The HWA presents the award annually to individuals whose work has substantially influenced the horror genre. While the award is often presented to a writer, it may also be given for influential accomplishments in other creative fields.
Patrick Freivald, chair of the Lifetime Achievement Award Committee, explained this year’s selections:
“Alan Moore is a giant of speculative literature who has irrevocably transformed public perception of what a comic or graphic novel can be, whether Batman: The Killing Joke or fully imagined original worlds such as Watchmen and From Hell. From dark heroes to darker villains, Moore’s unflinching boldness makes him one of today’s greatest and most influential horror writers.
“George A. Romero’s career has had an incalculable impact on horror and dark fiction. Few writers can claim to have launched a cultural phenomenon, and fewer still have transformed the modern perceptions of what an iconic monster is and should be. From movies to TV to video games, one might be hard-pressed to find a horror writer who has not benefited from and has been influenced by his body of work.”