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And Now for Something Completely Different: Adding Humor to Your Horror

And Now for Something Completely Different: Adding Humor to Your Horror

20160716_231210With the popularity of dark comedies, it should be no surprise that horror and humor can be a compelling mix. However, when it comes to young adult books, few succeed at the balance that keeps a funny horror book from losing its edge or appearing to try too hard. Here are a few humorous elements used in YA horror to enhance the story, characters, or setting without sacrificing their horror-ness.


WORD PLAYS AND PUNS
Puns and other forms of wordplay can range from clever to groan-inducing, and they are a little of both in Croak by Gina Damico. In the

And the Clock Strikes Midnight: Time and Timing in Terror, Part I

And the Clock Strikes Midnight: Time and Timing in Terror, Part I

Time and Timing in TerrorWhether it’s the beeping of an alarm clock marking a night over too soon, a school buzzer announcing the start of a test period, or the chime of a grandfather clock in an old house declaring the start of the witching hour, there are lots of ways that time can provoke dread. So, when writers look no further than flashbacks and verb tenses, they miss out on timely tension opportunities.

With a little attention towards the timing of the horrors in your story—pacing as well as narratively—you can save yourself time in revisions, time better spent dreaming up new nightmares …

Scary Out There with Kaitlin Ward

Scary Out There with Kaitlin Ward

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NOTE: Listeners, this was our first attempt at an audio interview. We know there is a slight echo and the background noise isn’t ideal, but bear with us as we creep into the world of audio interviews. Thanks for your understanding and patience!

Hello Horror Fanatics! Today Scary Out There is sitting down with Kaitlin Ward, the author of Bleeding Earth (Adaptive Books, February 2016). Listen as Kaitlin discusses how she came up with the idea for Bleeding Earth, why it’s important for children and teens to read horror, and more.

Kaitlin Ward grew up on a dairy farm in …

Markets for Horror Writers & Poets

We receive a lot of e-mail messages from writers asking if we recommend certain markets for horror fiction. As a rule, we as an organization do not endorse specific markets, but we do advise everyone — not just our members — to submit work to markets that pay a professional rate of 5 cents per word or more. That being said, we also understand that such markets are few, and the competition there is fierce. No one said this was easy, after all

For some sound advice on submitting your fiction in today’s marketplace, please click here.

A few …

Librarians!

Welcome to the Librarian’s page on the Horror Writers Association (HWA) website! We hope you will find everything you need in terms of tools, recommended reading lists, and information about our authors. At any time, please feel free to contact us at HWA@horror.org.

One of the HWA’s missions is to encourage public interest in and foster an appreciation of reading in general, and horror and dark fantasy literature for adults, teens, and children in particular. To that end, our members take part in public readings and lectures whenever possible, we publish a newsletter for booksellers and librarians, and we are …

Young Adults “Write Now” Endowment Program

Young Adults “Write Now” Endowment Program

Horror Writers Association (HWA) announces Young Adults Write Now endowment program to fund teen-oriented writing programs at libraries.

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®, will be offering endowments to libraries to fund teen writing programs as part of its ongoing dedication to furthering young adult literacy.

The Young Adults Write Now fund will provide up to five endowments of $500 each per year for selected libraries to establish new, or support ongoing, writing programs. The program is currently open to United …

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 …

2015 Bram Stoker Awards® Winners

2015 Bram Stoker Awards® Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, tonight announced this year’s Bram Stoker Award® winners during a ceremony held as part of StokerCon 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Winner: Paul Tremblay – A Head Full of Ghosts (William Morrow)

Also nominated:

    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)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Winner: Nicole Cushing – Mr. Suicide (Word Horde)

Also …

How to Watch the Bram Stoker Awards® Ceremony

How to Watch the Bram Stoker Awards® Ceremony

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today released the link to the Bram Stoker Awards® ceremony live stream.

The awards ceremony begins at 7:30 PM PDT on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The ceremony is part of HWA’s inaugural StokerCon, which opened yesterday at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, and runs through Sunday, May 15.

Live Stream Link: http://www.onlineevent.com/bramstokerawards2016/

Awards include Superior Achievement in a Novel, First Novel, Short Fiction, Screenplay, and seven other categories. The ceremony will be emceed by author and seven-time host, Jeff Strand.…

The Seers Table – May 2016

Welcome to the third installment of The Seers Table—the HWA’s new hub for highlighting exciting and diverse voices in the horror/dark fantasy genre! This month we’ve an excellent collection of authors, poets, and screenwriters, including the first ever winner of HWA/StokerCon’s Scholarship from Hell!

Tananarive Due

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Southern California resident, Tananarive Due is a former Cosby Chair in the Humanities at Spelman College (2012-2014), where she taught screenwriting, creative writing and journalism.  She also teaches in the creative writing MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles. The American Book Award winner and NAACP Image Award recipient is the author of twelve

HWA Announces Finalists in Short Film Competition

HWA Announces Finalists in Short Film Competition

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced the thirteen finalists in its inaugural Lucky Thr1t3en Horror Short Film Competition.

The film competition—part of the HWA’s StokerCon 2016—received entries from nearly twenty countries during its six-month submission window. The thirteen finalists hail from Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

“We received a staggering number of quality submissions,” said Brad Hodson, chair of the film festival. “But, the work of these finalists is truly remarkable.”

The Finalists

  • The Barber’s Cut – Mark Brocking (UK)
HWA Announces its Mentor of the Year

HWA Announces its Mentor of the Year

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced Tim Waggoner as this year’s recipient of the organization’s Mentor of the Year Award.

The HWA’s Mentorship Program Chairperson and the Program’s Committee select the award’s recipient. The award will be presented at HWA’s inaugural StokerCon in Las Vegas, during the Bram Stoker Awards® ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Tickets to the banquet and the convention are on sale at www.stokercon2016.com. The awards presentation will also be live-streamed.

“Tim Waggoner is the perfect mentor. Certainly Tim is a fantastic …

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