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Nuts and Bolts: Interview with Aurora Gorealis

In the tradition of such sinister seductresses as Vampira and Elvira, Aurora Gorealis is a Baltimore-based horror host who weaves dark magic from a combination of campy movies, sassy attitude, and the occasional pun of dubious quality.

Since 2017, Aurora (aka: Melissa LaMartina) has been playing the character during “Shocktail Hour” at the Golden West Café in Baltimore, combining live comedy and screenings of off-the-wall classics such as “Phantom of the Paradise” and “House on Haunted Hill” (complete with William Castle-style gimmicks).

In the October issue of the Horror Writers Association newsletter, available to members only, she shares some personal …

StokerCon® 2023 Update

Pittsburgh is thrilled to host StokerCon® 2023 at the Station Square Sheraton on June 15-18, 2023!

We appreciate the excitement we’ve received so far. We know attendees are anxious to present panel ideas. Please note that everyone who is registered for StokerCon® will receive a survey a few months before June 2023, in which you can indicate your interest to participate on panels and submit programming suggestions. Due to the expected number of attendees, we cannot guarantee everyone who is interested in participating on a panel will be able to, but we promise to do our best to create a

HWA Election Results 2022

HWA Election Results 2022
Los Angeles CA September 22, 2022

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) held its annual election in September. We had an unprecedented number of candidates for the three open positions of Trustee. Offices of President and Secretary ran unopposed. Our members have voted, and we are pleased to share the results.

Please welcome our new president, John Edward Lawson; the re-election of our Secretary, Becky Spratford; and the re-election of our three Trustees: Linda Addison, James Chambers, and Ellen Datlow.  

The elected officers shall hold their respective offices for terms of two years, beginning on October 31

Halloween Haunts! Submissions Close September 24!

Hey HWA Members! Now is the time to share your spookiness with the world through Halloween Haunts! But the time to get your submissions in is drawing nigh.  So get those Halloween horror tales in right away before the DEADline approaches and it grows too late.

From October 1 through October 31, the Horror Writers Association will host an online event to celebrate the month of Halloween and help horror readers and horror writers connect at the eeriest time of the year.

All HWA members are invited to participate in this series of daily blog posts, book excerpts, and more. …

Karen Lansdale Silver Hammer award

LOS ANGELES, CA — September, 2022

The HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION is delighted to announce the immediate renaming of the Silver Hammer award to the Karen Lansdale Silver Hammer award in honor of the tremendous amount of work Karen did starting the HWA. This information will now be a part of the HWA’s permanent archives at Horror.org and elsewhere.

Our physical award will also be updated. Instead of a hammer, a new stylized sculpture is being designed and will be cast by the same company that mints our Bram Stoker Award statues. We look forward to sharing the new design as …

In Memoriam: Peter Straub

Writers around the world, and horror writers, in particular, lost a legend. Peter Straub passed away on September 4, 2022, after a long illness. He was 79 years old.

A master of his craft, Peter wrote horror, dark fantasy, and psychological thrillers. His works include sixteen novels, numerous short stories, eleven novellas, four poem collections, and one collection of non-fiction essays. He won multiple Bram Stoker, World Fantasy, and August Derleth awards. In 2005, the Horror Writers Association awarded Peter Straub their Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of horror.

Peter published his first supernatural thriller, …

2022 Horror Writers (HWA) Scholarships Announced

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) offers a variety of scholarships and grants to assist writers looking to pursue a career as a writer of horror fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. We also have an endowment program for libraries looking to expand their young adult reading programs.

This year, the HWA has awarded 13 scholarships/grants/endowments, with a total value of $15,650 (USD).

The HWA is pleased to announce the recipients of each award.

The Horror Writers Association Scholarship

Rob Flumignan (Rob Cornell, Pen name)

Whether it’s a covert-ops team of vampire assassins or a greedy dragon who lives under Detroit’s MGM Grand

In Memoriam: Corrine De Winter

In Memoriam: Corrine De Winter

The HWA is saddened to hear of the passing of poet and author Corrine De Winter. Our hearts go out to her loved ones, her family, and the many friends and people she’s touched.

About Corrine:

Corrine De Winter was a Bram Stoker Award-winning Poet and author who won numerous awards for her writing from the New York Quarterly, Triton College of Arts & Sciences, & The Rhysling Science Fiction Award. Her work has been applauded by such luminaries as William Peter Blatty (“The Exorcist” author) Tom Monteleone, Thomas Ligotti, Nick Cave, Stanley Wiater, James …



The BookFest®, a Webby Award-nominated biannual bookish adventure for readers and writers alike, was created by The Black Château team.

The BookFest® Adventure is an online, free-to-attend event that happens twice a year in spring and fall. Authors, celebrities, literary agents, and publishing industry experts speak in Conversations, Panel Discussions, Keynotes, and in Live Author Chats.

The BookFest® website provides content and resources for both readers and writers including The Pitching Room where authors can pitch their manuscripts, The BookFest Awards which honors outstanding literary achievement in published books, and pages for Books, Virtual …

Veterans in Horror Spotlight coming this November

The HWA is going to be running a month-long Veterans in Horror Spotlight this November coordinated by HWA member and former Marine, David Rose. We are inviting any and all veteran members to join us. If you are a horror author, poet, or non-fiction horror writer (or writer of dark fantasy or other related genres) who is a military veteran (defined as a former service member of any uniformed, national military), or if you would like to nominate such an author, please send an email message to veterans@horror.org by September 30, 2022.

In the message, please include:

– The name

HWA Poetry Showcase IX Table of Contents

HWA Poetry Showcase IX Table of Contents


“To Hear the Call” by Stephanie M. Wytovich
“spoon against bone” by Geneve Flynn
“The Koiy Factory” by Naomi Simone Borwein
“Birthpangs, Deathpangs” by Mary A. Turzillo
“FACE OFF” by Christina Sng
“A THOUSAND MILES FROM HERE” by Alessandro Manzetti
“Reasons Why You Can’t Go Out to Play Alone” by Victoria Nations
“The Science of Last Things” by K. H. Vaughan
“conflagration” by Cassondra Windwalker
“One Eye, Two Eyes” by Jacqueline West
“A Lacing of Lavender” by Carina Bissett
“Something to Know About the Wind At the Cliff House” by Hillary Dodge

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.


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