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SINCE 1990, HWA HAS PRODUCED A SERIES OF "HWA PRESENTS" ANTHOLOGIES edited by a few of our more prestigious members and published in hardcover, mass-market or trade paperback by various publishers. Most have also had signed, limited hardcover editions.

These anthologies present new stories by the members of the Horror Writers Association -- only members may submit stories. However, our newest, rawest, and youngest members compete for space on an equal basis with our established stars -- and sometimes win, as we've had first sales in most of the volumes so far.

In addition, in 1997 HWA produced a volume of essays on the craft of horror writing, On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association, edited by Mort Castle, with contributions from dozens of well-known HWA members. In 2006, an updated and revised version was issued.

We're proud of these books, and would like to tell you a little about them (and we've provided easy links to order each of these fine titles):

Haunted Nights

Edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton

Anchor/Blumhouse Books, October 2017
ISBN-10: 1101973838
ISBN-13: 978-1101973837

Also available in e-book: And in audiobook:

Scary Out There

Edited by Jonathan Maberry

Simon & Schuster, 2016

Blood Lite III: Aftertaste

Edited by Kevin J. Anderson

Pocket Books, May 2012
ISBN-10: 1451636245
ISBN-13: 9781451636246

Sink your teeth into a smorgasbord of macabre morsels laced with horrific humor in this all-new Blood Lite collection! Whether you shriek with laughter or scream in fear . . . well, that's simply a matter of taste. Jim Butcher's wizardly PI Harry Dresden pranks some high-tech monster seekers - and attempts to save a friend's son whose life-energy is slowly being drained by an unknown adversary in "I Was a Teenage Bigfoot". The Author from Hell has dropped dead, but a stressed-out editor is harassed by her emails from beyond the grave in Sherrilyn Kenyon's "A Day in the Life". The flesh is weak - and possibly even rotting - as a teenage virgin werewolf discovers on a visit to a brothel in Kelley Armstrong's "V Plates". Murder comes alive in "Mannequin", by Heather Graham, as two thrill-seeking couples "axe" for trouble at a B&B with a bloody history.

Plus twenty-six other tales to tempt and terrorize you. . . .

Also available as a Kindle e-book:

Blood Lite II: Overbite

Edited by Kevin J. Anderson

Pocket Books, September 2010
ISBN-10: 1439187703
ISBN-13: 9781439187708

The Big Questions of Life (and Death)

Can a killer's basement blood-feast be a tax write-off (under Entertainment)? Not if Vlad the IRS agent nails him first in Heather Graham's "Death and Taxes." What does a pack of hungry she-wolves do to solve their man troubles? Ladies Night Out takes a wicked turn in "Dog Tired (of the Drama!)" by L. A. Banks. How far will an elite call girl go to beat a murder rap? Stuck with a dead client in a luxury L.A. hotel room, she might strike a costly bargain with a woman of unearthly powers in Allison Brennan's "Her Lucky Day." Who actually writes those tabloid stories about Bigfoot? Meet a journalist of the unexplained (she's 50 percent demon) and her boyfriend (he's 100 percent thief), as they heat up a museum exhibition that's also a soul-snatching battleground in "Lucifer's Daughter" by Kelley Armstrong.

Plus tales from:


Also available as a Kindle e-book:

Blood Lite: An Anthology of Humorous Horror Stories

Edited by Kevin J. Anderson

Copyright 2008 by HWA
ISBN-10: 1416567836
ISBN-13: 978-1416567837 (Pocket)
Price: $16.00

"Blood Lite is a new horror anthology that promises to give readers a unique taste of horror combined with just the right amount of humor." --Hellnotes

