My post-celebration face

Good news: I am the newest member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA)!

I'm an "active" voting member, too: this professional category of membership has an eligibility requirement to have sold thousands of copies of a title in a space of time; my application was based on the success of my recent horror collection.

Even though horror is only one of the genres I write in, it's the one I am best known for, so it's a big deal to be recognised in this way - especially in the month of Halloween!

The HWA is a global organisation, and was formed in 1985 with the help of many great horror writers, including Joe R. Lansdale, Robert McCammon, and Dean Koontz.

The HWA also run the Bram Stoker Awards, and I was proud to be on the preliminary ballot for the award earlier this year.

One of HWA's missions is to encourage interest in and appreciation of quality horror, and I'm glad to be involved in the same enterprise.

[If you'd like to congratulate me, I am still begging for votes over on Kindle Scout!]