Should You Join the HWA? YES!!!!



For folks who are on the fence regarding whether or not to join the Horror Writers Association, today’s blog is full of information.  So let’s get to it…


  1.  World Horror Convention 2015. (website) This is the premiere horror convention. WHC2015 is a 4 day convention that includes the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet, a Costume Ball and various pitch sessions.  The guest of honor include Charlaine Harris (Stookie Stackhouse series), Kami Garcia (The Legion Series)  and Tom Picirilli (4-time winner of the Bram Stoker Awards).

2.  Horror Anthology for Teens. (website).  Some of your favorite horror writers have submitted their demented ideas to “Scary Out There”, an anthology for teenagers.

3.  Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship (website). Named for the former HWA president, Rocky Wood, who guided the organization to unexpected heights before losing his fight with ALS, this new scholarship provides annual grants to members interested in writing nonfiction.

4.  Changes in Command Structure. The organization has a new president, a new vice president and a new mentor coordinator.   The new structure is:

President:    Lisa Morton                         Vice President:  Nancy Holder
Secretary:    Joe McKinney                        Treasurer:  Leslie Klinger
New Mentor Coordinator:      Michael Knost

Congratulations to the Virginia Chapter members who ‘did their thang’ in the past year. …

 1.   2014 Bram Stoker Preliminary Nominations

The following Virginia Chapter Members published or edited stories that earned a space onto the Preliminary Ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards.  Click on ‘Buy this book’ and you’ll be directed to Amazon purchase page.

Brett J. Talley.   (Buy this book)   Story:  The Reborn (JournalStone)   Category:  Superior Achievement in a Novel.

Kami Garcia.   (Buy this book)      Story:  Unmarked  (The Legion Series Book 2) (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Category:  Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel.

Brett J. Talley.  (Buy this book)    Story:  Limbus, Inc. Book II (JournalStone).
Category:  Superior Achievement in an Anthology.

2.  HWA Scholarship Winners

Michael Tungenhat                            Story:  For Poe   (Click to read)     Category:  2014 Dark Poetry Scholarship

3.   Book Releases

D. Alexander Ward (Buy this Book)         Book:  Shadows Over Main Street.
Release date:  30 January 2015.  (Already reached the #1 spot on Amazon’s Hot New Releases)

Description:  An anthology of Lovecraftian fiction from contemporary authors and edited by D. Alexander Ward (Chapter Ghoul of Central Virginia) and Doug Murano.

4.  HWA Virginia Chapter Convention Attendance 2015.

a.  2015 Scares That Care Horror Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia.  July 24 – 26, 2015.  Website.
b.  RavenCon 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.  April 24 – 26, 2015.  D. Alexander Ward will sit on a panel.   Looking for members willing to vend this location.  Need at least 5 folks willing to man the HWA booth.  Website.

However, the best reason to join the Horror Writers Association is the camaraderie.  Our association is full of members who appreciate the dark and twisted.  If you’re a horror writer frustrated with dodging bottles of holy water – thrown by members in those ‘vanilla’ writing groups – then what are you waiting for?  Join the HWA!!!

You won’t scare us…if you do, we’ll nominate you for an award!!

Until next time…go forth and scare!!!