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HWA Librarian’s Day Postponed

HWA Librarian’s Day Postponed

Darren Shan Interviewed by Dave Jeffery

Darren Shan Interviewed by Dave Jeffery

Scary Out There with Sarah Rees Brennan

Scary Out There with Sarah Rees Brennan


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HWA Librarian’s Day Postponed

HWA Librarian’s Day Postponed

In light of the CDC request to cancel all gatherings of 50+ people until mid-May,

HWA Librarian’s Day is being moved to November 12th, 2020.

We will be at the same location, and anticipate providing the same exceptional line-up of authors, panelists, and sponsors. We hope you will be able to join us in November!

If you have a scheduling conflict, please don’t hesitate to ask for a refund. We will be happy to refund your money! We want everyone to stay healthy first and foremost. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to delving into the depths …

From HWA President on COVID-19

To everyone in our community:

We are as concerned as you are as the events are unfolding surrounding this unprecedented pandemic. The safety of every person is our priority.

Many have asked about our upcoming public events. Our appearance at the Los Angeles Times Festival of books has been postponed until October. Most, if not all of our chapters worldwide have canceled their upcoming meetings through at least the end of this month, and we are working with them to develop “virtual” meeting spaces that will allow our communities to continue to communicate.

As to StokerCon, which is scheduled to …

The Seers’ Table March 2020

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

March contains Extraterrestrial Abductions Day, a good day to stay in and discover some new authors.

Theresa Derwin introduces:

Suyi Davies Okungbowa is a Nigerian author of fantasy, science fiction, and horror inspired by his West-African origins. He has a great track record of short stories in various markets including Tor.com, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, Fireside, Podcastle, The Dark, and anthologies like Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, A World of Horror (Dark Moon Books, 2018), and People of Colour

4th Annual HWA Librarian’s Day

4th Annual HWA Librarian’s Day

The Horror Writers Association and ARRT present the 4th Annual HWA Librarians’ Day, a day-long continuing education event featuring authors, reviewers, publishers, and librarians from all over the country. Whether you are a fan of horror or find it petrifying, all library workers will learn about matching books with readers.

Sign up with Eventbrite

All attendees get lunch, swag and free books.

Sponsored by: NoveList, Library Reads, Flame Tree Press, Sourcebooks, and Cemetery Dance

2019 Specialty Press Award Recipient Named

The HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION is delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Speciality Press Award to SST Publications.

The award will be given during this year’s Bram Stoker Awards ceremony, taking place at Stokercon in Scarborough U.K. from April 16 through April 19, 2020.

HWA, the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards®, presents the Specialty Press Award annually to a publisher whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres. HWA employs a hard-working committee for the selection process and recipients are chosen through …

Females of Fright: Kathy Ptacek

When did you join the HWA?
I joined the organization when it first started … back when it was H.O.W.L.

How did you serve the HWA and for how long?
I started out doing the market report for the newsletter years and years ago–well, decades! At the time, I was doing my monthly market newsletter, The Gila Queen’s Guide to Markets, so that was a logical extension when I stated compiling markets for the HWA Newsletter. Then sometime later, I was asked to edit the newsletter. I was also a mentor for a very long time.

Who were/are your

Females of Fright: Meghan Arcuri

1) When did you join the HWA?
I joined the HWA in 2013.

2) How did you serve the HWA and for how long?
I was the Social Media Coordinator and Sponsorship Coordinator for both StokerCon 2018 (Providence) and StokerCon 2019 (Grand Rapids). I am currently serving as the Vice President, where I do a number of things, including running the HWA Twitter account and coordinating Quick Bites.

3) Who were/are your biggest influences?
My first influence on my writing was my mother. She would proofread all my papers in high school, sharing her vast grammar wisdom with me. …

Females of Fright: Marie O’Regan

1) When did you join the HWA?

I honestly can’t remember exactly – I first joined maybe ten years ago? My membership lapsed at one point, and I renewed it a couple of years later, but it’s been around ten years overall, I think.

2) How did you serve the HWA and for how long?
I took on running the UK Chapter of the HWA, together with my husband, Paul Kane, in December 2015/January 2016. We’re still doing that – in addition to bringing StokerCon over to the UK for the first time in April of this year (https://stokercon-uk.com

Females of Fright: Linda Addison

1) When did you join the HWA?

I became an active member in July 2000. I waited, in particular, to use my poetry credits because it was important for me to support the HWA poetry initiative, even though I had earlier fiction credits.

2) How did you serve the HWA and for how long?
I’ve been on the Board of Trustees since 2009 (and contributed an article for the From the Trenches column each year) and an official Mentor 2015, 2017, and 2019, as well as several HWA Bram Stoker juries.

Committees I’ve served on:

  • HWA Committee Scholarships (2016, 2017)

2019 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot Announced

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to release the Final Ballot for the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards®. The HWA is the premier writers organization in the horror and dark fiction genre, with over 1,600 members. We have presented the Bram Stoker Awards® in various categories since 1987 (see http://www.thebramstokerawards.com/).

The HWA Board of Trustees and the Bram Stoker Awards® Committee congratulate all those appearing on the Final Ballot. Notes about the voting process will appear after the ballot listing.

2019 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Goingback, Owl – Coyote Rage (Independent Legions Publishing)

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