Tom Deady's 'Haven' Wins a Bram Stoker Award®

Uncover the mystery in 'Haven,' a small-town horror debut novel

Tom Deady, Winner of the Bram Stoker Award®

Tom Deady took home a Bram Stoker Award® for his debut horror novel, “Haven,” late Saturday night at the StokerCon Bram Stoker Awards® Banquet. The award for superior achievement in a first novel has been around for 30 years, establishing the leading authors in the horror genre.

Tom wrote "Haven" over the course of fifteen years. It was published in 2016 by Cemetery Dance Publications and quickly recommended and nominated for the Bram Stoker Awards®. The novel takes place in a small town in Massachusetts and explores many dark layers of horror and humanity.

“As a writer, I should be able to express my joy at receiving the Stoker Award, but I simply cannot put it into words. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work and incredible support. I am honored to be recognized by the HWA [Horror Writers Association] and blessed that my wife and daughters were on hand to celebrate the moment with me,” says Deady.

Since publication, "Haven" has been receiving praise from several reviewers, including Publishers Weekly, and a starred review in ALA Booklist. "Haven" has been recognized by several authors in the genre as well, including Rio Youers, Stewart O’Nan, Christopher Golden, and more.

  • "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)
  • “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"
  • “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"

Tom Deady has already released another novel earlier this year, "Eternal Darkness," a vampire horror reminiscent of the paperback horror days in sense of style and dread. He promises at least one more release in 2017 and says there are big plans in store. Rumors have also surfaced about a young adult novel in the works. One thing’s for sure, Tom Deady isn’t slowing down. He assures us the Stoker win has only fueled his passion and drive for the craft.

“Completing 'Haven' has unlocked some creative vault inside me. The ideas and stories demand to be put to paper, and I’m doing my best to keep pace. My first novella will be released in September, and I promise it is unlike anything I’ve written to date. I also have a few short stories that should hit this year, and the rumors of a young adult work — possibly a series — are true! Stay tuned for more on that,” says Tom Deady.

"Haven" is now available in eBook and Paperback. Uncover the small town mystery and start reading today:

ABOUT: Tom Deady is the Bram Stoker Awards® winning author of "Haven" and "Eternal Darkness." He lives in Holliston, Massachusetts, with his wife. Tom has a Master's Degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, and is a member of both the Horror Writers Association and the New England Horror Writers.

Tom’s first novel, "Haven," was released in 2016 by Cemetery Dance Publications. His new release, "Eternal Darkness," was released in 2017 by Bloodshot Books.
As always, he is actively working on his next novel.

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