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Benefit Bash for HWA Member L.A. Banks

Posted by Dark Whisperer on August 2, 2011

L.A. Banks has been fighting cancer. In order to raise money to help her and her family cover medical expenses, the Philadelphia Liars Club is holding a benefit auction event designed specifically for writers, readers, and anyone who loves L.A. Banks or hates cancer. So, if you’re a writer and can get to Philadelphia for this amazing event, go!

    Writers’ Bash: Benefit for Author L.A. Banks
    Saturday, August 6
    7-11:30 p.m.
    Smokey Joe’s Bar
    208 S. 40th St. (University City)
    Philadelphia PA

Cost: $20, $10 for students with college I.D.

Join the Liars Club and tons of authors, editors and creative folk at Smokey Joe’s bar in University City on the University of Pennsylvania Campus at this Writers’ Bash, a networking party filled with fun, chances to win raffles, and to bid on red-hot stuff like top literary agent critiques!

Can’t come but still want to donate to Leslie’s medical needs? Go to http://liarsclubphilly.com/?p=1958 and scroll to the donation button.

At the Writers’ Bash, enjoy music and munchies, discounted drinks ($2 beers and $3 wines), and for the adventurous, the bar will be selling a special drink called “The Vamp,” dedicated to Banks and her popular Vampire Huntress novels.

You can also participate in a 50/50, in inexpensive basket raffles, and in our impressive silent auction. This will definitely be one red-hot meetup.

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS THAT WILL BE UP FOR BID: For most current list, visit http://liarsclubphilly.com/?page_id=1947.

  • Two premium tickets to Jersey Boys on Broadway, plus a backstage tour and poster signed by the cast.
  • Manuscript critiques by the following agents:
    • Jennifer DeChiara of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency: full ms. read, plus critique given by phone
    • Rebecca Strauss, McIntosh and Otis Literary Agency: 45-page manuscript critique
    • Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency
    • Celeste Fine, Folio
    • Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger
  • Manuscript critiques by the following editors:
    • Rose Hilliard, Editor, St. Martin’s Press
    • Jennifer Heddle, Senior Editor, Pocket Books
    • Ginjer Buchanan, Editor in Chief, Ace/ROC
  • Signed books by the following authors:
    • New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris
    • New York Times bestseller Heather Graham
    • New York Times bestseller Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Writer’s Conference Scholarships:
    • Push to Publish Conference, offered by Philadelphia Stories, Rosemont College, October 15
  • Self-publishing Services:
    • Convert your manuscript to e-book for Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords, and design your Print on Demand interior text, offered by 52 Novels ($650 value)
    • Manuscript layout for the internal book for someone who wants to do Print on Demand through Createspace, offered by Cheryl Perez ($200 value)

… and much, much more. So spread the word, bring your friends, and join the Liars Club to hoist a cold one for Leslie. It’ll be a blast. Honest!


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HWA Rocks BookExpo America 2010!

Posted by Dark Whisperer on May 29, 2010

For the third consecutive year, HWA had a visible presence at BookExpo America – the country’s largest gathering of publishing professionals. At this year’s event, which took place May 25th through the 27th at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, the HWA debuted its new trade show display in a highly-visible, premier location beside our friends at the Mystery Writers of America. Among the 500 authors featured throughout the event were several HWA members – including Jonathan Maberry, Alexandra Sokoloff, Ellen Datlow, Roger Ma, Jameson Currier, Gary Frank, Kelly Jameson, Martel Sardina, and Connie Corcoran-Wilson – who all enjoyed long lines of librarians, retailers, educators, and fans and gave away hundreds of books. And, for the first time ever, three of our authors scored coveted spots on the main autographing floor where celebrated authors like William Peter Blatty, R.L. Stine, and Justin Cronin also signed this year!

Here’s a taste of this year’s BEA experience:

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Announcing the 2009 Bram Stoker Award Nominees!

Posted by Dark Whisperer on February 19, 2010

Each year, the Horror Writers Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement in the field of horror writing, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work Dracula. Since 1987, the approximately 500 members of the HWA have recommended, nominated and voted on the greatest works of horror and dark fantasy of the previous calendar year, making the Stokers the most prestigious award in the field of horror literature.

