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Gothic Classics: The Castle of Otranto & The Old English Baron

Gothic Classics: The Castle of Otranto & The Old English Baron, the next volume from the HWA’s Haunted Library of Horror Classics!
With an introduction by Robert McCammon.
Order here.

The series is edited by Leslie Klinger and Eric Guignard, and is published by Poisoned Pen Press.…

HWA Poetry Showcase Volume VIII Now Available!

The Horror Writers Associations presents their eighth annual Poetry Showcase, featuring the best in never-before-published dark verse. Edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich with judges Angela Yurkio Smith and Sara Tantlinger, this year features the first Crystal Lake Poetry Contest winner, poems from Cynthia Pelayo, Lindy Ryan, Sarah Reed, Alicia Hilon, Corrinne DeWinter, Sumiko Saulson, Querus Abuttu, Carina Bissett, Lee Murray and many more poems from the talented members of the Horror Writers Association. Cover artwork by Robert Cabeen.

Now Available in Print and on Kindle

New Haunted Library Release!

The Horror Writers Association presents the Haunted Library of Horror Classics!

The next volume in the Haunted Library of Horror Classics series—The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers—is now available for purchase!

The King in Yellow is a book of short stories by American writer Robert W. Chambers, first published in 1895. The book is named after a play with the same title which recurs as a motif through some of the stories.

The first half of the book features highly esteemed weird stories, and the book has been described by critics as a classic in the …

Poetry Showcase, volume 7

The Horror Writers Associations presents their seventh annual Poetry Showcase, featuring the best in never-before-published dark verse.

Edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich, this year’s featured poets are K. P. Kulski, Sarah Read, and Sara Tantlinger, plus dozens of poems from the talented members of the Horror Writers Association.

Cover by Robert Payne Cabeen.

 

HWA Presents: Don’t Turn Out the Lights

The HWA is pleased to announce the release of its newest publication, Don’t Turn Out the Lights, a middle-grade anthology edited by Jonathan Maberry and published by Harper Collins. The book debuted 9/1 in hardcover, eBook, and audio.

Don’t Turn Out the Lights is a tribute to Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and features 35 stories from such talents as R.L. Stine, Madeleine Roux, and many members of the Horror Writers Association. Illustrations by Iris Compiet.

 

 

Watch interviews with the contributors:

Don’t Turn Out the Lights Panel Discussion #1

    • This is the first of a series

HWA Announces Academic Essay Collection

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, announces a new release in the Fall 2019 from McFarland Books.

Horror Literature from Gothic to Post-Modernism: Critical Essays.

These essays were initially presented at Ann Radcliffe Academic Conferences during StokerCon® events. All scholars and academics were invited to submit presentation abstracts related to Horror Studies for consideration.

The book is edited by Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak, with a Foreword by Lisa Morton, six-time Bram Stoker award-winning author and former President of HWA, and an Afterword by Becky Spratford.

From the …

Haunted Nights Audiobook

Here are 16 chilling, never-before-published tales that explore every aspect of our darkest holiday, Halloween, coedited 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, Día de los Muertos, and Devil’s Night.

“With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane Seeds” by Seanan …

HWA’s HAUNTED NIGHTS released October 3rd!

ABOUT HAUNTED NIGHTS

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 …

HWA Announces Contents of Its Next Anthology, HALLOWS’ EVE

HWA Announces Contents of Its Next Anthology, HALLOWS’ EVE

jol2013An exciting line-up of bestselling and critically-acclaimed authors will share the table of contents with some of the horror genre’s best new voices in the Horror Writers Association’s next anthology, Hallows’ Eve. Co-edited by Ellen Datlow, past winner of HWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Lisa Morton, one of the world’s leading authorities on Halloween, Hallows’ Eve presents sixteen never-before-published tales that explore every aspect of the darkest holiday. In addition to stories about scheming jack-o’-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and even trick or treating in …

Cover and TOC reveal for SCARY OUT THERE

Cover and TOC reveal for SCARY OUT THERE

scary-out-there-9781481450706_hrHWA’s next anthology, Scary Out There, will be published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on August 30, 2016. The book will be released in both hardback ($18.99) and e-book ($10.99).

Scary Out There was edited by Jonathan Maberry, and features this stellar line-up:

1.     Introduction by Jonathan Maberry
2.     Brenna Yovanoff, “The Doomsday Glass”
3.     Carrie Ryan, “What Happens to Girls Who Disappear”
4.     Cherie Priest, “The Mermaid Aquarium”
5.     Ellen Hopkins,“As Good As Your Word”
6.     Rachel Tafoya, “Invisible Girl”
7.     Zac Brewer, “Death and Twinkies”
8.     Linda Addison, “Secret Things: Poems”
9.     Josh Malerman, …

New Horror Anthology for Teens from HWA

New Horror Anthology for Teens from HWA

hwa_news214x164It’s scary out there. Especially if you’re a teen. It’s a frightening world, and we live in troubling times. Globally, locally, even in the safety of our own bedrooms.

It’s about to get a lot scarier.

The Horror Writers Association and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will launch “Scary Out There,” an anthology of all-original horror stories for young adults, written by an incredible line-up of world-class bestsellers. New York Times bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award® winner Jonathan Maberry has gathered together a veritable who’s who of A-listers to tell stories that explore what horror means to …

BLOOD LITE II edited by HWA Member Kevin J. Anderson Hits Mass Market

BLOOD LITE II the HWA anthology edited by Kevin J. Anderson combines horror and humor for a quick and quirky read. It’s now available in a Mass Market version, along with the previously available Paperback and Kindle editions.

Can a killer’s basement blood-feast be a tax write-off (under Entertainment)? Not if Vlad the IRS agent nails him first in Heather Graham’s “Death and Taxes.”

What does a pack of hungry she-wolves do to solve their man troubles? Ladies Night Out takes a wicked turn in “Dog Tired (of the Drama!)” by L. A. Banks.

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