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?
Feast or famine. That's how the life of an emerging writer sometimes feels. Months go by without much activity, and then all of a sudden you hit a stretch where everything just takes off.
Over the past month or so, following a somewhat quiet winter, my work has appeared in the second issue of Blight Digest, a great new imprint from One Eye Press featuring horror in its finest form. I've always loved magazines that cater to the short story market, particularly those that follow my chosen genre. My story, "The Door", is a suspenseful piece set in a dark, musty basement with an unusual secret.
Then there's Twice Upon a Time, a collection of reworked fairy tales that I've been eagerly anticipating for quite a while. This is the first release from the Bearded Scribe Press, a wonderful publisher that I look forward to working with again in the future. "The Leatherworker's Deal" is my take on "The Elves and the Shoemaker", with a much more sinister twist.
And now, as of this week comes the pre-order stage of Dreamscapes into Darkness, the latest from Firbolg Publishing's "Enter At Your Own Risk" series. I'm excited about this one too, and having read the pre-release copy I have to say I'm thrilled to be included in such a great anthology. "Lead Us Not Into Temptation" delves into uncomfortable territory, not for the squeamish!
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