  • The Ungrateful Dead by Kelley Armstrong
  • Mr. Bear by Joe Lansdale
  • Hell in a Handbasket by Lucien Soulban
  • The Eldritch Pastiche from Beyond the Shadow of Horror by Christopher Welch
  • Elvis Presley and the Bloodsucker Blues by Matt Venne
  • No Problem by Don D'Ammassa
  • Old School by Mark Onspaugh
  • The Sound of Blunder by J.A. Konrath and F. Paul Wilson
  • An Evening with Al Gore by Charlaine Harris
  • Dear Prudence by Steven Savile
  • A Good Psycho is Hard to Find by Will Ludwigsen
  • High Kicks and Misdemeanors by Janet Berliner
  • P.R. Problems by Eric James Stone
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • A Very Special Girl by Mike Resnick
  • Loveseat Solitaire by D.L. Snell
  • I Know Who You Ate Last Summer by Nancy Holder
  • Bitches of the Night by Nancy Kilpatrick
  • The Bell . . . FROM HELL!!! by Jeff Strand
  • Dead Hand by Sharyn McCrumb
  • Day Off by Jim Butcher

On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association

Edited by Mort Castle

Copyright 2006 by HWA
ISBN: 1-5829-7420-9 (Writers Digest Books)
Price: $16.99

Recently updated and revised, available in trade paperback from Writers Digest Books.

A volume of essays on the craft of horror writing, edited by Mort Castle, with contributions from dozens of well-known HWA members. An invaluable addition to any writer's library.


Foreword: The Horror Writers Association: A Shockingly Brief and Informal History of the HWA by Stanley Wiater

Editor's Introduction by Mort Castle

Part One: Horror, Literature, and Horror Literature

  • The Madness of Art by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Acceptance Speech: The 2003 National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by Stephen King
  • Why We Write Horror by Michael McCarty

Part Two: An Education in Horror

  • What You Are Meant to Know: 21 Horror Classics by Robert Weinberg
  • Avoiding What's Been Done to Death by Ramsey Campbell
  • Workshops of Horror (and Seminars and Conferences) by Tom Monteleone
  • Degrees of Dread by Michael A. Arnzen

Part Three: Developing Horror Concepts

  • A World of Dark and Disturbing Ideas by J.N. Williamson
  • Mirror, Mirror by Wayne Allen Sallee
  • Going There: Strategies for the Things That Scare You by Michael Marano
  • Honest Lies and Darker Truths: History and Horror Fiction by Richard Gilliam

Part Four: Horror Crafting

  • Such Horrible People by Tina Jens
  • A Hand on the Shoulder by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Eerie Events and Horrible Happenings: Plotting Short Horror Fiction by Nicholas Kaufmann
  • Reality and the Waking Nightmare: Setting and Character in Horror Fiction by Mort Castle
    “He Said?” She Asked: Some Thoughts About Dialogue by David Morrell
  • Keep It Moving, Maniacs: Writing Action Scenes in Horror Fiction by Jay R. Bonansinga
  • The Dark Enchantment of Style by Bruce Holland Rogers

Part Five: Horror, Art, Innovation, Excellence

  • Innovation in Horror by Jeanne Cavelos
  • Depth of Field: Horror and Literary Fiction by Nick Mamatas
  • Splat Goes the Hero: Visceral Horror by Jack Ketchum
  • Darkness Absolute: The Standards of Excellence in Horror Fiction by Douglas E. Winter
  • On Horror: A Conversation With Harlan Ellison and Richard Gilliam

Part Six: Tradition and Modern Times

  • No More Silver Mirrors: The Monster in Our Times by Karen E. Taylor
  • Fresh Blood From Old Wounds: The Alchemist Meets the Biochemist by Joseph Curtin
  • More Simply Human by Tracy Knight
  • The Possibility of the Impossible by Tom Piccirilli
  • Take a Scalpel to Those Tropes by W.D. Gagliani
  • That Spectred Isle: Tradition, Sensibility, and Delivery or Ghosts? What Ghosts? by Steven Savile
  • New Horrors: A Roundtable Discussion of Horror Today and Tomorrow by Joe Nassise

