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Darren Shan Interviewed by Dave Jeffery

Darren Shan Interviewed by Dave Jeffery

Scary Out There with Sarah Rees Brennan

Scary Out There with Sarah Rees Brennan

Depictions of Mental Health in Fiction by Edward P. Cardillo

Depictions of Mental Health in Fiction by Edward P. Cardillo


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How to Make a Monster By Janet Joyce Holden


Welcome to a Best Of Halloween Haunts from 2018…

I’ve always thought book-signing events should be cool and awesome, and with that in mind I always bring a few treats to give away. Buttons, flash fiction postcards, gift bags, and the occasional monster. Everyone, it turns out, loves monsters. They make people happy, so here’s how to make one (or a dozen) and if you haven’t done this before, it’s time to assemble a bunch of sharp, stabby objects and scare yourself silly (after all, what would October be without a few scares, eh?).

Gather the following  –

Half …

Gamers Guide to Halloween Video Games (That Actually Take Place on Halloween) By Nicholas Diak


A Best Of Halloween Haunts from 2018….


Year after year, various online periodicals compile lists of the best video games to play during the month of October. Typically, these articles mostly adhere to listing universally renown survival horror titles from popular franchises such as Resident Evil, Fatal Frame, Silent Hill, Dead Space, Alone in the Dark, and Dead Rising. While these games are scary in their own right and are perfect to celebrate a month of frights, they all have one thing in common: none of them take place on Halloween. In …

Welcome to Halloween Haunts ‘Best Of’ Series!

Against the harvest moon plump ghoulishly carved pumpkin faces shine brightly in the night.  Squat guardians of both urban and rural stoops; their appearance marks the return of horror aficionados’ favorite time of year. Monsters of all sizes, makes, and models, real and otherwise, take form, be it bloody scary on a late-night movie or bloody yummy from the candy aisles of the florescent-lit supermarkets.  New stories and familiar classic tales entice, entertain, and leave a chill along the spine long after the silver screen dims and the last page is turned. The winds have swept in October and the …

Darren Shan Interviewed by Dave Jeffery

Darren Shan Interviewed by Dave Jeffery

Author photo of alarmed looking Darren Shan in a darkened room, duck tape over his mouth and bound hands holding a candle, with a sinister young girl lurking in the backgroundOne of the big questions often asked by writers wanting to dip their toes in the waters of YA horror fiction is, “How far can I go?” We know this because members frequently ask this question on various HWA forums. It was certainly one of the queries that rattled around my head when thinking about my own projects back in the 80’s. I wished back then I could access the insights and experiences of established, successful YA writers and explore their views on the market, and what should or shouldn’t feature in a YA horror book. These days, the internet …

The Seers’ Table – October 2019

The Seers Table!

The Seers TableLinda D. Addison, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

October has one of our favorite holidays in it—HALLOWEEN!!! Check out some folks creating cool, creepy stuff.


Kate Maruyama introduces:

Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of the young adult novels Dealing in Dreams (March 2019) and The Education of Margot Sanchez (February 2017), published by Simon & Schuster and available in bookstores everywhere. Dealing in Dreams has been featured in Teen Vogue, PBS Books, Los Angeles Times, and Bustle, among other outlets, and has

The Seers’ Table – September 2019

The Seers Table

The Seers TableKate Maruyama, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

I always like to head into fall with a lot of spooky reading, and we have so many recommendations this month! Happy September, everyone; time get working on those Halloween costumes and those scary stories!

Linda Addison recommends:

Marc L. Abbott and Steven Van Patten created Hell at the Way Station, a collection of horror stories about two Brooklyn horror writers who meet up for drinks and a little adventure and end up in a lot more trouble than they bargained for.

HWA Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2019 scholarships:


Sara Adams was born and raised in Massachusetts and has been writing horror since the fourth grade, when she was given an assignment to finish a story about black cats and took it just a little too far. She grew up with a deep love of the genre, writing stories about everything from fluid minds to what lives in the shadows. Sara lives in Haverhill with her two roommates, crafting new nightmares every day. Her work has appeared in the anthology In Delirium …

How Podcasting Can Help Writers Learn and Network

By Matthew W. Quinn

One of the great boons to my writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror has been the explosive growth of podcasting. The podcasts I listen to have provided me with many opportunities to learn and network and my life would be much poorer without them.

Firstly, podcasts provide great opportunities to work with other writers. Thanks to The Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast, I learned hostess Lindsay Buroker had opened up her Fallen Empire universe to other writers through Amazon’s Kindle Worlds program. From this one podcast episode came my short novellas “Ten Davids, Two

Scary Out There with Sarah Rees Brennan

Scary Out There with Sarah Rees Brennan

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees BrennanIt’s Scary Out There had a witchingly good time talking character, lore, and more with Sarah Rees Brennan, author of Season of the Witch, the tie-in novel for Netflix’s hit show, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

With books like How to Hang a Witch, The Price Guide to the Occult, and Conversion, witchcraft in YA seems to be more popular than ever. Why do you think that is?

Witches are figures of female independence and social disobedience! I think whenever society is having a big conversation about how just our system actually is, how power …

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