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Black Heritage in Horror: Interview with Nicole Givens Kurtz

Black Heritage in Horror: Interview with Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz, Publisher. Educator. Author. Mom. Nicole loves reading, writing, and anime. She enjoys reading works that promote women of color and futuristic settings. She also loves a good mystery. She started Mocha Memoirs Press to provide more diversity in speculative fiction. She’s also a scribbler of tales. She’s the recipient of the Ladies of Horror Grant (2021), the Horror Writers Association’s Diversity Grant (2020) and the Atomacon Palmetto Scribe Award-Best Short Story 2021. She’s been named as one of Book Riot’s 6 Best Black Indie SFF Writers and editor of Slay: Stories of the Vampire Noire.

What inspired

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 …

Latinx Heritage in Horror: Interview with Robert Perez

Robert Perez

Robert Perez sleeps at the bottom of the ocean. Urban legend whispers that the writer can be summoned into your dreams if you read his work to a jack-o-lantern. You can find his poems and stories in the Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase Volumes II, III, IV (Special Mention), and V, The Literary Hatchet #13 & #14, Deadlights Magazine #1, Five Minutes at Hotel Stormcove, and Community of Magic Pens. He is currently working on obtaining a master’s degree in counseling psychology at the University of Colorado Denver. Follow @_TheLeader on twitter to keep up with future projects.…

Latinx Heritage in Horror: Interview with Michael J Moore

My name is Michael J Moore. I’m the author of Highway Twenty, which made the 2019 Bram Stoker preliminary ballot for Superior Achievement in a Novel, as well a other books and short stories. I’m an active member of the HWA, and a journalist who writes with an emphasis on social and racial justice.

I’m Mexican on my mother’s side, and though white-passable, I strongly identify with my Latinx heritage. Please feel free to Google “Michael J Moore author” to learn more about me.

What inspired you to start writing?

Life. Love. Hate. Joy. Instability. I’ve always been somebody …

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

Latinx Heritage in Horror: Interview with María Pilar Conn

My name is María Pilar Conn and I am an established writer of gothic mystery and poetry in the Spanish language. I live in Spain, in the region of Murcia in a small fishing town, Cabo de Palos. My mother was born here, in Sevilla, and I grew up between both countries, though I am still a US citizen. I have two published mystery novels, La Casa del Marqués, and my new novel, La Canción del Baladre, two poetry books, La Almendra y el Maíz and Paseando con Schopenhauer, plus a book on cake sculpture. I am …

Latinx Heritage in Horror: Interview with B.F. Vega

B. F. Vega

My name is Beulah Vega (she/her), but I write and am listed as a member of the HWA under B.F. Vega. I am both a first-generation American and a descendant of some of the first colonists. My father was an undocumented worker from a small town in Mexico, and he met my mother (who had ancestors on the Mayflower) while they were both migrant workers. I am, of course, mixed race, and I think that’s important to focus on these days. There are so many of us, Mixt, and we rarely get the recognition or belonging that ‘pure’ blood does. …

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

Latinx Heritage in Horror: Interview with Angela Acosta

Angela Acosta (she/her/ella) is a poet and scholar of Mexican and European descent who grew up in Gainesville, Florida. She won the 2015 Rhina P. Espaillat Award from West Chester University. Her speculative poetry has or will appear in On Spec, Eye to the Telescope, Radon Journal, MacroMacrocosm, and Shoreline of Infinity. Her work has been featured in Latinx magazines like Panochazine, Somos en Escrito, and Latinx Audio Lit Mag. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Iberian Studies at The Ohio State University and resides in Columbus, Ohio. She enjoys rock …

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. …

Latinx Heritage in Horror: Interview with Jose Nateras

Jose Nateras

Jose Nateras is an L.A. based Writer and Filmmaker from Chicago. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Jose has his MFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). A screenwriter and playwright, Jose is also a contributor for The A.V. Club and elsewhere. His debut novel, Testament, was published by Ninestar Press. One of his feature-length horror screenplays, Zero Feet Away, was included on 2021’s Bloodlist and has been optioned by Village Roadshow Pictures/Brillstein Entertainment Partners where it is currently in development. Another, Departing Seniors, is currently in production. He can be …

Latinx Heritage in Horror: Interview with LP Hernandez

LP Hernandez is an author of horror and speculative fiction. His stories have been featured in anthologies from Dark Matter Magazine, Cemetery Gates Media, and Sinister Smile Press among others. He is a regular contributor to The NoSleep Podcast and was privileged to helm the Season 16 finale. He has two short story collections including the recently released and fully illustrated The Rat King. His novella, Stargazers, was published under the My Dark Library banner with Cemetery Gates Media. When not writing, LP serves as a medical administrator in the U.S. Air Force. He is a husband, …

Latinx Heritage in Horror: Interview with Manuel Arenas

Manuel Arenas is a writer of verse and prose in the Gothic Horror tradition. His work has appeared in various anthologies and journals including Spectral Realms, and Penumbra, both from Hippocampus Press. In 2021 he released his first collection of poetry and prose, Book of Shadows: Grim Tales and Gothic Fancies, from Jackanapes Press. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona, where he pens his dark ditties sheltered behind heavy curtains, as he shuns the oppressive orb which glares down on him from the cloudless, dust-filled sky.

What inspired you to start writing?

I was always into storytelling, …

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