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Co-Chair: Rena Mason Rena Mason is the Bram Stoker Award® winning author of The Evolutionist and East End Girls, as well as a 2014 Stage 32 / The Blood List presents: The Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest Finalist.  She is a member of the Horror Writers Association, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, The International Screenwriters’ Association, Stage 32, and InkTip. She writes a column for the HWA Monthly Newsletter, “Recently Born of Horrific Minds” and writes occasional articles. She also does volunteer work for the Horror Writers Association, and event planning. An avid SCUBA diver since 1988, she has traveled the world and enjoys incorporating the experiences into her stories. She currently resides in Reno, Nevada with her family. 


me_reasonably_smallCo-Chair: Brad Hodson – Brad C. Hodson is an author and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He recently adapted his first novel DARLING for director Banner Gwin and is starting work on his fourth novel. Find where you can read both his short fiction and his bombastic opinions at

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Deputy Chair & Sponsor Liaison: Lisa Morton – Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, award-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening”. Her most recent releases include the novella The Devil’s Birthday and the novel Zombie Apocalypse: Washington Deceased, and coming this fall (from Reaktion Books) is Ghosts: A Cultural History. She currently serves as President of the Horror Writers Association. She lives in the San Fernando Valley, and can be found online at

johntaffProgramming: John F.D. Taff – John. F.D. Taff is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of the critically acclaimed novella collection, The End in All Beginnings. Taff has been writing dark speculative fiction for 25 years. He has more than 80 stories in publications that include Cemetery Dance, Horror Library V, The Hot Blood Series, Shock Rock II, Dark Visions – Volume One, Ominous Realities and Death’s Realm. His collection of short stories, Little Deaths, was  well reviewed and named the “No. 1 Horror Collection of 2012” by HorrorTalk. His historical ghost novel, The Bell Witch, was released in April 2013, and the thriller novel Kill/Off was released in December 2013. A standalone novella, The Sunken Cathedral, will be published by Grey Matter Press in July 2015. You can learn more about John from his website at, or follow him on Twitter @johnfdtaff.

KateWinter2016Souvenir Book Editor: Kate Jonez – Kate Jonez is a Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson Award nominated author. Her story “All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck” will be included in The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 8.  Visit her website for news of upcoming publications.  She is also the chief editor at Omnium Gatherum, a multiple award nominated press dedicated to publishing unique dark fantasy, weird fiction and horror.


Guest Liaison: Greg Herren – Greg Herren is the award-winning author of thirty-one novels, novellas, and short story collections. He has also edited sixteen anthologies, including the IMG_4643award winning Love Bourbon Street: Reflections on New Orleans. His short stories have appeared in numerous markets, including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and the critically acclaimed New Orleans Noir. A co-founder of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, he also was Local Chair for Stoker Weekend/World Horror Con in New Orleans, and has been serving on the Board of Directors for Mystery Writers of America for the past four years. He has twice been awarded medals from the Independent Press Association for Outstanding Young Adult Horror/Mystery: a gold for Sleeping Angel and a silver for Lake Thirteen. 

Volunteer Coordinator: Erinn Kemper – Erinn L. Kemper grew up in an isolated mill town in Hcoastal British Columbia Canada. From there she moved to the city to study Philosophy at the University of Victoria. Over the years she’s worked as many things, including an eye glasses repair person, fish farmer, cabinet maker, parks department laborer, small museum staff, book store clerk, home nurse, teacher—and lived in a camper, in Japan and on a forty foot wooden sailboat. She now lives in a small town in Costa Rica on the Caribbean Sea where she plans to write her first novel from her hammock.

Erinn has sold stories to Cemetery Dance Magazine, Dark Discoveries and [Nameless] Digest and appears in various anthologies including Qualia Nous, The Library of the Dead, A Darke Phantastique, Chiral Mad 2, Zombies: Shambling through the Ages and Handsome Devil: Stories of Sin and Seduction. Visit her website at for updates and sloth sightings.

lisavasquezParty Coordinator: Lisa Vasquez – Lisa Vasquez is an author (The Unsaintly, The Unfleshed, and other short stories), and the owner of a small independent publishing company (Stitched Smile Publications). As if these were not enough to keep her busy she is also a, graphic designer, and Publishers Liaison for the Houston Horror Writers Association. She now resides in Texas where she is also the founder of the HWA’s Houston chapter.




tomcalenCommunications Coordinator: Tom Calen – A New York City native, Tom spent several years in public relations before abandoning all reason and deciding to write full-time. He is the author of the bestselling horror series, The Pandemic Sequence and the sci-fi series Scars of Tomorrow. His seventh novel, Sarah of the Romani, was published earlier this year. Tom is an Active member of both the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers, Inc. In his time with the HWA, Tom has overseen the successful Horror Selfies and #AloneIsScary campaigns, and serves as the organization’s communications coordinator. In 2015, he received the HWA’s Richard Laymon Award for his work with the communications team. In early 2014, Tom moved to Nicaragua, where he is soaking up the sun while working on his next book. For more on Tom, visit

gregchapmanArtist: Greg Chapman – Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist from Australia. Greg is the author of four novellas, Torment, The Noctuary (Damnation Books, 2011), Vaudeville (2012) and The Last Night of October (Bad Moon Books, 2013). His debut collection, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares, was published by Black Beacon Books in September, 2014. He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, written by Bram Stoker Award®winning authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton was published by McFarland & Company in 2012. Witch Hunts won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® on June 15, 2013. He also illustrated the comic series Allure of the Ancients for Midnight Echo Magazine. His latest illustrative work is the one-shot comic Bullet Ballerina, written by Tom Piccirilli, for SST Publications in the United Kingdom.

pickmanwhcWebmaster: Rick Pickman – Rick Pickman is an author and graphics designer. His fiction has appeared in Dark Delicacies and Unnatural Tales of the Jackalope, and he has designed hundreds of websites, flyers, posters, and logos. And that’s all you need to know about him.