The Scholarship Committees

For the HWA and Mary Shelley Scholarships, the Committee is:

Simonphotof[1]Marge Simon is married to Bruce Boston. Her works appear in publications such as DailySF Magazine, Pedestal, Urban Fantasist, and Bete Noire. She edits a column for the HWA Newsletter, “Blood & Spades: Poets of the Dark Side,” and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She won the Strange Horizons Readers Choice Award, 2010, and the SFPA’s Dwarf Stars Award, 2012. She has won three Bram Stoker Awards ® for Superior Work in Poetry and has poetry in HWA’s Simon & Schuster anthology Scary Out There (forthcoming in 2016). Marge also has poems in Darke Phantastique, Qualia Nous collections, Chiral Mad 3 and Spectral Realms, 2014-2015.

Charles 031 smCharles Gramlich is the author of the Talera fantasy trilogy, the thriller Cold in the Light, and the SF novel Under the Ember Star. His stories have been collected primarily in three anthologies, Bitter Steel (fantasy), Midnight
in Rosary (vampires/werewolves), and In the Language of Scorpions (horror). He is also the author of Write With Fire, a book about writing and publishing. His works are available in print and ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Wildside Press. Additionally, some of Charles’s stories are available in novella length packets or as standalone ebooks from Amazon. Charles lives with his wife in Louisiana. He blogs at:

Vince 2011 (T)Vince Liaguno is the Bram Stoker Award-winning editor of Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet (Dark Scribe Press 2008), an anthology of queer horror fiction, which he co-edited with Chad Helder. His debut novel, 2006’s The Literary Six, was a tribute to the slasher films of the 80’s and won an Independent Publisher Award (IPPY) for Horror and was named a finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards in the Gay/Lesbian Fiction category. He recently edited Butcher Knives & Body Counts, a collection of essays on the formula, frights, and fun of the slasher film, and is currently at work finishing his second novel and editing a second volume in the Unspeakable Horror series, subtitled Abominations of Desire. He currently resides in the snowy state of Michigan where he is a licensed nursing home administrator by day and a writer, anthologist, and pop culture enthusiast by night. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and a member of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC). Author Website: .

For the Dark Poetry Scholarship, the Committee is:

Marge Simon (see above)

lindaaLinda Addison is the award-winning author of four collections: How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend (Necon E-Books), Being Full of Light, Insubstantial, Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes and  Animated Objects (Space & Time Books) and has published over 300 poems, stories and articles with work in Essence magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and the upcoming anthology Scary Out There (Simon Schuster). Linda is the only author with fiction in three landmark anthologies that celebrate African-Americans speculative writers: the award-winning anthology Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction (Warner Aspect), Dark Dreams I  and II (Kensington), and Dark Thirst (Pocket Book). Her work has made frequent  appearances over the years on the honorable mention list for Year’s Best  Fantasy and Horror and Year’s Best Science-Fiction. Her site: .

davidcowenDavid Cowen is the author of The Madness of Empty Spaces (Weasel Press, November 2014), which was on the 2014 Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot and was nominated for the 2014 SFPA Elgin Award as well as listed on Ellen Datlow’s Best of Horror Recommended List for 2014. His other volume of poetry is entitled
Sixth and Adams (PW Press 2001). His work has appeared in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Horror Writers’ Association’s Horror Poetry Showcase, The Horror Zine, Literary Hatchet, Degenerates: Voices for Peace, Dark Matter (UH Downtown), Harbinger Asylum, Texas Poetry Calendar, Isotropic Fiction Magazine, the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Outfront Radio series and many others. David’s short story  “Goth Thing” appeared in the award winning series Exotic Gothic 5, Volume 1 published by PS Publishing. Other short stories have appeared in various journals including Haunted Traveler, Peripheral Distortions, and The Dead Walk Anthology. Non-fiction articles and essays have appeared in CineAction (Canada’s leading film magazine),’s “On Motherhood”, The Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth and other journals. David has been named the Editor of the 2016 Horror Writer’s Association’s Horror Poetry Showcase. David is the president and a lifetime member of the Gulf Coast Poets Chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas. 


For the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship, consultants are:

LesKlinger_049_lgLeslie S. Klinger is the New York Times-best-selling editor of the Edgar®-winningThe New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The New Annotated Dracula, and most recently, the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft for Liveright/W. W. Norton, In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe (Pegasus Books), as well as the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated Annotated Sandman (Vertigo/DC Entertainment). He also co-edited, with Laurie R. King, the anthologies A Study in Sherlock (Random House) and the Anthony®-winning In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (Pegasus Books). He is currently working on The New Annotated Frankenstein, to be published by Liveright in October 2017. Klinger formerly served as the SoCal Chapter President and on the National Board of the Mystery Writers of America. He practices law in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, dog, and 3 cats. For more, please visit

lisabyellensmall-213x300Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, novelist, six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award®, and Halloween expert whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.” In 2014 she released the novels Netherworld andZombie Apocalypse!: Washington Deceased, and 2015 saw the publication ofGhosts: A Haunted History and the short story collection Cemetery Dance Select: Lisa Morton. She is the author of over one hundred short stories, and her most recent work can be found in Dark Screams 4, October Dreams 2, nEvermore, and Out of Tune. As a Halloween expert, Lisa has appeared on The History Channel and The Discovery Channel, in the pages of The Wall Street Journal and the LA Times, at such events as the Utah Humanities Book Festival, and online in podcasts at BoingBoing and The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy. Lisa lives in the San Fernando Valley, online at, or she can be found at Facebook.


The Scholarship From Hell will be judged by the Chairs of the 2016 StokerCon:


Photo by S. Scranton Photography

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. 

rjcavR.J. Cavender is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated editor of the acclaimed Horror Library anthology series, and he currently works as Managing Editor for Dark Regions Press. In 2014, he crowdfunded and organized the first Stanley Hotel Writers Retreat; he’s currently at work on setting up a new retreat to take place at the legendary Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA.


me_reasonably_smallBrad 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


lisabyellensmall-213x300Lisa 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

Note: Please do not attempt to contact the committee members individually. If you have questions regarding your scholarship application, please direct them to HWA’s Administrator Brad Hodson. Thank you.