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GulfsOfDreamfrontIN THE GULFS OF DREAM & OTHER LOVECRAFTIAN TALES
by David Barker & W. H. Pugmire

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Page count: 274
Cover and interior illustrations by Erin Wells

A brand new collection with twenty-six stories! A companion volume to THE REVENANT OF REBECCA PASCAL.

With this new collection from Dark Renaissance Books, David Barker and W. H. Pugmire explore the uncanny realms of Lovecraftian horror, influenced by the fiction of that eldritch master, H. P. Lovecraft. With individual tales by each author, and two extraordinary and lengthy collaborations, the authors prove that the Cthulhu Mythos remains a valid and never-ending source of inspiration. Especially vivid is their depiction of Lovecraft’s Dreamworld, as it is explored in a powerful new novella that will fascinate all lovers of Lovecraftian fiction.

Praise for IN THE GULFS OF DREAM:

“Barker and Pugmire have written another classic tome of Lovecraftian horror, a worthy successor to The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal. The tales are born of ancient and obscure terrors, of unholy and obscene nightmares from the depths of timeless suffering and dread.” Jordan Hofer

SeaOfBlood_cover-200x300THE SEA OF BLOOD
by Reggie Oliver

A new retrospective collection which includes new fiction

Cover art by Santiago Caruso

In THE SEA OF BLOOD Reggie Oliver brings together some of the finest work from his six collections of stories, and some which have not been published before.
A long-dead nun with a fatal gift for prophesy comes to you across a sea of blood…
A television reality show host tries to restore a derelict London Music Hall and accidentally uncovers the true identity of Jack the Ripper…
A great Shakespearean actor is haunted by his former mistress in the shape of an all too affectionate cat…
A terribly strange meeting takes place on a playing field between an officer on leave from the World War I trenches and his former headmaster…
An aristocrat tries to exploit a haunted room at his county seat, but has the tables turned on him by a member of the Royal Family…
A theatrical landlady has her house taken over by a troupe of midgets who will not leave her alone, even after they are dead…
A Pantomime Horse is haunted…

The Devil and the Seven Deadly Sins go on holiday to an English seaside resort and create havoc…
And many other equally strange and terrible events, all told in Oliver’s famously elegant and evocative style.

You are in for a sophisticated ride… Nightmarish, terrifying, dangerous, theatrical, often strangely profound, a ride which will inspire and haunt your mind.

This excellent book will be available in a deluxe hardcover lettered edition and a signed and numbered hardcover edition. Coming this Fall from Dark Renaissance Books!

Winner of the 2012 Children of the Night Award for Best Work of Supernatural Fiction and short listed for numerous other awards.

“I envy anyone who has yet to discover the elegant work of Reggie Oliver.. Some of the most powerful stories.. clearly show him moving beyond genre, addressing human relations with the heartbreaking power of a V. S. Pritchett, or William Trevor. But then he is a comparably brilliant writer. Once you’ve read one story by Reggie Oliver, you’ll want to read them all.” Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize Winning Book Critic of The Washing Post

“Reggie Oliver, quite possibly our finest modern writer of spectral tales.” Ramsey Campbell

“…by miles, the best living exponent of the spooky yarn,” Barry Humphries

“Oliver’s ability to create a sense of time and place in every one of these stories is exemplary…As a work of spiritual terror it has few peers…” Jim Rockhill, All Hallows

sweet_poisonSWEET POISON

We are proud to announce that Sweet Poison is on the final ballot for the Bram Stoker Award. There are only 4 deluxe editions left. In celebration of the nomination, Dark Renaissance Books will offer these last deluxe editions at 50% off, and with free usps media shipping!

Bram Stoker Award winner Marge Simon and Nebula Award winner Mary A. Turzillo team up to create a stunning collection of phantastic verse, dark and light.

In musical terminology, a call and response is a succession of two distinct phrases usually played by different musicians, where the second phrase is heard as a direct commentary on or response to the first. Simon and Turzillo accomplish the same effect with their dual poems, such as “The Gods” and “The Gods Fallen”, “Lady M” and “Not About Shakespeare.”

