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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

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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Her Husband’s Garden

by  Tracy L. Carbone

Myrna shuffled to the garden to visit the corpse of her beloved dog. Jerry was a good boy, a faithful companion. The ground was soft, and fresh green seedlings grew on the recent mound of expensive topsoil. She set a bouquet of daisies on his grave. She gave the expensive biscuit shaped headstone a loving pat. “Miss you so much.” To her left, a patch of cheap concrete cracked in the heat of the sun. Her husband Mike had been driving the car that killed Jerry. She spit on the slab, cursed the body beneath it, and walked away.

More from Tracy L. Carbone:

The Collection and Other Dark Tales


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hwa-logo450From the press release: 

Horror Writers Association Establishes Two Annual Scholarships

Oct. 14, 2013–The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce two annual scholarships – the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship; and The Horror Writers Association Scholarship, each worth $2500.

The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship will be open to female writers who are members of the HWA. The Horror Writers Association Scholarship will be open to all members of the HWA. The first Scholarships will be awarded in early 2014.

Thereafter, the Scholarships will be given annually. Both Scholarships are designed to assist in the professional development of our Members.

HWA President Rocky Wood explained the intent of The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship, “It is very clear to the HWA that there are unseen, but real, barriers limiting the amount of horror fiction being published by women. There are many fine women writers being published in our genre but we also see potential for the percentage of horror fiction being published by women to increase. This Scholarship, named after the great female horror writer, aims to encourage more female writers to enter our genre and to aid in the development of those already working within it.  At the same time the HWA exists to extend the horror genre in all its aspects, so we are also establishing Horror Writers Association Scholarship, which is open to all our members, regardless of gender.”

The application for each Scholarship will be the same – a sub-Committee of the HWA Board will choose the winners, who will be announced around 15 March of each year. Applications will open on 1 November 2013 and close at midnight US PST on 31 December 2013.

Each Scholarship is worth $2500, which may be spent on approved writing education over the two years following the granting of the scholarship (see the Rules at for more detail).

“These are the largest, and possibly the only, Scholarships offered in the horror genre. HWA hopes to supplement these scholarships with smaller grants as funds allow,” Wood said. Full information may be found

The Horror Writers Association (, the peak group for horror writers, is a worldwide organization promoting dark literature and its creators. Started in 1985, it has over 1100 members writing professionally in fiction, nonfiction, videogames, film, poetry, comics, and other media.

For more details, please contact

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From the press release:

Children lost in the woods, witches, merpeople and wee folk are just a taste of some of the deliciously dark creatures that will feature in Midnight Echo Issue 9 – to be published by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) on May 31.

Edited by Geoff Brown, the Myths and Legends issue will feature fantastical tales and nonfiction by legendary authors including Jonathan Maberry, James A. Moore and Robin Furth, and front cover artwork by renowned artist Mel Gannon.

Being a fan of mythology, Geoff, who is also AHWA president, admitted putting together Issue 9 was a dream project.

“Myths and legends, for me, form the basis of where horror has come from. Tales told in thatch huts, in castles, and in peasant quarters have always held cautionary elements, and the original fairy tales were darker and more frightening than they are now,” he said.

“Myths and legends are cultural horror tales, and I have always loved them. The timing of this issue, just after I finished six months studying myths, symbols and legends at TAFE, was perfect.

“Issue 9 has tales of children lost in the woods, of witches and merpeople, of fairies at the bottom of the garden, of gods, and of religious and cultural heroes portrayed in a way far different than usual.

“There are reinventions and fresh takes on old tales, as well as some wonderful non-fiction pieces on different cultural myths. We also have a fantastic article on Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, and the legends used for its creation.”

Geoff also took on the mammoth task of laying out Issue 9.“Once the editing stage is over, most editors can then kick back and relax. Not so this time,” he said.

“Then it was on to InDesign to do the full layout. I could add the artwork where I felt it worked best, and source the scene-break art that best suited the issue, so yes, it certainly helped to make it all ‘my’ vision, but added to the workload and stress factor.”

The major coup for Issue 9 is the addition of Jonathan Maberry to the table of contents.

“I just asked Jonathan if he would do me a short story, and after he agreed, I asked that it be a Ledger tale. He was happy to work more on that particular character. Not nearly as happy as I was to have a story with that particular character,” Geoff said.

Geoff said it was heartening to see Midnight Echo Magazine garnering a solid reputation in the speculative fiction market.

“For me, it’s all about promoting our members and Aussie writers. With (Executive Editor) Marty Young at the helm, and the concept of gaining one or two international-name authors to drive sales, it certainly works more in favour of the Aussie writers who do get their stories chosen for inclusion,” Geoff said.

“I’m ecstatic to see international distribution take off so well, and I think the new direction we have taken is fantastic. It’s all well and good to have a mag full of Aussie writers, but if more people around the world read it due to the names like Masterton, Lansdale, Ketchum, Furth, and Maberry, then the Aussie writers are going to do better out of it.

“Issue 9 was a long, hard road, but in the end I have achieved something I’m very proud of, and I think the AHWA should (and can) be proud of it too. With names like Maberry, Moore, and Furth attached it will gain some exposure.

“I’d do it all again in an instant, but my family would likely disown me if I did. It took so much of my spare time away that I almost forgot what they looked like.”

The details on ME#9 are as follows:

Cover art by Mel Gannon

Interior art by Greg ChapmanThe Table of Contents:

Changeling by Jonathan Maberry
Black Train Blues by James A Moore
Black Peter by Martin Livings
The Road by Amanda J Spedding
Coffee Rings by Kristin Dearborn
The Wee Folk by JG Faherty
From the Forebears by Steven Gepp
Little Boy, Little Girl, Lost in the Woods by Mark Patrick Lynch
The Fathomed Wreck to See by Alan Baxter


ganesh by Talie Helene


Allure of the Ancients: The Key to His Kingdom – story by Mark Farrugia, illustrations by Greg Chapman

Special Features

The Mythology of Mid-World by Robin Furth (non-fiction)
Russian Field of Mysteries by Tony Vilgotsky (non-fiction)
An Interview with Jonathan Maberry
An Interview with Mel Gannon

Regular Features

A Word from the AHWA President – Geoff Brown
Tartarus – Danny Lovecraft (poetry column)
Pix and Panels – Mark Farrugia (comic column)
Black Roads, Dark Highways #4 – Andrew McKiernan (column)
Sinister Reads (all the latest releases from AHWA members)

Pre-orders for Issue 9 are now being taken. Please visit for full details.

About the Australian Horror Writers Association

The Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) is the peak professional body for Australian authors of dark fiction (horror, dark fantasy, and paranormal fiction) and has 300 members. The AHWA was founded in 2003, and since its incorporation in 2005, the Association has implemented an annual short story competition, a mentorship programme, online writers forums, news and article
archives, the fiction magazine Midnight Echo, and The Australian Shadows Award. For further information on the AHWA, visit or

Available for comment/interview:

Marty Young, Executive Editor – Mobile: 0434 882 504 or Email:

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