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Welcome to the website of the San Diego Chapter of the Horror Writers Association, a group of San Diego and Southern California based horror writers dedicated to all things macabre in books, shorts stories, poetry, art, and film.  Our chapter meets monthly and welcomes new members. 

Horror Writers Association

The main organization

The Horror Writers Association is an international professional writing association promoting the genre of horror through all forms of creative writing. The organization was formed in the late 1980’s with the help of many of the field’s greats, including Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Joe Lansdale. Today the HWA has spread around the globe and no matter what stage you’re at in your writing career, the HWA can offer you support through networking, a well-run mentoring program, and communing with its over 1400 members. To find out more about the HWA visit 


The HWA is the organization that awards the highest honor in Horror Literature, the Barm Stoker Award. The award ceremony takes place at the HWA's annual convention StokerCon. 

The San Diego Chapter of the HWA

Members are from all over San Diego and as far north as Temecula & Murrieta

The first meeting of the San Diego Chapter of the HWA was held in April of 2016 organized by the chapter’s co-founders, K.C. Grifant and Danielle Kaheaku. The meeting was held at the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore and except for the occasional social event most of the meetings still take place there. Our chapter has been extremely lucky to find such a genre friendly and welcoming bookstore to meet. Since that first meeting the chapter has continued to grow, nurturing its members, showing our wares at many large events such as The San Diego Festival of Books and Midsummer Scream.

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In 2017 the chapter put together its own horror anthology California Screamin’ published by Barking Deer Press. (read more below) If you’d like to audit a meeting just contact us. You do not have to be a member of the HWA to attend a chapter meeting, but you will have to join if you wish to continue.

The 1st gathering of the San Diego Chapter in April of 2016

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

The meeting place for the San Diego Chapter of the HWA

The San Diego chapter has been extremely fortunate to find a home at Mysterious Galaxy, a bookstore dedicated to speculative fiction for all ages and promoting the work of big-name and indie authors. The bookstore even hosts The Writers Coffeehouse, a monthly three-hour writing workshop/networking session often moderated by New York Times Best Selling author Johnathan Maberry.

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Location: 3555 Rosecrans St #107 San Diego, CA 92110


California Screamin'

A horror anthology from the SDHWA


California Screamin’ was the pet project of the San Diego chapter’s co-founder, Danielle Kaheaku, who worked tirelessly as editor and publisher. With an introduction by Johnathan Maberry and poetry by Lori Lopez, California Screamin’ contains fourteen tales from new and established authors all taking readers to the darker side of sunny California.  

Available in trade paperback and eBook

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The California Screamin' book launch was held at Mysterious Galaxy in

the Fall of 2017 to a packed house

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