Take a side road into Alice in Wonderland and discover a fiendish White Rabbit in love with the King of Hearts. Ponder what happens to a Lady from Lemuria, and a Plebe of Atlantis. You’ll find science fictional poems such as “The Castaway Bar” and “Foreigner,” dark poems like “This Undead Hand” and “Black Roses,” and some that are unclassifiable. Yet each and every one is a variant of sweet poison.

LondonTerrors_coverSHERLOCK HOLMES: THE LONDON TERRORS

Three new Sherlock Holmes novellas! Nine full color illustrations, and nine black and white illustrations!

THE HACKNEY HORROR
The best brains in the country are being hijacked from London – only the brains, the brutalized bodies being discarded after surgery.

The chase to find the perpetrators takes Holmes and Watson to Scotland, and a factory where they discover invaders that have designs not just on London, but the whole planet.

Can Holmes stop the alien schemes in time?

THE LONG SLEEP
Three businessmen have discovered a unique avenue to fame and fortune, but when an unseen force begins to kill them off, Holmes and Watson must uncover the secret of the sarcophagus they have brought out of Persia.

And time is of the essence, for something walks the streets of London, something looking for revenge at having been woken from its long sleep.

THE LOST HUSBAND
The case of a lost husband leads Holmes and Watson into the bowels of the new Underground system, where they uncover a fiendish scheme – the recently deceased are being forced to work as unpaid labor in the tunnels. And soon the walking dead come up into the city itself, spreading mayhem and disease.

Holmes must find the perpetrator of these atrocities, and stop him, before the plague engulfs London.

Praise for William Meikle’s Sherlock Holmes stories:

“For anyone who loves great storytelling and well crafted stories.” Famous Monsters of Filmland

“Meikle writes Holmes and Watson with a warm friendship. Their interaction is reminiscent of the radio series featuring Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as the story-telling Watson.” Horrorview

“The plots are well conceived and the narrative style elegant and effective. Baker Street Irregulars should quickly secure a copy – BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY…a splendid and entertaining diversion.” Black Static #28

The deluxe edition of SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE TERRORS is sold out, and only 11 copies of the signed and numbered hardcover edition remain.

Order your copy today!

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0clip_image002Table of Contents for volume 2 of ‘Year’s Best Weird Fiction’

Toronto, Canada, February 2015 — Guest Editor Kathe Koja and Series Editor Michael Kelly are proud to present the table of contents and cover for the Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 2, due Sept. 2015.

“This anthology will speak with a strong and subtle voice, and lead readers across new borders and boundaries,” Koja said. “What’s weird is unclassifiable, beyond the boundaries, above the rules, and passionately individual.”

“Kathe has delivered a terrific collection,” Kelly said. “These are fierce writers with distinct voices.”

The following stories have been selected for inclusion in Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 2:

“The Atlas of Hell” by Nathan Ballingrud (Fearful Symmetries, ed. Ellen Datlow, ChiZine Publications)
“Wendigo Nights” by Siobhan Carroll (Fearful Symmetries, ed. Ellen Datlow, ChiZine Publications)
“Headache” by Julio Cortázar. English-language translation by Michael Cisco (Tor.com, September 2014)
“Loving Armageddon” by Amanda C. Davis (Crossed Genres Magazine #19, July 2014)
“The Earth and Everything Under” by K.M. Ferebee (Shimmer Magazine #19, May 2014)
“Nanny Anne and the Christmas Story” by Karen Joy Fowler (Subterranean Press Magazine, Winter 2014)
“The Girls Who Go Below” by Cat Hellisen (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2014)
“Nine” by Kima Jones (Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From the Margins of History, eds. Rose Fox & Daniel José Older, Crossed Genres Publications)
“Bus Fare” by Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean Press Magazine, Spring 2014)
“The Air We Breathe Is Stormy, Stormy” by Rich Larson (Strange Horizons Magazine, August 2014)
“The Husband Stitch” by Carmen Maria Machado (Granta Magazine, October 2014)
“Observations About Eggs From the Man Sitting Next to Me on a Flight from Chicago, Illinois to Cedar Rapids, Iowa” by Carmen Maria Machado (Lightspeed Magazine #47, April 2014)
“Resurrection Points” by Usman T. Malik (Strange Horizons Magazine, August 2014)
“Exit Through the Gift Shop” by Nick Mamatas (Searchers After Horror: New Tales of the Weird and Fantastic, ed. S.T. Joshi, Fedogan & Bremer)
“So Sharp That Blood Must Flow” by Sunny Moraine (Lightspeed Magazine #45, February 2014)
“A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide” by Sarah Pinsker (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2014)
“Migration” by Karin Tidbeck (Fearsome Magics: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy, ed. Jonathan Strahan, Solaris)
“Hidden in the Alphabet” by Charles Wilkinson (Shadows & Tall Trees 2014, ed. Michael Kelly, Undertow Publications)
“A Cup of Salt Tears” by Isabel Yap (Tor.com, August 2014)

