CELEBRATE HWA DAY!
Sometime in 1984, Robert McCammon first mentioned the idea of forming an organization for professional writers of horror. He soon enlisted the assistance of Joe and Karen Lansdale, and together H.O.W.L. (Horror/Occult Writers League) was born. The organization held its first formal meeting in 1985, and shortly thereafter the name was changed to Horror Writers of America. However, it wasn't until March of 1987 that HWA (which officially changed its name to Horror Writers Association in 1993)was officially incorporated.
Which means we're celebrating the 25th anniversary of HWA's incorporation in March of 2012! We're thrilled to say that our three founders - Joe Lansdale, Karen Lansdale, and Robert McCammon - will be on hand to celebrate with us. We'll have an entire full of special panels and events culminating with the gala presentation of the 2011 Bram Stoker Awards™ on the evening of March 31, 2012.
(For more about the history of HWA, see Stanley Wiater's "A Shockingly Brief and Informal History of the Horror Writers Association")
THE 2012 BRAM STOKER AWARDS!
2012 is also the 25th anniverary of HWA's Bram Stoker Awards™, and we have special plans to celebrate there, too! For one thing, we'll be offering the special, one-time only "Vampire Novel of the Century Award", presented in partnership with the estate of Bram Stoker - Dacre Stoker, Bram's descendent and author of Dracula: The Un-Dead will be on hand for this exciting special presentation.