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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

 

BOOKFEST DISCOUNT FOR HWA MEMBERS

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

The Dragon’s Lair: Tips & Tricks with James Aquilone

Next up in my Tips and Tricks Series is James Aquilone!

James Aquilone is the founder of Monstrous Books, writer of the Dead Jack Zombie Detective series, and editor of the anthologies Classic Monsters UnleashedShakespeare Unleashed, and the 50th anniversary Kolchak: The Night Stalker graphic novel.

1.) As an editor / publisher – what are some common mistakes you see authors make when they sign their first contract?  

People say you’re supposed to get screwed on your first contract, so authors often give away too much on those early contracts, believing that they’ll make up for

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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The Seers’ Table August 2022

Linda D. Addison, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

You can see any of The Seers’ Table posts since inception (March 2016) by going to the HWA main page and selecting the menu item “Our Blogs / Diverse Works”.

Linda D. Addison recommends:

Tori Eldridge is the national bestselling author of the newly-released dark fiction, Dance Among the Flames, and the Lily Wong mystery thriller series—The Ninja DaughterThe Ninja’s Blade, and The Ninja Betrayed—nominated for the Anthony, Lefty, and Macavity Awards and winner of the 2021 Crimson Scribe Award for Best Book of …

StokerCon™ 2023 Update

StokerCon2023 is slated to be held at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, from June 15th through the 18th. You can reserve your room now with the link below. The Horror Writers Association has secured a special discounted con rate of $164/night, which applies only from Wednesday through Sunday (6/14-18, 2023) and must be booked using this link before 5/24/2023.

Book here: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1656516386833&key=GRP&app=resvlink

The StokerCon2023 website is still a work in progress, but you can find additional hotel information here: https://www.stokercon2023.com/hotel

Ticket sales for the Dealers Room are now live on EventBrite with different pricing

HWA Honors Latinx Heritage Month for the Second Year


As the Horror Writers Association launches its second year of the Latinx Heritage in Horror interview series, we are looking to interview authors we did not interview last year. If you are a horror author, poet, or non-fiction horror writer (or writer of dark fantasy or other related genres) who is of Latinx/Hispanic heritage, or if you would like to nominate such an author, please send an email message to Sumiko Saulson at sumikoska@yahoo.com

In the intro, please include:

– The name of the author

– Email, or other contact info for the author

– Briefly, why this author is …

Congratulations to all the poets who were selected for the annual HWA Poetry Showcase IX

Congratulations Poets! by Angela Yuriko Smith

Congratulations to all the poets who were selected for the annual HWA Poetry Showcase IX, especially our featured poets Stephanie M. Wytovich, Geneve Flynn and Naomi Simone Borwein. It was difficult to choose just 50 poems when well over 200 poetry submissions came in this year. I’m grateful for fellow judges Lee Murray, Maxwell I. Gold and Frances Pai for helping me to read all of these and make the hard decisions. 

A big thank you to HWA John Palisano for showing support for dark poetry and poets by not only doubling the

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) Announces The Release of its Next Publication: The HWA Poetry Showcase, Volume IX

PRESS RELEASE

The Horror Writers Association presents its ninth annual poetry showcase featuring a selection of the best original dark poetry from the past year. Edited by Angela Yuriko Smith with judges Lee Murray, Maxwell I. Gold and Frances Lu Pai Ippolito, this year features Stephanie M. Wytovich, Geneve Flynn, and Naomi Simone Borwein as our featured poets. Cover artwork by Kyra Starr.

Appreciation to HWA President John Palisano for doubling the payment to poets and awarding poets both payment and a contributor copy instead of poets choosing between two options. The artwork for this year’s cover pays tribute to

The Dragon’s Lair: Tips & Tricks with Vince Liaguno

Greetings from the Dragon’s Lair! I’m very excited to present this mini-series of tips-and-tricks from seasoned publishing professionals for the benefit of members and non-members alike. A little background before we dive into the good stuff! My hope and vision for not only this blog, but these resource columns is to give authors, editors, and publishing professionals who are new to the world of publishing or even seasoned professionals, some resources to look through and reference.

We have a fantastic line-up of editors and publishers for our Tips and Tricks Series. I’m pleased to introduce Vince Liaguno!

Vince …

In Memoriam: Valjeanne Jeffers

On behalf of the Horror Writers Association, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the friends, family, and fans of Valjeanne Jeffers, and to her longtime boyfriend, poet Quinton Veal. Valjeanne was a proud member of the Horror Writers Association, a warm presence in the horror writing community, and on the speculative fiction convention circuit.

Her contributions to the horror genre were many, including her werewolf series The Immortals, and short stories appearing in numerous horror anthologies, including Black Magic Women, Slay: Tales of the Vampire Noire, and the Bram Stoker nominated Sycorax’s Daughters. She deftly combined horror …

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