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Tom Deady Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Haven (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eternal Darkness (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clearing (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Weekend Getaway (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Backwater (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Coleridge (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

When the Clock Strikes 13(2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Tom Deady is a horror fiction author from Malden, Massachusetts, a small town near the world-famous spooky and historic town of Salem. While Deady always wanted to become an author, he ended up working in the IT field for several years before he picked up his pen once again. For his schooling, he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree but after several years in IT, he went to Southern New Hampshire University from where he graduated with a Masters in Creative Writing and English. He published his debut novel “Haven” in 2017 and the novel went on to achieve critical acclaim and won several awards. The novel won the “Superior Achievement in a First Novel” Bram Stoker Award. Since then, he has published “Eternal Darkness,” “Backwater,” “Weekend Getaway,” and contributed short fiction to the 2019 published anthology “When the Clock Strikes 13.” Tom is a member of the New England Horror Writers and the Horror Writers Association. He currently lives in Massachusetts and when he is not writing his next bestseller, he is blogging about the Red Sox, running marathons, watching horror movies, comedies, biographies, history, and even crime fiction among many other genres.

As a twelve-year-old, Tom Deady got hooked onto the horror genre almost by accident. He had been looking for something to read and went over to the Woolworths in Medford, where he was sure to find some new paperbacks. He remembers that he went by night and was soon thumbing through the book rack when he was intrigued by one title. The novel with a glossy black cover and a single drop of blood on it was Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot.” He got the novel and was fascinated by the characters and the plot and for the first time was interested in the writing. Deady pictured himself as one of the residents of the small town as it was overrun with supernatural creatures. When Miss Comeau his English teacher gave the class a creative writing task, he knew that he wanted to write something about vampires. His teacher loved the story, gave him an A and recommended that he submit it to the school magazine. But given his introverted nature, he did not want any of the attention and refused to submit it. As such the story was read only by his teacher. Other influences on his writing include the novel “Boy’s Life” by Robert McCammon, “Winter Haunting” by Dan Simmons and the early works of Dan Koontz. He also got inspiration from nonfiction works such as the “Salem Witch Trials,” “Jack the Ripper,” the “Boston Strangler,” and “Loch Ness,” exorcisms among other written work. From music, he cites “Spirit in the Night” by Springsteen as being particularly influential in his debut novel “Haven.”

For many years, Deady spent time writing bits and pieces of his debut novel “Haven” until he finally published it in 2017. While he was waiting for “Haven” to get published, he started working on his second title. The story he had written as a high schooler came back to him and became the core of what would later become the novel “Eternal Darkness.” As he started becoming well known and getting interviews, the question of how he started writing became a common one. He still believes that it was the encouragement he got from Miss Comeau that had stayed with him and made him the author he is today. In 2017 while he as working on a manuscript for a man that was invited to his high school reunion, he included a scene where he meets his old English teacher. The teacher named Mrs. Como asks him about the vampire story he had penned years back. The story is in one of the novellas of Blackwater and is titled Class Reunion in memory of his former teacher.

Tom Deady’s “Eternal Darkness” is a compelling read that introduces Ben Harris and his friends Jack and Richie who have grown up hearing about the bizarre legend of Old Man Brewster. His wife had allegedly died a terrible death and since then everyone had avoided the house. No one in town wanted to live in the house until the three friends met the new kid named Greg Lupescu and his father that were the newest occupants of the property. Greg had moved in with his father but nobody saw the man around town or anywhere. The house was taken care of by Karl a creepy butler that hardly spoke while the boy himself was a little bizarre. But a few weeks later, Harris, Jack and Richie are the best of friends with the boy. But then a boy goes missing and not long after, his abusive and negligent father is found murdered while his mother dies in a freak fire accident. Bristol, Massachusetts is filled with death and the boys believe it has something to do with the Lepescus. A dark storm is looming over the horizon and threatens to engulf the town in eternal darkness.

Tom Deady’s novel “Haven” is set in the small town of Haven in 1961, where a monster seems to have reared its head yet again. The residents had been overjoyed when Paul Greymore the man with a disfigured face had been arrested with a girl he had supposedly injured or intended to kill. He had been convicted and for a time the killings had stopped. For nearly two decades, the town had enjoyed peace until Paul was released and went back to Haven his hometown. Paul insists that he was innocent of the crimes he had been charged with and several people believe his story including Billy his best friend, a young boy named Denny and a local priest. But now that Paul is back in Haven, the killings have started once again and they bear an uncanny resemblance to the ones committed two decades ago. But if Paul is innocent, who is the new monster? A band of adventurers comes together to try to unravel the mystery, a quest that takes them into long-hidden tunnels where they confront an outlandish and rapacious creature.

“Backwater” by Tom Deady is the story of Tim Douglas who comes back to Edgewater his hometown where he intends to bury his mother and go back to his tranquil retirement in Arizona. But in a bizarre twist of fate, he finds himself having to attend his high school reunion where events of the past encroach on his present. Suddenly he has to stamp out or deal with his past which includes teaming up with friends he had not seen for years. When they learn that Edgewater’s Grand Hotel is about to be demolished, they decide to explore the building for some memories. Stan had heard a lot of interesting stories about the building where his parents had their wedding. But what he did not know is that the majestic building had other memories and strange tales from the past. The story takes one through the tree-lined streets of the small town that belie the dark secrets behind the postcard-pretty forests, hills and elegant brickwork where nothing is as it seems.

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