Cover Reveal: Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract, by Rebecca Fraser

IFWG is very pleased to reveal the front cover of Rebecca Fraser‘s upcoming collection of dark short fiction and poetry, Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract. The cover art and design is by the incomparable Greg Chapman, who has worked with IFWG in past projects (as has Rebecca).

A surfer who becomes horrifyingly one with the sea. A new mother’s devastating search for belonging. A stone gargoyle with a violent history. A fisher boy who discovers the real cost of forbidden love. A farmer whose delight at drought-breaking rain quickly turns to terror. A hedonistic rock star who manifests double trouble. A young girl’s chilling sacrifice for justice. A dirty ex-cop with a dirtier secret. An unscrupulous mayor’s solution to rid her city of the homeless…

These are just some of the characters you’ll meet in this collection of dark offerings.

From the harsh terrain of the Outback, to the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the wilds of Tasmania, dystopian futures, enchanted lands, and the familiarity of suburbia, Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract takes readers on a journey into unsettling, unforgiving, and unforgettable territory.

Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract will be released worldwide on 15th April 2021. Preorders will be offered in the new year.

Excellent Reviews of Jack Dann’s Shadows in the Stone

In the latest edition of Asimov’s Science Fiction, a wonderful review has been posted for Jack Dann’s Shadows in The Stone, a powerful alt-history fantasy published back in November 2019.

It reminds us that COVID-19 has had a serious effect on the publishing industry and our products published late in 2019 and early in 2020, have not had the opportunity to be marketed as well as we wanted. And yet, we appreciate quality magazines and ezines continuing to review our work, even if some time has passed – we thank them.

To remind readers of the awesomeness of Jack Dann’s latest novel, we would like to pick three particularly notable reviews:

Asimov’s Science Fiction, reviewed by Peter Heck (current issue)
Much is said, and all glowing, but his closing paragraph is notable:
“Dann has always been willing to color outside the accepted lines of genre fiction, while drawing on a stunning range of source material to ground his visions. If you’re in the market for something completely different—in the best possible way—Shadows in the Stone fills the bill.”

Galaxy’s Edge, reviewed by Richard Chwedyk (Jan 2020)
Again, a glowing review, including:
“At heart, I believe, Dann is a science fiction writer, which is why his alternate worlds of magic and wonder are so unquestionably vivid. He scrutinizes angels and demons as if they were aliens from a newly-discovered world. He creates his own physics to allow for magic, and follows its rules fastidiously. And, like many a good science fiction writer, he measures the consequences of great power practiced by we ever-fallible humans. It’s what we do.

And Jack Dann does it brilliantly.

Into the bargain, we get a phantasmagorically brilliant cover by ever-reliable Bob Eggleton.

Now that’s class.”

Locus, reviewed by Paul Di Filippo (Dec 2019)

“With flavors of the work of Gene Wolfe and John Crowley, James Morrow and K.J. Parker, Dann’s new book is guaranteed to take the reader on a whirlwind journey of danger and enlightenment behind the cardboard reality we mistake for the universe’s true substance.”

We want to remind readers of these reviews and what Jack Dann’s masterpiece can offer to them. Next year, with an expectation that industry sales figures will improve, IFWG will be taking steps to roadshow its many new titles that were meant to be published in 2020, as well as ensuring that those that were caught on the cusp – such as Shadows in the Stone – are given an opportunity to be properly showcased. Stay tuned.

TOC Reveal: Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies

It is with great pleasure that we can now announce the Table of Contents for our upcoming anthology: Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies, edited by Deborah Sheldon.

