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Horror Writers Association: Celebrating and Elevating the Art of Horror Storytelling

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fiction, today announces its continued commitment to fostering a greater appreciation of the horror genre in literature and media. The HWA serves as a rallying point for writers who confront the unknown, challenge the status quo, and explore the depths of human fear.

Founded in 1985, the HWA has been instrumental in promoting the interests of horror writers and has played a key role in expanding the genre’s reach and cultural significance. “We are in an exciting time for the horror genre, with all the new writers, new voices, and new nightmares being explored. The Horror Writers Association is a wonderful way to be an active participant in the expansion of the genre. I can’t imagine a better group of people,” says Lisa Kröger, Trustee.

Empowering Writers and Celebrating Excellence

The HWA offers resources, networking opportunities, and support for writers at all stages of their careers. Through workshops, mentorship programs, and scholarships, the association actively contributes to the development of new talent in the horror genre.

The association is also renowned for hosting the annual Bram Stoker Awards®, which recognize the superior achievements in horror literature. “Booksellers, libraries and countless genre fans eagerly wait each year to find out which writers will go home with the coveted haunted house award,” explains Angela Yuriko Smith, Trustee.

A Diverse and Inclusive Community

The HWA prides itself on being an inclusive community that celebrates diversity in horror writing. “Since the establishment of the Diverse Works and Inclusion Committee, the HWA continues tirelessly to create safe and welcoming spaces for writers at every stage in their career,” says Maxwell Gold, Executive Director. The association actively promotes works that reflect a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds, enriching the genre.

Upcoming Events and Initiatives

The HWA is excited to announce a series of upcoming events, including writing workshops, public readings, and panel discussions designed to engage both writers and fans of the horror genre. These events serve as a platform for both established and emerging writers to showcase their work and exchange ideas.

Contact Information:

For more information about the Horror Writers Association, its programs, and events, or to request an interview with a member of the association, please contact:

Maxwell Gold
Executive Director
Horror Writers Association

“The Horror Writers Association has served the horror and dark fiction community as the oldest and most prominent literary organization for almost forty years. We look forward to another forty years of nightmares,” said Executive Director Maxwell I. Gold. The Horror Writers Association continues to stand at the forefront of this exploration, inviting writers and readers alike to delve into the depths of horror.


The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting horror literature and supporting the writers who create it. Founded in 1985, the HWA has grown into a global community of writers, publishers, artists, filmmakers, and enthusiasts of the horror genre.


The HWA’s mission is to foster a greater appreciation of the horror genre in literature and media, to support and mentor new and emerging writers in the genre, and to provide a platform for the professional advancement of its members.

Key Initiatives

  • Bram Stoker Awards®: The HWA is renowned for the Bram Stoker Awards®, an annual award ceremony recognizing superior achievement in horror literature across various categories. These prestigious awards highlight the best in horror fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and more.
  • Mentorship Program: The HWA’s mentorship program pairs established writers with new or emerging writers, providing guidance, support, and professional development.
  • Scholarships and Grants: The association offers various scholarships and grants to assist writers in pursuing their passion for horror writing. These include scholarships for new and aspiring writers, diversity grants, and hardship funds.
  • Publications: The HWA regularly publishes works to showcase the talents of its members and to promote the horror genre. This includes the “Horror Writers Association Newsletter” and various anthologies.
  • Conferences and Events: The HWA organizes and participates in numerous conferences, conventions, and events each year, providing members with networking opportunities, workshops, and panels.

Membership and Community

The HWA’s membership includes writers at all stages of their careers, from aspiring authors to best-selling professionals. The association also welcomes publishers, editors, agents, and others involved in the production and promotion of horror literature.

Inclusivity and Diversity

The HWA is committed to inclusivity and diversity within its ranks and in the horror genre as a whole. The association actively seeks to amplify the voices of writers from varied backgrounds and experiences.

Global Impact

With members around the world, the HWA has a significant international impact, influencing the horror genre both in the United States and globally. The association encourages international collaboration and celebrates the diversity of horror traditions from different cultures.

Contact Information

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