HWA Announces 2023 Summer Scare Reading Program Spokesperson and Timeline


Summer Scares proudly announces 2023 spokesperson as author Daniel Kraus.

OCTOBER 31, 2022 – Los Angeles, California – The Horror Writers Association (HWA), in partnership with United for Libraries, Book Riot and Booklist, is proud to announce the fifth annual Summer Scares Reading Program. Summer Scares is a reading program that provides libraries and schools with an annual list of recommended horror titles for adult, young adult (teen) and intermediate readers. It introduces readers and librarians to new authors and helps start conversations beyond the books on each list and promote reading for years to come.

Summer Scares is proud to announce 2023 spokesperson as author Daniel Kraus. He says: “Libraries were the space in which I nurtured my early interest in horror. I was able to make autonomous decisions about my own limits and how to push them, and it benefited my confidence, intellect, courage, and empathy. I couldn’t be more honored to work with Summer Scares to help other children have their own life-changing experiences.

Kraus is joined by a committee of five library workers who together will select three recommended fiction titles in each reading level, totaling nine Summer Scares selections. The program’s goal is to encourage a national conversation about the horror genre, at all age levels, in libraries across the country and ultimately attract more adults, teens and children interested in reading. Official authors designated by Summer Scares will also make themselves available in public and school libraries.

The final committee selections will be announced on February 14, 2023, Library Lovers Day. Kraus, along with some of the selected authors, will kick off Summer Scares at the 7th Annual HWA Librarians Day on Friday, June 16, during StokerCon 2023 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square in Pittsburgh, PA.

Additional content, including podcast appearances and lists of suggested titles for further reading, will be made available by the committee and its partners between the announcement of the Summer Scares 2023 titles and the launch event.

Of particular note is the annual Summer Scares programming guide, courtesy of HWA Library Committee Co-Chair Konrad Stump and the Springfield-Greene County Library, which provides creative ideas for engaging horror readers. . Focused on the official titles of Summer Scares, the guide offers tips and examples for reader advice, book discussion guides and sample programs, allowing librarians, even those who don’t read or enjoy not particularly the horror genre themselves, to connect their communities with Summer Fears.

To see last year’s Summer Scares titles, spokespersons and programming guides, please visit the program archive at RAforallHorror.blogspot.com.

Additionally, the HWA urges people to keep their eyes peeled for more upcoming updates from Booklist, Book Riot, and United for Libraries, as well as on the HWA’s website: www.horror.org and on RA for All Horror: RAforallHorror.blogspot.com.

Questions? Contact HWA Library Committee Chairs Becky Spratford and Konrad Stump. Find their contact details and more information on the libraries page of the HWA website.

Members of the Summer Scares Committee:

Daniel Kraus is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and graphic novels. He co-wrote Zombies with legendary filmmaker George a. Romero. With Guillermo del Toro, he co-wrote The shape of water, based on the same idea the two created for the Oscar-winning film. Also with del Toro, Kraus co-wrote troll hunters, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. He has won two Odyssey Awards (for Rots and scowling), and The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch was named one of the top 10 books of the year by Entertainment Weekly. His books have been selected by Library Guild, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bram Stoker finalists, and more. His work has been translated into over 20 languages. Daniel lives with his wife in Chicago. Visit him at danielkraus.com.

Becky Spratford is a library consultant and author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, Third Edition which was released in September 2021. She reviews horror for List of books Magazineis a horror columnist for Library Journal and runs the Readers’ Advisory Horror blog, AR for All: Horror. Becky is also a member of United for Libraries and is currently secretary of the Horror Writers’ Association.

Konrad Strain is a local history associate for the Springfield-Greene County Library (MO), where he coordinates the popular “Oh, the Horror!” of Springfield-Greene. series, which attracts hundreds of customers in October. He created the horror book discussion group Donuts & Death, featured in “Book Club Reboot: 71 Creative Twists” (ALA), and co-created the Summer Scares Programming Guide. Library workers interested in cultivating horror programs can contact him at [email protected] for free help.

Caroline Ciesla is director of a university library in the suburbs of Chicago. She has worked as a teen librarian and reference librarian, and reviews horror titles for Book List Magazine. She currently enjoys providing all the scary books for her teenage daughter and revisiting a few along the way.

Kelly Jensen is a former librarian who works as an editor for Book Riot (bookriot.com), where she runs the bi-weekly “What’s Up in YA?” young adult newsletter and co-hosts the popular “Hey YA” podcast on young adult literature. His books include the award-winning (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Starting the Conversation About Mental Health and Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, both from Algonquin Young Readers. She is also a well-known and longtime co-blogger at Stacked (stackedbooks.org). A lifelong lover of all things scary, she finds herself eager to scream about horror reads for teens with those who love thrills and chills.

Julia Smith joined Booklist’s Books for Youth team in 2015, where she is now Editor-in-Chief. Her love of mid-level literature and all things disturbing and weird drew her to children’s scary stories. You can follow her at @JuliaKate32 on Twitter.

About the Horror Writers Association:

The Horror Writers Association is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals from around the world. The HWA is dedicated to promoting black literature and the interests of those who write it. This organization was founded in 1980 and currently has over 1,400 members in many countries, including Australia, Denmark, Costa Rica, India and many more. It is the oldest and most professional organization for writers who have a deep appreciation for the horror genre. To learn more about the HWA, visit their website here.

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