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SALE! Special Ad Rate for the October Issue of the HWA Newsletter

SALE! Special Ad Rate for the October Issue of the HWA Newsletter

HWA Librarian’s Day Postponed

HWA Librarian’s Day Postponed

Darren Shan Interviewed by Dave Jeffery

Darren Shan Interviewed by Dave Jeffery


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2020 Officer Candidate Statements

2020 is an election year for the HWA, with Trustee Positions, Secretary, and President up for a vote. Candidate statements are below. Active Voting members will receive a ballot on or before August 1, 2020. The deadline to vote is 11:59PM Pacific Time, on August 15th, 2020.

Thank you all,
The HWA Election Committee

(Click on the image below, then page through the candidates.)…

HWA Partners With LIG Solutions to Provide Members Health Insurance Options

On June 10, the Book Industry Health Insurance Partnership (BIHIP), a coalition of ten organizations, including the Horror Writers Association, announced a partnership with Lighthouse Insurance Group (LIG) Solutions to provide its members with a choice of health insurance options. Joining HWA in this partnership are the American Booksellers Group, American Society for Indexing, Authors Guild, Book Industry Study Group, Graphic Artists Guild, Independent Book Publishers Association, Novelists Inc., Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and Western Writers of America Inc.

Since April 2018, BIHIP has been vetting various companies for association-sponsored health insurance programs. Initially, the goal of …

The Seers’ Table July 2020

Linda D. Addison, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

You can see any of The Seers’ Table posts since inception (March 2016) from the new menu item “Diverse Works” on the top of HWA main page.

Kate Maruyama introduces:

Brit Brinson is a twenty-something aspiring author of young adult literature from Ohio. She is a graduate of the Unsinkable Albany State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Brit started writing as soon as she could hold a pencil and hasn’t stopped since. She lives for all things horror, paranormal, and sci-fi and may even be a …

Summer Scares Reading List

Click the image to view the reading list and get more information.

Summer Scares, a reading program from The Horror Writers Association (HWA), in partnership with United for Libraries, Book Riot and Library Journal/School Library Journal, provides libraries and schools with an annual list of recommended horror titles for adult, young adult (teen) and middle-grade readers. It introduces readers and librarians to new authors and helps start conversations extending beyond the books from each list and promotes reading for years to come.

Award-winning author Stephen Graham Jones and a committee of five librarians have selected three recommended fiction titles in …

HWA Anti-Harassment Policy

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion.

We do not tolerate harassment of our members or others in any form, including but not limited to any and all of our events, both in person, and online, and also on our social media platforms.


Attendees and users violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention or the organization without a refund at the discretion of the chairs and/or Board of Trustees.


StokerCon UK Announces New Dates

First of all, we hope that you are all keeping well out there and are following your governments’ guidelines regarding hand-washing, travel restrictions, social distancing and self-isolation. These are all incredibly important tools in curtailing the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Secondly, we are grateful to the majority of you who, since our previous announcement, have allowed us to get on with trying to save the convention—or at least a version of it—by rescheduling it.

To that end, we are pleased to let you know that, at the moment, we have agreed tentative dates for the event with the two …

Diverse Works Inclusion Committee Mission Statement

To ensure the Horror Writers Association (HWA) includes the widest possible representation of those working in the horror/dark fantasy genre, the HWA has formed the Diverse Works Inclusion Committee. This committee is tasked with actively seeking writers and editors with diverse backgrounds. The committee has adopted the broadest definition of the word diversity to include gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

Committee members will employ a variety of methods—including but not limited to contacting publishers, authors, and/or agents; accessing resources such as Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Goodreads; maintaining awareness of new releases; polling the membership—to expand our members’ awareness. …

Black Lives Matter


We believe horror is best kept in fiction.

But we know it’s not. Remaining silent is not an option.

Black Lives Matter.

In writing. In art. Everywhere.

We stand with the Black community against
the too many injustices they’ve endured.

We can make a difference, through our words,
through our writing, through our actions.

We must stand together for what is right.

Racism has no place in this world.

–The HWA Board of Trustees

FAQs About HWA’s Health Insurance Partnership With LIG Solutions

On June 10, the Horror Writers Association and a coalition of book and publishing industry organizations announced a health insurance partnership with Lighthouse Insurance Group (LIG) Solutions.

To help members understand the partnership and what it means for them, HWA has created this frequently asked questions document based on a FAQ created by the American Booksellers Association. For questions not answered here, please contact HWA Administrator Brad Hodson at admin@horror.org.

The Seers’ Table June 2020

Kate Maruyama, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

Ready to head into Summer Reading? This month’s Seers’ Table has some suggestions!

Linda Addison recommends:

LaShawn M. Wanak lives in Wisconsin with her husband and son. Her works have been published in Fireside MagazineFIYAH, and many others. She is the editor of GigaNotoSaurus and reviews books for Lightspeed Magazine. Writing stories keeps her sane. Also, pie.

Author photo by Al Bogdan at Confusion 2020.

Her story, “Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Memphis Minnie Sing the Stumps Down Good,” was published in Apex Magazine, Issue 120, and …

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