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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Horror Authors Unite to Support Writers' Strike

The strike of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has of course been the talk of the American entertainment industry of late. Recently, the Horror Writers Association (HWA)--a respected 20-year-old fraternity of genre authors most known for its yearly Bram Stoker Awards--publicly declared its support of the strike. On their website, and in messages dispatched throughout the business, they have stated the following:
"The Horror Writers Association, on behalf of its writer members, stands in support of the Writers Guild of America strike in seeking appropriate compensation for writers when their work is distributed digitally, either via DVD or Internet downloads. Although HWA is not a union, it is an organization of writers that advocates for authors' rights. Writers Guild of America and its demands fall solidly into this category. All writers will be affected by the outcome of this strike, and we stand in solidarity, resisting those who seek to distribute our work on the Internet, DVD, or any format without fair compensation."

The HWA counts the likes of Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Brian Lumley, Peter Straub, Clive Barker and Richard Matheson among its members. To learn more about the group, go to horror.org.
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