

Among his many accolades and awards as an author is one that stands apart from the rest: His writings were, at one point, the most requested to be recorded as audio files by Reading for the Blind in Philadelphia, because of the visual clarity and beauty of his prose.

Daniel Grotta has been a freelancer his entire career, and has never been on staff anywhere. This has given him the personal creative control that has allowed him to make a rather good living writing about what fascinates him, work with the people he most admires and devote whatever energy and time is required to write a great story. It has also translated into a very varied and interesting career, which has included being a war correspondant, photojournalist, author, investigative journalist, book and music critic, features writer, columnist, technology reviewer and publisher.Daniel has authored well over 1,500 stories for prominent magazines and newspapers, such as “Islands,” “Philadelphia Inquirer,” “Reader’s Digest,” the London “Sunday Times Magazine,” “American Heritage,” “Parade,” “Saturday Review,” “PC Magazine,” “Philadelphia Magazine,” “Lear’s Magazine,” “Harper’s Magazine,” and many others.

Daniel has authored numerous books, including the first biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, which was in continuous publication for over 30 years . His short fiction has appeared in “Asimov’s” and “Focus Magazine.” His Black Bear, Pennsylvania novella “Honor” was published by Pixel Hall Press in 2012. His next novel , “Adam V,” also set in the fictional mountain village of Black Bear, will be published in 2014. In addition, a short story collection, “Seven from Haven” — gentle ghost stories with an O’Henry-like charm and sensibility — was published Halloween, 2012.

Recognized, also, as one of the premier experts on digital cameras, Daniel is a member of The Authors Guild, the Overseas Press Club, American Society of Journalists & Authors, SFWA, and the National Book Critics Circle. – See more at: http://www.grotta.net/bio.htm#sthash.V31UzYTC.dpuf

Daniel Grotta has been a freelancer his entire career, and has never been on staff anywhere. This has given him the personal creative control that has allowed him to make a rather good living writing about what fascinates him, work with the people he most admires and devote whatever energy and time is required to write a great story. It has also translated into a very varied and interesting career, which has included being a war correspondant, photojournalist, author, investigative journalist, book and music critic, features writer, columnist, technology reviewer and publisher.Daniel has authored well over 1,500 stories for prominent magazines and newspapers, such as “Islands,” “Philadelphia Inquirer,” “Reader’s Digest,” the London “Sunday Times Magazine,” “American Heritage,” “Parade,” “Saturday Review,” “PC Magazine,” “Philadelphia Magazine,” “Lear’s Magazine,” “Harper’s Magazine,” and many others.

Daniel has authored numerous books, including the first biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, which was in continuous publication for over 30 years . His short fiction has appeared in “Asimov’s” and “Focus Magazine.” His Black Bear, Pennsylvania novella “Honor” was published by Pixel Hall Press in 2012. His next novel , “Adam V,” also set in the fictional mountain village of Black Bear, will be published in 2014. In addition, a short story collection, “Seven from Haven” — gentle ghost stories with an O’Henry-like charm and sensibility — was published Halloween, 2012.

Recognized, also, as one of the premier experts on digital cameras, Daniel is a member of The Authors Guild, the Overseas Press Club, American Society of Journalists & Authors, SFWA, and the National Book Critics Circle. – See more at: http://www.grotta.net/bio.htm#sthash.V31UzYTC.dpuf

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