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The HWA Celebrates Pride Month

The HWA Celebrates Pride Month

Haunted Library of Horror Classics

Haunted Library of Horror Classics

Darren Shan Interviewed by Dave Jeffery

Darren Shan Interviewed by Dave Jeffery


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Michelle Renee Lane—Maafa Day Interview

Maafa Day is a Pan-African observance. It is a day of remembrance where we hold space for the millions of Africans who lost their lives due to the TransAtlantic slave trade. That includes those who died on slave ships while being forcibly transferred to the Americas, those who died during escape attempts, and those who died in captivity. Maafa comes from the Kiswahili (Swahili) term for “disaster, terrible occurrence or great tragedy”.and is used to refer to the African Holocaust. Maafa Day also serves the purpose of making sure that we never forget Maafa – the African Holocaust. This year …

A Point of Pride: Interview with Jacqueline Dyer

Jacqueline Dyre (they/them) is the editor and publisher of Novel Noctule, as well as a 2020 HWA Diversity Grant recipient. You can find them in the sunshine state, drinking poorly made coffee and consuming psychological horror in lieu of meals.

What inspired you to start publishing and editing?

When I founded Novel Noctule, I was recovering from acute myeloid leukemia and an allogeneic stem cell transplant. In my estimation, second chances are much better motivators than first chances: If you’re on your second chance, chances are that you’ve almost lost something, and you’re now being forced to consider …

A Point of Pride: Interview with Norman Prentiss

Norman Prentiss is the author of Odd Adventures with your Other Father, Life in a Haunted House, and The Apocalypse-a-Day Desk Calendar. He won a Bram Stoker Award for his first book, Invisible Fences. Other publications include The Book of Baby Names, Four Legs in the Morning, The Fleshless Man, The Halloween Children (with Brian James Freeman) and The Narrator (with Michael McBride), with story appearances in Dark Screams, Postscripts, Black Static, Four Halloweens, Blood Lite 3, Best Horror of the Year, The Year’s Best

A Point of Pride: Interview with Thommy Hutson

Thommy Hutson is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, director, and best-selling author. A graduate of UCLA, he has written or produced critically acclaimed film and television projects—horror, thriller, holiday, animation, and documentary—that have aired on Netflix, Hulu, Shudder, Hallmark, Lifetime, Syfy, Bio Channel, and more. His award-winning debut novel is the teen thriller Jinxed. A member of the Producers Guild of America, Horror Writers Association, and a Saturn and Home Media Magazine award-winner, Thommy is an aficionado of horror and teen movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s, as well as a lover of Christmas films. He continues to …

A Point of Pride: Interview with Elaine Cuyegkeng

Elaine Cuyegkeng is a Chinese Filipino writer. She grew up in Manila where there are many, many creaky old houses with ghosts inside them. She loves eldritch creatures both real and imaginary, ’80s pop stars, and caffeinated drinks with far too much sugar. She now lives in Melbourne with her partner, and their two small cat children. She has been published in the Bram Stoker winning anthology Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Lackington’s, The Dark, and Rocket Kapre. You can find her on @layangabi on Twitter and on Facebook.…

A Point of Pride: Interview with Kristen Arnett

Kristen Arnett is the author of With Teeth (Riverhead Books, 2021) and the NYT bestselling debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction. She is a queer fiction and essay writer. She was awarded Ninth Letter’s Literary Award in Fiction, has been a columnist for Literary Hub, and was a Spring 2020 Shearing Fellow at Black Mountain Institute. Her work has appeared at The New York Times, The Cut, Oprah Magazine, North American Review, The Normal School

A Point of Pride: Interview with Daniel M. Lavery

Daniel M. Lavery is the author of Something That May Shock and Discredit You. He also writes The Chatner, a weekly newsletter about literature, humor, and pop culture.

What inspired you to start writing?
I really do think it’s as simple as I’ve always wanted to, and I’ve always enjoyed it.

What was it about the horror genre that drew you to it?
I think it might have been mass-market covers, honestly – I remember being really struck by the often really lurid covers for everything from Christopher Pike to Shirley Jackson when I was a kid browsing …

A Point of Pride: Interview with Larissa Glasser

Larissa Glasser is a librarian-archivist from New England. She writes dark fiction centered on the lives of trans women, library science, and heavy metal. Her work is available in Transcendent 3: The Year’s Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction (Lethe Press) and Tragedy Queens: stories inspired by Lana Del Rey and Sylvia Plath (Clash Books). Her debut novella F4 is available from Eraserhead Press. She is on Twitter @larissaeglasser

What inspired you to start writing?

I was more of a TV baby than a reader when I was little. The year after my dad died, I …

A Point of Pride: Interview with Ally Wilkes

Ally Wilkes is a queer writer living in Greenwich, London. Ally’s debut novel, All the White Spaces – a supernatural survival horror set in the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration – will be out in March 2022. Ally is also Book Reviews Editor for Horrified, the British horror website, and you can follow her on Twitter @UnheimlichManvr. The t-shirt in her photo can be found at HorrorOasis.com. All proceeds will go to Trans Lifeline, available at 877-565-8860 in the US and 877-330-6366 in Canada. The organization describes itself as “a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit …

A Point of Pride: Interview with Nikki Woolfolk

Proud Blerd, Nikki Woolfolk sculpts decadent desserts and fantastical fiction with equal skill and flair. When they’re not playing a never-ending game of “what if” in a writing space that’s part DieselPunk, part Willy Wonka, they are drawing on their former STEM career and collection of quirky experiences to work up new recipes in the kitchen (tasting encouraged), designing a Goth-inspired garden (tasting decidedly DISCOURAGED), and mashing up real and fictional worlds on social media (virtual kitchen table is always open). Join their cogged-and-geared world at NikkiWoolfolk.com

What inspired you to start writing?

Culturally I grew up in a household …

A Point of Pride: Interview with Christopher Rice

A New York Times bestseller since his first publication at the age of twenty-two, Christopher Rice is the author of Bone Music (an Amazon Charts bestseller and the first novel in the Burning Girl series) and its sequel, Blood Echo, as well as the Bram Stoker finalists The Heavens Rise and The Vines. Blood Victory, his third Burning Girl novel released in August 2020. He is an executive producer on the television adaptations of The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice for AMC Studios, and he also collaborated with …

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