Part Seven: Genre and Subgenre

  • Archetypes and Fearful Allure: Writing Erotic Horror by Nancy Kilpatrick
  • Writing for the New Pulps: Horror Theme Anthologies by John Maclay
  • Freaks and Fiddles, Banjos and Beasts: Writing Redneck Horror by Weston Ochse
  • Youth Gone Wild by Lee Thomas
  • Writing Horror Comic Books And Graphic Novels by David Campiti
  • Acts of Madness: Writing Horror for the Stage by Lisa Morton
  • Fear Spins Off: The Tie-In Novel Comes Into Its Own by Yvonne Navarro
  • The Play's the Thing on the Doorstep: Writing Video and Roleplaying Games by Richard E. Dansky
  • Now Fear This: Writing Horror for Audio Theater by Scott Hickey and Robert Madia
  • Good Characters and Cool Kills: Writing the Horror Screenplay by Brendan Deneen

Part Eight: Horror Business: Selling, Marketing, Promoting

  • Dark Fluidity: Online Research and Marketing Resources by Judi Rohrig
  • The Small Press: Filling Shelves with Rare Books by John Everson
  • Sharing the Creeps: Marketing Short Horror Fiction, version 2.0 by Edo van Belkom
  • For Love or Money: Six Marketing Myths by Bev Vincent
  • One Reader at a Tine: Promoting Your Horror Novel by Scott Nicholson

Afterword: Quiet Lies the Locust Tells by Harlan Ellison

HWA PRESENTS: The Series to Date

Dark Arts    

Edited by John Pelan

Copyright 2006 by Cemetery Dance Publications
ISBN: 1-58767-124-7
Price: $35.00

Published in trade hardcover by Cemetery Dance. Twenty-two all-new stories of the darkest arts.

From the grimmest of the Greek tragedies to contemporary death metal horror has held a fascination with artists of all disciplines. From Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and Edith Nesbit's "Man Made in Marble" to the recent works like Secret Window and Skin the muses of creativity and the furies of terror have been closely linked. In this anthology, award-winning editor John Pelan invites his colleagues in the Horror Writers Association to contribute their darkest thoughts on the creative processes. Step into the gallery and view twenty-two of the most disturbing visions that can be conjured by these dark artists...


  • The Disease Artist by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Shape of the Empty Heart by Gerard Houarner
  • For Art's Sake by John Pelan
  • With Acknowledgements to Sun Tzu by Brian Hodge
  • Hurdy Gurdy by Peadar Ó Guilín
  • The Art of Madness by Edo van Belkom
  • The Power of Preserving Pictures by Leah Cutter
  • The Death Technique by John B. Rosenman
  • Body by Tim Lebbon
  • The Final Staging of Ascent by Tom Piccirilli
  • I Hear You Quietly Singing by Lucy Taylor
  • Learning to Leave the Flesh by Jeff VanderMeer
  • The Hoplite by Paul Finch
  • Chained Melody by Patricia Macomber
  • Works of Art by J.F.Gonzalez
  • The Disinterment of Ophelia by Michelle Scalise
  • If You Were Glass... by David Niall Wilson
  • A Splash of Color by Michael Oliveri
  • The Mist Machine by Charlee Jacob
  • Scratching the Surface by Michael Kelly
  • Kodachrome by Lorelei Shannon
  • Nightmares, Imported And Domestic by Mark McLaughlin and Matt Cardin

Museum of Horrors     (This title is not currently available.)


Edited by Dennis Etchison

Copyright 2001 by Leisure Books/ Dorchester Publishing
ISBN: 0-8439-5077-3 (Leisure Books)
Price: $6.99

Published in hardback and paperback by Leisure Books.

Eighteen stories of madmen and monsters, the bizarre and the twisted, the living and the dead, by some of today's greatest horror writers.


  • The Museum of Dr. Moses by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Worse than Bones by Ramsey Campbell
  • King of Outer Space by Peter Atkins
  • Piano Bar Blues by Melanie Tem
  • Those Vanished I Recognize by Tom Piccirilli
  • Inland, Shoreline by Darren O. Godfrey
  • The Window by Joel Lane
  • Author, Author by Gordon Linzner
  • Hammerhead by Richard Laymon
  • Imbroglio by Conrad Williams
  • Transorbital Love Probe by Th. Metzger
  • The Impressionists in Winter by Susan Fry
  • Whose Ghosts These Are by Charles L. Grant
  • Perdido: A Fragment from a Work in Progress by Peter Straub
  • In Real Life by William F. Nolan
  • Pound Rots in Fragrant Harbour by Lisa Morton
  • Apologia by Robert Devereaux
  • The Bird Catcher by S.P. Somtow

Bell, Book & Beyond     (This title is not currently available.)

