Horror Writers Association Scorecard

2015 Bram Stoker Award winners: Jack Ketchum, John Dixon, Jonathan Maberry, Lucy A. Snyder, Linda D Addison, Rena Mason, Joe Lansdale, Jason V Brock, William F. Nolan, Michael Knost, Dacre Stoker, Usman Tanveer Malik, Lisa Morton, Maria Alexander. Photo by John Palisano.

2015 Bram Stoker Award winners: Mandy Slater (accepting on behalf of Tanith Lee), Jack Ketchum, John Dixon, Jonathan Maberry, Lucy A. Snyder, Linda D Addison, Rena Mason, Jason V Brock, William F. Nolan, Michael Knost, Usman Tanveer Malik, Ellen Datlow, Lisa Morton, Maria Alexander. Photo by John Palisano.

“There’s something I’ve just got to mention about this year’s Bram Stoker Awards winners,” Lisa Morton, President of the Horror Writers Association, told Facebook readers. “For the first time (at least the first time with a substantial number of categories), we’ve got a perfect 50/50 gender split on the winners. I just can’t help but think that’s pretty great.”

The Examiner also quoted Morton and delivered some fresh HWA news in a report about the 2015 Bram Stoker weekend:

“The past year had its challenges,” said HWA President Lisa Morton, who succeeded Rocky Wood after his death in 2014. “But on a night like this, we are reminded of the amazing talent in horror. The men and women honored tonight helped make 2014 an extraordinary year for the horror genre.”

At the start of Saturday’s ceremony, Morton announced the launch of StokerCon, an annual horror convention presented by the Horror Writers Association. The first StokerCon will be held at The Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV on May 12-15, 2016. The HWA has already confirmed acclaimed author R.L. Stine as one of StokerCon 2016’s Guests of Honor.

HWA Announces Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship

Rocky Wood

Rocky Wood

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has created the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship in honor of the organization’s late president, who passed away on December 1 as a result of complications from ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Wood, a two-time recipient of the Bram Stoker Award®, was best known for his extensive work involving the writings of Stephen King.

The Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship will focus on nonfiction. The new scholarship joins the existing Horror Writers Association and Mary Shelley Scholarships.

Succeeding Wood as HWA’s President will be Lisa Morton. For the last two-and-a-half years, Morton served as Vice President. A screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, and an award-winning prose writer, Morton is a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award®. She commented, “It’s daunting for me to now step into the Presidential shoes, but I also consider it an honor to continue the great work Rocky started. Because he was such a master at organization, he’s left behind manuals and instructions and a trained corps of volunteers, and together we look forward to continuing his legacy.”

Nancy Holder, who has been part of HWA for decades, will step in as Vice President.

[Based on HWA’s press release.]

Photos From the Paperback Show

By John King Tarpinian: On Sunday March 25th I got to play the Author Wrangler for the 33rd Annual Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale in Los Angeles. The show has two major draws, first, the ability to buy vintage dime novels, pulps, comics and magazines. Second, you have the chance to meet some of your favorite authors and get them to sign your books. I am told that there are only two other shows of this type, one in New York and another in the UK.

There were forty-seven dealers selling and forty-four authors greeting their fans and signing books. If you were unable to attend I am sure a goodly number of the books signed are already for sale on eBay.

It is always fun to be able to talk to these authors but I will only highlight a few. We have a couple authors who seem to be connected at the hip. Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. A close third would be buddies Tim Powers and James Blaylock. Tim has a new book out just last week. Nobody came in Steampunk costume to visit with Blaylock.

One of the nicest men you’ll ever meet in the print world or the TV world is Earl Hamner, Jr. (Think Twilight Zone, The Waltons and Falcon Crest) Another jovial man is Peter Atkins, you’d never know he wrote the script and books for the some of Hellraiser series for his buddy Clive Barker. Or Dennis Etchison who wrote the scripts for Halloween II and Halloween III. If you are in the need of an Encyclopedia on Halloween there is the sweet Lisa Morton. Lastly, I’ll highlight Harry Turtledove who is great to joke around with.

We were afraid that most people in the other part of the world call drizzle but us Angelinos call a StormWatch would keep people away but it was the largest turnout recorded.

You can find the complete list of authors who attended here: http://www.la-vintage-paperback-show.com/index.html.

[Photos by John King Tarpinian.]

Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven

Ann Bannon and Lisa Morton.

Cody Goodfellow and John Skipp.

Earl Hamner Jr.

Tim Powers and James Blaylock.