The Australasian Horror Writers Association (‘AHWA’) has rekindled its relationship with the Horror Writers Association (‘HWA’) in an effort to be able to further support horror and dark fiction authors within the region.
The Horror Writers Association was originally launched in 1985 under the name of the Horror and Occult Writers League (HOWL) and came to fruition with the assistance of many of the fields greats including Joe R. Lansdale, Robert McCammon and Dean Koontz.
The HWA now boasts over 1250 members from around the world, including Australia and New Zealand.
With the AHWA’s own Greg Chapman nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, which is presented annually by the Horror Writers Association for ‘superior achievement’ in dark fantasy and horror writing, acting President Brendon Meynell reached out to further strengthen the ties.
Previously, the Australasian Horror Writers Association had been deemed as the Official Sister Organization of the HWA – Down Under. And with the new look website, and a focus on providing more support to up and coming authors, as well as supporting our long standing members the influence of once again establishing a relationship with the Horror Writers Association was something that needed to be investigated.
“Obviously Lisa Morton (HWA President) and her team are busy with the Stoker Award announcement this weekend, but no doubt at some point we will work out the details to further strengthen our ties,” Acting AHWA President Brendon Meynell said.
“It is an important step forward to us as we have Australian and New Zealand born and raised authors all over the world and it would be truly beneficial to them all if they can see no matter where they go they are supported.”
The relationship being rekindled between the two organizations is aimed at further supporting dark fiction and horror authors with benefits being shared by members of both groups.