Libraries and You
Every year I try to remind members that libraries are our best friends, and with this year being the first year of our new Summer Scares reading program, I especially want to get as many authors involved in our library programming as possible, so this month’s column is going to focus on what we (the HWA and the various committees) and our partners do, and how you can be involved, which is good for us, for readers, and for you.
The HWA Library program has been around for a few years now, and has grown dramatically. As of this writing, we offer the following:
■ Library and Author databases. HWA members can have their name and information placed in our author database, which libraries can use to locate local authors for presentations, either in person or via remote technology. Also, we belong to Authors for Libraries, which has a database of members for the same purpose. Finally, we are rebuilding our librarians’ database, which will be used so that we can distribute information on HWA programming and reading lists to libraries across the country.
■ Informational materials. Librarians who visit the HWA Web site have access to a variety of materials, including our annual recommended reading list (based on the year-long Bram Stoker Awards® rec list), our new release list, Halloween Haunts, and other information.
■ Our Young Adult writers endowment program, where up to five libraries are selected each year from a list of applicants to receive $500 to fund teen-oriented writing programs.
And, finally, Summer Scares. Each year, beginning this year, the HWA will partner with United for Libraries, Book Riot, Library Journal, and School Library Journal to provide recommended books for adults, teens, and middle grade readers, which libraries can use, along with read-along lists, to promote reading and horror for the summer months and into the school year. Each year, the Summer Scares committee will team with a well-known author (this year it’s Grady Hendrix!) to select a variety of titles, and then work with the selected authors and publishers on special event programming, including panels during StokerCon™’s Library Day, interviews in library publications, and Skype presentations with libraries. The titles for 2019 are:
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
Earthworm Gods by Brian Keene
Rotters by Daniel Kraus
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke
Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
The committee works hard to create a list that is, although necessarily short, representative of numerous types of horror and also inclusive in terms of the authors chosen.
How can you be involved, and how will this help you as an author?
Well, as any librarian will tell you, libraries love to have authors come in and do programming. Writing classes, book discussions, presentations on horror. Anything at all. When you help out a library with their needs, you are not only facilitating readership and a love of the genre, but also promoting yourself. Readers and librarians will remember you and your books. And the more people who read horror, the better for all of us.
So reach out to your libraries, and see if they can work with you on programming. If you need ideas, we have information on our Web site, or you can contact me directly.
In this age of Amazon and iTunes, when brick-and-mortar book stores are becoming a thing of the past, remember that libraries are still thriving, perhaps more than ever. And teens are the biggest reading demographic for horror right now. So get out there and help support them, and us!
And don’t forget all the library-focused programming that will be happening at StokerCon in May, both during Library day and throughout the weekend.
Shameless self promotion!
My next novel comes out in August (Hellrider), and the print editions (hardcover, trade paperback) are available right now at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hellrider-Fiction-Without-Frontiers-Faherty/dp/1787582620.
When Eddie Ryder is burned alive by fellow members of the Hell Riders motorcycle gang for ratting on them, he vows revenge with his dying breath. He returns as a ghost, with his custom motorcycle Diablo by his side. After he finds out he can possess people, he launches a campaign of vengeance that leaves plenty of bodies in its wake and the police in a state of confusion. Spouting fire and lightning from his fingers and screaming heavy metal lyrics as he rides the sky above the town of Hell Creek, he brings destruction down on all those who wronged him, his power growing with every death. Only Eddie’s younger brother, Carson, and the police chief’s daughter, Ellie, understand what’s really happening, and now they have to stop him before he destroys the whole town.
“Hellrider is a thunder and muscle hell ride through dangerous territory. Fun, wicked, and unrelenting. A horror thriller that breaks the rules and the speed limit at the same time.” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author
And in the meantime, check out all my other titles: