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Officer Candidate Statements 2018

Incumbent, Uncontested Presidential Candidate

Lisa Morton

I never expected to be here offering myself up for a third term as HWA’s President. Those who know me well will tell you that I always said I never wanted this office, that I preferred to work quietly behind the scenes.

Yet here we are. So, why am I doing it?

Believe me, I thought long and hard about it. It’s not an easy job, as my predecessors well know. It can be stressful, it can be difficult, it can eat away hours that could’ve gone to writing… but it can also be tremendously rewarding. When it all comes together, when it all works, it’s a pretty great feeling.

And I’m so proud of what the other officers, the Board of Trustees, our army of volunteers, our members, and I have accomplished together over the last year alone. Just in twelve months, we’ve:

– Instituted HWA’s first online writing workshop

– Started a dedicated forum for academics

– Added a new Bram Stoker Award category to recognize Short Non-fiction

– Published one new anthology to rave reviews, and accepted over 300 member submissions for our next anthology (which is our biggest yet)

– Sold our first anthology of academic papers presented at the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference

– Revealed www.thebramstokerawards.com , the first website dedicated solely to our iconic awards

– Celebrated the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein by supporting the creation of a bust of Mary Shelley

– Resurrected the YA blog

– Announced the first StokerCon™ (2020) to be held outside of the U.S.

This is all in addition to our regular work, which includes everything from our yearly StokerCon to our monthly newsletter, from our rapidly-expanding chapters to our newly-stylish Internet Mailers, from scholarships to mentorships.

I’m very grateful to you, our members, for supporting us through our various projects, especially those of you who have gotten involved as volunteers. Without you, I’d be sitting here on my couch daydreaming projects that would never materialize.

And thank you for your belief in me. Since I first took office in 2014 (after the untimely death of our last President Rocky Wood), I’ve received countless messages of encouragement and gratitude, and every one of those counts. That’s why I’m taking on a third term, with enthusiasm and optimism.


Candidates for position of HWA SECRETARY:

Becky Spratford

Over the last 3 years I have begun to be more involved in the HWA, serving as the Coordinator of Librarian Day for StokerCon in 2018 and agreeing to reprise that role in 2019. I have also served on the Stoker Awards Jury of Best First Novel for two years and now, in my third year, I am serving as the Jury Chair. Also last year I was asked to serve of the Lifetime Achievement Award Committee and I am not exaggerating when I say, it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career.

As I have increased my involvement with HWA, I have truly enjoyed all of the people I have met along the way. Everyone is committed to promoting the genre and its authors for the right reasons. I would like to continue to increase my commitment to the HWA and its cause because I believe in it and the people who run it.

Specifically, I am interested in running for Secretary for a few reasons. First, I feel like I have gotten to know the organization, its members, and its functions well enough at this point to be an educated member of the Executive Board. I have seen how the group functions and feel like I can contribute and help improve it. Second, secretary is a job— taking minutes, keeping records, etc… that fits very well with my librarian skills. Third, my knowledge of the genre, its trends, its readers, and the current marketplace is vast. It is what I am paid to do. I can bring this knowledge, my contacts, and experience to the Executive Board as we move the organization forward. Fourth, the projects I have been working on with J.G. Faherty to grow awareness in the library community for the HWA are going very well, but I feel like I need to take another step forward to keep the momentum going. Finally, I am an elected official serving on an executive board already. I am in my fifth 4-year term as a Cook County, IL elected official- La Grange Library Board Trustee. I have been President, Secretary, and Vice President [currently serving my second stint in that role]. This seven member board is in charge of almost $3 million of taxpayer money. I have led the search for two Executive Directors, led three Strategic Plans, built a $10 million new building, and more in my time. We are responsible for setting policy as well. All of this is meant to show that I get what it means to be on a board, how people need to work together, and the full scope of this work in order to move an organization forward.


Michael Bailey

I am running for Secretary of the Horror Writers Association.

During my adventures within the HWA, I have served as a mentor, assisted the Grievance Committee, served as a judge for the Bram Stoker Awards, and volunteer wherever I can to assist new writers and other artists.

Recently, I have taken the plunge to become a full-time writer and editor (and sometimes book designer), focusing on developing my own writing while also taking care of my family. While that goal was temporarily interrupted by re-learning how to walk and re-learn balance (following a nasty encounter with Bilateral Loss of Labyrinthine Function / aka an entire loss of my vestibular system), and while I am attempting to return to normal life following serious loss in the California Wildfires, writing and editing and working with others in the field is helping to make this goal a reality (plus, I can walk again and the fires are done burning … rising from the ashes and whatnot). The HWA has helped me out tremendously over the years, in so many ways, and it’s time to give back where I can.

I was first brought into the fold by my Borderlands Press boot camp amigos: Thomas F. Monteleone, F. Paul Wilson, Douglas E. Winter, and guest instructors such as David Morrell, Gary A. Braunbeck, Mort Castle, and Elizabeth Massie, who have each taken me under their wings at one point or another. Each of these individuals (and many others, especially my writing peers) have helped mold me over the years into the person I am today. I was invited to join the Horror Writers Association by Rocky Wood years ago, and have been a member ever since.

