News from the HWA

Dark Regions Press, of Colusa, California, will receive the Horror Writers Association’s Specialty Press Award for 2010. The award will be presented during the gala Bram Stoker Awards Banquet to be held this year in Long Island as part of the Stoker Awards weekend, 16-19 June. The annual Specialty Press Award recognizes a publisher outside the mainstream New York City publishing community that specializes in dark-themed fiction. Winners are typically ‘small presses’ specializing in limited editions, small print runs, or the work of new and relatively unknown authors. The winner of the award is determined by a majority vote of the HWA Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees of the Horror Writers Association is pleased to announce that the 2010 Silver Hammer Award is being awarded to Angel Leigh McCoy. The Hammer Award is given periodically to an HWA volunteer who has done a truly significant amount of work for our organization, often unsung and behind the scenes. It was instituted in 1996 and is decided by a vote of HWA’s Board of Trustees. The award is so named because it represents the careful, steady, continuous work of building HWA’s ‘house’ ‘ the many institutional systems that keep the organization functioning on a day-to-day basis. The award itself is a chrome-plated hammer with an engraved plaque on the handle. The chrome hammer is also a satisfying allusion to The Beatles’ song, ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’, a miniature horror story in itself.

The Richard Laymon President’s Award for Service was instituted in 2000 and is named in honor of Richard Laymon, who died in 2000 while serving as HWA’s president. As its name implies, it is given by HWA’s sitting president. The award is presented to a volunteer who has served HWA in an especially exemplary manner and has shown extraordinary dedication to the organization. HWA’s current President Rocky Wood has chosen Michael Colangelo to receive the 2010 Richard Laymon Award. Michael serves as HWA’s Membership Chairman, overseeing applications of both new members and of upgrades for current members. ‘Michael Colangelo soldiers away every week working almost invisibly to keep the turnstiles to the park that is HWA open,’ President Wood said in regard to his choice for the 2010 Award.’

The Stoker conference and the awards banquet are open to the public. For more information about the HWA and the Bram Stoker Awards weekend visit the linked websites.

Dark Regions Press, of Colusa, California, will receive the Horror Writers Association’s Specialty Press Award for 2010. The award will be presented during the gala Bram Stoker Awards Banquet to be held this year in Long Island as part of the Stoker Awards weekend, 16-19 June. The annual Specialty Press Award recognizes a publisher outside the mainstream New York City publishing community that specializes in dark-themed fiction. Winners are typically ‘small presses’ specializing in limited editions, small print runs, or the work of new and relatively unknown authors. The winner of the award is determined by a majority vote of the HWA Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees of the Horror Writers Association is pleased to announce that the 2010 Silver Hammer Award is being awarded to Angel Leigh McCoy. The Hammer Award is given periodically to an HWA volunteer who has done a truly significant amount of work for our organization, often unsung and behind the scenes. It was instituted in 1996 and is decided by a vote of HWA’s Board of Trustees. The award is so named because it represents the careful, steady, continuous work of building HWA’s ‘house’ ‘ the many institutional systems that keep the organization functioning on a day-to-day basis. The award itself is a chrome-plated hammer with an engraved plaque on the handle. The chrome hammer is also a satisfying allusion to The Beatles’ song, ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’, a miniature horror story in itself.

The Richard Laymon President’s Award for Service was instituted in 2000 and is named in honor of Richard Laymon, who died in 2000 while serving as HWA’s president. As its name implies, it is given by HWA’s sitting president. The award is presented to a volunteer who has served HWA in an especially exemplary manner and has shown extraordinary dedication to the organization. HWA’s current President Rocky Wood has chosen Michael Colangelo to receive the 2010 Richard Laymon Award. Michael serves as HWA’s Membership Chairman, overseeing applications of both new members and of upgrades for current members. ‘Michael Colangelo soldiers away every week working almost invisibly to keep the turnstiles to the park that is HWA open,’ President Wood said in regard to his choice for the 2010 Award.’

The Stoker conference and the awards banquet are open to the public. For more information about the HWA and the Bram Stoker Awards weekend visit the linked websites.