Edited by P.D. Cacek

Copyright 2000 by The Design Image Group, Inc.
ISBN: 1-891946-09-9 (Design Image Group)
Price: $15.95

Published in trade paperback by Design Image Group.
Twenty-one stories of witchcraft by HWA's newest voices.


  • The Child's Tale by Carole Nomarhas
  • The Power Lunch by Janet L. Hetherington
  • Six Guns & Six Spells by Paul Victor Wargelin
  • A Dichotomy of Belief by Michael Oliveri
  • Spiders Grace All of Me by Michelle Scalise
  • As Promised by Walt Jarvis
  • Madly, Deeply by Greg Kishbaugh
  • Le Bête Est Morte by Nicholas Kaufmann
  • That Old Black Magic by John R. Platt
  • Stadium Square by Eric Gregg
  • Elena by David A. DeFalco
  • Hattie's Head by Kelli Campbell
  • Her Place by Joel Ross
  • Endemoniada by William O'Donnell
  • The Nice House by L.H. Maynard & M.P.N. Sims
  • Heavy Sybil by Bob Beideman
  • Harm None by Dean H. Wild
  • The Island by Whitt Pond
  • Trailertrash Annie by Peter N. Dudar
  • The Power Doctor by Ward Parker
  • Celia by R. Michael Burns

Whitley Strieber's Aliens     (This title is not currently available.)

Edited by Whitley Strieber

Copyright 1998 by HWA
ISBN: 0-671-88597-9 (Pocket Books)
Price: $5.99

Published in paperback by Pocket Books.
Twenty-one stories of beings from beyond our world.


  • In Hollow Houses by Gary Braunbeck
  • Radiance by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • Jolene's Motel by Esther Friesner
  • A Last, Longing Look by James Robert Smith
  • Even Saints and Angels by John B. Rosenman
  • A Light in the Sky by Christie Golden
  • Alien and Fugue by Lois Tilton
  • The Flicker Man by Edward Bryant and Trey R. Barker
  • Guessing at the Unknown by Cynthia Geddes
  • Scripture Girl by Edward Lee
  • The Threshold of Beyond by Stephen Mark Rainey
  • The Glassy Apes by Tracy Knight
  • Nothing As It Seems by David Silva
  • Fuel by Adam-Troy Castro
  • A World Hushed by Snow by Juleen Brantingham
  • After Welles by Michael Scott Bricker
  • Jerusalem Syndrome by Janet Berliner
  • The End of the Dream Time by Catherine Mintz
  • Realizations by Don D'Ammassa
  • A Rustle of Owl's Wings by Thomas Smith
  • Fireflies by P.D. Cacek

Robert Bloch's Psychos     (This title is not currently available.)

Edited by Robert Bloch

Copyright 1997 by HWA
ISBN: 0-671-88598-7 (Pocket Books)
Price: $5.99

Published in paperback by Pocket Books. A limited edition was also published by CD Publications.

Nineteen tales of the madmen among us. Mr. Bloch died before the book was completed, so this may well be the last work that will appear under his name. (The anthology was completed by Mr. Bloch's anonymous co-editors.)


Peter Straub's Ghosts     (This title is not currently available.)

Edited by Peter Straub

Copyright 1995 by HWA
ISBN: 0-671-88599-5 (Pocket Books)
Price: $5.99

Published in paperback by Pocket Books and in a signed, slipcased hardcover edition from Borderlands Press limited to 750 copies.

Fifteen superb stories of ghosts and hauntings.


