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Horror Writers Association
PO Box 56687
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413

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HWA Officers

PresidentJohn Edward Lawson

While John Edward Lawson has been called “the forgotten black man of horror,” he also regularly publishes science fiction, nonfiction, and literary fiction. His work has been nominated for the Dwarf Stars, Rhysling, Stoker, and Wonderland awards in addition to the Pushcart Prize. For his work as an editor, John received the 2018 HWA Specialty Press Award. He currently serves as President of the Horror Writers Association.

Vice President – Meghan Arcuri

Meghan Arcuri has worked tirelessly for the organization for the past several years. Two notable examples include helping us with our social media outreach and with sponsorships for our StokerCon events. She is generous, proactive, professional, and easy to work with.

Meghan is a highly regarded writer, with her work appearing in many anthologies, including Chiral Mad 3, 18 Wheels of Horror, the forthcoming Borderlands 7, and many more to come.

SecretaryBecky Spratford

Becky Spratford is a Readers’ Advisory Librarian in Illinois specializing in serving leisure reading patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All, and it’s evil twin, RA for All: Horror. She is on the Steering Committee of the Adult Reading Round Table and is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveList database, reviews for Booklist and articles and columns for Library Journal. Becky specializes in helping libraries work with horror books and readers as the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Second Edition (ALA Editions, 2012). As the public library world’s most visible horror expert, Becky has been profiled in the Chicago Tribune, appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, and recorded numerous podcasts all in an effort to make sure libraries don’t forget about horror as they develop their collections, craft displays, and work with patrons. Becky was invited as a special guest at StokerCon 2017 for her contribution to the genre, and has run the annual StokerCon Librarian’s Day of programming since 2018. You can interact with Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.

TreasurerMaxwell I. Gold
Maxwell I. Gold is a multiple award-nominated author who writes prose, poetry, and short stories in weird and cosmic fiction. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines including Weirdbook Magazine, Space and Time Magazine, Startling Stories, Strange Horizons, Tales from OmniPark Anthology, Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas, and many more. He’s the author of Oblivion in Flux: A Collection of Cyber Prose from Crystal Lake Publishing. In his role as the Treasurer for the HWA, he’s the financial steward of the organization and believes in making sure the HWA has a healthy financial future. For any questions or general queries, please feel free to email him. For any questions or general queries, please feel free to email him.

HWA Board of Trustees

Linda Addison
James Chambers
Ellen Datlow
Angela Yuriko Smith
Lisa Kröger
Brian Matthews
Gabino Iglesias

Bram Stoker Award® Officials

Chair James Chambers

Other HWA Officials

HWA Administrator Brad Hodson
Newsletter Editor Kathryn Ptacek
Quick Bites Editor Meghan Arcuri
Membership Chair Victoria Nations
Social Media Coordinator Sumiko Saulson
Volunteer Coordinator Lila Denning
Webmaster Angel Leigh McCoy

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HWA’s Agent

HWA’s literary projects are represented by Alec Shane at Writers House.

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