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Winners Announced at the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Banquet

Visit the list to see who took home the haunted houses at the Bram Stoker Awards banquet, honoring works published in 2018.

Mental Health Month

The HWA’s new initiative supports authors, readers, genre fans, and everyone who struggle with mental health issues or know someone who does.

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

The Horror Writers Association has awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to Graham Masterton. Read more...

13 Reasons Horror Should Put On A Happy Face by Nzondi

13 Reasons Horror Should Put On A Happy Face by Nzondi

 
Out of the Darkness: A Conversation by Lee Murray and Dave Jeffery

Out of the Darkness: A Conversation by Lee Murray and Dave Jeffery

 
This Is All of Us by Mark Matthews

This Is All of Us by Mark Matthews

 

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13 Reasons Horror Should Put On A Happy Face by Nzondi

13 Reasons Horror Should Put On A Happy Face by Nzondi

Horror & Urban Fantasy Literature’s Effect on Health Awareness

In Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning performance in his portrayal of Batman’s most notorious villain in The Dark Knight, he said, “As you know, madness is like gravity … all it takes is a little push.”

The film, the actor and real life, orchestrated a cacophony that sends a chill up my spine to this very day. When I used to run the ScHoFan Critique Group in the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, I remember a time when I introduced a story with a suicide narrative. It was then that I learned …

Out of the Darkness: A Conversation by Lee Murray and Dave Jeffery

Out of the Darkness: A Conversation by Lee Murray and Dave Jeffery

Lee Murray: I write horror. I also suffer from anxiety and sporadically from depression. Most of the time, I’ve managed to keep this to myself, but, in recent years, I’ve tried to be more open with friends and family about my mental health. The interesting thing is, in doing that I learned that a lot of my horror colleagues are also pacing to and from at the ramparts checking for danger or engaged in all-out battles with kaiju of epic proportions. Was it time to open a discussion about horror writing and mental health? I consulted my friend, Forever Man

2018 Bram Stoker Award Winners & Nominees

The Horror Writers Association is proud to congratulation the winners and nominees of the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards for superiority. The presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards® occurred during the 4th annual StokerCon™, held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The gala presentation happened on Saturday night, May 11th. The awards presentation was also live-streamed online and will be available for viewing within a few days on the HWA Youtube channel.

Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards® are presented annually for superior achievement in writing …

This Is All of Us by Mark Matthews

This Is All of Us by Mark Matthews

“Humans, as a rule, don’t like mad people unless they are good at painting, and only then once they are dead.” ~Matt Haig, the Humans.

If it’s true that some of the greatest horror fiction comes from the deepest personal pain, that the torment of the writer weaves itself into fiction, then Horror, the way it shines a light on the darkest parts of humanity, is in a unique position to look at mental health.

Throughout the month of May, the Horror Writers Association will be honoring Mental Health Awareness Month. The HWA is providing a downloadable list of resources …

The HWA Supports Mental Health Awareness Month

The Horror Writers Association is pleased to announce a new program to show support to those in the horror community and beyond facing mental health issues or helping friends and family members who are.

You are not alone. No matter how dark or haunted the house may seem a light is always on in the window.

Mental health issues affect people of any age, gender, or ethnicity—and in any profession. Writers are no exception. Spending as much time in isolation while working as writers do, though, it can be easy to feel cut off or alone, especially when struggling with …

Five Great Children’s Poetry Collections for National Poetry Month

Five Great Children’s Poetry Collections for National Poetry Month

I love poetry. Good poetry, like good prose, makes you think and makes you feel. With April being National Poetry Month, I thought I’d take the opportunity to look at some excellent horror poetry collections for young readers.

Writing horror for children is a unique balancing act of being scary but not too scary. Add in meter, rhythm, and often rhyme and it can be difficult to pull off. Each of the books below have definite creep factor while still being fun and accessible to the younger reader.

So if you are thinking of writing your own young horror poetry,

The Seers’ Table May 2019

The Seers Table

Linda Addison, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

May contains Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of victory; challenge the mundane and check out some new creators!

Janet Holden introduces:

Amanda Lovelace – Growing up a word-devourer and avid fairy tale lover, it was only natural that Lovelace began writing books of her own, and so she did. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found waiting for pumpkin spice coffee to come back into season and binge-watching GILMORE GIRLS. (Before you ask: Team Jess all the way.) The

The Seers’ Table April 2019

The Seers Table

Linda Addison, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

April contains Earth Day; why not discover some ultra-earthly creators!

Ace Antonio Hall introduces:

     Akwaeke Emezi was born and raised in Nigeria. They received their MPA from New York University and was awarded a 2015 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. Emezi also won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa. Freshwater is their phenomenal debut novel.

Recommended work: Freshwater (Grove/Atlanta, Inc., 2018) ISBN: 0802128998, 9780802128997

About the book: Ada has always been unusual. As an infant in southern Nigeria, she is

The Seers’ Table March 2019

The Seers Table!

Kate Maruyama, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

Linda Addison Recommends:

Nibedita Senis is a queer Bengali writer, editor, and gamer from Calcutta. She acquired several English degrees in India before deciding she wanted an MFA, too, and that she was going to move halfway across the world for it. She’s a graduate of Clarion West 2015, and her work has appeared in Anathema: Spec from the Margins, Podcastle, Nightmare (June 2018, Issue #69), and Fireside. These days, she can be found in New York City, where she

The Seers’ Table February 2019

The Seers Table!

Linda Addison, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

February contains National Freedom Day, so free your mind by reading something different!

Theresa Derwin introduces Aaron Dries

By day, Aaron Dries works as a mental health and homelessness case manager. By night, he writes fiction to keep his sanity. His novels include House of Sighs and its sequel The Sound of His Bones Breaking, Where The Dead Go To Die (co-authored with Mark Allan Gunnells), A Place For Sinners, and The Fallen Boys. His short fiction has been

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