Lisa Morton – HWA President
Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, award-winning fiction author, and one of the world’s leading authorities on Halloween. For more about her, please visit http://www.lisamorton.com.
Nancy Holder – HWA Vice President
Nancy Holder is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of five Bram Stoker Awards. She writes novels and episode guides for “universes” such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teen Wolf, Hellboy, Beauty and the Beast, and others. She also writes and edits comic books and pulp fiction for Moonstone Books. She lives in San Diego. find out more at http://www.nancyholder.com
Michael Paul Gonzalez
Michael Paul Gonzalez lives and writes in Los Angeles. He is the author of Miss Massacre’s Guide to Murder and Vengeance, Angel Falls, and a host of stories floating through the ether. Follow him at MichaelPaulGonzalez.com.
Hal Bodner is the author of the bestselling gay vampire novel, Bite Club and the lupine sequel, The Trouble with Hairy. . Hal’s website is http://www.wehovampire.com and he encourages fans to send him email at Hal@wehovampire.com. It may take him a month or so, but he generally responds to almost everyone who writes to him with the sole exception of prisoners who request free copies of his books accompanied by naked pictures.
Terry M. West
Terry M. West is a well-known author, filmmaker, actor and artist. He has written several books in the young adult field (most notably the graphic novel series, Confessions of a Teenage Vampire) and he has also written several horror short stories as well as the horror/thriller novel, Dreg. His work has appeared (or is scheduled to appear) in FrightNet, Scream Factory, Agony In Black, Lacunae, Jackhammer, House of Pain, Dark Muse, Moonletters, Silent Screams, When Red Snow Melts, One Hellacious Halloween, Deathmongers, Vignettes from the End of the World, Axes of Evil and Zombified 2. Visit his website: www.terrymwest.com
Janet Joyce Holden
Janet Joyce Holden is a novelist and writer of dark contemporary fiction and is the author of Carousel and The Only Red Is Blood, along with a number of short stories that appear in various anthologies. She is originally from the North of England, but now lives in Southern California. Find out more at her website: janetjoyceholden.com.
Fangoria writer John Palisano’s short stories have appeared in Lovecraft Ezine, Terror Tales, PS Publishing, Dark Fuse and many more. He’s also the author of the novel Nerves, as well as the upcoming Dust of the Dead from Samhain Publishing. Nominated twice for the Bram Stoker Award® for short fiction, John acts as a Trustee and is a Co-Chair of the HWA’s Los Angeles Chapter. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter, or hit his site at: http://www.johnpalisano.com.
Kate Jonez is the Shirley Jackson Award nominated author of Ceremony of Flies and the Bram Stoker Award ® nominated author of Candy House and Ceremony of Flies. She is also chief editor at Omnium Gatherum a small press publishing unique dark fantasy, weird fiction or literary dark fiction in print and ebook. Three Omnium Gatherum books have been nominated for Shirley Jackson Awards. Visit her website at katejonez.com
R B Payne
Assembled from body parts stolen from the Los Angeles Coroner’s dumpster, and stitched together with razor wire, R.B. Payne lives in hope of becoming human. Meanwhile, he writes. His work can be found in anthologies such as All American Horror of the 21st Century: The First Decade and Permuted Press’ Times of Trouble, and he’s very proud of his analysis of three 1930′s black-and-white slasher films in Butcher Knives and Body Counts. Upcoming work is featured in Expiration Date from Hades Publications and Unspeakable Horror 2: Abominations Of Desire from Dark Scribe Press. More information can be found at http://www.rbpayne.com.
Steven W. Booth
Steven W. Booth is an author, book designer, publisher, and entrepreneur. He has earned a BA in economics, an MBA in Nonprofit Management, and a MA in Teaching. He has been a business owner since January 2010, a publisher since August 2011, and a published author since October 2011. Steven currently owns and operates Genius Book Publishing where he publishes mostly horror and dark fiction, but has plans to begin publishing other fiction genres as well as non-fiction. His other business, Genius Book Services, provides self-publishing authors and other publishers with editing, cover art, print layout, and ebook design services. Steven is also the author of six novels. The Sheriff Penny Miller series of zombie novels (The Hungry 1 through 5), written with Harry Shannon, have paid his rent many times and regularly buys him groceries.
Xach Fromson is one of the creators and hosts for the Los Angeles based reading series Shades & Shadows. He is a native Angeleno, with a lifelong passion for horror, science fiction and dark fantasy. He has a BA in Creative Writing from California State University Northridge, and an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside Palm Desert.
