The New York Chapter of the Horror Writers Association consists of local authors of horror and dark literature. The chapter hosts monthly meetings on Long Island and in Manhattan to support the professional development and growth of our members, coordinate local events, and network with other writers, artists, editors, and publishers working in the genre. Some of our activities include sponsoring writing critique groups, staffing booths at local literary and pop culture events, and hosting public readings for members at local venues.


Our mission as a chapter is to:

  • foster professional publishing careers for our members
  • help members improve their writing and progress toward high quality publication of their work
  • mentor young and beginning writers in the business and craft of writing horror
  • create a forum for networking with local authors and artists in other horror-related media
  • create a local horror community for mutual support
  • promote the horror genre and the work of the HWA.



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, http://www.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.

Also to that end, we sponsor the annual Bram Stoker Awards® for superior achievement in horror literature. Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Awards are presented for superior writing in eleven categories including traditional fiction of various lengths, poetry, screenplays, and non-fiction. In addition, HWA presents an annual Lifetime Achievement Award to living persons who has made significant contributions to the writing of Horror and Dark Fantasy over the course of a lifetime.

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

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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