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Horror Selfies! We want your face.

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hwa_news214x164Inspired by the popular “Say it with a Sign” meme—used by everyone from Ellen DeGeneres and Jon Bon Jovi, to David Beckham and Princes William and Harry—the HWA is utilizing the vast reach of social media to provide a platform through which people can tell the world why they love horror.

The HWA invites authors and readers, actors and directors, fans and followers, to submit a selfie to www.HorrorSelfies.com in which they hold a sign encouraging others to read horror/dark fantasy, to watch horror movies, or to write horror. Additionally, the HWA is encouraging people to promote literacy and reading among children and Young Adults, or to support a local library in their Horror Selfies.

Rocky Wood, the president of the Horror Writers Association, is excited about the campaign’s potential. “Social media provides the perfect outlet for a grassroots effort like Horror Selfies. The HWA is proud of our genre and now, more than ever, the horror genre is entering the global zeitgeist. Horror titles fill the bestseller lists and some of the most anticipated movies and television shows come from the genre. Horror Selfies is the ideal outlet for fans to express their dedication,” said Wood.

Wood also noted that Horror Selfies goes beyond just fans declaring their love of horror. The campaign has already received selfies from Peter Straub, the New York Times bestselling author of the Bram Stoker Award® winning novel, A Dark Matter, as well as Aaron Sterns, co-writer of the acclaimed Australian horror film Wolf Creek 2, and Bram Stoker Award® and British Fantasy Award winner Ramsey Campbell.

With the launch of Horror Selfies, the HWA has also announced one of the organization’s biggest contests. During the month of October, fans who submit a Horror Selfie enter into a random drawing for the chance to win a collection of books donated by some of the association’s biggest names.

The Horror Writers Association’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts will promote the photos to thousands of people across the world; and the entire collection of Horror Selfies is housed at www.HorrorSelfies.com, and linked to HWA’s main site, www.Horror.org.

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