New Acquisition: Bedding the Lamia by David Kuraria

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of a collection of four stories by David Kuraria, called ‘Bedding the Lamia’. Two of the stories are reprints (found in Midnight Echo, the other in Dimension 6). “Kuraria has already contributed to a few of IFWG’s anthologies, and has won acclaim in that particular journey,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to showcase his work in a long-fiction collection.”

David Kuraria

Of Melanesian and Scottish heritage, the author was raised by his extended family on the island of Ranongga in the Solomon Islands. He attended Kingsland Intermediate school in Auckland New Zealand before reuniting with his family in the Solomon’s capital, Honiara. To date, David has had just three stories published in Australian Anthologies. His 2018 story Kõpura Rising (published in Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud), describes a malign, marine-dwelling race named Kõpura. That tale was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Australian Aurealis Awards for Best Horror Novella and added to Ellen Datlow’s 2018 Best Horror of the Year recommended reading List. This is his first collection.

The four stories are:

The Gods of Mwaia
A Melanesian farmer and his companions trek to a secretive Solomon Island tribe to beg for land rights for his starving People. They bear gifts of persuasion but become gifts for the dominant tribe’s frightful gods.

And He Shall Suffer for his Art
An artist experimenting with narcotics and obscure occult methods inadvertently calls up an unwelcome muse. The price paid for a favour is bloody and final.

Silent is the River
A war historian, a young New Zealand teacher and an Aboriginal Spiritual man travel up a Northern Australian River on a converted war barge. Here brutal Colonial past reaches out to ensnare modern adventurers on a journey into horror.

The Absurd Quest of Thomas Wu
A survivor of the 2011 Christchurch New Zealand earthquakes takes his deceased grandfather’s diaries to recreate the old man’s 1950s travels around Melanesia. He soon finds himself crossing a borderland into a strange ‘otherworld’, where any action has blackly comical and unpleasant consequences.

IFWG Publishing will release Bedding the Lamia in the first quarter of 2021.

Cover Reveal: Silent Sorrow by Russell Kirkpatrick

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It is with great pleasure that we reveal the front cover of Russell Kirkpatrick’s upcoming novel, Silent Sorrow, book 1 of his The book of Remezov series. It will contribute to our Masters of Fantasy sub-imprint of titles.

Luke Spooner, a long-standing artist and cover designer with IFWG, has masterfully echoed the atmosphere and vibe of the artist Vermeer, which in turn captures the fantasy setting depicted from Kirkpatrick’s book.

We will reveal more in the near future, leading to its world-wide release on 1 June 2020.

News: Book Launch of Warriors of Vhast Book 4

This year’s launch, for the fourth volume of the Warriors of Vhast series, Scouring the Land, again took place at Amor Bar in North Hobart. Rather than doing a speech, the floor was thrown open to questions and a very productive Q&Q ensued.

Questions came in that covered a wide variety of areas. Some of these involved the origin of the books, the history of Vhast itself, and what will happen after the series finishes. Most of the people present asked at least one question, much to our surprise. The Q&A showed that attendees had read the books (and that most had also read at least some of the short fiction available through Patreon as well).

The way the Q&A was received showed us that next year we should look towards live streaming a session and allowing readers around the world to take part interactively.

After much chat, and quite a few drinks, we closed up again for another year when we will be back for more drinks and the launch of Book 5, Gathering the Strands.

Some photos taken at the event (courtesy of Cary Lenehan):

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Consider our New Zealand authored titles for your Christmas List

New Zealand Titles

IFWG has recently taken stock of our titles that are authored by New Zealanders, and we were gobsmacked by the number. Take a look – what talent and what a range of genres and reader age groups!

Consider the following:

Barbara Howe’s Reforging series: The Locksmith, Engine of Lies, and The Blacksmith (with more to come). Epic fantasy for young adults to adults, with strong female protagonists (which motivated Howe to write the series)

Paul Mannering’s Drakeforth series: Engines of Empathy, Pisces of Fate, and Time of Breath (and again, more to come). Fantasy with strong satire and humour. Paul’s work has a strong fan base appreciating his unique style.

Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud (eds Sequeira, Proposch & Stevens). A New Zealand-only anthology of Lovecraftian fiction set in the local region.

Kura Carpenter’s The Kingfisher’s Debt, an urban fantasy set in Dunedin with powerful twists to well-known tropes. This book has already garnered critical acclaim and awards.

Jan Goldie’s Brave’s Journey, a middle grade (young teen) fantasy that was our very first New Zealand authored title. Jan’s book is delightful and full of magic and action.

Lee Murray’s Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse, a middle grade fantasy/horror novel. Lee’s reputation internationally is growing by the day, and this recent release is a strong foray into horror for young teens. Funny, obviously set in New Zealand for those in the know, and a story that entrances readers of all ages.

Ali Foster’s Ginomees Trilogy for children, and illustrated by Ali. The Rejects, The Clonestone, and The Cave at the End of the Universe. Cosmic-spanning adventure of rejected garden gnomes venturing out into the world to find meaning in life. Great to read to your young ones.

All these titles are available world wide as ebooks or print, online or bricks and mortar.

Title Video: Shadows in the Stone

IFWG is very pleased with the response to Jack Dann’s latest novel, Shadows in the Stone, and to celebrated this, we have a wonderful promo video here for your viewing pleasure.

Shadows in the Stone is available world-wide from every quality book store, online and bricks and mortar.

New Acquisition: Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract, by Rebecca Fraser

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IFWG is pleased to announce the acquisition of the rights to a collection of dark fiction and poetry by Rebecca Fraser, titled Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract. IFWG has previously published her young teen novel, Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean, but Coralesque is her first foray into adult fiction (and some poetry) in book form. We are not only pleased with the upcoming publication, but also our extensive track record in supporting Australian female authors, particularly in the dark fiction field (but not limited to just that). And we will continue to do this – watch this space.

Rebecca Fraser is an Australian author whose short stories, flash fiction, and poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines, and journals. Her first novel Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean was released by IFWG Publishing Australia in 2018. Rebecca holds a MA in Creative Writing, and a Certificate of Publishing (Copy Editing & Proofreading). To provide her muse with life’s essentials Rebecca copywrites and edits in a freelance capacity, and operates StoryCraft Creative Writing Workshops for aspiring authors of every age and ability…however her true passion is storytelling. Say G’day at writingandmoonlighting.com or Twitter and Instagram @becksmuse

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 robotic housemaid with a sinister agenda. A dirty ex-cop with a dirtier secret. An unscrupulous mayor’s solution to rid his city of the homeless …

These are just some of the characters you’ll meet in Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract, a collection of dark offerings comprising short stories alongside a smattering of flash and poetry.

Introduced by multi-award-winning author, Steven Paulsen, Rebecca Fraser’s collection brings together an eclectic mix of her published, award-nominated, and prize-winning fiction, embracing a diversity of styles from gothic to cyberpunk, to contemporary horror, fantasy, dystopia…and every dark cranny in between.

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 late in 2020/early 2021.