A Halloween Treat: Read "Mr. Eastman's Empathy," a Complementary Download of an Eerie, Could-it-be-Possible Short Story from Daniel Grotta's Book "Seven From Haven"

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Set in a small Pennsylvania mountain village, where strange and wondrous things happen, "Seven from Haven" are quirky, fantastical short stories which prove what they say about this town: “Haven takes care of its own.” Here's a Halloween gift from the publisher Pixel Hall Press, a short story from "Seven From Haven" which may be reposted, with attribution.

"Seven From Haven" by Daniel Grotta. Seven gentle ghost stories with O'Henry-like sensibility, charm and humor

Seven gentle ghost stories with O'Henry-like sensibility, charm and humor

You know that feeling you get after watching ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’? When I finished reading [Seven From Haven] I had to wipe a tear away, and sighed, ‘That was wonderful.'

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"Seven From Haven" by Daniel Grotta is a collection of gentle tales of the paranormal that has been compared to the old Twilight Zone TV shows, with O’Henry-like sensibilities, charm and humor (published by Pixel Hall Press). To spice the Halloween celebrations -- and to understand why readers and critics are praising Daniel Grotta's "Seven From Haven" -- enjoy a complimentary copy of "Mr. Eastman's Empathy," the story of a man who vows to fight Death itself, excerpted from the short story collection. (Attention: Members of the Press and Bloggers are welcome to repost this short story, as long as attribution to "Seven From Haven" by Daniel Grotta, and the copyright notice are included.)

“You know that feeling you get after watching ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’? When I finished reading [Seven From Haven] I had to wipe a tear away, and sighed, ‘That was wonderful.’” ~ Wendy Delmater, "Abyss & Apex Magazine."

"Cuddle up with a book of friendly ghost stories that will make you think and even smile." ~ Ginny Privitar, “The Courier”

"The stories are magical. Grotta teases us with very precise detail and almost journalistic scene setting, then when we're not quite looking carries us gently into a world of soft boundaries, unexplained visitations, and of deep, deep hope and simple courage. These stories speak from and directly to the heart.” - David Zarko, playwright

Click here to download and read a complimentary copy of "Mr. Eastman's Empathy". (It's a PDF, that is readable using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Or, buy "Seven From Haven" in paperback or as an eBook from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble or other bookstores, including an independent bookstore near you.

Members of the Press: Please contact cynthia(at)pixelhallpress(dot)com to receive a review copy of "Seven From Haven."


Daniel Grotta has worn just about every hat in publishing, including investigative journalist, war correspondent, syndicated columnist, editor and so forth. His thousands of articles, reviews and columns have appeared in major magazines, newspapers and online journals. 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 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. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, the Overseas Press Club, Science Fiction Writers of America, the Authors Guild and the American Society of Journalists & Authors, Daniel Grotta is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events on writing and publishing. He also welcomes invitations to participate in discussions with book clubs and classes (occasionally in person, more often via Skype, Google Hangout or phone), and to do occasional readings.


Pixel Hall Press is a relatively new, old-fashioned small publishing house whose focus is on discovering literary gems and great stories that might have otherwise been overlooked.

In this era of digital technology, Wall Street involvement and merger mania, mainstream publishers seem to have lost sight of the core principles and purpose of publishing. At the other end of the spectrum is an avalanche of self-published books that are notoriously uneven in quality. Small boutique imprints, such as Pixel Hall Press, are reclaiming the heart and soul of publishing by reviving the idea that a publisher's raison d'être is to find and nurture great writers, and to provide readers with beautiful, meaningful, truly enjoyable books.

Authors interested in sending queries to Pixel Hall Press, should read the Writers Guidelines first.

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