Kathe Koja’s 16th novel, The Bastards’ Paradise, is forthcoming in fall 2015. Her work has won numerous awards, been multiply translated, and optioned for film. As a director/producer, she leads the performance group nerve in creating immersive live events.

Established in 2009 by writer Michael Kelly, Undertow Publications (UP) is home to the acclaimed weird journal Shadows & Tall Trees, and other fine books. Kelly has been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson and British Fantasy Society Awards.

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20150126145442-DarkRegions-WeirdFiction2Join Dark Regions for the Indiegogo campaign of their new anthology project, Dreams from the Witch House, at: igg.me/at/dreams-from-the-witch-house​

Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror continues the new Dark Regions Weird Fiction line, an imprint dedicated to Lovecraftian horror, cosmic horror and weird fiction. The first book in the imprint, World War Cthulhu: A Collection of Lovecraftian War Stories had a successful Indiegogo campaign that resulted in 23 original color illustrations, three extra stories and an illustrated signature sheet being created for the book.

Featuring authors Joyce Carol Oates, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Lois Gresh, Gemma Files, Nancy Kilpatrick, Elizabeth Bear, Storm Constantine and others accompanied by the lavish artwork of Daniele Serra, Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror is a representation of some of the finest cosmic horror and weird fiction from female authors in the field today.

With your support in reaching the Indiegogo campaign fundraising goal, Dark Regions can commission artist Daniele Serra to create an original full page illustration to accompany each story, expand the book with extra stories and much more. All original artworks created for the book will be available for sale on the campaign page as they are created as well as other original artworks by Dani. Please note that the Indiegogo campaign ends at midnight on Sunday, March 1st, 2015.

Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror is open to public fiction submissions for the duration of the Indiegogo campaign. Find the submission guidelines on the campaign page here.

hwaThe Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards®, today announced Jack Ketchum and Tanith Lee as the 2015 recipients of the Bram Stoker Award® for Lifetime Achievement. The HWA presents the award annually to individuals whose work has substantially influenced the horror genre. While the award is often presented to a writer, it may also be given for influential accomplishments in other creative fields.

“We had a wealth of very worthy candidates for this award,” said John R. Little, jury chairperson of the Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) committee. “After much discussion, we believe we agreed on two exceptional winners this year.”

Jack Ketchum has been one of the premiere authors in the horror field for many years. His novel The Girl Next Door is considered a classic, but he’s written many other equally deeply moving works. Ketchum has won the Bram Stoker Award® four times and been nominated an additional three times, showing the broad appeal to his audience. He was named the Grandmaster at the 2011 World Horror Convention.

Tanith Lee has written more than ninety novels in various fields, including horror, fantasy, and science fiction. She is very popular regardless of the genre she chooses to write in. She has won several World Fantasy and British Fantasy Awards, and in 2013 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Fantasy Convention.

“Jack and Tanith remain extremely popular authors today,” said HWA President Lisa Morton, “and the Horror Writers Association is proud to bestow the Lifetime Achievement Award on them.”

Ketchum will be on-hand to accept the award (Lee will accept via video), on the evening of Saturday, May 9, 2015 as part of a gala banquet and the presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards during the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets to the banquet and the convention are on sale to the public at http://www.whc2015.org. The awards presentation will also be live-streamed online for those who cannot attend in person.

