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Academics Welcome


The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is committed to recognizing and proliferating non-fiction and academic writing that seeks to expand the understanding of all facets of the horror genre. From horror film studies to close textual analysis of gothic poetry and all mediums in between, expanding horror discourse is a critical element to the genre as a whole. HWA contributes to the horror scholar discourse in a variety of ways.

Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference

Debuting at the 2017 StokerCon in Long Beach, the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference (AnnRadCon) was created by Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak to provide a venue for horror scholars, both established and early in their career, to present their scholarship. Named after British author Ann Radcliffe, who was a pioneer in gothic studies, AnnRadCon allows presenters to showcase their works in progress, completed texts, and other projects in a panel-session format.

AnnRadCon has been held annually at every StokerCon since 2017. The call for presentations for the conference is published at the HWA Academics Board (see below) and the StokerCon website every year in the late spring. The conference actively seeks diverse voices and is committed to providing a safe environment for academics, non-fiction writers, and independent scholars to present their work and receive feedback from panel chairs and audience members during Q&A sessions.

Academic Books

Published by McFarland in 2020, Horror Literature from Gothic to Post-Modern: Critical Essays is HWA’s first academic publication. Edited by Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak, the collection contains fourteen essays that were originally presented at the 2017 and 2018 Ann Radcliffe Academic Conferences.

Horror Literature from Gothic to Post-Modern can be purchased at the following online book merchants:

Academic and Non-Fiction Markets

HWA maintains a listing of academic and non-fiction markets and calls for papers and proposals at https://horror.org/academics/. The forum is divided into three sections:

  • Calls for Papers/Publications – This is a listing of calls for papers for various journals and edited essay collections.
  • Calls for Presentations – This is a listing of calls for presentations for academic conferences and panels.
  • Academic and Non-Fiction Publishers – This is a listing of publishers who will publish horror-related academia and non-fiction along with their submission requirements.

If you have a CFP that you’d like to have listed on the academics board, please email annradcon@gmail.com your submission.

Bram Stoker Award, Short Non-Fiction

HWA is committed to recognizing academic and non-fiction works via a Bram Stoker Award. Originally this was the Bram Stoker Award in Non-Fiction that was established in 1987. However in 2019, a new category was created, the Bram Stoker Award in Short Non-Fiction, which seeks to recognize shorter texts, such as journal articles, essays in an edited academic collection, monographs, and so on.


For more information about the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference or other academic and non-fiction endeavors HWA engages in, please feel free to contact Nicholas Diak and Michele Brittany at AnnRadCon@gmail.com.

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