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Dark Poetry Scholarship

The Horror Writers Association is proud to announce The Dark Poetry Scholarship to supplement its Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Horror Writers Association Scholarships. The first Dark Poetry Scholarship will be awarded in 2015. Thereafter, the scholarship is given annually. The scholarship is designed to...

Horror Writers Association Says “Thanks for the Nightmares”

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards®, today announced the next theme, “Thanks for the Nightmares”, of its Horror Selfies viral campaign. Starting today, and running through November...

A Note from Rocky!

Hello and good news! HWA paid membership hit 1297 (a record) as of October 31! Members come from 27 countries including Norway and the Philippines (new this month). Five and a half years ago we had 240 members, and when I started my first term as President on Nov 1, 2010, we had 400. Congratulations and...

HWA now on Pinterest!

The HWA has established an exciting new vibrant presence on Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/horrorwriters/) with initial ‘boards’ for Halloween, the Bram Stoker Awards® and Horror Selfies, with more to come. We thank AJ Klein for the initial setup. Doug Draa has been appointed...

New Horror Anthology for Teens from HWA

It’s scary out there. Especially if you’re a teen. It’s a frightening world, and we live in troubling times. Globally, locally, even in the safety of our own bedrooms. It’s about to get a lot scarier. The Horror Writers Association and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will launch...

Hallowee Haunts: The Masque of the Red Horde by Gene O’Neill

Dim light spilling through a red-stained Gothic window cast a ghastly pall over a heavily shadowed long hall. At the center of the room, bathed in the bloody illumination, a naked woman lay down on a black velvet covered dais, her ritual complete except for the final oral incantation. As she finished...

Halloween Haunts: Halloween Night by Keith Deininger

I grew up in a relatively safe neighborhood in Colorado Springs, which was why, when I went trick-or-treating in fourth grade, I was allowed to go with a small group of friends and no adult supervision, and how I ended up alone at the mouth of a dark tunnel, my friends no longer answering my pleas. I was a...

Halloween Haunts: The Phases of Halloween by Peter Adam Salomon

‘Baby’s First Halloween’ This entails adorable costumes, miniaturized, and usually pumpkin shaped. While there’s no need for candy, there’s an intense desire on the part of parents to show their little bundle of joy off. This particular phase is more pronounced with an only child. A second child will be...

Halloween Haunts: I’m Old Now and Halloween was Better Once… Really by John F.D. Taff

Ok, you know, it’s true what they say about growing old. Yes, about the aches and pains.  OK, yes, about the fossilfication of your music choices.  And, sigh, yes, also about the general jadedness about life and jaundiced viewpoints about…well, let’s not stray too far, here, shall we? Also part...

Halloween Haunts: Tamlane and Alison Gross: Halloween Ballads by Lisa Morton

Although magazines and books like to tell us that Halloween is an ancient festival with pagan roots, the truth is the holiday as we know it is really only a few centuries old, especially in terms of being a night that incorporates dark enchantments and spooky tales. Combining the Celtic Samhain with the...

Halloween Haunts: Halloween in Rockhampton by Greg Chapman

Halloween is spreading like the branches of an ancient bay tree across my hometown of Rockhampton, Australia. Last year was the first time I decided to put up a Halloween display outside my house, because, much to my amazement, the fun of the season was finally starting to rear its (decapitated) head....

Halloween Haunts: Trick-or-Treating of the Dead, A True Account by T. Fox Dunham

Few of you know that I am a real zombie. It’s true. I hide it. Now, I don’t eat brains or human flesh though. I generally dress well, though my suit jacket is a bit tattered and ruined; my Allison plans to fix all that. I do stumble when I walk at times without my cane, and I still get a glazed look in my...

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