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Streamed Readings Scheduled for April 18!

Watch them on the HorrorWriters Youtube Channel. Some of Horror’s finest writers present their work via video. Stop by and join the viewing. And don’t forget that tonight (4/18/20) is the Bram Stoker Award® winner announcements!

3:30 p.m.

  • Ann Dávila Cardinal (Young Adult Novel) reading from Five Midnights
  • Liana Gardner (Young Adult Novel) reading from Speak No Evil

3:45 p.m.

  • John Langan (Fiction Collection) reading from Sefira and Other Betrayals

4:00 p.m.

  • Sarah Read (First Novel) reading from The Bone Weaver’s Orchard
  • Donna Lynch (Poetry Collection) reading

Haunted Library of Horror Classics


The Horror Writers Association (HWA) and Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of SourceBooks, present the Haunted Library of Horror Classics, a line of reissued classic horror literature books from over the past 250 years. These books are recognized as literary masterpieces of their era and are either remembered today only through distorted theatrical or movie versions, have been relegated to academic study, or have otherwise been nearly forgotten entirely.

Series editors Eric J. Guignard and Leslie S. Klinger now bring back these seminal titles of the genre, making them easily available to modern readers!…

HWA Librarian’s Day Postponed

HWA Librarian’s Day Postponed

In light of the CDC request to cancel all gatherings of 50+ people until mid-May,

HWA Librarian’s Day is being moved to November 12th, 2020.

We will be at the same location, and anticipate providing the same exceptional line-up of authors, panelists, and sponsors. We hope you will be able to join us in November!

If you have a scheduling conflict, please don’t hesitate to ask for a refund. We will be happy to refund your money! We want everyone to stay healthy first and foremost. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to delving into the depths …

From HWA President on COVID-19

To everyone in our community:

We are as concerned as you are as the events are unfolding surrounding this unprecedented pandemic. The safety of every person is our priority.

Many have asked about our upcoming public events. Our appearance at the Los Angeles Times Festival of books has been postponed until October. Most, if not all of our chapters worldwide have canceled their upcoming meetings through at least the end of this month, and we are working with them to develop “virtual” meeting spaces that will allow our communities to continue to communicate.

As to StokerCon, which is scheduled to …

4th Annual HWA Librarian’s Day

4th Annual HWA Librarian’s Day

The Horror Writers Association and ARRT present the 4th Annual HWA Librarians’ Day, a day-long continuing education event featuring authors, reviewers, publishers, and librarians from all over the country. Whether you are a fan of horror or find it petrifying, all library workers will learn about matching books with readers.

Sign up with Eventbrite

All attendees get lunch, swag and free books.

Sponsored by: NoveList, Library Reads, Flame Tree Press, Sourcebooks, and Cemetery Dance

2019 Specialty Press Award Recipient Named

The HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION is delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Speciality Press Award to SST Publications.

The award will be given during this year’s Bram Stoker Awards ceremony, taking place at Stokercon in Scarborough U.K. from April 16 through April 19, 2020.

HWA, the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards®, presents the Specialty Press Award annually to a publisher whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres. HWA employs a hard-working committee for the selection process and recipients are chosen through …

Females of Fright: Kathy Ptacek

When did you join the HWA?
I joined the organization when it first started … back when it was H.O.W.L.

How did you serve the HWA and for how long?
I started out doing the market report for the newsletter years and years ago–well, decades! At the time, I was doing my monthly market newsletter, The Gila Queen’s Guide to Markets, so that was a logical extension when I stated compiling markets for the HWA Newsletter. Then sometime later, I was asked to edit the newsletter. I was also a mentor for a very long time.

Who were/are your

Females of Fright: Meghan Arcuri

1) When did you join the HWA?
I joined the HWA in 2013.

2) How did you serve the HWA and for how long?
I was the Social Media Coordinator and Sponsorship Coordinator for both StokerCon 2018 (Providence) and StokerCon 2019 (Grand Rapids). I am currently serving as the Vice President, where I do a number of things, including running the HWA Twitter account and coordinating Quick Bites.

3) Who were/are your biggest influences?
My first influence on my writing was my mother. She would proofread all my papers in high school, sharing her vast grammar wisdom with me. …

Females of Fright: Marie O’Regan

1) When did you join the HWA?

I honestly can’t remember exactly – I first joined maybe ten years ago? My membership lapsed at one point, and I renewed it a couple of years later, but it’s been around ten years overall, I think.

2) How did you serve the HWA and for how long?
I took on running the UK Chapter of the HWA, together with my husband, Paul Kane, in December 2015/January 2016. We’re still doing that – in addition to bringing StokerCon over to the UK for the first time in April of this year (https://stokercon-uk.com

Females of Fright: Linda Addison

1) When did you join the HWA?

I became an active member in July 2000. I waited, in particular, to use my poetry credits because it was important for me to support the HWA poetry initiative, even though I had earlier fiction credits.

2) How did you serve the HWA and for how long?
I’ve been on the Board of Trustees since 2009 (and contributed an article for the From the Trenches column each year) and an official Mentor 2015, 2017, and 2019, as well as several HWA Bram Stoker juries.

Committees I’ve served on:

  • HWA Committee Scholarships (2016, 2017)

2019 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot Announced

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to release the Final Ballot for the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards®. The HWA is the premier writers organization in the horror and dark fiction genre, with over 1,600 members. We have presented the Bram Stoker Awards® in various categories since 1987 (see http://www.thebramstokerawards.com/).

The HWA Board of Trustees and the Bram Stoker Awards® Committee congratulate all those appearing on the Final Ballot. Notes about the voting process will appear after the ballot listing.

2019 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Goingback, Owl – Coyote Rage (Independent Legions Publishing)

Females of Fright: Lucy A. Snyder

by Eva Roslin

I would like to write about Lucy A. Snyder as being one of the women who I would like to give a special shout-out to during Women in Horror Month. She exemplifies what it is for women to build each other up instead of tearing one another down. She is a consummate professional, dedicated to producing the most excellent writing she has, but also takes time to do teaching as well as coaching.

I hired her for editorial as well as coaching services, and it proved to be the single most helpful thing I have done to …

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