Praise for Haven


“∗ With compelling characters (both good and evil), a shifting narration that keeps the story moving, a building sense of dread, and breathless action sequences, this is a well-crafted example of what is best about horror today. While the novel is obviously for fans of Stranger Things and the classic small-town horror by those like King or Straub, don’t let its setting keep you looking in the past. There is a modern perspective behind this tale, similar to Maberry’s Pine Deep trilogy or Janz’ Children of the Dark (2016). Hand out freely to anyone looking for a solid scare.”  — Booklist (starred review)

“Debut novelist Deady closely examines his setting, showing how the difficulties of facing down mob hysteria and starting over after a lifetime of failure can be as deadly as an escaped military bioweapon.” — Publishers Weekly

“Haven is a big, generous, Stephen King-like small town boys vs. monster epic.”  — Stewart O’Nan, author of The Night Country and A Prayer for the Dying

“A wonderfully entertaining ride, reminiscent of the Creature Features of yesteryear.”— Sloane Kady, author of Irreparable Deeds

“Full of well-drawn characters and slow burn suspense, Tom Deady’s Haven is a terrific dose of New England horror that harkens back to some of my favorite classic monster fiction from writers like Rick Hautala and Charles L. Grant. If you’re a fan of this sort of thing, you’ll know that’s damn high praise. Give it a read.” — Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind and Dead Ringers

“Haven is about scars, both literal and figurative; it’s about second chances and broken memories. This is a great small-town horror novel—a bullet-read with deep characters and perfect pacing. Best of all, it’s creepy as hell.” — Rio Youers, author of Westlake Soul and Point Hollow

“If coming-of-age novels with a bad-ass monster sound good to you… if mounting suspense with a true to life cast of characters peaks your interest…then Tom Deady’s HAVEN is right up your alley. Reminiscent of Charles L. Grant, HAVEN is a fun and nostalgic romp that brought me back to my own youth in small-town New England. And who doesn’t love a good monster tale?” – John McIlveen, author of HANNAHWHERE, winner of the 2015 Drunken Druid Award and Stoker Award nominee.