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2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

The Horror Writers Association has awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to Graham Masterton. Read more...

Scary Out There with Sarah Rees Brennan

Scary Out There with Sarah Rees Brennan

Surviving Records: Found Footage in Print

Surviving Records: Found Footage in Print

Depictions of Mental Health in Fiction by Edward P. Cardillo

Depictions of Mental Health in Fiction by Edward P. Cardillo


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The Seers’ Table May 2019

The Seers Table

Linda Addison, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

May contains Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of victory; challenge the mundane and check out some new creators!

Janet Holden introduces:

Amanda Lovelace – Growing up a word-devourer and avid fairy tale lover, it was only natural that Lovelace began writing books of her own, and so she did. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found waiting for pumpkin spice coffee to come back into season and binge-watching GILMORE GIRLS. (Before you ask: Team Jess all the way.) The

The Seers’ Table April 2019

The Seers Table

Linda Addison, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

April contains Earth Day; why not discover some ultra-earthly creators!

Ace Antonio Hall introduces:

     Akwaeke Emezi was born and raised in Nigeria. They received their MPA from New York University and was awarded a 2015 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. Emezi also won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa. Freshwater is their phenomenal debut novel.

Recommended work: Freshwater (Grove/Atlanta, Inc., 2018) ISBN: 0802128998, 9780802128997

About the book: Ada has always been unusual. As an infant in southern Nigeria, she is

The Seers’ Table March 2019

The Seers Table!

Kate Maruyama, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

Linda Addison Recommends:

Nibedita Senis is a queer Bengali writer, editor, and gamer from Calcutta. She acquired several English degrees in India before deciding she wanted an MFA, too, and that she was going to move halfway across the world for it. She’s a graduate of Clarion West 2015, and her work has appeared in Anathema: Spec from the Margins, Podcastle, Nightmare (June 2018, Issue #69), and Fireside. These days, she can be found in New York City, where she

The Seers’ Table February 2019

The Seers Table!

Linda Addison, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

February contains National Freedom Day, so free your mind by reading something different!

Theresa Derwin introduces Aaron Dries

By day, Aaron Dries works as a mental health and homelessness case manager. By night, he writes fiction to keep his sanity. His novels include House of Sighs and its sequel The Sound of His Bones Breaking, Where The Dead Go To Die (co-authored with Mark Allan Gunnells), A Place For Sinners, and The Fallen Boys. His short fiction has been

2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association announces the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot. The HWA is the premier organization for writers of horror and dark fantasy. “This year’s nominees demonstrate a continued lineup of quality work in the horror genre,” said Lisa Morton, HWA President. “Our members and awards juries have again chosen truly outstanding works of literature, cinema, non-fiction, and poetry.”

The presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards® will occur during the 4th annual StokerCon™, to be held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The gala presentation will happen on Saturday night, May 11th. Tickets to …

2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Update

Please note the Final Ballot of nominees for the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® will be announced on February 23.

The main timeline is as follows:

  • February 23: Announcement of Stoker Nominees – the Final Ballot – on the HWA website, via Special IM, on the HWA Facebook page, and by Press Release.

    Works appearing on this Ballot are Bram Stoker Award® Nominees for Superior Achievement in their Category, e.g., Novel, and everyone may refer to them as such immediately after the announcement.

    Important Notes for those Appearing on the Final Ballot:

    If your work appears on the Final

Poetry and Related Sources and Links — A 2019 Update

Poetry and Related Sources and Links — A 2019 Update

 By David E. Cowen

Author of Bleeding Saffron and Editor of HWA Poetry Showcase Vols. III and IV


While waiting for the Bram Stoker Award to move on to the next level (and hopefully the  inclusion on this blog of excerpts from the final poetry nominee’s works) I thought it would be useful to refresh the obvious — “where do I send my poetry.” The HWA has its own list of markets as does the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Members such as Ashley Dioses have added a list to …

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Announced

Graham Masterton – Lifetime Achievement Award

This year the Horror Writers Association announces Graham Masterton as Lifetime Achievement Award winner. He will receive the award at StokerCon™ 2019, held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Masterton has provided many years of dedicated commitment to the horror community and the writing and publishing industry.

“Members on the selection committee have fond memories of Masterton’s books,” reported HWA President, Lisa Morton. “Graham Masterton has influenced many horror writers. We are truly thrilled to bestow him with this award.” HWA offers the Lifetime Achievement Award once a year and …

The Seers’ Table – January 2019

The Seers Table!

Janet Holden, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

In the northern hemisphere the days are short, the nights are long, while down south the summer season approaches. What better time to curl up with a good book or watch a good movie? Here are our suggestions for January.

Janet Holden suggests

Laura Purcell is a former bookseller and lives in Colchester with her husband and pet guinea pigs. Her first novel for Raven Books, The Silent Companions, won the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award 2018 and featured in both

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