“A Good Big Brother” – Matt Tighe
“Sins of the Mother” – Tracie McBride
“Beneath the Cliffs of Darknoon Bay” – Rebecca Fraser
“Mother Dandelion” – Antoinette Rydyr
“Family Unit” – Sean Williams
“The Still Warm” – Paul Mannering
“The Hot-and-Cold Girl” – Samantha Murray
“Expel the Darkness” – Robyn O’Sullivan
“My Sweet Porcupette” – Geraldine Borella
“Hair and Teeth” (reprint) – Deborah Sheldon
“Mother Diamond” – Janeen Webb
“The Remarkable Compass for Finding the Departed” – Charles Spiteri
“Empty Bellies” – Ash Tudor
“A Rose for Becca” (reprint) – Jason Fischer
“Grieving the Spirit” – Jack Dann
“A Sense of Belonging” – Mark Towse
“Gravid” – JM Merryt
“Motherdoll” – HK Stubbs
“The Red Shrine (Fingerless and Double-mouthed)” – Kaaron Warren
“The Phobia Clinic” – David Kuraria
“The Surrogate” – Renee De Visser
“Saturday Night at the Milk Bar” (reprint) – Gary Kemble
“The River is Deep” – Kat Pekin

Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies will be released, world-wide, in Q2 2021.

Preorders Open: Black Moon by Eugen Bacon

Black Moon: Graphic Speculative Flash Fiction by Eugen Bacon, and lavishly illustrated by Elena Betti, will be published world-wide in print-format (only) on 1 December 2020.

This is a unique, experimental book, first in IFWG’s Chapbook line of tiles, providing poetic prose in short form, each story/vignette accompanied by evocative art by Elena Betti. The books are superbly put together in full colour, on quality paper – 72 pages long.

Black Moon is an illustrated collection of speculative flash fiction interspersed with prose poetry. It carries themes of love and war, life and the afterlife, hope and despair. It is a philosophical assortment that questions normalcy, embraces opposition, and takes a keen interest on peculiarity. It will appeal to curious lovers of literary dark fantasy and all places in between.

Preorders are only available in Australia, UK and North America, and will be shipped to readers well prior to release (note that with current pandemic condition, there may be delays beyond our control).

Please click the appropriate link if you wish to receive a preorder copy:

Australia Readers incl shipping (AU$21.95)

North American Readers incl shipping (US$16.99)

UK Readers incl shipping (UK£14.99)

Preorders will close 31 October 2020.

Cover & TOC Reveal: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Vol 3

It is with great pleasure that we can now reveal to you the cover and Table of Contents of our upcoming anthology, Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 3 (edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira and Bryce Stevens).

It was highly appropriate that we have a ‘top end’ look to the cover, as the previous volumes depicted Australia’s urban dimension (Sydney Harbour), as well as its well know ‘outback’. Steve Santiago, our artist and cover designer, did a wonderful job yet again! There’s something mysterious about dense rainforests and jungles – you never know what you might discover!

And here’s the wonderful table of contents:

Introduction…Cat Rambo
All the Long Way Down…Alf Simpson
Farewell to Elephant…Cat Sparks
The Third Party Doctrine…Steve Proposch
Come His Children…Alan Baxter
The Depiction…Julie Ditrich
The Key to Eternity…Steven Paulsen
They Are Impatient…Maurice Xanthos
Dead Language…Steve Kilbey
Asleep Beneath the Dripping…Jason Fischer
Supersymmetry Blues…David Conyers
Afterword…Jack Dann

And finally, here’s the full wrap cover:

Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 3 will be released in the second quarter of 2021. Preorders will be taken from December 2020 – stay tuned.

Cover Reveal: The Wordsmith, by Barbara Howe

It is with great pleasure that we reveal the cover of Barbara Howe‘s The Wordsmith, Book 4 in her 5-part Reforging series. As usual, it captures the essence of the series, an alt-history/epic fantasy blend, geared toward Young Adults and mature audiences alike, with very strong female protagonists. Kudos to artist and illustrator, Catherine Archer-Wills.

The Wordsmith will be released on the 15th February 2021, with a call for preorders coming in November 2020. The final instalment of the series, The Forge, will also be released in 2021.

Irene van Gelder’s drudge job is killing her, but how can she earn a living as an air witch when her own guild calls her a fraud?

The Fire Warlock doesn’t ask for her credentials, but with tensions rising between the Fire and Air Guilds, proving her value to him is not a safe move. With the White Duchess and her son intent on revenge, what defences can a failure as an air witch muster? All she has is words. Will that be enough to save herself, and Frankland?

The first three books in the Reforging series (click images):

The Locksmith (Book 1)
Engine of Lies (Book 2)
The Blacksmith (Book 3)