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StokerCon Programming!

Call for Panel Submissions!
Submit your Panel Programming suggestions to the Stokercon committee!

For more information, please visit the StokerCon site.

Deadline: December 1

Horror University at StokerCon

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

For more information, please visit The Horror University page.

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

Interview with Horror University instructor Kate Maruyama

Here’s the third installment in our series of interviews with StokerCon 2017’s Horror University instructors. Thank you, Kate Maruyama!

Kate Maruyama: Tension & Scene: The Basics of a Uniquely Terrifying Screenplay

Crash course in two hours: How to up the ante for your screenplay to get it noticed. The gatekeepers of Hollywood, the ones who decide if your script meets the eyes of a producer or executive or an actor, all read thousands of scripts for a living. And they are tired and they have seen it all. This two hour class will focus on the elements of scene, character, …

Interview with Horror University instructor Johnny Worthen

Here’s the second of our interviews with StokerCon 2017’s Horror University instructors. Take it away, Johnny Worthen!

Johnny Worthen: Mistakes Were Made

Concrete advice on tightening your writing from an editor, author and student of the craft. We’ll concentrate on specific issues and hot buttons. See what doesn’t work. See how to fix it. From passive voice to head-hopping to adverbs and scaffolding, a dense class in modern style to please editors, readers and writers.

Johnny Worthen grew up in the high desert snows and warm summer winds of the Wasatch Mountains. He graduated with a B.A. in English, minor …

Interview with Horror University instructor Patrick Freivald

This is the first in a series of interviews with our StokerCon 2017 Horror University instructors. At Horror University, you’ll find award-winning and best-selling authors offering intensive two-hour workshops on all aspects of horror writing.

Today we’re talking with multiple Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author Patrick Freivald about his Saying More With Less workshop.

About Saying More With Less:

Writing styles are as varied as writers themselves, but a common complaint among editors and publishers of horror fiction is that writers use too many words to say what they mean to say. This interactive workshop will focus on squeezing every

The Scholarship From Hell Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winner of The Scholarship From Hell! First place winner Billicent James San Juan will receive domestic coach airfare (contiguous 48 states) to and from Long Beach, a four-night stay on the Queen Mary, free registration to StokerCon2017 and as many Horror University workshops as she’d like to attend.

Second runner up Lisa Blair Kroger will receive a convention membership generously donated by Tim Waggoner, registration to Tim’s Horror University class and one more Horror University class of her choice.

Third runner up Garrett Johnson will receive a convention membership and one Horror University class of his choice.…

HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. IV

The HWA is proud to announce that it will call for submissions from its members for the Poetry Showcase Volume IV beginning April 1, 2017. David E. Cowen will again be the editor for the volume. This year’s judges, along with David, will include Peter Salomon, Michael Collings and Lisa Morton.

Only HWA members (of any status) may submit. The reason for this can be found in the word “Showcase.” The HWA is very proud of the tradition of poetry in the horror genre and of the HWA’s support for poetry. This volume is designed to showcase the talents of …

Scary Out There with Screamin Calhoun

Scary Out There with Screamin Calhoun

Hello Horror Fanatics! Scary Out There recently sat down with Screamin Calhoun, the author of the Tombstones series (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016). Listen as Screamin discusses the inspiration behind his book series, his journey to publication, cemeteries, and more.

Screamin Calhoun is the author of the Tombstones book series. He is the caretaker of a cemetery in an undisclosed location, where he enjoys recording the unique stories of those who have come into contact with him. If you’re not careful, your story may be next. He can be found on Instagram at @tombstonesbooks.

Listen to the episode here

Horror Writers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award – Dennis Etchison and Thomas F. Monteleone

Long Beach, CA, March 17, 2017

The Horror Writers Association announces two Lifetime Achievement Award winners for 2016. Dennis Etchison and Thomas F. Monteleone will both be on hand to accept their awards at StokerCon 2017 held April 27th-30th on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Both recipients have provided many years of dedicated commitment to HWA and the writing and publishing industry.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by my peers,” Mr. Etchison, a former President of HWA, commented when informed he had won …

Horror Writers Association’s Mentor of the Year Award Winner

2016 Mentor of the Year Award – Linda Addison

 

Long Beach, CA, March 7, 2017

The Horror Writers Association announces Linda Addison as winner of the 2016 Mentor of the Year Award. Addison is a distinguished poet and writer and will receive the award at StokerCon 2017 held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. “What a wonderful surprise,” Addison stated upon notification of the award. “I have always enjoyed sharing what I know with others.”

HWA presents the Mentor of the Year Award in recognition of a member who distinguishes herself in helping mentees, while serving in …

Horror Writers Association’s Silver Hammer Award Winner

2016 Silver Hammer Award – James Chambers

 

Long Beach, CA, March 7, 2017

The Horror Writers Association announces James Chambers as the 2016 Silver Hammer Award recipient. Chambers will receive the award at StokerCon 2017 held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. “I enjoy the work I do for the HWA,” Chambers commented, “and I appreciate the opportunity to pitch in and help out the group and other writers.”

HWA presents the Silver Hammer Award in recognition of extraordinary volunteerism by a member who dedicates valuable time and effort to the organization. The award is determined by …

The Scholarship From Hell taking applications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Horror Writers Association Sponsors Scholarship

Study with Celebrity Authors– Horror University

 

Long Beach, CA, March 3, 2017

The Horror Writers Association announces the 2017 Horror University Scholarship. The Scholarship from Hell is offered by the HWA and puts the recipient through an intensive, hands-on workshop offered through Horror University.  

This year’s Horror University will take place during StokerCon2017 aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, from April 27-30. The winner of the Scholarship from Hell will receive domestic coach airfare (contiguous 48 states) to and from Long Beach, a four-night stay on the Queen

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