Currently the awards are presented in eight categories: Novel, First Novel, Long Fiction, Short Fiction, Fiction Collection, Anthology, Non-fiction, and Poetry Collection. The organization’s Active members will select the winners from this ballot; voting will close on March 3rd, and the awards will be presented this year at a gala banquet on Saturday evening, March 27, at the World Horror Convention in Brighton, UK.

This year’s nominees in each category are:


  • Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan (Harper)
  • Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • Quarantined by Joe McKinney (Lachesis Publishing)
  • Cursed by Jeremy Shipp (Raw Dog Screaming Press)


  • Breathers by S. G. Browne (Broadway Books)
  • Solomon’s Grave by Daniel G. Keohane (Dragon Moon Press)
  • Damnable by Hank Schwaeble (Jove)
  • The Little Sleep by Paul Tremblay (Henry Holt)


  • “Dreaming Robot Monster” by Mort Castle (Mighty Unclean)
  • The Hunger of Empty Vessels by Scott Edelman (Bad Moon Books)
  • The Lucid Dreaming by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)
  • Doc Good’s Traveling Show by Gene O’Neill (Bad Moon Books)


  • “Keeping Watch” by Nate Kenyon (Monstrous: 20 Tales of Giant Creature Terror)
  • “The Crossing of Aldo Ray” by Weston Ochse (The Dead That Walk)
  • “In the Porches of My Ears” by Norman Prentiss (Postscripts #1)
  • “The Night Nurse” by Harry Shannon (Horror Drive-in)


  • Martyrs and Monsters by Robert Dunbar (DarkHart Press)
  • Got to Kill Them All and Other Stories by Dennis Etchison (Cemetery Dance)
  • A Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O’Neill (Apex Book Company)
  • In the Closet, Under the Bed by Lee Thomas (Dark Scribe Press)


  • He is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson edited by Christopher Conlon (Gauntlet Press)
  • Lovecraft Unbound edited by Ellen Datlow (Dark Horse Books)
  • Poe edited by Ellen Datlow (Solaris)
  • Midnight Walk edited by Lisa Morton (Darkhouse Publishing)


  • Writers Workshop of Horror by Michael Knost (Woodland Press)
  • Cinema Knife Fight by L. L. Soares and Michael Arruda (Fearzone)
  • The Stephen King Illustrated Companion by Bev Vincent (Fall River Press)
  • Stephen King: The Non-fiction by Rocky Wood and Justin Brook (Cemetery Dance)


  • Double Visions by Bruce Boston (Dark Regions)
  • North Left of Earth by Bruce Boston (Sam’s Dot)
  • Barfodder by Rain Graves (Cemetery Dance)
  • Chimeric Machines by Lucy A. Snyder (Creative Guy Publishing)

Additonal information about the Horror Writers Association.

Additional information about this year’s World Horror Convention.

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HWA Announces Plans for Biennial Solo Events

Posted by Dark Whisperer on August 26, 2009

HWA-topbannerNEW YORK, NY, August 25, 2009 — After record attendance at its recent Stoker Weekend in Burbank this past June, the Horror Writers Association announced today that it would be hosting a stand-alone convention every other year, beginning with a partnership with World Horror Convention in Brighton, England, in 2010 and an East Coast solo event in 2011. Panels, author signings, pitch sessions with publishers, networking opportunities, and the annual Bram Stoker Awards Banquet are just a few of the popular convention features that will be on tap when the venerable HWA brings its yearly gathering to the eastern half of the United States —its first time since 2006.

On the decision to step out on its own, HWA President Deborah LeBlanc says, “Due to the overwhelming, positive response we received at this year’s Stoker Weekend, the HWA’s Board has decided to take yet another step towards the organization’s overall growth and development.”

LeBlanc goes on to say that the organization’s “current plans are to hold a stand-alone Stoker event every other year, and for those events to occur on a rotating basis across North America from the West coast to the East coast, and in the Midwest. This every-other-year format is the perfect balance that will allow us to partner with other conventions, like WHC, in alternate years, while still maintaining individuality on par with HWA’s rising visibility and status in the publishing industry. It will also allow members from various parts of the country easier access to organizational gatherings, while keeping an open door with the World Horror Convention, which allows options for gatherings with international members.”

