Linda Addison Wins HWA Lifetime Achievement Award

Sycorax’s Daughters Co-Editor Wins Horror Writers of America Lifetime
Achievement Award

San Francisco – Co-Editor of Sycorax’s Daughters, American poet and writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, Linda D. Addison, is the recipient of the Horror Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017. Addison will receive the award at StokerCon 2018 held March 1-4, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island.

“I’m beyond excited and humbled by receiving an award I’d never considered being given,” says Addison.

Published by Cedar Grove PublishingSycorax’s Daughters is a horror anthology written completely by African American women.

Sycorax’s Daughters introduces us to a whole new legion of gothic writers. Their stories drip with history and blood leaving us with searing images and a chill emanating from shadows gathered in the corner. This anthology is historic in its recognition of women of color writers in a genre that usually doesn’t know what to do with us,” says Jewelle Gomez, author of The Gilda Stories.

Addison also has a piece in the upcoming Cosmic Underground to be released in February 2018. “I expect all kinds of interesting things coming in 2018, in addition to World Fantasy Con. For now, I’m excited about a poem/spell I created for Cosmic Underground (Cedar Grove Publishing) edited by editors Reynaldo Anderson and John Jennings, with a foreword by Greg Tate,” says Addison.  “The art for my piece was done by the magnificent Stacey Robinson. This book showcases illustrations and artworks covering areas of black cultural production situated within Afrofuturism, AstroBlackness, the EthnoGothic, Magical Realism, Sword and Soul and the AfroSurreal.”

About Linda Addison
Addison grew up in Philadelphia and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University. Addison is the first African-American winner of the Bram Stoker Award, which she has won four times. The first two awards were for her poetry collections Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes (2001), and Being Full of Light, Insubstantial (2007). Her poetry and fiction collection How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend won the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection. She received a fourth Stoker for the collection The Four Elements, written with Marge Simon, Rain Graves, and Charlee Jacob.

Addison is a founding member of the CITH (Circles in the Hair) writing group; member of the Horror Writers Association and annually attends StokerCon and the Northeastern Writers’ Conference. She is also a member of SFWA and SEPA and has been on the honorable mention list for Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and Year’s Best Science Fiction. She has participated in panels with Harlan Ellison, Jack Ketchum, and L. A. Banks. She was “Poet Guest of Honor” at The World Horror Convention in 2005. Her writing has been featured in Essence Magazine, and she is currently poetry editor for Space and Time Magazine. Addison has also participated in Ellen Datlow’s Fantastic Fiction Reading Series at KGB Bar in NYC.

She will be the toastmaster for 2018 World Fantasy Con in November in Baltimore, MD. Linda Addison can be found at her website:

For more information about the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Bram Stoker Awards, please visit the StokerCon 2018® webpage at

Horror Writers of America (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards®, presents the Lifetime Achievement Award annually to individuals whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres. While the award is often presented to a writer, it may also be given to an individual for influential accomplishments in other creative fields. HWA employs a hard-working committee for the selection process and recipients are chosen through stringent criteria.

Cedar Grove Publishing provides books that celebrate diversity and being true to you while overcoming adversity to achieve success. We provide an outlet for disparate and diverse voices in various genres and niches to express themselves through words, pictures and technology. Titles from Cedar Grove Publishing are distributed by Small Press United (SPU), a division of Independent Publishers Group.