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Message from the Board of Trustees regarding the Preliminary Ballot

The Horror Writers Association has been made aware of issues surrounding the receipt of the 2022 Bram Stoker Awards® Preliminary Ballot. While many subscribed to our mailing list have reported email notification of the Preliminary Ballot this morning between 11 and 12 Eastern Standard Time, some still have not received the ballot. Officers of the organization are looking into the matter with our administrators to ensure equal distribution of vital information, such as Bram Stoker Awards® Ballots, in the future.

You can help us with the investigation into what happened by:
• checking your inbox and your junk mail,
• …

The 2022 Bram Stoker Awards® Preliminary Ballot Announced

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the Preliminary Ballot for the 2022 Bram Stoker Awards®. The HWA (see https://www.horror.org/) is the premier writers organization in the horror and dark fiction genre, with more than 1,800 members. We have presented the Bram Stoker Awards in various categories since 1987 (see http://www.thebramstokerawards.com/

Works on this ballot are not referred to as “nominees” or “finalists.” Only works appearing on the Final Ballot may be referred to as “nominated works” and their authors as “finalists.” 

The HWA Board and the Bram Stoker Awards® Committee congratulate all those appearing on

Complete List of 2022 Black Heritage Series Interviewees

As we prepare to roll out the 2023 Black Heritage Month Interview, let’s stop and take a look back at our first year of interviews from 2022.

Introduction by Linda Addison

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Linda Addison

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Linda D. Addison is an award-winning author of five collections, including The Place of Broken Things written with Alessandro Manzetti, & How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, and the first African-American recipient of the HWA Bram Stoker Award®. She is a recipient of the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award, HWA Mentor of …

Recommendations Sought for 2023 HWA Black Heritage Interview Series

Planning is underway for the 2023 HWA Black Heritage Interview Series. This will be our second year for the groundbreaking series, and as with all of our interview showcases, we like to interview fresh voices every year.

With that in mind, we’d like to ask members to nominate (self-nomination is acceptable and encouraged) authors of African heritage who write horror, dark fantasy, horror poetry, or any of the horror-related genres (including non-fiction) who were not interviewed in 2022.

To nominate (or self-nominate) please send an email to me, Sumiko Saulson, HWA Social Media Manager, at sumikoska@yahoo.com

The email should include

Say hi to Tom Joyce, the force behind “Nuts and Bolts”

Hey, everyone! My name is Tom Joyce, and I’m really excited to be part of the social media team!

I’m doing a monthly feature for the HWA blog called “Nuts and Bolts.” It’s still very much in the beginning stages, but I’m hoping to keep the focus on features and interviews that will be of practical use to horror writers.

Don’t get me wrong — I’m no expert. Far from it. I’m an affiliate member, and new to all this. But I’m eager to learn all I can about the craft and business of writing, and what makes for good



The Bram Stoker Awards® Committee thanks all Horror Writers Association members who engaged in the Awards process for the 2022 season by recommending Works and sharing their Work, as well as horror authors, editors, producers, and publishers for submitting Works to the juries. This has been a very active and energized season, and as we move into its final weeks, the Committee would like to share some important reminders and an important request for HWA members’ cooperation in ensuring the integrity of the Awards (see “Important Request” below).


  • November 30, 2022 is the deadline to submit to the

TDOR: Transphobia is a Horror Story, and It Kills

By Sumiko Saulson

CW: hate crimes, murder, transphobia, suicide, child suicide, sexual assault, racism, bullying

I had to think long and hard before putting together a series for Transgender Awareness Week, a week of celebration leading up to the somber occasion of Transgender Day of Remembrance the day upon which the Trangender community gathers alone or with our allies to remember those we have lost over the past year. 2021 was a record year in terms of legislative attacks on the LGBTQ community, making it simultaneously important and dangerous for those of us who are able to be out

Transgender Awareness Week: “Pronouns” by Pretty Frankenstein

Catching Up With Grey Star of Pretty Frankenstein

trans activist/performer Grey Starr

Pretty Frankenstein is a Queer alternative group from the San Francisco Bay Area/East Bay, fronted by trans activist/performer Grey Starr. Over the years they’ve performed many iconic venues like The Fillmore SF, Bottom of the Hill, Uptown, etc, and they’ve been featured on various radio stations and in publications like EBX and Spooky Little Halloween magazine! They love all things horror and bring Halloween to every show they play.

You can find them online at @prettyfrankenstein3176 on Youtube, @prettyfrankensteinband on Tik-Tok, @prettyfrankensteinband on Instagram, and at their website …

Transgender Awareness: My Gender is a Chainsaw by Jef Rouner

My Gender is a Chainsaw

By Jef Rouner

Gender is a construct. You know, like those killer robots in Chopping Mall. And just like them, it has sharp edges.

It took me forty years to figure out what gender I was, and frankly the question is still far from answered. I recently settled simply on “not cis,” and when people ask me my pronouns I answer “he/him will do.” It’s not me being a melodramatic pain in the ass… well, not JUST that. The mystery and ambiguity of that label brings me back to the gender heroes of my adolescence:

Transgender Awareness Week: Catching up with Larissa Glasser

Catching Up With Larissa Glasser

Larissa Glasser is a librarian-archivist from New England. She writes dark fiction centered on the lives of trans women, library science, and heavy metal. Her work is available in Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology (William Morrow), Tragedy Queens: stories inspired by Lana Del Rey and Sylvia Plath (Clash Books), and Transcendent 3: The Year’s Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction (Lethe Press). Her debut novella F4 is available from Eraserhead Press. She is on Twitter @larissaeglasser

What is the latest in your world as a writer? Do you have any new writing news, upcoming projects,

Transgender Awareness Week: Catching up with Britney Everlong

Transgender Awareness Week: Catching up with Britney Everlong

Copyright 2022 The House of Everlong

Britney Everlong began writing at an early age, her first book being “The Whatchamacallit”, written at the age of nine. It would be some time before her first published work, “Pegasus Bay”, would come to pass, at the age of eighteen. Now, Britney is a writer, mother, free thinker, occasional actress, lover of music, and all-around weird lady who enjoys writing horror and sci-fi stories in her spare time.

What is the latest in your world as a writer? Do you have any new writing news, upcoming projects, or other exciting professional news you’d

Transgender Awareness Week: Catching up with Ridley Harker

Ridley Harker is a gay, transgender author and editor from St. Louis, Missouri. His debut queer body horror novel, Parasite, is available now from Ninestar Press and Amazon. Ridley lives in the Middle of Nowhere with his two dogs, a grumpy old snake, and a host of pet tarantulas. He is currently working on his MFA in Creative Writing. Visit his website at www.ridleyharker.com, and follow him on Twitter @RidleyHarker.

What is the latest in your world as a writer? Do you have any new writing news, upcoming projects, or other exciting professional news you’d like to share

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