The HWA Honors Indigenous Peoples Day
Monday, October 11 is Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2021 in United States. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, the Horror Writers Association is kicking off a series of interviews with Native American writers, including HWA member and Owl Goingback, who won a Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel, and Daniel H. Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis.
Although not all of them will be in our series, here are some indigenous horror writers you should know about.
Owl Goingback is a HWA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, a two-time Bram Stoker Award Winner (Novel and First Novel), a Nebula Award Nominee, and a Storytelling World Awards Honor Recipient. His books include Crota, Darker Than Night, Evil Whispers, Breed, Shaman Moon, Coyote Rage, Tribal Screams, Eagle Feathers, and The Gift. He is of American Indian Choctaw-Cherokee heritage. www.OwlGoingback.com
Stephen Graham Jones is the NYT bestselling author of nearly thirty novels and collections, and there’s some novellas and comic books in there as well. Most recent are The Only Good Indians, Night of the Mannequins, and My Heart is a Chainsaw. He’s won Stoker Awards for: The Only Good Indians (Gallery/Saga Press), Novel, 2020, Night of the Mannequins (Tor.com), Long Fiction, 2020, and Mapping the Interior (Tor.com), Long Fiction, 2017 Stephen lives and teaches in Boulder, Colorado. He is of Blackfeet Native American heritage. www.demontheory.net/
Daniel H. Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as How to Survive a Robot Uprising, The Clockwork Dynasty, and Amped. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Masters degrees in Machine Learning and Robotics. His latest novel is an authorized stand-alone sequel to Michael Crichton’s classic The Andromeda Strain, called The Andromeda Evolution. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon. www.danielhwilson.com/
Jewelle Gomez is a Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement winner. She is a writer and activist and author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories from Firebrand Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage “Bones & Ash: A Gilda Story,” was performed by the Urban Bush Women company in 13 U.S. cities. She is of Cape Verdean/Wampanoag/Ioway descent and was largely raised by her native American great-grandmother. www.jewellegomez.com
Gerald Robert Vizenor is an American writer and scholar, Vizenor also taught for many years at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Director of Native American Studies. With more than 30 books published, Vizenor is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. 2001, Lifetime Achievement Award, Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, 2011, American Book Award for Shrouds of White Earth (2011). He is of Anishinaabe heritage and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation.
Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache writer with a PhD in oceanography. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Elatsoe, was featured in Time Magazine as one of the best 100 fantasy books of all time. Elatsoe also won the Locus award for Best First Novel and is a Nebula, Ignyte, and Lodestar finalist. Her second fantasy novel, A Snake Falls to Earth, is coming in November 2021 and is on the National Book Awards longlist. Darcie is currently engaged to a veterinarian named T. darcielittlebadger.wordpress.com/about
Joseph Bruchac is s a proud Nulhegan Abenaki citizen and respected elder among his people. He is a writer of books relating to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, with a particular focus on northeastern Native American and Anglo-American lives and folklore. 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. www.josephbruchac.com/
Tim Tingle is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma an author and storyteller of twenty books. is an Oklahoma Choctaw and an award-winning author and storyteller. His great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835, and his paternal grandmother attended a series of rigorous Indian boarding schools in the early 1900s. In 1993, Tingle retraced the Trail of Tears to Choctaw homelands in Mississippi and began recording stories of tribal elders. www.timtingle.com/