The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Committee was chaired by John R Little, and included Maria Alexander, Patrick Freivald, Aaron Sterns and Heather Graham. For more information on the Bram Stoker Awards presentation and the 2015 World Horror Convention, please visit http://www.whc2015.org.

hwaThe Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the Preliminary Ballots for the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards®. The HWA is the premiere writers organization in the horror and dark fiction genre, with over 1,300 members. We have presented the Bram Stoker Awards® in various categories since 1987 (see http://horror.org/awards/stokers.htm).

The HWA Board and the Bram Stoker Awards Committee congratulate all those appearing on these Preliminary Ballots.

The Preliminary Ballots are:

Superior Achievement in a Novel
Tim Burke – The Flesh Sutra (NobleFusion Press)
Adam Christopher – The Burning Dark (Tor Books)
Michaelbrent Collings – This Darkness Light (self-published)
Lawrence C. Connolly – Vortex (Fantasist Enterprises)
Craig DiLouie – Suffer the Children (Gallery Books of Simon & Schuster)
Patrick Freivald – Jade Sky (JournalStone)
Chuck Palahniuk – Beautiful You (Jonathan Cape, Vintage/Penguin Random House UK)
Christopher Rice – The Vines (47North)
Brett J. Talley – The Reborn (JournalStone)
Steve Rasnic Tem – Blood Kin (Solaris Books)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel
Maria Alexander – Mr. Wicker (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
J.D. Barker – Forsaken (Hampton Creek Press)
Janice Gable Bashman – Predator (Month9Books)
David Cronenberg – Consumed (Scribner)
Michael Knost – Return of the Mothman (Woodland Press)
Daniel Levine – Hyde (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Josh Malerman – Bird Box (Harper Collins)
Whitney Miller – The Violet Hour (Flux)
Chantal Noordeloos – Angel Manor (Horrific Tales Publishing)
C.J. Waller – Predator X (Severed Press)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
Ari Berk – Lych Way (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Jake Bible – Intentional Haunting (Permuted Press)
Ilsa J. Bick – White Space (Egmont)
John Dixon – Phoenix Island (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books)
Kami Garcia – Unmarked (The Legion Series Book 2) (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
S.E. Green – Killer Instinct (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse)
Tonya Hurley – Passionaries (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Micol Ostow – Amity (Egmont)
Peter Adam Salomon – All Those Broken Angels (Flux)
Sam Swanson and Araminta Star Matthews – Horror High School: Return of the Loving Dead (Curiosity Quills Press)
Johnny Worthen – Eleanor: Book 1 (The Unseen) (Jolly Fish Press)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel
Charles Burns – Sugar Skull
Emily Carroll – Through the Woods
Victor Gischler – Kiss Me Satan
Joe Hill – Locke and Key, Vol. 6
Joe R. Lansdale and Daniele Serra – I Tell You It’s Love (Short, Scary Tales Publications)
Jonathan Maberry – Bad Blood (Dark Horse Books)
Paul Tobin – The Witcher