THE HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION (HWA) 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. HWA was formed in the late 1980’s with the help of many of the field’s greats, including Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Joe Lansdale. Today, with over 400 members around the globe, it is the oldest and most respected professional organization for the much-loved writers who have brought the reading public the most enjoyable sleepless nights of their lives.

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Stoker Weekend 2009 – Simply the Best!

Posted by Dark Whisperer on June 21, 2009

A message from HWA President Deborah LeBlanc:

Last weekend’s Stoker event was, in the words of the incomparable Tina Turner, “Simply the Best!” The lineup of special guests was to die for, the food at the banquet was spectacular, and the panels, workshops, and the awards ceremony were second to none. Oh, and the parties, folks, the parties! Huge thanks go to Heather Graham and Medallion Press for sponsoring the Gory Ghoul Ball and to Dark Scribe Press for sponsoring the Unspeakable 80’s Pre-Stoker Banquet party!

Congratulations to all of our Stoker winners, as well as our Lifetime Achievement Award winners, F. Paul Wilson and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. I can’t think of two more deserving writers for that prestigious award.

Throughout the weekend, I heard nothing but positive comments from people, all claiming this was the best Stoker event ever. And they were absolutely right. Everywhere you went, there was a buzz of excitement in the air. Something was different. The feeling was tangible — and wonderful.

There were so many people who helped make our Stoker weekend special that naming them all would cause this note to go on forever. Even more importantly, I fear I might forget to name someone, then I’d be guilt-ridden for a millennium.

I would, however, like to offer a special thanks to Heather Graham, HWA’s Vice President. Heather not only took on the expense of the Gory Ghoul Party, which included food, music and entertainment from her wonderful band, giveaways, and contests, so our attendees were assured a good time, she also brought an editor from a large publishing house so our members would have the opportunity to pitch in the major leagues. Thank you, Heather, for your abundant generosity!

And what words can possibly express the gratitude we have for Lisa Morton and John Little, our Stoker coordinators. Without them, this spectacular event would not have been possible. Both worked endless hours, determined to make this the best Stokers ever, and they succeeded in spades! I offer my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to John and Lisa for all of their hard work and commitment to HWA. Our organization is fortunate to have them because, without question, John and Lisa are indeed SIMPLY THE BEST!

Deborah LeBlanc
President HWA

Some photo highlights of Stoker Weekend 2009 (courtesy of Vince Liaguno):

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HWA at BEA 2009

Posted by Dark Whisperer on May 31, 2009

For the second time in its history, the Horror Writers Association exhibited at BookExpo America, held May 29th through the 31st at the Jacob K. Javits Center in NYC. Several HWA members – including Deborah LeBlanc, Alexandra Sokoloff, Ellen Datlow, Gary Frank, Kim Paffenroth, Connie Corcoran-Wilson, Jameson Currier, and Vince Liaguno – participated in book signing events during the convention, successfully placing their titles in front of booksellers, librarians, and new readers alike.

BookExpo America is the publishing industry’s largest event with literally thousands of publishers, authors, booksellers, and agents under one roof. After last year’s successful West Coast event, BEA returned to New York. Below are some highlights from the busy HWA Booth:

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Yarbro, Wilson Win Lifetime Horror Award

Posted by Dark Whisperer on January 25, 2009

The Horror Writers Association has chosen two long-time icons of the genre to receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award this year. The award, given for an author’s overall body of work, will go to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and to F. Paul Wilson.

Yarbro rose to fame with her vampire hero, Count Saint-Germain. She is the first yarbrowoman ever to receive the International Horror Guild’s Living Legend award. She also was the first woman elected president of the Horror Writers Association. Yarbro’s novels are notable for laying the groundwork for the recent upsurge of “paranormal romance” and trans-genre fiction.

fpaulwilsonWilson is best known for his Repairman Jack series of novels, though those are only a part of his more than 40-book canon. In 1979 he won the first Prometheus Award and claimed a Porgie Award in 1984. He won a Bram Stoker Award in 1999 and has been recognized by the American Library Association and the New York Public Library.

