Summer Scares 2019 Resources

Click here to immediately access the Summer Scares FAQ and Resource page so that you can add some professionally vetted horror titles into your reading suggestions and fiction collections for all age levels.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Diverse Horror Resources

For a few years now, the Horror Writers Association's Diverse Works Inclusion Committee has worked very hard to create monthly lists of horror authors and creators who are NOT white males.

The monthly column is called The Seers Table and you can access the archive of every list here.

Recently, Linda Addison, one of the founders of this committee told me that she is starting to see a lot of tangible results form the committee's work. Providing an introduction to new, own voices authors to the membership, specifically, has increased awareness of non white male authors and led to more of these titles being read and then subsequently recommended for the Bram Stoker Awards. This year in particular, the final ballot of the Stoker Awards was more diverse than ever, and while Linda has noted there is still a long way to go, the fact that in just a few short years we are seeing real results is amazing.

The Seers Table originally was a part of the members only resources from the HWA, but now they are easily archived here. You can not only use these introductions to the authors to help you to add more own voices horror to your collections, but also, the entries are written in a way that you can book talk the author and their works right from the resource itself. [Reminder: Using the Words of Others is one of my 10 Rules of RA Service]

I have added the Seers Table to my Horror Resources main page here. [It is a bullet point under the HWA entry.]

While this is an ongoing, monthly project and some of the authors you might not be as familiar with, earlier this week Book Riot published a list of 20 Horror Books by Authors of Color. I am sure you have some of these at your libraries right now and the rest would be super easy to add. Why not do it now, before the Halloween rush so you have them when you will really need them. And, you can also promote them as part of Summer Scares, two of the books are even by two of our selected adult authors. Different titles but just as awesome.

Click here for the Summer Scares Resource page which is filled with lists and recommendations for all ages of horror readers.