2023 HWA Specialty Awards – Locus Online


The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the recipients of its 2023 Specialty Awards.

Thunderstorm Books is the recipient of the Specialty Press Award, given “to a publisher whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres.”

The Richard Laymon President’s Award, “presented to a member who has served HWA in an exemplary manner and shown exceptional dedication to the organization,” goes to Brian W. Matthews. The winner is chosen by HWA’s sitting president.

Lila Denning is the winner of the Karen Lansdale Silver Hammer Award, presented periodically “to an HWA volunteer who has done a truly massive amount of work for the organization, often unsung and behind the scenes” and chosen by HWA’s Board of Trustees.

Lisa Wood is the winner of the Mentor of the Year Award. Introduced in 2014, the Award “recognizes one mentor in the Mentor Program who has done an outstanding job of helping newer writers” and is chosen by the current chair of the mentor program.

The 2023 Stoker Awards final ballot was previously announced, as were this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Mort Castle, Cassandra Peterson, and Steve Rasnic Tem. All winners will be honored at a gala during StokerCon 2024, to be held May 30 – June 2, 2024 in San Diego, CA. For more information, see the Stoker Awards website.

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