Preview: The Particle Beast by Ian C. Douglas

In coming days IFWG Publishing Australia will be releasing the third instalment of the Zeke Hailey young teen science fiction series, The Particle Beast, by Nottingham-based author Ian C. Douglas.

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The cover beautifully reflects a critical scene in the novel, artwork rendered by Catherine Archer-Wills, and designed by Elizabeth Lang.

Here are the three covers side-by-side:

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Keep a close eye on our site – it should be released in several days.

New Signing: The Years of the Wolf by Craig Cormick

IFWG Publishing Australia is almost exclusively a publisher of children’s and speculative fiction. Every once in a while we come across something special and not quite in our normal publishing line, and something we can’t say no to. Such is the case with Craig Cormick’s The Years of the Wolf.

The novel is a based on a rather bizarre moment in Australian history, which holds resonance for both the Centenary of World War One and issues around internment.

It is based on the true story of German civilians who were interned in an old prison on the coast near Kempsey in New South Wales, during WWI – and is told as an intriguing story of murder, cross-dressing, and the impacts of war on society. From a number of angles, we would classify this story as a psychological war horror story.

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Craig Cormick is an award-winning Canberra author and science journalist. He has published over 25 books of fiction, non-fiction and children’s fiction, with both small and mainstream publishers, in Australia and overseas. Much of his work deals with reinterpretations of history. He is a former Chair of the ACT Writers Centre, and his writing awards include a Queensland Premier’s Award, ACT Book of the Year Award, the Tasmania Writers Prize and a Victorian Community History Award. He is a graduate of the Yale Writing Program, has taught writing at university and community levels, has been a writer in residence at the University of Science in Penang in Malaysia, and an Antarctic Arts Fellow travelling to Antarctica.

Welcome Craig! We look forward to publishing your work early in 2018.

New Release: The Locksmith by Barbara Howe

As foreshadowed in recent posts, IFWG Publishing is pleased to announce the release tomorrow of our third New Zealand title, the young adult fantasy novel, The Locksmith, by Barbara Howe. This is the first in a  five part series, ‘Reforging’, and for those of you who will read Book 1, you will definitely be impatient for future instalments.

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The Locksmith will be officially launched at Lexicon, Lake Taupo NZ on 4 June – not only will Barbara and Ali (The Rejects) will be there for their launches, but Gerry Huntman (Managing Director IFWG Publishing Australia) will be MC at the event, and Kaaron Warren will also be there.

In a world where membership in one of the four magic guilds guarantees respect and wealth, it is strange that Lucinda Guillierre is terrified of being exposed as a witch. The Fire Warlock finds her attitude puzzling, but does not give her his full attention until a long-buried secret comes to light.

She has good reasons to be afraid.

As war looms and dangerous romance beckons, who will have the best chance to kill her? Her enemies, her friends, or Lucinda herself?

From tomorrow The Locksmith will be available in all good print and ebook online bookstore, and will soon be available at all quality bricks and mortar bookstores. You can also opt to purchase direct from the publisher right now: Print and ebook.

News: The Grief Hole Wins Best Horror Novel Category in 2016 Aurealis Awards

We in IFWG are over the moon on just now finding out that Kaaron Warren‘s The Grief Hole has won the Best Horror Novel category in the 2016 Aurealis Awards. Congratulations to all the winners, all the short listed work, but special congratulations to Kaaron on her award.

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The judges stated that The Grief Hole “…is an intelligent, haunting and exquisitely horrific novel that unanimously and unequivocally impressed the entire panel in all areas of the judging criteria, and which will no doubt become a highly regarded touchstone of Australian horror.”

Again, we would like to also thank the book’s editor, Sophie Yorkston, and artist, Keely Van Order, for the significant contribution to the product as a whole.

News: Printer Partnership in New Zealand

After some time, including negotiation, IFWG Publishing Australia is very pleased to announce forming a partnership with a New Zealand printer: Print House Ltd, based in Hamilton.

We have had a long association with excellent writers and editors in New Zealand, and have already published work by New Zealanders Jan Goldie (author) and Frances Hutt (artist/illustrator) over recent years. As we are doubling our number this year (adding authors Ali Foster and Barbara Howe), we knew it was time to build our business in New Zealand, and to offer our titles at sensible and competitive retail prices.

We are still working on a distributor, but we have now a solid, exclusive relationship with Print House Ltd, and very soon several print runs will be made (with special attention to get copy for Lexicon in less than a few months).

Stay tuned for more exciting news about our ventures in New Zealand.

New Signing: Shadows on the Wall collection by Steven Paulsen

It is with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of publishing rights to Steven Paulsen’s dark and weird collection of short stories, Shadows on the Walls. The  collection contains stories from award winning anthologies, as well as original fiction. Original cover and internal art will be supplied by the Hugo and Oscar Award winning artist, Shaun Tan.

The collection is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2018.

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Steven Paulsen is an award-winning writer whose speculative fiction has appeared in publications around the world. His bestselling dark fantasy children’s book, The Stray Cat, illustrated by Shaun Tan, has seen publication in several English and foreign language editions. His short stories, which Jack Dann describes as rocket-fueled with narrative drive, have appeared in a variety of magazines and in anthologies such as Terror Australis, Strange Fruit, Cthulhu: Deep Down Under, Fantastic Worlds, The Cthulhu Cycle, and the World Fantasy Award winning Dreaming Down-Under.

Steven has also written extensively about Australian horror and fantasy for publications such as Eidolon, Interzone, Bloodsongs, Sirius, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, Fantasy Annual, The St James Guide to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers, and The Melbourne University Press Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. His interviews with Australian SF writers have been published in magazine and book form in Australia, UK, Europe and the USA.

Readers can find out more about Steven’s work at: www.stevenpaulsen.com