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
Michael Bailey – Dandelion Clocks (Inkblots and Blood Spots) (Villipede Publications)
Taylor Grant – The Infected (Cemetery Dance #71) (Cemetery Dance)
Eric J. Guignard – Dreams of a Little Suicide (Hell Comes To Hollywood II: Twenty-Two More Tales Of Tinseltown Terror (Volume 2)) (Big Time Books)
Kate Jonez – Ceremony of Flies (DarkFuse)
Joe R. Lansdale – Fishing for Dinosaurs (Limbus, Inc., Book II) (JournalStone)
Jonathan Maberry – Three Guys Walk Into a Bar (Limbus, Inc., Book II) (JournalStone)
Joe McKinney – Lost and Found (Limbus, Inc., Book II) (JournalStone)
Gene O’Neill – Ridin the Dawg (Mia Moja) (Thunderstorm Books)
John F.D. Taff – The Long Long Breakdown (The End in all Beginnings) (Grey Matter Press)
Gregor Xane – The Riggle Twins (Bad Apples) (Corpus Press)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
Dale Bailey – Sleep Paralysis (Nightmare Magazine, April 2014) (Nightmare)
Hal Bodner – Hot Tub (Hell Comes to Hollywood II) (Big Time Books)
Patrick Freivald – Trigger Warning (Demonic Visions Book 4) (Chris Robertson)
Sydney Leigh – Baby’s Breath (Bugs: Tales That Slither, Creep, and Crawl) (Great Old Ones Publishing)
Usman T. Malik – The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family (Qualia Nous) (Written Backwards)
Alessandro Manzetti – Nature’s Oddities (The Shaman: And Other Shadows) (self-published)
Rena Mason – Ruminations (Qualia Nous) (Written Backwards)
John Palisano – Splinterette (Widowmakers: A Benefit Anthology of Dark Fiction)
Sayuri Ueda – The Street of Fruiting Bodies (Phantasm Japan) (Haikasoru, an imprint of VIZ Media, LLC)
Genevieve Valentine – A Dweller in Amenty (Nightmare Magazine, March 2014) (Nightmare)
Damien Angelica Walters – The Floating Girls: A Documentary (Jamais Vu, Issue Three) (Post Mortem Press)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection
Michael Bailey – Inkblots and Blood Spots (Villipede Publications)
Stephen Graham Jones – After the People Lights Have Gone Off (Dark House Press)
John R. Little – Little by Little (Bad Moon Books)
Helen Marshall – Gifts for the One Who Comes After (ChiZine Publications)
David Sakmyster – Escape Plans (Wordfire Press)
Terrence Scott – The Madeleine Wheel: Playing with Spiders (Amazon)
Lucy Snyder – Soft Apocalypses (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
Robin Spriggs – The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom (Anomalous Books)
John F.D. Taff – The End In All Beginnings (Grey Matter Press)
Alexander Zelenyj – Songs for the Lost (Eibonvale Press)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology
John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey – The End Is Nigh (Broad Reach Publishing)
Michael Bailey – Qualia Nous (Written Backwards)
Jason Brock – A Darke Phantastique (Cycatrix Press)
Ellen Datlow – Fearful Symmetries (ChiZine Publications)
Kate Jonez – Halloween Tales (Omnium Gatherum)
Eric Miller – Hell Comes to Hollywood II (Big Time Books)
Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas, and Dennis Widmyer – Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press)
Brian M. Sammons – The Dark Rites of Cthulhu (April Moon Books)
Brett J. Talley – Limbus, Inc., Book II (JournalStone)
Terry M. West – Journals of Horror: Found Fiction (Pleasant Storm Entertainment)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay
Scott M. Gimple – The Walking Dead: The Grove, episode 4:14 (AMC)
James Hawes – Penny Dreadful: Possession (Desert Wolf Productions/Neal Street Productions)
Jennifer Kent – The Babadook (Causeway Films)
Alex Kurtzman and Mark Goffman – Sleepy Hollow: “Bad Blood” (Sketch Films/K/O Paper Products/20th Century Fox Television)
John Logan – Penny Dreadful: Séance (Desert Wolf Productions/Neal Street Productions)
Greg Mclean and Aaron Sterns – Wolf Creek 2 (Emu Creek Pictures)
Stephen Moffat – Doctor Who: Listen (British Broadcasting Corporation)
Cameron Porsendah – Helix: Pilot (Tall Ship Productions/Kaji Productions/Muse Entertainment/Lynda Obst Productions/in association with Sony Pictures Television)
Jack Thomas Smith –Infliction (Fox Trail Productions)
James Wong – American Horror Story: Coven: “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks” (FX Network)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction
Massimo Berruti, S.T. Joshi, and Sam Gafford – William Hope Hodgson: Voices from the Borderland (Hippocampus Press)
Jason V. Brock – Disorders of Magnitude (Rowman & Littlefield)
Hayley Campbell – The Art of Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins Publishers)
S.T. Joshi – Lovecraft and A World in Transition (Hippocampus Press)
Leslie S. Klinger – The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft (Liveright Publishing Corp., a division of W.W. Norton & Co.)
Joe Mynhardt and Emma Audsley – Horror 101: The Way Forward (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Robert Damon Schneck – Mrs. Wakeman vs. the Antichrist (Tarcher/Penguin)
Lucy Snyder – Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide (Post Mortem Press)
Tom Weaver, David Schecter, and Steve Kronenberg – The Creature Chronicles: Exploring the Black Lagoon Trilogy (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
Robert Payne Cabeen – Fearworms: Selected Poems (Fanboy Comics)
G.O. Clark – Gravedigger’s Dance (Dark Renaissance Books)
David E. Cowen – The Madness of Empty Spaces (Weasel Press)
Corrinne De Winter and Alessandro Manzetti – Venus Intervention (Kipple Officina Libraria)
Wade German – Dreams from the Black Nebula (Hippocampus Press)
Tom Piccirilli – Forgiving Judas (Crossroad Press)
Michelle Scalise – The Manufacturer of Sorrow (Eldritch Press)
Marge Simon and Mary Turzillo – Sweet Poison (Dark Renaissance Books)
Tiffany Tang – Creepy Little Death Poems (Dreality Press)
Stephanie Wytovich – Mourning Jewelry (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

