This morning I came home and opened my email to find a message informing me I had been accepted into the ranks of the Horror Writers' Association. This is something I've been pursuing for a while, so as you might imagine, it's a pretty huge deal for me.
This is the association that founded and continues to award the Bram Stoker Awards. Given as recognition for excellence in the horror genre to novelists, short story writers, screenplay writers and poets, it's as high an honor as there is in the field.
Membership in the HWA is something I set as a personal goal for myself some time ago, right around the time I started selling a few pieces and began to see I just might have the ability to make something come from this whole "writing scary stuff" thing.
The HWA is the penultimate organization for writers like me: people with a love for the horror genre and a desire to carve a name for themselves doing what they love. Such household names as Dean Koontz, Robert Bloch, Joe Lansdale, Robert McCammon and Richard Laymon have all worn the mantle of the HWA during their careers. These folks pioneered the genre, breathing life into numerous classics and dragging it into the mainstream view. I can't tell you what a thrill and an honor it is to see my name listed among what amounts to a list of my literary heroes.
In a way it's the culmination of a lengthy pursuit, but in another sense it's just the beginning. Ok, you're in. Now prove you belong here.
I guess we'll see, won't we?
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