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Call for Workshop Proposals! Submit your Horror University Workshop proposal to the Stokercon committee!

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Deadline: October 1

Halloween Pumpkin Recipe Contest!

Anything pumpkin! Winning recipes may also be included in the upcoming publication HWA Cookbook. Submit your recipes now!

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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

 
Bram Stoker Award® Winners Announced

Bram Stoker Award® Winners Announced

 
Scary Out There with Screamin Calhoun

Scary Out There with Screamin Calhoun

 

Recent Posts

Recollections

The following articles appeared in ’25: Celebrating A Quarter-Century Of HWA’, edited by Lisa Morton published upon the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of HWA’s incorporation and the Bram Stoker Awards®. It was released at the Celebrate HWA Day component of World Horror Convention 2012 held in Salt Lake City, Utah in March 2012. All material is copyright by the individual author.

“Some Recollections” by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

(Chelsea Quinn Yarbro was HWA’s third President, and served from 1988 to 1990)

Charlie Grant talked me into it, knowing just how to go about it. “We’ve discussed what kind of organization …

Shockingly Brief History of the HWA

Robert McCammon at the 1989 World Fantasy ConventionBy Stanley Wiater

As with most great ideas, the concept for a horror writers association originated in the fevered imagination of one individual — in this instance, one Robert R. McCammon. In an interview with Publisher’s Weekly in 1984, the author (who had already published six horror novels) first publicly expressed his desire for a professional organization specifically geared to the needs of fellow writers of fear. At that point, however, his decidedly colorful name for the then nonexistent organization was “HOWL” (Horror/Occult Writers League.) Even so, reasoned McCammon, mystery writers had their professional organizations, as did science fiction writers. …

Important Website Update!

Use your WildApricot password to access members-only content.

This is the password you use to update your profile or pay your dues on the HWA Wildapricot site.

To get there, go to the homepage (http://www.horror.org) and look for the “Members-Only” button on the right. Click it and then click the login button on that page. Input your WildApricot user id and password, the same one you use to pay dues and update your profile.

You control this password, so if you forget it, you can click on the “Forgot Password” link on the WildApricot sign-in page to retrieve …

“Road Virus” Interview

Have you ever dreamed of your library or bookstore coming to you? Or of a library that specializes in the kinds of books you want to read, a library filled with genre fiction that you can’t find in your local library or bookstore? Then dream no more.

The Road Virus is here, and today we’re talking to the two owners/operators of this innovative concept in reading services.

Meet Em and Sade, who in January hit the road in their combination bookmobile and living space, bringing fringe and underrepresented literature to the masses one stop at a time.

JGF: Em and …

Bram Stoker Award® Winners Announced

Bram Stoker Award® Winners Announced

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, announces this year’s Bram Stoker Awards® winners after a ceremony held aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. “The winners for this year’s awards unquestionably represent the continued high-level state of the art in horror writing,” said Lisa Morton, HWA President and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner. “Our members and awards juries were dedicated to the selection process for outstanding works of literature, cinema, non-fiction, and poetry.”

We proudly provide the list of talented winners along with the finalist nominees.

Superior Achievement

Interview with Horror University instructor Hank Schwaeble

We’re wrapping up our series of interviews with StokerCon 2017’s Horror University instructors with Hank Schwaeble, who tells us about his “Saying More With Less” workshop. Thanks for reading, and see you in Long Beach!

Hank Schwaeble: Saying More With Less

facebook_1462908461795Saying More With Less—how to make your (and your characters’) words be worth a thousand pictures.

“Omit needless words” is as close to a Prime Directive as we authors get, but how do you as a writer decide what is and isn’t needed? In this class I’ll focus on tips and techniques for energizing your prose through economy and

Interview with Horror University instructor James Chambers

Here’s the latest interview with one of our StokerCon 2017 Horror University instructors. This time James Chambers tells us about his workshop, “Picturing Fear: Writing Horror Comics and Graphic Novels.”

James Chambers: Picturing Fear: Writing Horror Comics and Graphic Novels

The medium of sequential art offers endless opportunities for great horror stories—but writing comic books and graphic novels is unlike writing for any other medium. Although they share some common ground of visual storytelling with films and television, comics and graphic novels have unique elements of design, characterization, pacing, and creating suspense. Blending words and pictures to tell a story …

Interview with Horror University instructor Michael Arnzen

Here’s the latest installment in our series of interviews with our StokerCon 2017 Horror University instructors. This time, Michael Arnzen tells us more about his “Making Readers Squirm” workshop. 

Michael Arnzen: Making Readers Squirm

This two hour workshop will cover insider tricks and tactics for crafting horror imagery—not just icons of the genre, but direct appeals to the reader’s sensorium— images that really hit readers in the guts. It will include a live writing activity with the aim of improving description of a gory or scary scene. Open to novelists, poets, flash fiction writers … anyone looking to sharpen …

Interview with Horror University instructor Nicole Cushing

In today’s interview with a StokerCon 2017 Horror University instructor, Nicole Cushing tells us about her workshop on “How to Give a Great Interview”!

Nicole Cushing: How to Give a Great interview

Author interviews can be a powerful tool to let readers know about your book, your personality and your unique take on your genre. They can also be difficult to do well. How much energy should you spend on an interview for a blog? How long should you make your answers? How comfortable are you with appearing on recorded interviews (whether they’re done by audio or video)? Would

Interview with Horror University instructor Tim Waggoner

Here’s the latest in our series of interviews with StokerCon 2017’s Horror University instructors – take it away, Tim Waggoner!

Tim Waggoner: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Horror

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This session presents techniques for creating original, effective horror fiction. Topics covered include:

· The difference between crime, suspense, thriller, and horror.
· The difference between dread, terror, horror, disgust, and shock.
· The horror equivalent of the hero’s journey.
· Avoiding clichés.
· Making your horror personal.
· Taking new approaches to old archetypes.
· Avoiding clichéd story patterns.
· What, if any, are the limits in horror fiction?
· …

Interview with Horror University instructor Gretchen McNeil

Number five in our series of StokerCon 2017 Horror University instructor interviews is all about bestselling author Gretchen McNeil!

Gretchen McNeil: Character-Driven Plotting and the 3-Act Horror Novel  

Have you read Save the Cat? Have you poured over Story? Can you quote passages from The Hero With a Thousand Faces, The Writer’s Journey, and Story Engineering? Are you looking for a new approach to plot? If your answer to these questions is “YES” then Gretchen McNeil would love to introduce you to Constantin Stanislavski. Known as the godfather of modern acting techniques, Stanislavski’s approach to character

Interview with Horror University instructor Jonathan Maberry

Here is our fourth interview with one of StokerCon 2017 Horror University instructors. This time it’s bestselling author Jonathan Maberry!

Jonathan Maberry: Act Like a Writer  

The writer is the brand. The writer is the face and voice of his/her business. Successful writers know how to create a brand that both sells their product but also protects their privacy. Act Like A Writer is one of NY Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry’s most successful programs. It teaches writers –however reclusive or introverted they might be– how to create the public version of themselves so that their careers have a winning and

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