Deb LeBlanc, current HWA president, said, “Both of our winners this year have made incredible contributions to the field of dark literature. We are very pleased to add Chelsea and Paul to our roster of LAA recipients.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious of the Bram Stoker Awards, given by the HWA in acknowledgment of superior achievement not just in a single work but over an entire career. Past Lifetime Achievement Award winners include such noted authors as Stephen King, Anne Rice, Joyce Carole Oates, Ray Bradbury, and Peter Straub. Winners must have exhibited a profound, positive impact on the fields of horror and dark fantasy, and be at least sixty years of age or have been published for a minimum of thirty-five years.

The LAA will be presented as part of the 2009 Stoker Awards Weekend conference to be held June 12-14 at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, California.

To learn more about this year’s winners, visit them online. Wilson can be found at www.repairmanjack.com and Yarbro at www.chelseaquinnyarbro.net.

Please note that the conference and the awards banquet are open to the public. Members of the press wishing to attend the awards ceremony should contact Steve Wedel, HWA Publicity Chairman, at steve(at)stevenewedel(dot)com.

For more information about the HWA, the Stoker Awards or the Stoker Conference, please visit the Stoker Weekend Website or the HWA Website.

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Stoker Weekend ’09 Website Now LIVE!

Posted by Dark Whisperer on December 26, 2008


The website for the 2009 Stoker Awards Weekend is now live and can be accessed via either of the following addresses:


The website is fully functional – we can accept Paypal ticket orders, and all information on reserving hotel rooms is in place.

We’ve also established a Yahoo group and a blog for those who’d like to receive up-to-the-minute news about the event.

Hope to see you in Burbank next June!

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First Stoker Weekend Guests Announced!

Posted by Dark Whisperer on November 16, 2008

Stoker Weekend co-chairs John R. Little and Lisa Morton are pleased to announce the first four Guests of Honor for the HWA Stoker Weekend to be held June 12-14, 2009, at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank, CA.

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Richard Matheson (Photo by: Beth Gwinn)

Richard Matheson is a legend in the horror field. His groundbreaking work includes the classic novels I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man, What Dreams May Come, Bid Time Return, Hell House, and many others. In addition to penning countless short stories, many of his works have been turned into movies – including several where Matheson wrote the screenplay. He also wrote many episodes of the original The Twilight Zone, including the famous “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.” Matheson is a past winner of the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Richard Christian Matheson has carried on his father’s tradition of writing exceptional horror stories and successful screenplays. He has published the collections Medium Rare, Scars and Other Distinguishing Marks, and Dystopia, as well as the novel Created By and dozens of short stories. Screenplay work includes Masters of Horror, Nightmares and Dreamscapes, and many feature films.

John Farris is the best-selling author of dozens of horror novels including The Fury, Phantom Nights, and You Don’t Scare Me. He’s also written screenplays and short stories. He is a past winner of the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award.

David G. Hartwell is a senior editor at Tor books. He is one of the most respected editors in the fields of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Since 1996 he has edited the annual Year’s Best SF (with Kathryn Cramer since 2002). With Cramer, he has edited the annual Year’s Best Fantasy since 2001. He has also edited various horror anthologies such as Foundations of Fear and Visions of Fear. Hartwell is a past winner of the World Fantasy Award and the Hugo award for his editing.

Registration details are forthcoming.

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New Release – Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears

Posted by Dark Whisperer on April 20, 2008

Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears

Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

ISBN-10: 0809571501
ISBN-13: 978-0809571505

Now Available

Bringing back into print a classic anthology of adult fairy tales by Neil Gaiman, Gene Wolfe, Nancy A. Collins, Roberta Lannes, Gahan Wilson, and others

And don’t miss the earlier volume

Black Thorn, White Rose

Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

ISBN-10: 08095577

ISBN-13: 978-0809557752

Bringing back into print a classic anthology of adult fairy tales by Peter Straub, Howard Waldrop, Jane Yolen, Storm, Constantine, and others.


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