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HWA is pleased to release the results of our 2018 election:

Lisa Morton (who ran unopposed) has been re-elected President.

Becky Spratford has been elected Secretary.

Linda Addison, James Chambers, and Ellen Datlow have been (re-)elected to Trustee positions.

Becky and James will be officially taking office on November 1. All positions are two-year terms.

This election saw exceptionally high voter turn-out (a good sign), so HWA is grateful to all Active members who voted. We are also grateful to all of those who took the time to run for office.

Special thanks to our outgoing Secretary Joe McKinney and outgoing Trustee Alessandro Manzetti for all of their hard work on behalf of the organization.

FLIGHT OR FRIGHT takes off in September!


Stephen King and Bev Vincent have joined forces to edit an anthology of mile-high terror called FLIGHT OR FRIGHT. The anthology features tales from Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Matheson, Ambrose Bierce, Dan Simmons, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Bev Vincent and NEW stories from the King of Horror himself as well as Joe Hill!

Inspired by King’s deep-rooted hatred for flying, the antho will have story notes from each story by Stephen King and features cover art by Francois Vaillancourt (trade hardcover) and Cortney Skinner (artist edition). The 336-page collection will also be available as an ebook and as an audiobook from Simon & Schuster Audio.

Cemetery Dance Publications will be releasing the book in both trade hardcover and the oversized and slipcased artist edition. The artist edition is limited to just 1,000 so if you’re a King collector, be sure to get your order in quickly! Both are currently available for pre-sale at Cemetery Dance’s website.

FLIGHT OR FRIGHT hits bookshelves on September 4th.



KILL CREEK Series coming to Showtime

Scott Derrickson, the director of DOCTOR STRANGE, SINISTER and DELIVER US FROM EVIL among others, has stepped into KILL CREEK, an hour-long drama series based on the well-known novel of the same name that will air on Showtime. Derrickson will be collaborating with Misha Green, co-creator of the acclaimed series UNDERGROUND and writer/showrunner of HBO’s upcoming series LOVECRAFT COUNTRY.

KILL CREEK is an award-winning novel by Scott Thomas that pits a universally renowned horror author with three other horror maestros in one of America’s most haunted houses on Halloween night. The creepy sleepover is quickly turned into a life-threatening nightmare when an evil force wakes up within the walls of the home.

The series has a ton of star power behind the camera, with Derrickson and Green leading the charge. AMERICAN SNIPER’s Andrew Lazar and NARCOS’ Elisa Ellis are executive producers, as well. Casting news should begin to get announced shortly.


Top 10 Differences Between THE SHINING Book & Movie

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If you were surprised to hear that the role of Dick Halloran has been cast in the upcoming sequel to The ShiningDoctor Sleep, then I can state with absolute certainty: You’ve never read the book. (Carl Lumbly will be playing Halloran, by the way.) Indeed, there are many significant differences between Stephen King’s The Shining and Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation (starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd). In fact, King’s belief that Kubrick butchered his haunted hotel opus are legendary, meaning the deviations are numerous.

Indeed, Halloran never met with the business end of Jack Torrance’s axe like he did in Kubrick’s film. For an illuminating list of additional differences between The Shining book and movie, check out the video below from our friends at WatchMojo. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section! Which difference did you find most intriguing and, if you’ve read The Shining, what are some other differences you’ve noticed?


They’re both terrifying, but often in their own way. Stephen King’s book The Shining and Stanley Kubrick’s corresponding adaptation are both staples of the horror genre, but they’re also very different beasts. WatchMojo ranks the top differences between The Shining book and movie.

1. In the book, Jack Torrance went on a rampage with a croquet mallet, not an axe.
2. There is no hedge maze in the book; there are, however, topiary animals that come to life during the film’s terrifying climax.
3. In the book, the haunted room is #217, not room #237. The change was made at the request of the management at The Timberland Lodge, where the movie was shot, as they didn’t want guests to be afraid of Room 217 (and the hotel doesn’t actually have a Room 237).
4. Many of the film’s most iconic scenes and lines are not in the book, including The twins, the elevator filled with blood, and the endless pages of “All work and no play makes Jack a Dull Boy”.
5. Danny’s “invisible friend” Tony has a much bigger role in the book. In King’s novel, Tony appears in physical form and it’s ultimately revealed he’s actually an older version of Danny attempting to warn himself about the impending danger he faces.
6. In the book, Wendy Torrance is not the submissive, shrinking violet she’s portrayed as in the movie.
7. In the book, The Overlook Hotel is more “alive”.
8. Jack Torrance is a more nuanced, complex antihero in the book.
9. Dick Halloran doesn’t die in the book and is extremely important in The Shining’s sequel, Doctor Sleep.
10. In the book, Jack dies when The Overlook Hotel explodes.

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