Horror Writers Association


Summer Scares Reading List 2022

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 fourth 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.

Every year, three titles are selected in each of three categories: Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade. For 2022 the selected titles are:


  • Coyote Songs by Gabino Iglesias [Broken River Books, 2018]
  • My Favorite
HWA Librarian’s Day Postponed

HWA Librarian’s Day Postponed

In light of the CDC request to cancel all gatherings of 50+ people until mid-May,

HWA Librarian’s Day is being moved to November 12th, 2020.

We will be at the same location, and anticipate providing the same exceptional line-up of authors, panelists, and sponsors. We hope you will be able to join us in November!

If you have a scheduling conflict, please don’t hesitate to ask for a refund. We will be happy to refund your money! We want everyone to stay healthy first and foremost. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to delving into the depths …

The CreEpy Catalog: Frozen Charlotte

The CreEpy Catalog: Frozen Charlotte

In order to write great children’s horror, you must READ great children’s horror. To help you out with this, we’ve invited our very own middle school librarian to take you into the deepest, darkest corners of the stacks to see what frightening fiction kids are reading. Welcome to the CreEpy Catalog!

Everyone who knows me knows that I have a soft spot for dolls. Even the ones that look “creepy” find a home with me because I can’t bear to have a representation of someone’s childhood go abandoned and unloved. I love reading horror stories that feature creepy dolls, and

HWA’s HAUNTED NIGHTS released October 3rd!


Sixteen never-before-published chilling tales that explore every aspect of our darkest holiday, Halloween, co-edited by Ellen Datlow, one of the most successful and respected genre editors, and Lisa Morton, a leading authority on Halloween.

In addition to stories about scheming jack-o’-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, disturbingly realistic haunted attractions, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and trick or treating in the future, Haunted Nights also offers terrifying and mind-bending explorations of related holidays like All Souls’ Day, Dia de los Muertos, and Devil’s Night.

“With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane …

“Road Virus” Interview

Have you ever dreamed of your library or bookstore coming to you? Or of a library that specializes in the kinds of books you want to read, a library filled with genre fiction that you can’t find in your local library or bookstore? Then dream no more.

The Road Virus is here, and today we’re talking to the two owners/operators of this innovative concept in reading services.

Meet Em and Sade, who in January hit the road in their combination bookmobile and living space, bringing fringe and underrepresented literature to the masses one stop at a time.

JGF: Em and …

The Seers’ Table – February 2017

The Seers Table!

Thank you for joining us at the Seers’ Table for February 2017. We have some wonderful recommendations for you this month. Welcome new Diverse Works Inclusion Committee members (The committee behind The Seers’ Table) Andrew Wolter, Lauren Candia, and Michael Paul Gonzalez.

Ace Antonio Hall recommends:

Darlene Black is Philadelphia-born, which she uses as the backdrop for her debut work, Necromancy. She is working on a second novel, Hollis Hill.






Necromancy: Mauly Basterville is a sophisticated architect, who is contemplating calling off …

First Recipients of the Young Adult Write Now Endowment Announced

First Recipients of the Young Adult Write Now Endowment:

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards®, is proud to announce the first-ever recipients of the annual Young Adults Write Now endowments.

Each of the following five libraries will receive $500 to help fund teen writing programs as part of the HWA’s ongoing dedication to furthering young adult literacy.

The W. T. Bland Public Library – Mount Dora, FL
Dreadful Teen Writing Program, administered by Cathy Jones, Adult Services Librarian

The Louisiana, Missouri

The Seers Table – December 2016

The Seers Table!

As we brace ourselves to face the approaching cold season we need to support and celebrate diverse authors more than ever before. Please enjoy these recommendations from The Seers’ Table.

Linda Addison recommends:

Tonya Liburd is a multi-talented writer to keep an eye on, her fiction has been long listed in the 2015 Carter V. Cooper (Vanderbilt) Exile Short Fiction Competition. She shares a birthday with Simeon Daniel and Ray Bradbury, which may tell you a little something about her. Her passions are music (someday!) and of

Happy Halloween from HWA!

jol2013Happy Halloween from the Horror Writers Association (HWA)!

As horror writers, of course we treasure Halloween, but we also understand the concerns of some educators in regards to the holiday.

Halloween has a rich history that goes back over a thousand years, encompassing elements of folklore, literature, sociology, and pop culture. In the 21st century it is celebrated as a secular festival with playful costumes, parties, and fictitious scares. We urge educators to consider Halloween’s literary and historical side; it’s a perfect time to interest students in such classics as:

  • “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe
  • “Young Goodman Brown”


Welcome to the Librarian’s page on the Horror Writers Association (HWA) website! We hope you will find everything you need in terms of tools, recommended reading lists, and information about our authors. At any time, please feel free to contact us at HWA@horror.org.

One of the HWA’s missions is to encourage public interest in and foster an appreciation of reading in general, and horror and dark fantasy literature for adults, teens, and children in particular. To that end, our members take part in public readings and lectures whenever possible, we publish a newsletter for booksellers and librarians, and we are …

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