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Latinx Horror: Interview with David Bowles


David Bowles is a Mexican American author and translator from the US-Mexico border, where he teaches at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Among his award-winning books are The Smoking Mirror, Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico, Chupacabra Vengeance, Lords of the Earth, and the graphic novel series Clockwork Curandera. His work has also been published in multiple anthologies, plus venues such as The New York Times, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, and Rattle. Find him online at www.davidbowles.us.

What inspired you to start writing?

My Mexican …

Latinx Horror: Interview with Charlie Vázquez

Charlie Vázquez is the author of the novel Contraband (2010, Rebel Satori), the collection Fantasmas: Puerto Rican Tales of the Dead (CV Publishing, 2020), and other books. He’s the former New York City coordinator for Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra and was awarded a Commendation from the City of New York in 2014 for his contributions to Latino literary heritage. Charlie is a founding member of Latino Rebels and a certified mindfulness meditation instructor in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, as taught by David Nichtern. Find him online at www.charlievazquez.com

What inspired you to start writing?

My maternal …

Chapter News

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) would like to welcome Shawnna Deresch, Carol Gyzander, and Rosemary Thorne as its new Chapter Program Managers. Although they share responsibilities across the board, Shawnna and Carol will focus on the U.S. Chapters, while Rosemary will focus on our international Chapters.
They have already been doing amazing things with the program, and we love working with them.
Thank you, Shawnna, Carol, & Rosemary!

The HWA is a worldwide organization with more than 1500 members around the globe. We encourage local chapters, which provide important face-to-face interaction as well as a wide range of possible local …

Officer Election Results 2021

The Horror Writers Association held its annual election from September 7th through September 15th, 2021. Our members have voted and we are pleased to share the results. We welcome four Trustee positions, a new Treasurer, and the re-election of our Vice President Meghan Arcuri.

The elected officers shall hold their respective offices for terms of two years. Their terms officially begin—appropriately enough—on October 31st at midnight.

I’d like to thank our Election Team Volunteers Nicole Kurtz, Jamal Hodge, Angel Leigh McCoy, and Verifiers: Sumiko Saulson and Lindy Ryan.

I’d also like to thank our outgoing Treasurer Les Klinger and Trustees …

Latinx Horror: Interview with Cynthia Pelayo


Cynthia “Cina” Pelayo is a two-time Bram Stoker Awards® nominated poet and author. She is the author of LOTERIA, SANTA MUERTE, THE MISSING, and POEMS OF MY NIGHT, all of which have been nominated for International Latino Book Awards. POEMS OF MY NIGHT was also nominated for an Elgin Award. Her recent collection of poetry, INTO THE FOREST AND ALL THE WAY TROUGH explores true crime, that of the epidemic of missing and murdered women in the United States, and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and Elgin Award. Her modern day horror retelling …

Library Committee Members Announced

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to introduce the members of our Library Committee: Becky Spratford and Konrad Stump!

The Library Committee has been working with specific libraries to help them identify authors in their areas who are also HWA members for book discussions, author panels, and even to host writing workshops.

They are here to help increase our members’ visibility in libraries.
If you have an idea, they want to hear about it. Please feel free to reach out any time by emailing them at libraries@horror.org

Becky Spratford is a library consultant and the author of The Readers’ …

Latinx Horror: Interview with E. Reyes

E. Reyes is the author of the novel The House on Moon Creek Avenue, and the anthologies Devil’s Hill, Strange Tales of the Macabre, and The Halloween Grindhouse. His works are included in Pulp Harvest (edited by Nick Harper), Latinx Screams (edited by Cina Pelayo and V. Castro), and Trump: Utopia or Dystopia? (edited by JF Garrard and Jen Frankel). Reyes lives in the city Devil’s Hill is based on with his wife and three kids, keeping it spooky.

What inspired you to start writing?

I was inspired by the Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine. …

Setting Up a Social Media Program for HWA Chapters

by Alp Beck, James Chambers, Amy Grech, and Ben Monroe

One of the great resources of the HWA lies in the regional chapters. Having local folks working on the same sorts of projects is a great way to brainstorm, ask advice, and stay accountable to your writing goals. But what about promotion? How can the regional chapters help their members to promote their works? While the global HWA has promotional opportunities for all members, not a lot has been done by the regional chapters.

Many hands make short work, as the saying goes. So if you’re a member of a …

Scholarship Announcement 2021

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) offers a variety of scholarships and grants to assist writers looking to pursue a career as a writer of horror fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. We also have an endowment program for libraries looking to expand their young adult reading programs. This year, the HWA awarded 14 scholarships/grants/endowments, with a total value of $10,500 (USD).

The HWA is pleased to announce the winners of each award.

The Horror Writers Association Scholarship

Shannon DeAnne Lawrence

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in over …

Other Terrors Anthology Announces Line-Up

It’s been a long road, but the day is finally upon us. After many months of reading and re-reading member submissions and editorial deliberations for the HWA’s upcoming OTHER TERRORS: AN INCLUSIVE ANTHOLOGY project, we are pleased to make this final, exciting announcement.

We are thrilled to announce that although we were slated to select five-member submissions, we worked hard to open up space for ten, doubling the presence of HWA members in our TOC. 22 short stories, 2 poems, 15 female contributors, 9 male—each bringing a unique perspective to this universal theme of “otherness” from the diversity of their …

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