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hwaThe Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced the launch of its Lucky Th1rt3en Short Film Competition. Selected shorts will be screened in Las Vegas, NV as part of the HWA’s inaugural StokerCon 2016 (

Starting November 16, 2015, filmmakers may submit new horror short films—up to 13 minutes in length—to the competition via the following link:

A panel of industry judges will select the films to be screened at StokerCon 2016, held May 12-15, 2016 at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.

At the StokerCon 2016 screening, the finalists’ films will be scored by a panel of celebrity judges, including:

  • Daniel Knauf, producer of The Blacklist, Carnivale, and Dracula
  • Mike McCarty, special effects show supervisor at KNB EFX Group
  • Mark Miller, vice president of Seraphim Films
  • John Skipp, screenwriter of A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
  • Aaron Sterns, writer of Wolf Creek: 2
  • Tony Timpone, editor of Fangoria Magazine
  • Ryan Turek, head of development at Blumhouse Productions

Upon conclusion of the screenings, the judges will award one film/filmmaker the Tredecim Award. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize and an exclusive one-year “first look” deal with Co-Conspiracy Entertainment.

The HWA is offering a limited-time “early bird special” from November 13-December 13, 2015, during which time the fee for film submissions is $13 USD (per entry). After that window closes, the submission fee is $25 USD. The final deadline for all short film entries is March 13, 2016.

Submitted shorts cannot be previously broadcast, screened, or presented to a public audience. Films that have been previously submitted to other festivals or competitions are also ineligible.

A full explanation of the competition’s rules and requirements is located on the submission site.

About the Horror Writers Association

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 KoontzRobert McCammon, and Joe Lansdale. The HWA is home to the prestigious Bram Stoker Award® and the annual StokerCon horror convention.

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b3bd9163f372e76c1cf06ba17f73c150_originalThe NSF just announced the launch of their Kickstarter for the Hollywood Horror Museum. The museum, created by some of horror and Sci-Fi’s biggest names, will be the world’s first educational, non-profit museum teaching the history of horror in films, TV, literature and art, as well as filmmaking, makeup, costumes and special effects, from model making to computer graphics.

The museum coincides with the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum and will have a permanent home in 2018.

The project goes back to 2012 when writer/fan Huston Huddleston found two Star Trek Enterprise Bridges in the trash at Paramount in 1998 and decided to restore them. The Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum was developed to permanently display all science fiction props, sets, costumes, and artifacts. They have nearly 100,000 followers and has 2.3 million Facebook views a week.

With the successful venture of the Sci-Fi Museum, the next logical step was the Horror Museum.

Board members of the Horror Museum already include Clive Barker (Hellraiser), Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th), Joe Dante (Gremlins), Tom Holland (Child’s Play), Mick Garris (Masters of Horror), Sara Karloff (daughter of Boris Karloff), Tim Lucas (Video Watchdog), Jennifer Lynch (The Walking Dead) and Victoria Price (daughter of Vincent Price).

The museum will include props, costumes, makeup effects and displays from all horror including Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman, Jason from Friday the 13th, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Gremlins, zombies, mummies, poltergeists, slasher films, psychological horror, TV shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Munsters, Dark Shadows and tributes to Stephen King and Alfred Hitchcock. Classes will be taught daily, with Hollywood professionals teaching writing, acting, filmmaking and the art of special effects.

The Hollywood Horror Museum Kickstarter purpose is to raise funds for their 2016 World Tour, with a permanent museum tentatively 2018 in Los Angeles, next to the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum. Sponsors include Famous Monsters, Entertainment Earth, Shout Factory, Synapse Films and Severin Films. Rewards include rare items from Clive Barker, Tom Holland and all the board members.”

To learn more about the museum and to follow its progress, visit:

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rocky_woodThe 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 the launch of the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund for Nonfiction Writing, an endowed fund providing grants for research and writing nonfiction relating to horror and dark fantasy literature. The Fund will provide grants annually to individuals who are members of the HWA. A member in good standing of any level of membership is eligible, regardless of previous writing experience or achievements.

Wood, the former President of the HWA, passed away in December of 2014 from complications with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

“Not only was Rocky one of the world’s leading authorities on the work of Stephen King,” said Lisa Morton, current HWA President, “but he was also much beloved for his tireless support of upcoming writers. We are delighted to be able to honor him by offering this new scholarship in his name.”

“Rocky was extremely dedicated to the HWA,” said Board of Trustees Chairperson Marge Simon. “It is fitting that a new generation of horror writers will be supported through a grant bearing his name.”

The Horror Writers Association’s Board of Trustees will appoint a jury to review the applications. In selecting the grantees, the jury shall focus primarily on advancing the writing of nonfiction relating to horror and dark fantasy literature and not on advancing the career of the grantees. Works that are likely to have a broad impact and significance shall be favored over works that are likely to have a limited interest. Proposed works may focus on an individual author or book, historical, scientific, or cultural events or developments, or serve as reference tools for researchers and writers in the field.

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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 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 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

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,; 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.

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

Ellen Datlow was kind enough to forward pictures from last weekend’s Readercon 25 held in Burlington, MA. The galery can be found at
Readercon is an annual conference or convention devoted to “imaginative literature” — literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the unclassifiable works often called “slipstream.”
A typical Readercon features over 150 writers, editors, publishers, and critics, attracting prominent figures from across the U.S., and from Canada, the U.K., and occasionally even Australia and Japan. They are joined by some 600 of their most passionate and articulate readers for a long weekend of intense conversation.
Readercon is the only convention ever to be honored by a World Fantasy Award nomination (Special Award, Non-Professional, 2010) for its organizers.
This year’s Readercon featured Guests of Honor Andrea Hairston & Kit Reed.

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