  • Dark
    • Styx by Norman Partridge
    • Jubilee by Kathe Koja
    • Not Far from Here by Tim Smith
  • The Kids
    • Mamma Ghost by Alan Rodgers
    • Daddy's Girl by Gordon R. Ross
    • Coventry Carol by Chet Williamson
  • Mom and Dad
    • And He Who Mourns by David B. Silva
    • His Mother's Hands by Clark Perry
  • Cold
    • Bill Smith's Sleigh Ride by Tyson Blue
    • Sotto Voce by Lawrence Greenberg
    • A Real Babe by Brad Linaweaver
  • Our Work
    • Looking for Mr. Flip by Thomas F. Monteleone
    • Present in Spirit by Don D'Ammassa
    • The Wedding Party by Paul M. Sammon

Deathport     (This title is not currently available.)

Edited by Ramsey Campbell

Copyright 1993 by HWA
ISBN: ISBN 0-671-69575-4 (Pocket Books)
Price: $4.99

Published in paperback by Pocket Books.

A shared-world anthology of twenty-eight(!) stories about Dry Plains International Airport -- a state-of-the-art airfield built in the Texas desert, in exactly the wrong place, a place haunted by vengeful spirits...


Freak Show     (Currently available in ebook format)

Edited by F. Paul Wilson

Copyright 1992 by HWA
ISBN: 0-671-69574-6 (Pocket Books)
Price: $5.50

Published in paperback by Pocket Books (ISBN 0-671-69574-6, cover price $5.50), and in a signed, slipcased hardcover edition from Borderlands Press limited to 750 copies.

A unique shared-world anthology -- almost a collaborative novel -- of eighteen stories about a very special traveling circus...


  • Winter Quarters by F. Paul Wilson
  • Okefenokee Swamp, GA by Brad Strickland
  • Athens, GA by Gregory Nicoll
  • Sikeston, MO by Rex Miller
  • Leesville, LA by Nancy Kilpatrick
  • Bois D'Arc, TX by Scott Cupp
  • Palomita, NM by Kathryn Ptacek
  • Venice, CA by Douglas Borton
  • LaCanada, CA by Morgan Fields
  • Seattle, WA by Richard Lee Byers
  • Elm Haven, IL by Dan Simmons
  • Chicago, IL by Yvonne Navarro
  • Battle Creek, MI by Steven Spruill
  • Drood Hollow, WV by Lee Moler
  • Bird-in-Hand, PA by Chet Williamson
  • Rochester, NY by Craig Shaw Gardner
  • Quarry, MA by R. Patrick Gates
  • Oyster Bay, NY by Thomas F. Monteleone
  • The Pine Barrensby F. Paul Wilson

Under the Fang    

Edited by Robert R. McCammon

Copyright 1991 by HWA
ISBN: 0-671-69573-8 (Pocket Books)
Price: $5.50

Published in paperback by Pocket Books and in a signed, slipcased hardcover edition from Borderlands Press limited to 750 copies.

A shared-world anthology of seventeen stories set in a near future when vampires have conquered humanity.


  • Introduction by Robert R. McCammon
  • The Miracle Mile by Robert R. McCammon
  • Dancing Nitely by Nancy Collins
  • Stoker's Mistress by Clint Collins
  • Does the Blood Line Run On Time? by Sidney Williams & Robert Petitt
  • Red Eve by Al Sarrantonio
  • We Are Dead Together by Charles de Lint
  • Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage by Chet Williamson
  • Advocates by Suzy McKee Charnas and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
  • Special by Richard Laymon
  • Herrenrasse by J.N. Williamson
  • Duty by Ed Gorman
  • Midnight Sun by Brian Hodge
  • A Bloodsucker by David N. Meyer III
  • Prodigal Sun by Thomas F. Monteleone
  • There Are No Nightclubs in East Palo Alto by Clifford V. Brooks
  • Juice by Lisa W. Cantrell
  • Behind Enemy Lines by Dan Perez


Since 2014, HWA has produced a yearly anthology highlighting the finest dark verse from members!

Volume IV (print):

Volume III (ebook):

Volume II (print):

Volume II (ebook):

Volume I (print):

Volume I (ebook):

4-book series (ebook):

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