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2016 Bram Stoker Awards Timeline

The Bram Stoker Awards®

Please note the Preliminary Ballot for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards will be announced on January 20, 2017. The main timeline is as follows:

January 15: The Bram Stoker Awards Recommendation Sheet (http://www.horror.org/private/stokers/2016recs.php) closed to new Recommendations at midnight U.S. Pacific Time (Recs will not be accepted after this time). On the 17th, the Juries will forward their Submission choices to the Bram Stoker Awards Committee Co-Chairs.

January 20: Announcement of Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballots – announced on the HWA website, via Special IM, and on the HWA Facebook page. In …

The Seers Table – December 2016

The Seers Table!

As we brace ourselves to face the approaching cold season we need to support and celebrate diverse authors more than ever before. Please enjoy these recommendations from The Seers’ Table.

Linda Addison recommends:

Tonya Liburd is a multi-talented writer to keep an eye on, her fiction has been long listed in the 2015 Carter V. Cooper (Vanderbilt) Exile Short Fiction Competition. She shares a birthday with Simeon Daniel and Ray Bradbury, which may tell you a little something about her. Her passions are music (someday!) and of

HWA Announces Contents of Its Next Anthology, HALLOWS’ EVE

HWA Announces Contents of Its Next Anthology, HALLOWS’ EVE

jol2013An exciting line-up of bestselling and critically-acclaimed authors will share the table of contents with some of the horror genre’s best new voices in the Horror Writers Association’s next anthology, Hallows’ Eve. Co-edited by Ellen Datlow, past winner of HWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Lisa Morton, one of the world’s leading authorities on Halloween, Hallows’ Eve presents sixteen never-before-published tales that explore every aspect of the darkest holiday. In addition to stories about scheming jack-o’-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and even trick or treating in …

Happy Halloween from HWA!

jol2013Happy Halloween from the Horror Writers Association (HWA)!

As horror writers, of course we treasure Halloween, but we also understand the concerns of some educators in regards to the holiday.

Halloween has a rich history that goes back over a thousand years, encompassing elements of folklore, literature, sociology, and pop culture. In the 21st century it is celebrated as a secular festival with playful costumes, parties, and fictitious scares. We urge educators to consider Halloween’s literary and historical side; it’s a perfect time to interest students in such classics as:

  • “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe
  • “Young Goodman Brown”

The Seers Table – September 2016

The Seers Table!

Happy September! Take advantage of that back-to-school feeling by picking up some books by writers you haven’t read before! We have a fantastic selection of authors this month to choose from.

Linda Addison recommends:

Paula D. Ashe is a writer of dark fiction, who only feels comfortable writing about herself in third person. Originally from Ohio, she resides in Indiana with her wife and too many animals. Paula works as an instructor of English at a community college. She is also a Ph.D. student in American Studies at

The August 2016 installment of The Seers’ Table

The Seers Table!

Welcome to the August 2016 installment of The Seers’ Table—the HWA’s hub for highlighting stimulating and diverse voices in horror and dark fantasy. This month we’d like to suggest an exciting group of authors whose work will enrich your summer reading.

Ace Antonio Hall recommends:

Alaya Dawn Johnson is a two-time Nebula winner, and multi-award-winning author of six novels. The Summer Prince (2013), Alaya’s debut YA novel, is a heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil. Her Web site


The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of its five scholarships. Carina Bissett and Karen Bovenmyer have been awarded (respectively) the HWA Scholarship and the Mary Shelley Scholarship, each worth $2,500. John Reinhart has been chosen for the Dark Poetry Scholarship ($1,250), and James Anderson and Kevin Wetmore have been chosen as recipients of the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund for Non-fiction Writing. Earlier this year, Sumiko Saulson was awarded The Scholarship From Hell, which included travel, accommodation, and a slate of educational workshops at HWA’s inaugural StokerCon (TM) held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We …

HWA August Membership Drive

HWA August Membership Drive


Have you been thinking about joining the Horror Writers Association for a while, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet? Or maybe you were a member in the past and have been wondering if you should rejoin. The answer is YES, and now’s the time! HWA is currently offering Active/Affiliate/Associate/Academic membership (with proof of sales) for $37 (for the remainder of 2016), and Supporting membership for $27 (for 2016). What do you get for that? Well, if you’ve never seen our excellent monthly newsletter (edited by Kathy Ptacek), we’ve made a sample issue available for you to

HWA announces HALLOWS’ EVE anthology

HWA announces HALLOWS’ EVE anthology

Hallows’ Eve
An Anthology for the HWA

Editors: Ellen Datlow & Lisa Morton

Submissions open to HWA members only. You can join here, if you like.

Hallows’ Eve is an anthology focused on the horror genre’s favorite holiday – Halloween. We’re looking for stories that explore the festival from many different points of view. Tell us something about the emotional meaning of the night. Investigate a historical angle that isn’t often done. Give us a story about a modern element of the holiday – haunted attractions, large-scale festivals, retailing – that we haven’t seen before. Halloween has a two-thousand-year history …

Cover and TOC reveal for SCARY OUT THERE

Cover and TOC reveal for SCARY OUT THERE

scary-out-there-9781481450706_hrHWA’s next anthology, Scary Out There, will be published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on August 30, 2016. The book will be released in both hardback ($18.99) and e-book ($10.99).

Scary Out There was edited by Jonathan Maberry, and features this stellar line-up:

1.     Introduction by Jonathan Maberry
2.     Brenna Yovanoff, “The Doomsday Glass”
3.     Carrie Ryan, “What Happens to Girls Who Disappear”
4.     Cherie Priest, “The Mermaid Aquarium”
5.     Ellen Hopkins,“As Good As Your Word”
6.     Rachel Tafoya, “Invisible Girl”
7.     Zac Brewer, “Death and Twinkies”
8.     Linda Addison, “Secret Things: Poems”
9.     Josh Malerman, …

The Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot

The Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot

Horror Writers Association Reveals Final Ballot for Bram Stoker Awards®
Los Angeles, CA — The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced the nominees for the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards®.

The nominees are:

Superior Achievement in a Novel
Clive Barker – The Scarlet Gospels (St. Martin’s Press)
Michaelbrent Collings – The Deep (self-published)
JG Faherty – The Cure (Samhain Publishing)
Patrick Freivald – Black Tide (JournalStone Publishing)
Paul Tremblay – A Head Full of Ghosts (William Morrow)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel
Courtney Alameda – Shutter (Feiwel & …

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