Horror Writers Association

Mental Health Initiative

OLD WIVES’ TALE

Trigger Warning: This article addresses mental health.

 

Cindy O’Quinn is a four-time HWA Bram Stoker Award-nominated writer. Born and raised in the mountains of West Virginia, now living and writing on the old Tessier Homestead in northern Maine.

SERPENT’S WAKE: ADDRESSING TRAUMA AND RECOVERY

Trigger Warning: This article addresses mental health

An interview with L.E Daniels

This month on Holistic Horrors, the Wellness Committee is pleased to welcome author-editor L.E. Daniels (Lauren Elise) to talk about her novel Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten, a beautiful and powerful novel which addresses themes of mental illness and recovery.

A Rhode Islander living in Australia, Lauren Elise Daniels earned her MFA in Creative Writing with Emerson College in the 1990s. Her novel, Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten was published in 2018. With Geneve Flynn, she co-edited Aiki Flinthart’s legacy anthology, Relics, Wrecks

MHI: MY SCARY VALENTINE

Trigger Warning: This article addresses mental health.

MY SCARY VALENTINE
By Maria Alexander

February 14, 2005

That was the day it first happened. I only remember it because it was Valentine’s Day. I wasn’t dating anyone. I hadn’t yet met the man who would someday become my husband, but I would in a week. I hadn’t yet even met the Frenchman I would date for three years who would take me to France for a year. That would happen in a couple of weeks.

No, something far more hellish happened first.

I was driving to work that morning from my …

MHI: Why Mental Health representation in SFFH matters

Trigger Warning: This article addresses mental health.

Why Mental Health representation in SFFH matters
By Penny Jones

Recently, I had the privilege of moderating the Fantasycon 2022 panel on mental health in SFFH with my panellists David Green and Tej Turner. And although I was both hung over and nervous as hell, my panellists at least were erudite and insightful, talking at length about both their personal and professional experiences of mental health in genre fiction. As always with these panels, an hour never seems long enough and I probably only managed to get through half of the questions I …

MHI: NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH “WHY WILL YOU SAY THAT I AM MAD?”

Trigger warning:
Contains frank discussion of substance abuse, treatment, and recovery.

NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH
“WHY WILL YOU SAY THAT I AM MAD?”

BY MARK MATTHEWS

Shake someone’s hand and recite that introduction, “Hi, my name is Mark and I’m an alcoholic” at an AA meeting, and that years ago you used to drink vodka every morning to stop the shakes,
praying you wouldn’t vomit, and you’ll receive a warm blanket of support, understanding, and acceptance.

Do it at your next job interview or when you meet your fiancés parents—well, not so much.

September is national recovery month, which exists “to …

MHI: Life Goes On The Way It Does — How Writing Is My Saviour

Trigger Warning: This article addresses mental health.

Life Goes On The Way It Does — How Writing Is My Saviour
By Claire Fitzpatrick

“It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing
negative—whichever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it.”

― Silvia Plath

This is my second attempt at writing this. Well, that’s lie. I did write a draft and then didn’t edit it. Because I couldn’t. Not because I didn’t want to. But because I physically couldn’t. Over the past
few months, for various reasons, I’ve felt as …

MHI: BUKOWSKI’S BROKEN SHOELACE THEORY by Timothy P. Flynn

Trigger Warning: This piece addresses mental health

The HWA is pleased to launch its Mental Health Initiative, a coordinated roll-out of events, resources, and activities intended to promote positive mental health, foster the concept of hope, and challenge the stigma of mental illness in the horror genre. The initiative, run by the organization’s Wellness Committee, launches in June, and includes the following blog posts from Of Horror and Hope, a downloadable anthology of poems, flash fiction, and personal reflections on mental health by HWA members.

 

BUKOWSKI’S BROKEN SHOELACE THEORY
Timothy P. Flynn

The news headline read, Wife stabbed

MHI: CRUMB by David Curfiss

Trigger Warning: This piece addresses mental health

The HWA is pleased to launch its Mental Health Initiative, a coordinated roll-out of events, resources, and activities intended to promote positive mental health, foster the concept of hope, and challenge the stigma of mental illness in the horror genre. The initiative, run by the organization’s Wellness Committee, launches in June, and includes the following blog posts from Of Horror and Hope, a downloadable anthology of poems, flash fiction, and personal reflections on mental health by HWA members.

 

CRUMB
David Curfiss

It’s hard to be a kid when the world around …

MHI: THE ULTIMATE QUESTION by Tony LaMalfa

Trigger Warning: This piece addresses mental health

The HWA is pleased to launch its Mental Health Initiative, a coordinated roll-out of events, resources, and activities intended to promote positive mental health, foster the concept of hope, and challenge the stigma of mental illness in the horror genre. The initiative, run by the organization’s Wellness Committee, launches in June, and includes the following blog posts from Of Horror and Hope, a downloadable anthology of poems, flash fiction, and personal reflections on mental health by HWA members.

 

THE ULTIMATE QUESTION
by Tony LaMalfa

With strained yet still youthful anticipation, I …

MHI: THE ART OF HEALING by Christina Sng

Trigger Warning: This piece addresses mental health

The HWA is pleased to launch its Mental Health Initiative, a coordinated roll-out of events, resources, and activities intended to promote positive mental health, foster the concept of hope, and challenge the stigma of mental illness in the horror genre. The initiative, run by the organization’s Wellness Committee, launches in June, and includes the following blog posts from Of Horror and Hope, a downloadable anthology of poems, flash fiction, and personal reflections on mental health by HWA members.

 

 

THE ART OF HEALING
Christina Sng

I.

I learned many truths
After …

MHI: BANISHING THE DARKNESS by David Sharp

Trigger Warning: This piece addresses mental health

The HWA is pleased to launch its Mental Health Initiative, a coordinated roll-out of events, resources, and activities intended to promote positive mental health, foster the concept of hope, and challenge the stigma of mental illness in the horror genre. The initiative, run by the organization’s Wellness Committee, launches in June, and includes the following blog posts from Of Horror and Hope, a downloadable anthology of poems, flash fiction, and personal reflections on mental health by HWA members.

 

BANISHING THE DARKNESS
David Sharp

In the spring of 2005, I found myself …

MHI: WAIT WHEN ICE FORMS OVER MY FINGERTIPS by Marisca Pichette

Trigger Warning: This piece addresses mental health

The HWA is pleased to launch its Mental Health Initiative, a coordinated roll-out of events, resources, and activities intended to promote positive mental health, foster the concept of hope, and challenge the stigma of mental illness in the horror genre. The initiative, run by the organization’s Wellness Committee, launches in June, and includes the following blog posts from Of Horror and Hope, a downloadable anthology of poems, flash fiction, and personal reflections on mental health by HWA members.

 

WAIT WHEN ICE FORMS OVER MY FINGERTIPS
Marisca Pichette

like acrylic nails,
biting …

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