According to the on-line edition of Merriam Webster, community is defined as a unified body of individuals. Such as
A: the people with common interests living in a particular area
B: a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society
C: a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society
D: an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (such as species) in a common location
Community is what defines us. We are a community in our cul-de-sac, we are a community in our home towns, we are a community in our offices where we work, and we are a community in those organizations we join which have a shared purpose.
The Horror Writers Association is a community unlike any other. We gather to celebrate our love of the dark and macabre. We join together to make the world a better place. We work together to advance writing world!
This week, a good group of HWA-VA members were present at the annual Hanover book festival. This is an event where many of our authors do readings, talk about their books, and spend time interacting with readers.
I was there the first year they had it, was unable to attend last year, and then attended this year. We, your friendly neighborhood HWA-VA were there in spades. As a matter of fact, I would guess we were probably the group most represented at the HBF!
HWA is about community. We are a family and we take care of each other. Joining the group not only gives you access to some of the best in the business of horror, but it makes you part of a larger family. It is a community that will be by your side whether you are a reader, writer, editor, or publisher.
If you follow this blog, you are already a lover of horror. If you are not already a member, consider joining!
– Bryan the Writer, Head Bottle Washer and Blogger at Large