Maria Alexander’s stories have appeared in publications such as Chiaroscuro Magazine, Gothic.net and Paradox: The Magazine of Historical and Speculative Fiction, as well as numerous anthologies. Her debut novel, Mr. Wicker, was released in September 2014 by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Publishers Weekly calls it “…(a) splendid, bittersweet ode to the ghosts of childhood.” Learn more at http://www.mariaalexander.net.
Eric Miller works in the movie business as a screenwriter, producer, and other fun-filled, low-stress jobs. He wrote the script for Dog Soldiers 2, and his produced screenplays include Mask Maker, Swamp Shark, and Ice Spiders. In the book world, Miller edited the Bram Stoker Award (R) nominated horror anthology Hell Comes To Hollywood and its imaginatively titled sequel Hell Comes To Hollywood II which also includes a story by him. His fiction regularly appears on http://www.HotValleyWriters.com. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Wendy and their dog and cats. In his spare time he reads voraciously, writes occasionally, and is addicted to TV cooking shows.
E.S. Magill is the editor of the anthologies The Haunted Mansion Project Year One and Deep Cuts (co-edited with Angel Leigh McCoy and Chris Marrs). She is also the former reviews editor and columnist for Dark Wisdom magazine. Her short fiction can be found in the Horror Writers Association’s anthology Blood Lite III and The Haunted Mansion Project Year Two. One day she will finally finish her first novel. She has an M.A. in English, specializing in the postmodern gothic. By day, she teaches middle school English; in her spare time she dons the costume of horror writer. Southern California is home to her and her husband Greg. Friend her on Facebook and check out her blog at http://www.esmagill.com.
Paul Steven Gifford was born on April 28th 1965 in Birmingham, England. Paul, from a remarkably early age, discovered he was completely fascinated with the written word. By the age of nine he was devouring several books a week, and had begun to write. In the early 1980’s, he and his father relocated to the Californian coast, which he has cheerfully called home ever since. He has three books published thus far. The first The Curious Accounts of the Imaginary Friend is a collection of short horror stories all demonstrating his unique writing style and ability to engage the reader from the very first word. Gifford’s second, book, Dr. Offig’s Lessons from the Dark Side, Vol. 1, is a similar collection, however, it is primarily aimed at the young adult crowd. His third book is entitled: The Further Accounts of the Imaginary Friend. A fourth title Curiously Twisted Tales, is available on Amazon. He is a regular on the convention and book signing circuit- check out his website http://www.psgifford.com for details.
Kate Maruyama was raised on books and weaned on movies in a small college town in New England. Her fiction has been published in Arcadia Magazine, Controlled Burn, Stoneboat and on Role Reboot, Gemini Magazine, Salon, The Rumpus and The Citron Review, among others and she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, where she is now affiliate faculty. She writes, teaches, cooks, and eats in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and two children.
Ian Welke’s short stories have appeared in KZine, Big Pulp, Zombie Jesus and Other True Stories, and the American Nightmare anthology amongst others. His first novel, The Whisperer in Dissonance, was published by Omnium Gatherum Media in 2014. His second novel, End Times at Ridgemont High is expected to be published in 2015. Before writing full-time, Ian was lucky enough to work at Blizzard Entertainment and at Runic Games. These days, when he’s not at his desk writing, Ian enjoys a variety of games. His favorites tend to be elaborate board games with many pieces and rules to confuse though he’s happiest going mad with his characters in the Call of Cthulhu RPG. Website: http://www.ianwelke.com
Eric J. Guignard reads, writes, edits, and dreams of dark fiction. Outside that, he’s a technical writer and college professor, and he stumbles home each day to a wife, children, cats, and a terrarium filled with mischievous beetles. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award and was a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award. Visit Eric at: www.ericjguignard.com, his blog: ericjguignard.blogspot.com, or Twitter: @ericjguignard.
Robert Payne Cabeen is a screenwriter, artist, former creative director of Streamline Pictures, and purveyor of narrative horror poetry. His screenwriting credits include Heavy Metal 2000, for Columbia TriStar, Sony Pictures, A Monkey’s Tale, and Walking with Buddha. His current poetry collection, Fearworms, is a Bram Stoker Award® nominee. Cabeen received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Otis Art Institute, with a dual major in painting and design. For more info, visit: http://robertpaynecabeen.com