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We are the Atlanta Chapter of the Horror Writers Association, which consists of local authors, editors, and literary agents interested in horror and dark literature from the Atlanta area.

What is the Horror Writers Association?

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. HWA was formed in 1985 with the help of many of the field’s greats, including Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Joe Lansdale. Today——with over 1250 members in countries such as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Honduras, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, United Kingdom and the United States——it is the oldest and most respected professional organization for the much-loved writers who have brought you the most enjoyable sleepless nights of your life.

One of HWA’s missions is to encourage public interest in and foster an appreciation of good Horror and Dark Fantasy literature. To that end we offer the public areas of our website, horror.org; sponsor or take part in public readings and lectures; publish a monthly newsletter for members; maintain outreach to booksellers, librarians, fans and readers; facilitate readings and signings by horror writers; offer scholarships; and we maintain an official presence at the major fan-based horror and fantasy conventions, such as the World Horror Convention, and literary festivals.

More information, including a detailed history of the organization, can be found at horror.org.

Our Anti-Harassment Policy

When the Horror Writers Association or one of its chapters appears at or produces an event, HWA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of our members at these events in any form. Members may report incidents of harassment to the chapter coordinator or an officer of the HWA to request review by the Board of Trustees. Members who violate these rules may be sanctioned or expelled by vote of HWA’s Board of Trustees, per the organization’s bylaws.

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