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Women in Horror Month Interview Series: Introduction by Lindy Ryan

Women in Horror Month HWA Interview Series: Introduction by Lindy Ryan

From literature to film and everywhere between, Women in Horror Month (WiHM) celebrates and amplifies the contributions of women in the genre. This annual event embraces all those in horror who identify as women—championing a special sisterhood amongst women who shine brightest in the dark.

Though historically underrepresented and oft-ignored, from Mary Shelley’s creation of Frankenstein—one of the most lasting and reanimated icons of the genre—women have always been at the heart of horror. We have been victims and tropes, Final Girls and Pretty Dead Girls, and caricatures …

HWA 2022 Elections

The HWA’s annual elections will soon be upon us. 

Up this year are three Trustee positions, as well as the offices of President and Secretary. 

Please read the statements of the following candidates carefully. Links to the ballot will be sent out on or around September 7, 2022 to our Active and Lifetime members, with a due date of September 16, 2022

The elected officers shall hold their respective offices for terms of two years, beginning on November 1 and ending on October 31.


Women in Horror: Interview with Cindy O’Quinn

Cindy O’Quinn is a four-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated writer. Author of “Lydia”, from the Shirley Jackson Award-winning anthology: The Twisted Book of Shadows,  “The Thing I Found Along a Dirt Patch Road”, “A Gathering on the Mountain”, and “One and Done”.

She is an Appalachian writer from the mountains of West Virginia. Steeped in folklore at an early age. Cindy now lives in the woods of northern Maine, on the old Tessier Homestead, which makes the ideal backdrop for writing her dark stories and poetry.

Her work has been published or forthcoming in The Bad Book, HWA Poetry Showcase

Women in Horror: Interview with Monique Snyman

Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or editing.

Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband, daughter, and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of the …


February 1, 2022 – In an effort to build stronger relationships between the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and horror publishers, editors, and industry professionals, the HWA announced the launch the first ever HWA Publishers Council. This council will be comprised of an elected cohort of individuals who represent a diverse spectrum of genres and outlets across the publishing industry—from traditional small and mid-size presses, niche publishers, and indie micro-presses to magazines and other horror publishing industry professionals.

The inaugural council will be overseen by HWA President John Palisano and co-chaired by HWA Board of Trustees Treasurer Maxwell Gold and Black …

HWA Poetry Showcase Volume VIII Now Available!

The Horror Writers Associations presents their eighth annual Poetry Showcase, featuring the best in never-before-published dark verse. Edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich with judges Angela Yurkio Smith and Sara Tantlinger, this year features the first Crystal Lake Poetry Contest winner, poems from Cynthia Pelayo, Lindy Ryan, Sarah Reed, Alicia Hilon, Corrinne DeWinter, Sumiko Saulson, Querus Abuttu, Carina Bissett, Lee Murray and many more poems from the talented members of the Horror Writers Association. Cover artwork by Robert Cabeen.

Now Available in Print and on Kindle

HWA Members New Releases – 2022

HWA Members New Releases – 2022

Welcome to the showcase of new releases!

Select a book cover to purchase or learn more about it or the author.

You can view the wall of amazing cover art in the Archives and members, please submit upcoming releases with this form before the 15th of each month. Thank you!

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 …

Cover Reveal and TOC Announcement for Poetry Showcase Vol. 8

The HWA is pleased to reveal the cover and table of contents for its Poetry Showcase Volume 8!

Edited by Stephanie Wytovich, Volume 8 features brand new dark poetry from members of the HWA.

Special thanks to Stephanie for her amazing efforts, as well as to Sara Tantlinger and Angela Yuriko Smith for acting as this year’s judges.

Thank you also to Robert Payne Cabeen, who not only has a poem in the volume but also did the fantastic cover art:

The top three poets this year are Ingrid L. Taylor, Lee Murray, and Brenda S. Tolian. Their work will …

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