Will there be another Next Great Horror Writer Contest?

HorrorAddicts.net‘s 2017 Next Great Horror Writer Contest ended in October 2017 with the grand prize winner, Jonathan Fortin, walking away with a basket full of prizes including several story publications and a book contract from Crystal Lake Publishing.

The other contestants have gone on to participate in the writing community and have bragging rights as well. They made it through a grueling six-month writing challenge, battling each other for the top prize. No matter what they won or didn’t win, they challenged themselves as writers and got better as the competition went on.

What listeners and prospective #NGHW contestants what to know now is… Will there be another Next Great Horror Writer Contest? The answer is…maybe. It depends on the feedback HorrorAddicts.net gets from listeners and prospective contestants over the next year on whether the contest will resume in 2019.

For 2018, HorrorAddicts.net is returning to it’s normal format for it’s most CURSED season yet, Season 13. Began in July 2008 as a way for Emerian Rich to keep connected to her vampire podnovel fans, HorrorAddicts.net has grown into a massive outlet for Horror enthusiasts. Now a blog, podcast, and publisher, HorrorAddicts.net strives to bring the best in new, indie, and original fiction to it’s readers and listeners.

In Season 13, the podcast will include stories by authors such as Lori Safranek, Courtney Mroch, H.R. Boldwood, Patrick C. Greene, and more, produced by the HorrorAddicts.net staff. Musicians Valentine Wolfe, I-Def-I, SINthetick Messiah, Stagefright, Hormones, and Harry Husbands will also be featured. The shows will be centered around CURSE beliefs throughout the ages and a brand new audiodrama will grace it’s airwaves. Season 13 will also feature the new print book coming in the Summer, Crescendo of Darkness, Edited by Jeremiah Donaldson and bring current news from the Horror world to it’s addicts.

When asked if the Next Great Horror Writer Contest was a good experience, Emerian said, “Yes. We actually had a lot of fun producing it. I loved talking to all the newbie writers and helping them realize their dream of being a horror writer. It was also great dealing with all the guest judges and prize donors.” When asked if HorrorAddicts.net will be doing the contest again, she said, “We’d love to. It all depends on if there is enough interest in it. It was a lot of work for us, but that is nothing if we have interested contestants. We got tons of entries last time who I’m sure would like a second chance at being the Next Great Horror Writer. If we have enough interest from the listeners, prospective contestants, and sponsors, we would love to host it again.”

So now it is up to you to contact HorrorAddicts.net at: horroraddicts@gmail.com and let them know your thoughts about #NGHW Contest. Did you enjoy listening to the contest? Do you want to enter next time? Let your voice be heard!


Happy Halloween from HorrorAddicts.net


From all of us at HorrorAddicts.net, have a very creepy, fantastical, spooky, holiday!
If you haven’t listened to our Halloween finale, listen now:

And don’t forget our submission call for the next anthology Crescendo of Darkness closes tonight at 11:59pm, PST


 Happy Halloween!!!!
Now go eat some candy and then read
a horror novel,
save the horror movies for the other 364 days. ~David Watson

Keeping it Halloween 24/7 amirite, Addicts?! 😉 ~ Kbatz

Pleasant nightmares on this All Hallows’ Eve, Addicts! ~Donald Pitsiladis

Happy Halloween my Addicts!!! I shall miss you so much!
Don’t forget to send me pictures of your great Halloween outfits
and party festivities so we can carry over until January!!
Batty Hugz! ~Emerian Rich

Dark blessings to all our “Addicts” – until we rise again! Love,
“The Darque Halo” ~Lisa Vasquez

Ghoulish Greetings, Addicts!
Enjoy your haunted holidays and…

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By The Fire: Episode 149: Challenge 13: This is the End


As I start to write this post the song that is playing in my head is The End by The Doors. Because that’s what this is, the end of the contest and what a trip it has been. The last challenge in The Next Great Horror Writer for episode 149 of the HorrorAddicts.net podcast is the hardest one yet. This one was only open to the semi-finalists and they had to submit The first 3 chapters of their horror fiction novel including a cover letter, synopsis, and query. Wow!!! I have the highest respect for everyone in this contest because they had to work hard to be a part of it and everyone in it has shown how dedicated they are to their craft. The winner of this challenge and the grand prize for the contest is a book contract from Crystal Lake Publishing.

To sit and think on…

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#NGHW Winner! Who is the NEXT GREAT HORROR WRITER? Jonathan Fortin!


Winner Jonthan Fortin!

Age: 29
From: El Cerrito, CA, USA


As a child, Jonathan Fortin was perpetually terrified, so of course he grew up to be a horror writer. Haunted by tales that grow in his head like demonic children, Jonathan believes that a good horror story is first and foremost a good story—just one where particularly awful things happen.
Facebook / Website

Jonathan wins:

Crystal Lake Publishing

Grand Prize: Book Contract

 Dario Ciriello, Editor

Grand Prize: Full edit of winner’s novel up to 50,000 words.


Short story contract with HorrorAddicts.net “Horror Bites” series.

Horror Writer gift box. Supplies and inspiration for the Next Great Horror Writer.

