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Latinx Heritage in Horror: Richard Z. Santos

Richard Z. Santos’ debut novel, Trust Me, was a finalist for the Writer’s League of Texas Book Awards and was named one of the best debuts of the year by CrimeReads. He’s the editor of the collection A Night of Screams: Latino Horror Stories. He is the Executive Director of Austin Bat Cave, an organization that provides creative writing workshops to students in under-resourced areas. He is a former Board Member of The National Book Critics Circle and has judged contests for The Kirkus Prize, The NEA, and many more. Recent work can be found in Austin Noir

Latinx Heritage in Horror: Interview with Luis Paredes

Luis Paredes is the author of the horror / urban fantasy novella, Out On a Limb. Other work includes the mob-inspired short story, Forgive Us Our Debts in Tangled Web’s latest issue and The Ammuntadore on Tall Tale TV. 

Luis lives in Westchester, New York where you can find him training for marathons or chatting up strangers about a platypus’s life cycle. 

Find Luis on Instagram @luisparedeswrites or on Twitter @Luis_Writes

Q. What inspired you to start writing?

A. I’ve joked that my writing career started when I was seven. That’s when I plagiarized Mark Twain’s The Celebrated Jumping

Latinx Heritage in Horror: Interview with Carmen Baca

Carmen Baca taught high school and college English for thirty-six years before retiring in 2014. As a Chicana, a Norteña native to New Mexico, Carmen Baca keeps her culture’s traditions alive through regionalism to prevent them from dying completely. She is the author of six books and over 70 short publications in a variety of genres from prose to poetry.

Q. What inspired you to start writing?

A. When our rural community’s religious brotherhood disbanded in the mid-’80s, the brothers entrusted the relics from the prayer house, including a locked wooden box, into my care. The box revealed answers to …

Latinx Heritage in Horror: Interview with Sandra Becerril

Considered one of the most important writers of the horror genre in Latin America. Member of the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, Mexican writer and screenwriter, nominated for the Ariel 2015 and 2020 for Best Adapted Screenplay, Doctor Honoris Causa by the Ibero-American Congress of Education in Peru, member of the HBO scriptwriting team and the Horror Writers Association.

43 of her novels have been published in the most important international publishers and translated into ten languages, as well as adapted for feature films shown in various countries.

She has to her credit 45 productions of scripts of

HWA Scholarship Announcement

HWA Scholarship Announcement

The Horror Writer’s Association would like to thank everyone who applied for scholarships in 2023. The initiative of applicants makes it possible to provide these invaluable opportunities to connect, learn, grow, and imagine what might be next for the genre. 

Whether it’s a haunting novel or a groundbreaking thesis, a riveting collection of poetry or a jaw-dropping new script, the horror writers of the world have been busy. These scholarships provide more than just money; they provide the chance for the winners to learn from the best, mature as creators, and infuse our world with art like

HWA Announces Maxwell I. Gold as Executive Director


For Immediate Release:

Columbus, Ohio — The Board of Trustees of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce that Maxwell I. Gold has been installed as Executive Director, replacing Brad Hodson who served the HWA with distinction for ten years as Administrator.

Gold brings a wealth of expertise and over a decade of combined experience in corporate banking, philanthropy and fundraising as well as project management. He’s worked with small to medium non-profits as well as large marketing enterprises, and he is excited to lead the HWA. As an accomplished …

2023 Horror Writers Association Elections for Officers and Trustees

The HWA’s annual elections will soon be upon us. 

Up this year are four Trustee positions, as well as the offices of Vice President and Treasurer. 

Please read the statements of the following candidates carefully. Links to the ballot will be sent out on or around September 7, 2023 to our Active and Lifetime members, with a due date of September 16, 2023. 

The elected officers shall hold their respective offices for terms of two years, beginning on November 1 and ending on October 31.

Candidate Statement for Horror Writers Association VICE PRESIDENT

Lisa Wood (L. Marie Wood)

Hello and

World of Horror: Interview with Tejaswi Priyadarshi

Tejaswi Priyadarshi is a splatter-noir author and an HWA Grant Conferee. His two books The Psychopath, The Cannibal, The Lover and Bhang Milkha Bhang have been pivotal in exploring the splatterpunk genre in the Indian literary landscape. His work is focused on layering splatterpunk with local genre and geographic indications and flavors. Tejaswi has an engineering and a business degree, and apart from writing, he also specializes in Digital marketing. He is currently working on a splatterpunk short story collection and a psychological horror novel.

What was it about the horror genre that drew you to it?

I think it

World of Horror: Interview with Alessandro Manzetti

Alessandro Manzetti (Rome, Italy) is a three-time Bram Stoker Award-winning writer, editor, scriptwriter and essayist of horror fiction and dark poetry. His work has been published extensively (more than 40 books) in Italian and English. Among his publications in English: the novel Naraka (2018), the novella The Keeper of Chernobyl (2019), the collections The Radioactive Bride (2020) and The Garden of Delight (2017) the poetry collections  Whitechapel Rhapsody (2020), The Place of Broken Things (2019, with Linda D. Addison), War (2018, with Marge Simon), Sacrificial Nights (2016, with Bruce Boston) and Eden Underground (2015), the graphic novels Kraken Inferno (2022),

World of Horror: Interview with Zachary Ashford

Zachary Ashford is the Aurealis-nominated author of When the Cicadas Stop Singing. His new book, The Morass: Servant of the Fly God is out through Crystal Lake on July 14. His debut novel, Polyphemus, follows through Darklit in September. He is an educator, occasional speaker, and cat-lover. He spends a lot of time hanging out with his wife, cats, and action figures. His books usually feature Australian characters, tonnes of page-turning conflict, and an assortment of lizard-people, killer marsupials, giant crocodiles, mutations, living dead things, sentient hive-mind flies, demons, and highway-patrolling serial killers. There’s usually a guy in a …

HWA is proud to announce our next members-only anthology: Scaring and Daring Adventures

HWA is proud to announce our next members-only anthology:

SCARING AND DARING ADVENTURES will be an anthology of original fiction stories that draw from the rich tradition of classic works of children’s literature and puts a “scaring” spin on the “daring adventures.” These stories will be intended for middle-grade readers and will reference characters, situations, or settings from famous works of literature that are in the public domain (generally pre-1923). The anthology will be edited by Eric J. Guignard and published by HarperCollins in 2025.

Examples of stories this anthology could contain include ideas such as:

  • The March Sisters of

Halloween Haunts Rises Again!

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. Halloween Haunts offers HWA members a place to share Halloween anecdotes and stories to connect with new readers, spread the word about members’ new works, and raise the profile of the horror genre and the HWA. 

You can find past posts on our Halloween blog: https://horror.org/category/halloween/

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