In the last ten years, I have become a multi-award-winning writer and editor, and the recipient of over two dozen literary accolades, including the Bram Stoker Award®, Benjamin Franklin Award, Eric Hoffer Book Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, the Indie Book Award, and others. Composite novels include Palindrome Hannah, Phoenix Rose, and Psychotropic Dragon (forthcoming), and I have published two short story and poetry collections, Scales and Petals, and Inkblots and Blood Spots, as well as Enso, an illustrated children’s book. I am the founder of Written Backwards, an independent press focused on seeking diverse new voices to publish alongside some of the best writers of contemporary fiction. I am responsible for anthologies such as Qualia Nous, The Library of the Dead, four volumes of Chiral Mad, You Human, Adam’s Ladder, a series of illustrated books, and a few debut fiction collections by up-and-comers, among other projects. I am currently focusing on a science fiction thriller called Seen in Distant Stars, a new fiction collection called The Impossible Weight of Life, and collaborating on various projects. My most recent anthology, Chiral Mad 4, is completely collaborative (co-edited with Lucy A. Snyder), and will include four short stories, four novelettes, four novellas, and four graphic adaptations—all collaborative efforts. In other words, I am constantly pushing boundaries, crossing/mixing genres, getting writers to bend their routines, and designing what I hope are some forever-memorable books. This year I am also working with an agent to hopefully make some serious magic happen.

As Secretary, I will help out the HWA how I can, continue seeking new, diverse voices, as well as illustrators, book designers, and other such artists, in hopes of bringing people together to create the most beautiful books imaginable. I have always wanted to volunteer more of my time to help the Horror Writers Association evolve, and have an opportunity this year to help in this regard. I wholeheartedly believe in the gathering of willing individuals to help any organization live and breathe. As most of you have come to realize over the years, I do not take sides. I am diplomatic and logical in everything I do. And I take some pretty damn good notes.


Moaner T. Lawrence

From the beginning of my Horror career, I have always been interested in bringing people in our genre together. In 2011, I was inducted into Rue Morgue Magazine’s masthead to be the face of their German branch, Rue Morgue Deutschland. Aside from covering conventions, conducting interviews, and being a regular contributor, I also penned several cross-promotional articles for Germany’s most popular horror magazine, Virus, from 2013 to 2016. These articles allowed me to showcase artists from Canada and North America, including Jason Edmiston, Gary Pullin, and Justin Kamerer to German audiences. In 2014, I joined the world’s largest horror fiction podcast, Pseudopod.org, as an associate editor, where I mainly reviewed submissions, but also wrote blogs to raise awareness of fundraising projects, and celebrate milestone episodes. Within a year I was promoted to Assistant Editor, and from 2015 to 2018, my duties also included fielding media inquiries intended to extend Pseudopod’s media presence, as well as acquiring station tags from popular horror personalities like Larry Fessenden of Tales from Beyond the Pale, author, Andrew Neiderman, and Robert Englund. In March of 2018, I left Pseudopod to take up the mantle of Online Writing Group Director for the HWA, where I lead an ongoing series of 10-week workshops intended to connect writers who are unable to access a physical chapter of our society. I have been an active member of the HWA since 2016, and everyone at the aforementioned organizations will testify that I believe collaboration and cooperation are necessary to our community’s continued sustainability. Therefore, as Secretary to the Horror Writers Association, please be assured that I would use every opportunity afforded me to better serve, connect, and inform members of our organization.


Candidates for position of HWA TRUSTEE:

Ellen Datlow

I’ve been a member of HWA for over twenty years and have served the membership in the capacity of trustee for more than ten years.

I’ve also served as a judge for the Stoker Award several times, sat on the Scholarship committee for two years, and helped run the HWA booths at Book Expo and NY ComicCon.

I’ve enjoyed being a trustee, and proud of what the board has accomplished during my trusteeship. I hope to continue to serve for the foreseeable future, if I’m given that privilege.

I’ve been editing sf/f/h short fiction for over thirty years, currently acquiring and editing stories and novellas for Tor.com. I’ve also edited almost one hundred anthologies, including the annual The Best Horror of the Year.

I’ve won multiple World Fantasy Awards, Locus Awards, Hugo Awards, Stoker Awards, International Horror Guild Awards, Shirley Jackson Awards, and the 2012 Il Posto Nero Black Spot Award for Excellence as Best Foreign Editor. I’ve also been named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for “outstanding contribution to the genre”; have been honored with the Life Achievement Award given by the Horror Writers Association, in acknowledgment of superior achievement over an entire career, and the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award for 2014, which is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field.


Jess Landry

Well, hello! I’m Jess Landry, and I’m running for one of the open Trustee positions with the Horror Writers Association.

I’ve been the Head Compiler for the Bram Stoker Awards since joining the organization in 2014, have served on multiple juries for the Stokers, and have been in touch with potential new members as the Membership Outreach Coordinator since 2017. Volunteering in these different areas has allowed me a glimpse at how the organization is run and has introduced me to some of the hardworking folks behind the scenes.

