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StokerCon Programming!

Call for Panel Submissions!
Submit your Panel Programming suggestions to the Stokercon committee!

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Deadline: December 1

Horror University at StokerCon

Call for Workshop Proposals! Submit your Horror University Workshop proposal to the Stokercon committee!

For more information, please visit The Horror University page.

Deadline: October 1

Halloween Pumpkin Recipe Contest!

Anything pumpkin! Winning recipes may also be included in the upcoming publication HWA Cookbook. Submit your recipes now!

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SALE! Special Ad Rate for the October Issue of the HWA Newsletter

SALE! Special Ad Rate for the October Issue of the HWA Newsletter

 
Bram Stoker Award® Winners Announced

Bram Stoker Award® Winners Announced

 
Scary Out There with Screamin Calhoun

Scary Out There with Screamin Calhoun

 

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Important Website Update!

Use your WildApricot password to access members-only content.

This is the password you use to update your profile or pay your dues on the HWA Wildapricot site.

To get there, go to the homepage (http://www.horror.org) and look for the “Members-Only” button on the right. Click it and then click the login button on that page. Input your WildApricot user id and password, the same one you use to pay dues and update your profile.

You control this password, so if you forget it, you can click on the “Forgot Password” link on the WildApricot sign-in page to retrieve …

SALE! Special Ad Rate for the October Issue of the HWA Newsletter

SALE! Special Ad Rate for the October Issue of the HWA Newsletter

For the October issue only, the newsletter will offer full-page ads (430px wide, any height) for the low price of $25!

You must send your ad to me by September 18, 2017 to take advantage of this great offer!

You can also purchase the regular ads, but those won’t have a special rate this time.

Order here.

If you have any questions, please E-mail Newsletter Editor Kathy at gilaqueen@att.net.…

The Seers Table August 2017

The Seers Table

We’re heading for the dog days of summer! Time to relax with a good book. Here are our suggestions for this month:

Janet Holden recommends:

Angela Slatter is the author of the urban fantasy novels Vigil (2016) and Corpselight (2017), as well as eight short story collections, including The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales, Sourdough and Other Stories, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, and A Feast of Sorrows: Stories. She has won a World Fantasy Award, a British Fantasy Award, a

An Interview with Angela Yuriko Smith

A former news journalist, Angela Yuriko Smith retired to write fiction. Her prose and poetry have been widely published in both print and online publications. She has nearly 20 books which include dark and speculative fiction for YA and adults, books for children and two collections of poetry. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, has been nominated for a 2017 Elgin Award. When not writing, she teaches creative writing at Northwest Florida State College.

HWA: What can you share about the inspiration and writing of In Favor Of Pain?

In Favor of Pain was an …

HWA Mentors

A Letter about the HWA Mentor Program

Starting out as a writer can be difficult. You may feel that you’re alone, that no one understands the issues you are going through, and that fulfilling your writing dreams are beyond you. However, none of this is true, and help is just around the corner. Enter the HWA Mentorship Program.

For new writers, the Program offers mentees a personal, one-on-one experience with a professional writer, tailor-made to help them grow in their writing and teach them how to better market their work. For experienced writers, the Program allows mentors a chance to …

2017 HWA Poetry Showcase Featured Poems

The Horror Writers Association is pleased to present the three featured poems from the 2017 HWA Poetry Showcase.

After four years, the HWA Poetry Showcase has become a vibrant, global poetry competition featuring the best poetry, and the best poets, of the membership of the Horror Writers Association.

This year was the second, and final, year of David E. Cowen being Editor for the Showcase. As such, I asked him to write an introduction to this HWA Poetry Page post about his experiences with the Showcase and dark/horror poetry:

Poetry is dead. Long live the poetry of the undead!

It …

HWA History

The following are a series of articles that loosely describe the History of the Horror Writers Association.

HWA’S PRESIDENTS:

    Lisa Morton: 2014-present
    Rocky Wood: 2010-2014
    Deborah LeBlanc: 2006-2010
    Gary Braunbeck: 2005-2006
    Joseph Nassise: 2002-2005
    David Niall Wilson: 2001-2002
    Richard Laymon: 2000-2001
    S.P. Somtow: 1998-2000
    Janet Berliner: 1997-1998
    Brian Lumley: 1996-1997

HWA Here and Now 2014

by Rocky Wood

(Rocky Wood is HWA’s fifteenth President. He took office in 2010. He passed away in office in 2014.)

The last few years have been a particularly challenging and interesting period for the publishing industry, for the horror genre and for our members, and have seen the opening of doors that lead to as yet undiscovered countries.

The explosion of the eBook has apparently freed authors from the previously limited range of publishing choices—mainstream publishing, small press and magazines—and allowed an almost infinite series of publishing models. Which of these will prove to be a success in terms …

HWA in the 21st Century

by Lisa Morton

(Lisa Morton took the mantle of President in 2014. She also served over a decade as HWA’s Treasurer through October 2011, and then Vice President until 2014.)

To paraphrase (appropriately, perhaps!) the Grateful Dead, the 21st century thus far has been a long, strange trip for HWA, but one which overall has seen the organization continue to grow in size and reputation.

Certainly no development has had such an impact on the organization as the growth of the internet and e-mail. At the turn of the millennium, most of HWA’s communications with its members—whether it was monthly …

The Quarter-Life Crisis

by Kelly Laymon

(Richard Laymon served as HWA’s tenth President, from 2000 to 2001. He tragically passed away during his term. His daughter, Kelly, kindly provided this piece.)

Unfortunately, I can’t say very much about my father’s time as President of the HWA. His term ended up being unusually short. Who’s to say what would have been.

People can complain about the politics and the system for the awards to no end. God knows, I’ve done it once or twice. But when I think about the HWA, I usually try to focus on the great things. About the people who …

Watt-Evans Quote

(Lawrence Watt-Evans, HWA’s sixth President, served from 1994 to 1996)

I don’t know what effect I had on HWA, in the long run. It had fallen into a somewhat disorganized state when I was elected president, and I did my best to remedy that. I’m proud of creating the Internet Mailer and the first HWA website; some of my other attempts at innovation, though, were less successful, and many ideas that I held dear have been discarded by subsequent administrations.

I do know what effect it had on me, though, at least in part. It showed me that yes, I …

Horror in Ancient Times

by Craig Shaw Gardner, HWA’s fourth President, served from 1990 to 1992

I spent two years each as president of HWA and president of the HWA board of trustees. Twenty-plus years later, some of these events tend to run together, but I thought I’d give a brief rundown of what we did, and were trying to do, way back then.

HWA had been the brainchild of a number of big name horror writers, who then turned the reigns over to Charlie Grant, who really got the organization up and running. The next president was Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and the folks …

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