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StokerCon 2016

The Horror Writers Association is proud to present its first annual StokerCon™ convention! This exciting weekend will take place at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, and will feature Guests of Honor, at least a dozen workshops led by some of horror’s finest writers, and the presentation of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards®. Apply for the convention's Scholarship from Hell!

Halloween Haunts 2015

It's not too late to relive the glory of Halloween by checking out the articles we posted during our special event. Click on Halloween above to see all articles for the past few years!

The 2015 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot Announced

The 2015 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot Announced

 
HWA Contribution to Nonprofit Literacy Organization

HWA Contribution to Nonprofit Literacy Organization

 
In January, “Bram Stoker Award Nominee Alessandro Manzetti”

In January, “Bram Stoker Award Nominee Alessandro Manzetti”

 

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In February, “David E. Cowen”

The Madness of Empty SpacesDavid E. Cowen is the author of “The Madness of Empty Spaces,” (Weasel Press, November 2014), which was on the 2014 Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot and was nominated for the 2014 SFPA Elgin Award as well as listed on Ellen Datlow’s Best of Horror Recommended List for 2014. His other volume of poetry is “Sixth and Adams” (PW Press 2001).  His work has appeared in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Horror Writers’ Association’s Horror Poetry Showcase, The Horror Zine, Literary Hatchet, Degenerates: Voices for Peace, “Dark Matter” (UH Downtown), Harbinger Asylum, Texas Poetry Calendar, Isotropic Fiction Magazine, …

The 2015 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot Announced

The 2015 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot Announced

StokerCon-logo-red-whiteRon Breznay and Rena Mason, Co-Chairs, Bram Stoker Awards® Committee

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the Preliminary Ballot for the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards (given out in 2016). The HWA (see www.horror.org) is the premiere writers organization in the horror and dark fiction genre. We have presented the Bram Stoker Awards in various categories since 1987 (see www.horror.org/awards/stokers.htm).

The HWA Board and the Bram Stoker Awards Committee congratulate all those appearing on the Preliminary Ballot. Notes about the voting process appear after the ballot listing. The Preliminary Ballot is:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Members New Releases 2016

Here is the latest listing of Horror Writers Association members new releases. Check often for cover art and links to purchase or learn more about the latest in horror fiction and non-fiction ~ this page is updated after the scrolling marquee on the main page. You can view the wall of amazing cover art from 2015 and previous novels here.


  
      
      

      
      
      
      
      

HWA Contribution to Nonprofit Literacy Organization

HWA Contribution to Nonprofit Literacy Organization

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced a donation to Literacy, Inc., a Louisiana-based nonprofit dedicated to reducing the illiteracy rate in the United States.

The contribution of $5,000 was made possible by funds the HWA receives from the Authors Coalition of America LLC, an association of twenty-two independent authors’ organizations that focuses on repatriating foreign non-title specific royalty payments for American works photocopied abroad.

In order to receive a share of the funds Authors Coalition collects, the HWA agrees to invest the monies into educational initiatives.

“One …

In January, “Bram Stoker Award Nominee Alessandro Manzetti”

In January, “Bram Stoker Award Nominee Alessandro Manzetti”

Horror, science fiction, weird fiction, and dark poetry writer Alessandro Manzetti’s work has been published extensively in Italian, including novels, short and long fiction, poetry, essays, and collections.

Many of his shorter works have been published in magazines and anthologies. English publications include his collections The Massacre of the Mermaids, The Shaman and Other Shadows, Dark Gates (co-written by Paolo Di Orazio), Stockholm Syndrome (co-written by Stefano Fantelli), and his poetry collection Eden Underground and Venus Intervention. His stories and poems have appeared in USA and UK magazines and anthologies, such as Dark Moon Digest, The Horror …

2015 HWA Election Platforms

hwa-news288x216Per HWA’s bylaws, two officer positions (Vice President and Treasurer) and four Trustee positions are to be elected in odd-numbered years. HWA’s Election Search Committee has assembled a slate of ten candidates for the Trustee positions, and one candidate each for the Vice President and Treasurer positions.

Please review the platform statements below.

Voting will begin on 12/23 with a link to the ballot sent out via email on 12/23. You may only vote once.

Please remember that only Active and Lifetime members are eligible to vote in elections. If you are in one of these two categories and have …

In December, “Bram Stoker Award Winning Poet – Bruce Boston”

In December, “Bram Stoker Award Winning Poet – Bruce Boston”

Bruce Boston’s poetry and fiction have appeared in hundreds of publications, including Asimov’s SF, Amazing Stories, Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, The Pedestal Magazine, The Twilight Zone Magazine, Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, and the Nebula Awards Showcase.December

His poetry has received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov’s Readers’ Award, the Rhysling Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, the Balticon Poetry Award, and the Grandmaster Award of the SFPA. His fiction has received a Pushcart Prize and twice been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award (novel, short story).

His writing stretches from humor to surrealism, with …

HWA Signs With Top Literary Agency

HWA Signs With Top Literary Agency

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced it has signed with Writers House, one of the world’s largest literary agencies.

Based in New York City, Writers House has a history of representing a diverse list of authors, including winners of the National Book Award, Hugo Award, World Fantasy Award, and Pulitzer Prize. Their author lists boast industry giants such as Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Franzen, Ken Follett, and Octavia E. Butler.

Alec Shane, who began his career with Writers House in 2008, will be HWA’s representative at the agency.…

In November, “Monique Snyman”

Monique SnymanMonique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with an adorable Chihuahua that keeps her company and a bloodthirsty lawyer who keeps her sane. She is a full-time author, part-time editor and in-between reviewer of all things entertaining. Her short fiction has been published in a number of small press anthologies, the Charming Incantations Series published by Rainstorm Press, and she’s working hard on a couple of other novels in her spare time.

HWA: Where do you see the state of poetry in the horror genre today? Where do you see it going in the future?

MS: Poetry, in the whole, …

Halloween Haunts: The King of Halloween

Halloween Haunts: The King of Halloween

By Mark Onspaugh

The Wolfman roared, his eyes glowing bright red, his massive yellowed fangs slick with saliva and blood.

My little brother Matty, who had been checking out a costume, jumped, the plastic Iron Man mask clattering to the floor of Target’s Halloween department.

The werewolf ripped his head off, revealing the laughing face of David Destler.

“Some Avenger you’d make! Bet you wet your Pampers!”

“Come on, David, give him a break,” I said. I was holding a zombie makeup pack and trying to figure how much that and the Iron Man costume would be with tax.

“Aw, …

Halloween Haunts: Souled by Tonya Hurley

Hurley_amityWe almost drove past it until I noticed the line snaking around the side of the nondescript-looking Dutch Colonial house on the canal. It hardly looked like the scene of any crime let alone that crime — The Amityville Horror.

“112 Ocean Avenue.  That’s it!” I shouted with half excitement and equal parts guilt.

The latest family to own the house was moving out and this was hyped as a yard sale guaranteed to top them all.  Shoppers and rubberneckers from miles around gathered to land a piece of horror history, joking with each other, retelling tall tales, mixing myths …

Halloween Haunts: How I Decided To Never See “The Exorcist” Again by Glenn Benest

It was Halloween of 1973 (I know, a long time ago).  It was Halloween, my favorite holiday in Covina, California, a small working class town in the San Gabriel Valley.  We used to have a blast on this favorite night of the year, getting lots of caBenest_coverart1ndy, of course, committing small acts of vandalism (like knocking down mail boxes) and basically causing whatever mischief we could.

On this particular Halloween though my buddies and I decided to watch The Exorcist. What could be better on this particular night? Halloween during my teens was nothing like it is today, …

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