As managing editor for JournalStone and publisher with its imprint, Trepidatio, nothing is more important to me than diversity. In nearly five years with the company, I’ve acquired and edited dozens of novels and fiction collections (including several that were nominated for Stokers), more than doubled the amount of female authors on our roster, and will continue to champion for unrepresented voices for as long as I can. As a writer myself (with over 15 published short stories), I hope to bring this same attitude of inclusion to the HWA.

My overall goal, if elected, will be to bring an energetic voice to the organization, using my knowledge as a writer, editor, and publisher (plus my 10+ years in design and communications) to help grow the HWA in any way I can. I hope to pursue initiatives that will increase the HWA’s international presence (I’m Canadian!), uphold and continue to grow programs that focus on our need for diversity, work to broaden our membership by reaching out to writers of various mediums, and ensure all of our members are getting the most for their dues. I will also actively listen to the most important voices of the organization – yours.

The HWA has helped many members at many different stages in their careers (myself included!), but there is always room for improvement. I’ve been a proud member for over four years, and I hope to bring some exciting new changes in the years to come.


Linda D. Addison

I am running for the position as Trustee because I want to be part of supporting the organization in the most inclusive and positive way for the membership. My strength is in being open to listen to all sides of a subject and come to a conclusion that will be constructive for the majority. I am committed to supporting other creative people as I’ve been supported. Read about me as a writer: www.lindaaddisonpoet.com


Andrew Wolter

I am proud of the work the Horror Writers Association has accomplished thus far, and would like the opportunity to be considered for a Trustee on the HWA Board.

First and foremost, I have been an active member of the HWA for over six years. In that time, I have volunteered for the HWA (moderating the HWA Facebook page and representing the HWA at several conventions [Context, AnthoCon, American Library Association]). I have taught those not familiar with the HWA, how they can take advantage of the tools we offer. I also run the HWA Seattle Chapter.

In this 2016, I was honored with the 2015 Richard Laymon President’s Award for Service by the Horror Writers Association. That said, I am very familiar with the bylaws of the HWA. While I have volunteered throughout the years, I feel it necessary that I take the next step into being more involved with an organization for which I have become an ambassador.

As for my experience, I was on a committee with Lambda Literary in 2012 and part of the board of Arizona Artists Against SB1070 in 2010. In both instances, I offered my keen and educated advice regarding issues related to the cause(s). I pride myself in my organizational skills and friendly, impartial approach to all my peers.

As a Trustee for the HWA, I plan to honor and uphold the organization’s current bylaws, while offering fresh ideas to the Board for consideration as we usher in a new generation of members and writers. In addition, I am open to hearing the voices of all HWA members, and apply that feedback (in one way or another) to help shape the Horror Writers Association into the best organization it can be.

Kindest thanks for your consideration.


Alessandro Manzetti

I’m a Bram Stoker Award-winning author, editor, CEO & Founder of Independent Legions Publishing (recipient of the Specialty Press Award) and I’m on the Horror Writers Association Board of Trustees. I’m a HWA Member since 2011, the first Italian Member, and I’ve served our Association, in different volunteer roles, in the last seven years, as the editor of the column ‘The Italian Horror Machine’ of the HWA Newsletter, as part of the Membership Committee, as Italian Representative and Italy Chapter founder, and finally as a Member of the Board of Trustees.

I decided to run again for the Board of Trustees since I would like to continue to support projects and activities devoted to spread our Association in Europe and to involve new European Members and Chapters. From my experience over these years in the HWA I realized how important it is to broaden our horizons, in order to transform our Association into a real international network, a movement without frontiers, rooted not only in individual countries. I believe that the potential growth of HWA, in these terms, could be very important and yet to be fully discovered.

I’m the only European member of the Board (for now), and I hope to serve again as a Trustee and to continue to work hard for the growing of our Association, and to make it really ‘international’.


James Chambers

I’m seeking a Trustee position for the opportunity to work to help ensure the Horror Writers Association remains an inclusive, positive, and productive organization for horror writers at all levels of their career. As a long-time volunteer, I’ve participated in many aspects of the group, including chairing the Membership Committee since 2011, coordinating the New York chapter since 2013, co-chairing StokerCon 2018 in Providence, RI, launching and coordinating the Halloween Haunts blog promotion from 2011 to 2017, and many other activities. As part of the membership committee, I’ve become well-acquainted with many of our members and their hopes for membership and member benefits as well as areas of the organization where they see room for improvement. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many other volunteers to streamline membership applications and upgrades, discuss and plan membership criteria for non-traditional sales channels, refine and improve the Bram Stoker Awards procedures, introduce new practices to improve organization for StokerCon, and to strengthen the HWA in general. Co-chairing StokerCon provided a unique opportunity to work directly with many other volunteers and members, understanding their concerns and interests, and coordinating a convention that both served and represented all those attending. I received Richard Laymon Award in 2013 and the Silver Hammer Award in 2017.

As a member of the Board of Trustees, I hope to work with other HWA officers to build upon the strengths and successes of the group, to increase efficiency in the HWA’s processes and procedures, to promote professionalism, and to develop and launch new initiatives to benefit our members.