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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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Bloodletting Wins Specialty Press Award

Posted by Dark Whisperer on March 26, 2009

larry-debra-robertsThe Horror Writers Association is pleased to announce that the 2009 Specialty Press Award has been awarded to Bloodletting Press.

Bloodletting Press is based in Modesto, California and is run by Larry Roberts and his wife, Debra Roberts. They have been publishing fine limited edition books since 2002. Their titles are all highly prized by both collectors and readers alike.

Recently, Bloodletting has formed a new imprint, Morning Star Books as well as a joint venture with Delirium Books for very high-end collectible books, Infernal House Books.

Bloodletting and Delirium have also collaborated to create the Horror Mall, one of the world’s largest bookstores specializing in horror, as well as The Haunt, a social networking site for horror fans.

In its several dozen books, Bloodletting has published many of the modern masters of the horror field including Brian Keene, Douglas Clegg, Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, Ray Garton, and James A. Moore. All of their books have used outstanding design and production techniques.

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Giron to Receive Silver Hammer Award

Posted by Dark Whisperer on March 25, 2009

sephsalem20081The Board of Trustees of the Horror Writers Association is pleased to announce that this year’s Silver Hammer Award is being awarded to Sephera Giron. The Hammer Award is given periodically to an HWA volunteer who has done a truly massive amount of work for our organization, often unsung and behind the scenes. It was instituted in 1996, and is decided by a vote of HWA’s Board of Trustees.

The award is so named because it represents the careful, steady, continuous work of building HWA’s “house” – the many institutional systems that keep the organization functioning on a day-to-day basis. The award itself is a chrome-plated hammer with an engraved plaque on the handle. The chrome hammer is also a satisfying allusion to The Beatles’ song, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” a miniature horror story in itself.

Sephera Giron has been HWA’s Canadian face for the last decade, working tirelessly to promote the organization at festivals, conventions and monthly meetings. A gifted writer who has published novels with Leisure Books, short fiction with Cemetery Dance and the Hot Blood series, and non-fiction books and articles on witchcraft and astrology, Sephera somehow found time to also work as Mistress of Ceremonies for the 2007 Stoker Awards presentation and she writes a monthly column for the organization’s newsletter.

Past winners of the Silver Hammer Award include Lawrence Watt-Evans, Robert Weinberg and Douglas Winter.

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