The HWA Announces 2012 Recipients for Lifetime Achievement
by Jason Harris
The Horror Writers Association has announced the 2012 recipients of its Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The two recipients of the award are NEHW member Rick Hautala and Joe R. Lansdale.
Hautala and Lansdale join previous recipients such as Stephen King, F. Paul Wilson, John Carpenter, Thomas Harris (no relation), Anne Rice, Charles L. Grant, Harlan Ellison, and Ramsey Campbell to name a just a few of the people who have been honored with this award.
Hautala, who recently had his first novel, Moondeath, rereleased by Evil Jester Press and is in the NEHW’s first anthology, Epitaphs, released last year, said that receiving the award was “unexpected.”
“Truthfully, I am more humbled than excited by it,” Hautala said. “There are so many other writers who, I think, are much more deserving. I feel like Carrie White at the prom.”
Lansdale “was surprised” and “maybe even shocked” when he heard about the honor, he said.
“It’s an honor to be given this award along with Rick,” Lansdale said.
According to the HWA website, “the Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious of all awards presented by the HWA. It does not merely honor the superior achievement embodied in a single work. Instead, it is an acknowledgement of superior achievement in an entire career.”
A committee chooses the recipients for the lifetime achievement award instead of it being voted on by the entire associations’ active membership, the website said. By having an committee, it “prevents unseemly competition” and the “impression that there are any losers in this category.”
Hautala said, he will “accept the award with humility and — yes, a measure of pride.”
He feels better “sharing the stage with Lansdale, who has been a great friend” for many years.
“As Harlan Ellison says: ’Becoming a writer is easy. It’s staying a writer that’s hard.’ So this award should be an inspiration to young and aspiring writers everywhere … If you stick around long enough, eventually they have to notice you.” Hautala said.
Lansdale agrees with Hautala’s sentiment about having to be noticed when “you have been around long enough.”
“… I like to think we’ve contributed to the field of horror and dark suspense, and that there’s someone out there who became a fan, or writer of horror, because of something I wrote, or something Rick wrote,” Lansdale said. “Again, it’s a great and respected honor.”