Statement on Maus and Other Banned Books
The Horror Writers Association condemns banning books in no uncertain terms. We believe authors need to be able to tell their stories without fear of reprisal.The banning of “Maus” in a Tennessee school district, which was done on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is nothing less than censorship and anti-Semitism.”Maus” is not the first text to be excluded from school libraries. Recently, LGBTQ+ texts have been banned in a Washington state school district, and many other books by authors of color have been censored in districts across America. These are chilling examples of censorship, racism, anti-Semitism, and white washing. We all need to be more vocal each and every time this happens.These actions set a dangerous precedent in a free society. They cannot and should not be tolerated. The HWA condemns all attempts at censorship, particularly these obvious attempts of the establishment to silence marginalized voices. We urge you to speak out in your local communities against such autocratic tactics that not only threaten our creative community but also make our world less safe.
The HWA’s Officers and Board of Trustees
I encourage all of my readers who are parents to encourage your children to read Maus, Of Mice and Men, and other banned books. Through ignorance and fear our society will fail all of us. Through the repression of books and ideas – and I mean ALL books – we will fail as a society and as human beings.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman