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Officer Elections Approaching

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On September 20, Active and Lifetime members will be able to vote for open officer seats. Review the candidates here.

Vote Deadline: September 30

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

 

Recent Posts

HWA’s HAUNTED NIGHTS released October 3rd!

ABOUT HAUNTED NIGHTS

Sixteen never-before-published chilling tales that explore every aspect of our darkest holiday, Halloween, co-edited by Ellen Datlow, one of the most successful and respected genre editors, and Lisa Morton, a leading authority on Halloween.

In addition to stories about scheming jack-o’-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, disturbingly realistic haunted attractions, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and trick or treating in the future, Haunted Nights also offers terrifying and mind-bending explorations of related holidays like All Souls’ Day, Dia de los Muertos, and Devil’s Night.

“With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane …

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 …

The Seers’ Table – September 2017

September is Self-Improvement Month, why not add new creative work to your life by exploring the following authors!

Janet Holden recommends:

Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer, and editor, and the co-publisher of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning press, ChiZine Publications.

Born in Estonia to an Estonian mother and Sri Lankan father, she now lives in Canada. She is the co-founder (with Helen Marshall) of the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium and the national Chiaroscuro Reading Series. Sandra’s work has appeared in various venues, including ON SPEC, Prairie …

An Interview with Poet/Author Peter Adam Salomon

An Interview with Poet/Author Peter Adam Salomon

by David E. Cowen, Author of The Madness of Empty Rooms and The Seven Yards of Sorrow

By the graces of the HWA (Lisa Morton asking nicely – what I’m supposed to say ‘no’ to her? I think not) and a plea from the prior guardian of this blog I am taking over the task of bringing this blog to the members of the Horror Writer’s Association on a regular monthly basis. Aha, you are likely saying to yourself, this blog entry is late. Yes it is. I reside in Houston and an …

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 …

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