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Veterans in Horror Spotlight 2023: Charles Wood

Charles Wood Biography

Charles Wood is a recent addition to the writing scene and writes horror, dark fantasy, and other light-hearted fabrications. Charles served in the Marine Corps 1988-1996. He also served in the Army Reserve and Air Force National Guard.

Book Recommendation: Dark Corners of the Old Dominion: A Virginia Horror Anthology

His most recently published work is a flash fiction piece, “The Girl Who Sleeps in the Room Next to Me” in the Dark Corners of the Old Dominion anthology published by Death Knell Press. (from the back cover) “From Edgar Allan Poe’s Ragged Mountains to the shores

Veterans in Horror Spotlight 2023: Ashon Ruffins

Ashon Ruffins Biography

Ashon Ruffins is a native New Orleanian and a Veteran of the Louisiana Army National Guard. He holds a Master’s in Business Adminstration, while holding certifications for several other professions. He loves the art of story telling in all generes and believes the best lessons in life can be told through fiction. Ashon is a huge mental health advocate.

Book Recommendation: The Uncovered Darkness

As a service member I understand what it means to take care of your mental health. It was journaling that turned me into the writer I have become today. Mental health is an

Veterans in Horror Spotlight 2023: Scott Middlemist

Veterans in Horror Spotlight 2023: Scott Middlemist

Scott Middlemist Biography

My name is Scott Middlemist, and I am a U.S. Army veteran. My family once owned Burma-Shave, a company known for its memorable roadside jingles, so love for language is in my blood. JIGSAW SOUL is my self-published novel that I’d like to share. To create this story, I leaned on my experience as a former infantry officer and 30 years as an English teacher.

Book Recommendation: Jigsaw Soul

Jigsaw Soul follows a soldier’s terrifying quest to recover the lost pieces of his soul in an epic that echoes Apocalypse Now and The Odyssey. In a

Veterans in Horror Spotlight 2023: Michael Knost

Michael Knost Biography

Michael Knost is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award® and served in the United States Marine Corps during the mid-1980s. He was the recipient of the Horror Writers Association’s Silver Hammer Award in 2015 for his work as the organization’s mentorship chair. A former HWA trustee, Michael currently serves as the organization’s treasurer and was recognized as the 2021 Mentor of the Year. He also received the prestigious J.U.G. (Just Uncommonly Good) Award from West Virginia Writer’s Inc. His novel Return of the Mothman has recently been filmed as a movie adaption. Michael has taught …

Veterans in Horror Spotlight 2023: Xavier Poe Kane


Xavier Poe Kane Biography

Xavier served 6 years in the Air Force after which he spent 14 in the Air National Guard, retiring in 2020. He currently lives in St. Louis with his wife, Morticia, in a state of mutual weirdness with their dogs Chuck Norris and the three-legged Jabba the Hutt. Thanks to the GI Bill, he has a MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing from Emerson College. Xavier has published three books: The Hidden Lives of Dick & MaryBroken Hearts & Other Horrors, and A Mother’s Torment. He also writes short horror

Veterans in Horror Spotlight 2023: Douglass Hoover


Douglass Hoover Biography

Douglass Hoover is the author of The North Woods, The Accursed Huntsman, and The Homestead. He is a Marine Corps infantry combat veteran and holds an MFA from Emerson College. His days are spent writing, hunting, and blacksmithing on his small farm in rural Maine with his wife, Patience, and their three mutts, Bug, Furiosa, and Skootcha Nunchuck Monsterface.


Book Recommendation:  The North Woods

Follow their adventures on Instagram @StripedDogForge, @DouglassHooverAuthor, or at www.stripeddogforge.com

Over three million acres of dense woodlands make up the North Maine Woods. There are no major

Veterans in Horror Spotlight 2023: Jeremy Eads


Jeremy Eads Biography

My name is Jeremy Eads. I was a counterintelligence agent for the United States Army from 2002 through 2007. I mainly specialized in push ups, cutting grass, and turning the rocks over so they didn’t get sunburned. I’m an invited contributor to The New Guard IX and made it to the final rounds of The New Guard’s 2020 Fiction competition. I was long listed in Madville Publishing’s 2021 Blue Moon Novel Competition. The Lodge is my debut novel and I’m extremely proud of it. Thus far it has over 80 ratings/reviews on Amazon with a 4.6

HWA Launches Official Card Game

HWA Launches Official Card Game

The HWA is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership!
An officially-licensed party game called “Sudden Acts of Horror”  – coming in 2024 – aims to celebrate the Horror Writers Association, the oldest and most respected professional nonprofit organization in the horror genre. The game asks teams of players to act out made-up horror novel titles to score the highest points and ultimately win a mini–Bram Stoker Award® for their efforts.
The game’s publisher, Stop The Killer Games, has become a recent leader in horror-themed games for beloved slasher films such as HALLOWEEN II, MY BLOODY VALENTINE and SILENT NIGHT



SHANE HAWK (enrolled Cheyenne-Arapaho, Hidatsa and Potawatomi descent) is a history teacher by day and a horror writer by night. Hawk is the author of Anoka: A Collection of Indigenous Horror and he has other short fiction featured in numerous anthologies. He lives in San Diego with his beautiful wife, Tori. Learn more by visiting shanehawk.com

What inspired you to start writing?

The moment after turning the last page of Stephen Graham Jones’s Mapping the Interior in July 2019 pushed me to attempt writing. I had only started reading books about three years prior, barely dabbling in Horror along



What inspired you to start writing?


I wrote here and there my whole life, gave it a half-hearted shot in my 20s, but I don’t think I had all that much to say then, mostly opinions and essays, and I had a GED, so not much training in writing or anything at all, really. When I went to college in my 30s, I wrote a bit more, but life was too busy then for me to really give it the attention it needed, deserved. I published an edited volume of Stephen Graham Jones’s work when I was 50 —

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