Winner line up / Final placement…

1st place: Jonathan Fortin

2nd place:

Age: 41
From: Valley, WA, USA


3rd place:

Age: 27
From: Houston, Texas, USA

4th place:

Age: 30
From: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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HorrorAddicts.net, 149 Season Finale #NGHW Winner Announced


Horror Addicts Episode# 149
SEASON 12 – The Next Great Horror Writer Contest


Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Judge: H.E. Roulo

Guest Judge: Joe Mynhardt

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe



Find all articles and interviews at: http://www.horroraddicts.net

17 Days till Halloween

best band announcement, new theme song contest, the belfry app, horroraddicts.net, cemetery confessions, the requiem, morbid curiosity, convolution, alaskan beading, hobbit hole, the walking dead, z nation, 10K, the love tiger, the fear of walking dead crossover, van helsing, stan vs. evil, the good place, orville, papa’s donuteria halloween mode, guardians of the galaxy game, sabrina, salem, midnight texas, fires in napa, joe mynhardt, crystal lake publishing,   

Intro of judges, prizes, and contest.

Review of the 3 novel pitches

Joe Mynhardt

Crystal Lake Publishing

Contestants: Naching T. Kassa, Jonathan Fortin, Daphne Strasert.

HA.Net News: Captain Blackheart of the

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#NGHW News: Episode 148


Hello, my Horror Fiends!

This week I’m filling in for your favorite news reporter Adelise since she will be gone for a few weeks. Nicole Kurtz is this week’s guest judge. She is the publisher of Mocha Memoirs Press.   The contest for our horror contestants this week was to write a horror story about an original monster of their creation. The stories this week were fantastic. With just a little tweaking, these stories could be perfect.

Nicole Kurtz is this week’s guest judge. She is from Mocha Memoirs Press. She has brought great personality to the judging of this contest and I can honestly agree with her choices this week.

Nicole’s top three favorites this week, in no particular order, were:

The Guardian – Naching T Kassa. The judges loved the originality of the story. The poem as well was just beautiful. They did think that the story ran…

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By The Fire: Episode 147: Challenge 12: Write a 2500-3000 Word Story Featuring a Diverse Woman and an Original Monster of Your Making


Our contest is drawing to a close, we made it to episode 147 of the HorrorAddicts.net podcast and the twelfth challenge for The Next Great Horror Writer is to Write a 2500-3000 word story featuring a diverse woman (of color/ethnic/minority) that also contains an original monster of the writer’s making. Our contestants created a monster way back in challenge 2 which they can use for this story, or they can create a new monster. The goal is to test their ability to write a story with a theme involved, they will be judged on creativity, overall story concept, and writing quality.

One thing I wonder about is would it be easier to create a monster or to create a good diverse female character and what would be the theme that would fit both? I think for all parts you are using a different part of your imagination. For a monster you…

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#NGHW 9 Short Stories


These are summaries of the top 9 short stories.

  1.  Echoes in the Oasis – Sumiko SaulsonIn a post-apocalyptic world where transmogrified beings, merged together by a eugenics program are the norm, a young girl is destined to save the world from demon-infested patients.Hero: is Imani, an African-American girl.

    The sturgoid (sturgeon with mutated wings) and Echoes are the monster

  2. NightmarescapesIn a town…where nightmares are solid, a mother is trying to find a way out for the good of her young daughter. She has to fight ghost-like creatures that can control her nightmares and a Spider monsters from her own imagination.

    Hero: An African-American mother.

    Monster: Spider Nazi with her ex-husband’s head.

    #3 Lost Cause

    An abused runaway girl falls into a cruel relationship with a drug addict until her repentant mother summons a protective guardian.

    Hero: Mother or daughter.

    Monster: Rapist or Lion Monster

    #4. Other One…

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HorrorAddicts.net, 148 #NGHW Judge: Nicole Kurtz


Horror Addicts Episode# 148
SEASON 12 – The Next Great Horror Writer Contest


Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Judge: H.E. Roulo

Guest Judge: Nicole Givens Kurtz

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe


3000-word short story  EPISODE!

Find all articles and interviews at: http://www.horroraddicts.net

38 Days till Halloween

deck z titanic book, the walking dead, van helsing, pax, weapon pens, exploding kittens, ipsy bags, imagination fair, alice’s scars, 96 souls on hulu, 41 time travel movie, phantoms, IT Crowd

41: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5mnqxwErTk

Intro of judges, prizes, and contest.

Review of the 9 short stories

Nicole Kurtz, Mocha Memoirs Press


Contestants: Feind Gottes, Naching T. Kassa, Jess Landry, Sumiko Saulson, Jonathan Fortin, Adele Marie Park, JC Martinez, Harry Husbands, Daphne Strasert.

HA.Net News: Captain Blackheart of the Nightmare

*”Gila Monster” by the Barbarelltones
*Jesse Orr’s new installment of The Scarlett Dahlia

*DJ Pitsiladis Nightmare Fuel, The Zozo Phenomena

*Kbatz Frightening Flix: Schoolgirls…

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#NGHW Fan Video: Jonathan Fortin’s Erlking


Now this is too cool. One of our listeners has sent us this video made in honor of her favorite spoof commercial from Challenge 4!

Pinkabee says, “My first full animation! I got the audio from the Next Great Horror Writer contest at HorrorAddicts.net! The script for this one is by Jonathan Fortin (and was my favorite!)”

Thank you Pinkabee for sharing your fandom with us! And congratulations to Jonathan for winning “Pinkabee’s” adoration and praise.

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