At The Authors Haunt we believe that it is not only important for us to remember where we came from, but also how we got there. This site was once nothing but an idea, and since that idea it has grown and developed into the site you see today. This article celebrates the important milestones along the way, significant events in the history of the site, that have helped us become what we are.
May 31st, 2010
The Authors Haunt closed for eleven days pending a radical redesign and installation of a number of new features.
December 1st, 2009
The Authors Haunt celebrated its first birthday.
September 25th, 2009
The Authors Haunt's chat room opens for business.
June 25th, 2009
The first Collaborative Project was launched at The Authors Haunt. The project was a Round Robin story managed by Julien Gregg and entitled "Midnight".
June 24th, 2009
The 20,000th post was made on The Authors Haunt Community Forums. The post was made by new member TracyN in the "Change a Letter" thread in the "The Play Pen" forum.
April 10th, 2009
The 100th legitimate member - Jordan - joined The Authors Haunt Community Forums.
March 25th, 2009
The Authors Haunt welcomed its first new Resident Author since the site opened. Joining the original eighteen Resident Authors, Bruin Fisher actually became the twentieth author to be hosted at The Authors Haunt (a hosting page was created for Rossy after his death in February, though this was a memorial hosting page rather than full Resident Author status).
January 17th, 2009
The 10,000th post was made on The Authors Haunt Community Forums. The post was made by Library Support Team Leader, Resident Author and Community Moderator Kaiten in her review of The Huntress, Rob Hawes' submission to the 2009 New Year Flash Fiction Anthology.
January 16th, 2009
The Authors Haunt's first Anthology was brought online. The 2009 New Year Flash Fiction Anthology had the theme "Night". Twenty-six stories were submitted by seventeen different authors. Among these stories was the 200th story published on The Authors Haunt, though as they were all published at the same time it is possible to credit this to a particular story or author.
December 8th, 2008
The 300th poem was published at The Authors Haunt. The poem was by Resident Author and Global Moderator Julien Gregg, and was entitled "Trust". The poem was published as part of The Authors Haunt's Acrostic Poetry Writing Project.
December 4th, 2008
Colin became the first author to submit a story - "Nightmare" - for publication as part of the new Authors Haunt Writing Projects. His submission was made to the "Dreamscapes" Writing Project.
December 3rd, 2008
Camy became the first Resident Author to submit a new story - "Fish" - for publication since the opening of the site.
December 1st, 2008
The Authors Haunt officially opened. At the time of opening the site hosted 18 authors - Aiden Madrigal, Ariel, BeaStKid, Bev, Camy, Colin Kelly, Heather Rose Brown, I G Wooten, Ieshwar, Jason Rimbaud, Johnny Dawson, Julien Gregg, Kaiten, Marty, Merkin, R J Santos, Rob Hawes and Tanya Allan - as well as 184 stories comprising 1,965,701 words and 288 poems totalling 7,408 lines.
November 12th, 2008
The 5,000th post was made on The Authors Haunt Community Forums. The post was made by Resident Author Jason Rimbaud in the The 1,000 replies thread... thread in the Play Pen.
October 28th, 2008
The 4,000th post was made on The Authors Haunt Community Forums. The post was made by Resident Author Marty in the Celebrating Anything? thread in the Community Cafe (in which he celebrated making his 500th post on the Community).
October 22nd, 2008
The 100th blog entry was made in The Authors Haunt Community Blogs. The entry was made by Resident Authors and Library Support Team Leader Kaiten.
October 15th, 2008
The 3,000th post was made on The Authors Haunt Community Forums. The post was made by Resident Author Marty in the Random Words Game thread in The Play Pen.
October 9th, 2008
In the second of the three-stage opening process, prominent former Hub members and other individuals who had expressed an interest in being a part of the new site were invited to join.
October 8th, 2008
The 2,000th post was made on The Authors Haunt Community Forums. The post was made by Resident Author and Library Support Team Leader Kaiten in the Random Words Game thread in The Play Pen.
September 29th, 2008
The 1,000th post was made on The Authors Haunt Community Forums. The post was made by Resident Author Jason Rimbaud in his welcome post to fellow member TJ.
September 28th, 2008
Following more than two weeks of intensive beta testing, The Authors Haunt Community Forums were finally deemed ready for more members. Resident Authors were invited to join the new site.
September 26th, 2008
The first poetry submission was made to the new site by RJ. The submission was a collection of five haiku for the Haiku Poetry Writing Project.
September 21st, 2008
The first story submission was made to the new site by Colin Kelly. The submission was "Nightmare", his entry in the Dreamscapes Fiction Writing Project.
September 13th, 2008
Colin Kelly became the first non-staff member to join The Authors Haunt, just a few short hours after he was invited to become a beta tester on the site.
September 12th, 2008
The Authors Haunt Community Forums were opened for beta testers. A total of fourteen former members of The Hub joined to help with the beta testing process.
August 18th, 2008
Work on The Vault was completed and it was opened for Kaiten, the Vault Manager, to review and make suggestions/changes.
August 7th, 2008
Rob announced the name of the new site - The Authors Haunt. The name was decided after several weeks of discussions with a number of different members, most notably Kaiten and Bev, whose counsel helped Rob come up with the new name. Former Hub members got their first look at the new site.
August 4th, 2008
Rob Hawes, former owner of The Hub, contacted the former members and authors of The Hub to announce his intention to set up a new site. On that same day he purchased the domain name and server space and began work on that site.
July 3rd, 2008
Following a dispute between the owners of The Hub, and a number of other difficulties, it was announced that the site would close by the end of August.
August 1st, 2007
The Hub was officially opened. At the time it opened the site hosted twelve authors and nearly 100 stories, along with several dozen poems.
January 7th, 2007
Work began on the construction of The Hub. The Hub was the forerunner to The Authors Haunt, a writing site based on the same principles as this site and hosting many of the authors who formed the core-eighteen when The Authors Haunt opened.