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The Horror Writers Association Announces the Scholarship from Hell Recipients

The Scholarship from Hell is the only scholarship offered by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) that puts the recipient right into the intensive, hands-on workshop environment of Horror University, which takes place during StokerCon®.

This year’s recipient is Alex Luceli Jiménez!

The StokerCon®2023 Committee Chairs read nearly 60 submissions. They had this to say: “Alex’s essay resonated with the convention committee, who were excited by her dedication toward strengthening her craft. Additionally, Alex’s work showcases unique experiences and points of view that are needed in the horror genre, and that will inspire other writers as her

Nuts & Bolts: Running a Small Press, with Publisher Robert Ottone

Nuts & Bolts: Running a Small Press, with Publisher Robert Ottone

Nuts & Bolts: Running a Small Press, with Publisher Robert Ottone

By Tom Joyce

In addition to being a publisher, Robert Ottone is a novelist, short-story writer, and Bram Stoker Award nominee. But when it comes to running Spooky House Press, he thinks of himself primarily as a fan—a designation that motivated him to start his small press in the first place and guides all of his business decisions.   

In this month’s edition of “Nuts & Bolts”, Robert gives some perspective into where small presses like his fit into the publishing landscape, and what that can mean for aspiring authors.

StokerCon®️2023 Announces Keynote Speaker and Bram Stoker Awards®️ Emcee

StokerCon®2023 is pleased to announce Lisa Morton – multiple Bram Stoker Award® winner – as our Keynote Speaker.

(photo credit Seth Ryan)


Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, and prose writer whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.” She is a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award®, the author of four novels and over 150 short stories, a former President of the Horror Writers Association, and a world-class Halloween and paranormal expert. Her recent releases include the Calling the Spirits: A History

2022 HWA Lifetime Achievement and Service Awards

2022 HWA Lifetime Achievement and Service Awards

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the recipients of its various special awards: the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Specialty Press Award, the Richard Laymon President’s Award, the Silver Hammer Award, and the Mentor of the Year Award. These will be presented June 17, 2023 during the Bram Stoker Awards® Presentation at StokerCon®2023 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The recipients of the HWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award are: 

Elizabeth Massie, Nuzo Onoh, and John Saul. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented periodically to an individual whose work has substantially influenced the

Nuts and Bolts: Writing Tips From Master of Horror Joe R. Lansdale

Nuts and Bolts: Writing Tips From Master of Horror Joe R. Lansdale

Nuts and Bolts: Writing Tips From Master of Horror Joe R. Lansdale

By Tom Joyce

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of nearly four dozen novels, including Rusty Puppy, the Edgar Award-winning The Bottoms, Sunset and Sawdust, and Leather Maiden. He has received nine Bram Stoker Awards, the American Mystery Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Whether it’s horror, a western, or a crime thriller, you’ll never get bored reading a Joe R. Lansdale story. In this month’s edition of “Nuts &

Nuts & Bolts: Advice From Jonathan Maberry on Social Media for Writers

An interview series by Tom Joyce

Nuts & Bolts is mainly about people in the horror community helping each other by sharing their expertise and insights. So it was enormously gratifying, if not particularly surprising when one of the first people to respond to the social media team’s call for interviews back in December was Jonathan Maberry — a literary Renaissance man as well known for his willingness to help other writers as he is for his gripping thrillers. And fascinating nonfiction. And comics and anthologies and plays and … just read his bio. It’s quite lengthy and impressive. 


About Nuts & Bolts: Practical Advice for Horror Writers

About Nuts & Bolts: Practical Advice for Horror Writers

By Tom Joyce

First of all: thank you to everyone who responded to the social media team’s call for Nuts & Bolts interviews! If it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, I’m sorry; I promise I haven’t forgotten you. I wasn’t anticipating such a wonderful response, but I shouldn’t have been surprised. Speaking as a newbie, I’m continuously blown away by just how welcoming and supportive the horror community can be.

Watch for upcoming interviews with some of horror’s most prominent professionals from a wide range of fields—everything from

The 2022 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot

The 2022 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the Final 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 appearing on this Ballot are Bram Stoker Award® Nominees for Superior Achievement in their Category, e.g., Novel, and everyone may refer to them as such immediately after the announcement.

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

2023 Summer Scares Reading List

In celebration of National Library Lover’s Day, the Horror Writers Association (HWA), in partnership with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Booklist, is delighted to announce the fifth annual Summer Scares reading list, which includes titles selected by a panel of authors and librarians and is designed to promote Horror as a great reading option for all ages and during any time of the year.

This year Summer Scares welcomes New York Times Bestselling author, Daniel Kraus as their 2023 spokesperson. “My love of reading began at a public library — but I had to hunt for the horror,” said

StokerCon® 2023 Update

With StokerCon® 2023 about four months away, we’re excited to let you know of some important updates. Please read through the information carefully to find out more about panel programming, Librarians’ Day, virtual StokerCon options, the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference, Horror University, and Final Frame!

The Registrant Survey for panel programming and other activities and events will be deployed on or about February 10th. It will go to the same email you used to register for StokerCon 2023.

StokerCon 2023 will be a hybrid convention and include in-person and online programming. Please keep this in mind when filling out your

Call for suggestions/nominations from HWA membership for the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Horror Writers Association calls for suggestions and nominations from the membership for the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual whose work has substantially influenced the horror genre. While this award is often presented to a writer, it may also be given for influential accomplishments in other creative fields. The award is presented each year during HWA’s gala presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards at StokerCon.

To be eligible for this award, a candidate must either be at least sixty years of age by May 1 of the year of the award’s …

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,
• …

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