The Final Ballot (Bram Stoker Award nominees for 2014 calendar year) will be announced on February 23.

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hwaThe Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Award®, today announced the creation of the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship in honor of the organization’s late president, who passed away on December 1, 2014 as a result of complications from Motor Neurone Disease (MND) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The new scholarship, which joins the existing Horror Writers Association and Mary Shelley Scholarships, will focus on non-fiction. Rocky Wood, a two-time recipient of the Bram Stoker Award®, was best known for his extensive work involving the writings of Stephen King. The scholarship was proposed by HWA Treasurer Leslie Klinger, who will also oversee its implementation.

In addition to the scholarship, the HWA announced that Lisa Morton will succeed Wood as the organization’s President. For the last two-and-a-half years, Morton served as Vice President. A screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, and an award-winning prose writer, Morton is a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award®. Her expertise on Halloween has led to appearances on both The History Channel and The Discovery Channel, as well as an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

“It’s daunting for me to now step into the Presidential shoes, but I also consider it an honor to continue the great work Rocky started. Because he was such a master at organization, he’s left behind manuals and instructions and a trained corps of volunteers, and together we look forward to continuing his legacy,” Morton said.

During his tenure, Wood grew the HWA membership to record levels, put in place policies and documentation, built a volunteer force of around 180 persons, added events and sponsorships, created scholarships, and launched the highly successful “Horror Selfies” campaign.

Nancy Holder, a multiple award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author, has agreed to serve as Vice President. Morton stated, “Nancy has been involved with the HWA for decades and she brings a wealth of experience and innovation to the position.”

THE HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. The HWA formed in 1985 with the help of many of the field’s greats, including Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Joe Lansdale. Today, with over 1250 members around the globe, it is the oldest and most respected professional organization for the much-loved writers who have brought you the most enjoyable sleepless nights of your life.

One of HWA’s missions is to encourage public interest in and foster an appreciation of good Horror and Dark Fantasy literature. The organization offers public areas of its site, www.horror.org; sponsors or takes part in public readings and lectures; publishes a monthly newsletter for members; maintains outreach to booksellers, librarians, fans and readers; facilitates readings and signings by horror writers; offers scholarships; and maintains an official presence at the major fan-based horror and fantasy conventions, such as the World Horror Convention, and literary festivals.

The HWA sponsors the annual Bram Stoker Awards® for superior achievement in horror literature. Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Awards are presented for superior writing in eleven categories including traditional fiction of various lengths, poetry, screenplays, and non-fiction. In addition, HWA presents an annual Lifetime Achievement Award to living persons who has made significant contributions to the writing of Horror and Dark Fantasy over the course of a lifetime.

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ABSMembers of the New England Horror Writers will stage an all-day reading of dark fiction at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester on November 29, 2014 from Noon to 9 PM as part of Small Business Saturday. Scheduled authors include Alyn Day, K. H. Vaughan, Matthew M. Bartlett, John Grover, John McIlveen, Dave Price, Karen Dent, Roxanne Dent, Morgan Sylvia, Doug Rinaldi, Bracken MacLeod, Tony Tremblay, Scott Goudsward, Trisha Wooldridge, Paul McMahon, Errick Nunnally, Rachel Kenley, and Rob Smales. Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, 65 James Street, has been fixture of Worcester’s independent book scene and supporter of the horror community for many years. Come and discover that there are more frightening things this Thanksgiving than dinner with the relatives!

For more information, contact Annie’s at 508-796-5613, or see them on the web at www.anniesbooksworcester.com.

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