What Are Horror Selfies?

In 2014, the Horror Writers Association (HWA) created the Horror Selfies campaign in an effort to highlight the exceptional work, both literary and cinematic, produced by the horror genre. Inspired by the popular “Say it with a Sign” meme—used by everyone from Ellen DeGeneres and Jon Bon Jovi, to David Beckham and Princes William and Harry—the HWA is utilizing the vast reach of social media to provide a platform through which people can tell the world why they love horror.

The HWA put out the call to authors and readers, actors and directors, fans and followers, to submit a selfie in which they hold a sign encouraging others to read horror/dark fantasy, to watch horror movies, or to write horror. Additionally, the HWA is also encouraging people to promote literacy/reading among children and young adults, or supporting a local library in their Horror Selfies.

HWA’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts promote the photos to thousands of people across the world; and the entire collection of Horror Selfies is not only housed at www.HorrorSelfies.com, but also linked to HWA’s main site, www.Horror.org.

The goal of Horror Selfies is simple: Letting the world know why the horror genre is important!

About 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 around the globe, 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, 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 maintain an official presence at the major fan-based horror and fantasy conventions, such as the World Horror Convention, and literary festivals.

Our next major Convention is the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend® and 25th Anniversary World Horror Convention in Atlanta from May 7-10, 2015: www.whc2015.org.

We also operate a number of online sites for horror readers and fans:

Notably, we present 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. Read more about the Awards, including all the winners and nominees since 1987, at: http://www.horror.org/awards/stokers.htm

The HWA also presents an annual Lifetime Achievement Award to living persons who have made significant contributions to the writing of Horror and Dark Fantasy over the course of a lifetime. You can a list of these luminaries at: http://www.horror.org/awards/laawd.htm

The HorrorSelfies.com concept was developed by Rocky Wood, President of the HWA (2010-), with the assistance of Tom Calen and A.J. Klein.

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