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HWA 2022 Elections

The HWA’s annual elections will soon be upon us. 

Up this year are three Trustee positions, as well as the offices of President and Secretary. 

Please read the statements of the following candidates carefully. Links to the ballot will be sent out on or around September 7, 2022 to our Active and Lifetime members, with a due date of September 16, 2022

The elected officers shall hold their respective offices for terms of two years, beginning on November 1 and ending on October 31.


Halloween Haunts: Halloween Defines Fall, At Least for Me  By John F.D. Taff

Halloween Haunts: Halloween Defines Fall, At Least for Me By John F.D. Taff

I have found, in 25 years of fiction writing now, that the surest way to a feeling of verisimilitude in a story is to process the experiences in my life and put them down on paper.  I refer to this process as strip-mining my childhood, and so far, it’s been very good to me.

Not only has this practice helped me to work my way through past experiences, both good bad, it has also lent an air of reality to a lot of the scenes I have written.  Write what you know is, perhaps, the oldest saw in the art …

Know a Nominee Part Two: John F.D. Taff

Know a Nominee Part Two: John F.D. Taff


Welcome back to ‘Know a Nominee’, the interview series that puts you squarely between the ears of this year’s Bram Stoker Award nominees. Today’s nominee is the King of Pain, John F.D. Taff, nominated in the category of Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection for The End in All Beginnings.


DM: Please describe the genesis for the idea that eventually became the work(s) for which you’ve been nominated. What attracted you most to the project? If nominated in multiple categories, please touch briefly on each.

JFDT: I attended my first HWA/WHC two years ago in New Orleans and …

Halloween Haunts: Celebrate the Bad Times by John F.D. Taff

Halloween.  It’s trite that this holiday would be the favorite of a horror writer, but there it is.  Halloween is my favorite holiday, better than that blissed-out full feeling at Thanksgiving.  Better than a pile of presents at Christmas or rockets red glare on an Independence Day evening.

Why?  Well, it’s unlike any other holiday.  Whatever its original intent, it isn’t celebrated today to honor anyone or anything’s birthday.  It’s doesn’t honor a deity, usher in a new year or even give thanks for anything.  In fact, what it celebrates is something that people spend their entire lives studiously ignoring; …

LITTLE DEATHS by HWA Member John F.D. Taff

Author: John F.D. Taff

You think you’ve got bad dreams? Consider author John F.D. Taff’s nightmares. How about the one where a guy resurrects his dead girlfriend with a set of the prop neck bolts used on Boris Karloff in the 1932 classic Frankenstein? Or one where the ghost of the author s dead dog keeps coming back to entice him into death so they can be together? Or the one where a guy loves candy to death?

Taff has the kind of nightmares no one wants. But it’s nightmares like these that give him plenty of ideas to explore;

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