News: Finalists in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards

We are ecstatic to have a number of our editors and authors’ works reach finalist status in the New Zealand Sir Julius Vogel Awards – the awards that recognise excellence in speculative fiction and fandom. We have worked hard to support our New Zealand authors, and the following finalists and their categories gives, we think, a nod to our effort:

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New Title: Silent Sorrow by Russell Kirkpatrick

IFWG Publishing Australia is closing in on the final titles to be released in 2020 and it is with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of Canberra-based author Russell Kirkpatrick’s fantasy novel, Silent Sorrow, the first of his The Book of Remezov series. “Russell has a wonderful record in fantasy literature,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and his newest manuscript blew our team away for its originality. Kirkpatrick’s work is a great inclusion for our catalogue, and adds a certain fantasy dimension to 2020 that we have long sought for.”

Silent Sorrow’s current blurb reads:

It is a foolish thing to banish the gods who keep the world from falling apart…

Remezov of Sarella is a brilliant and ambitious young geographer who, despite his low birth, is determined to be the greatest scientist in all of quake-prone Medanos. He has arrived in the ancient city of Hanemark to be received into the powerful Guild of Geographers – the youngest inductee in decades. Only then will he finally be rid of his despised heritage.

But Remezov has a secret. He’s found a dead scientist’s diary and hopes to pass off the work as his own. It tells of an imminent invasion of Necronym – malevolent beings with the power to set off world-shaking earthquakes. Superstitious nonsense, of course, except the diary explains strange occurrences that have been puzzling him. Should he surrender it, risking expulsion from the Guild and the loss of everything he’s worked for, all for a crazy warning of an invasion that may never come, or keep it and use it to make his name? It’s a decision he has to make soon, because he’s being hunted by something leaving a trail of mutilated bodies across the city.

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Russell Kirkpatrick (born 1961, Christchurch, New Zealand) is a geography lecturer, cartographer and a novelist. He holds a PhD in geography from the University of Canterbury, and lectured at the University of Waikato in Hamilton until 2014. He is currently living and writing in Australia, and moonlights as a sessional lecturer at the University of Canberra. He has worked on seven atlas projects, including the New Zealand Historical Atlas (1998), and authored the Contemporary Atlas of New Zealand (1999/2004). He also wrote and was photographer for a book about New Zealand waterfalls – Walk to Waterfalls (2011).

He has written two fantasy trilogies, Fire of Heaven and HuskAcross the Face of the World was the biggest selling debut fantasy in the United States in 2008. He won the Julius Vogel award in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Silent Sorrow is expected to be published internationally in the second quarter of 2020.

New Acquisition: Fiction Collection by Tracie McBride

IFWG is very pleased to have acquired a short fiction collection by Melbourne based author, Tracie McBride. It’s working title at this time is ‘Drive, She Said, and Other Stories’. This collection will be released in the first half of 2020.

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“We’ve been eyeing Tracie’s fiction for some time,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG. “Our interest was particularly piqued with her contribution to Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud anthology, ‘The Shadow Over Tarehu Cove’, and her reputation in the Antipodean dark fiction community. Acquiring her collection is a highly satisfying result for us.”

This collection of horror and dark fantasy short stories spans nearly nine years of published work as well as some original pieces. The themes and settings are diverse, but one common thread runs through the stories – they all feature women. Women as protagonists. Women as doomed heroines. Woman as villains. Mothers and spinsters, wives and prostitutes, sisters and witches. And in some stories, monsters in feminine form.

Tracie McBride is a New Zealander who lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in over 80 print and electronic publications, including the Stoker Award-nominated anthologies Horror for Good and Horror Library Volume 5. Her debut collection Ghosts Can Bleed contains much of the work that earned her a Sir Julius Vogel Award, and her work has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards and the Australasian Shadows Awards.  Visitors to her blog are welcome at http://traciemcbridewriter.wordpress.com/.

New Release: Switch by Rowena Evans

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Rowena Evans‘ mid-teen science fiction thriller, Switch, has been released in Australia, New Zealand and the UK on 15th February 2019. This is the long-awaited sequel to Drums and Power Lines, and continues almost immediately following the prior events. It will be released at a later date in North America.

“Evans captures the Australian country landscape beautifully,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG Publishing Australia, “and yet the parallel worlds depicted are also universal in character, and at the same time, slightly askew from what we perceive as normal. Drums and Power Lines was a delightful, thrilling read, and I am sure middle grade and young adult readers – as well as adults as often is the case – will love this next chapter in the continuing story.”

Spectacular artwork for the cover is by Rowena Evans.

Ivan hurried away from the ridge. His heart beat fast and his hands were shaking. The shock of seeing Cal appear was considerable. Yes, he and Reenie had persuaded Hugo to play his drums at sunset, but Ivan realized now that the last thing he expected was to succeed.

Ivan, Cassie and Wilfred, Reenie and Cal desperately miss each other; the friendships they made in their similar but different parallel worlds six months ago.

When Cal reappears in Ivan and Reenie’s world, the turmoil and restlessness that has lurked in each of them explodes into real life, throwing all, and the unsuspecting Jess, into a whirlwind of adventure, uncertainty and discovery.

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Switch is available in all good bookstores, online and bricks and mortar. In Australia/NZ it is distributed by Novella Distributors, and in UK/Europe by Gazelle Book Services. Switch in Kindle format is currently available through Amazon.

New Acquisition: Metamorphosis by Claire Fitzpatrick

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IFWG is pleased to announce the acquisition of a collection of new and reprint short fiction by notable Queensland horror author, and body-horror specialist, Claire Fitzpatrick. “We are doubly happy with this contract signing,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “as the collection is a strong one with a firm, niche voice in the horror field, and we have observed Claire’s rapid rise in the horror field in this region, and we gladly want to be part of her journey into the international arena.”

We expect Metamorphosis to be released in Q2 2019.

Welcome aboard, Claire!

Book Signing: Shadows in the Stone by Jack Dann

IFWG is over the moon with the acquisition of Jack Dann’s new novel, Shadows in the Stone. This will be a significant work added to Jack Dann’s impressive catalogue of works, and we believe, one of his outstanding pieces.

Jack says: “Like The Memory Cathedral, Shadows in the Stone came to me initially as an image; not one overwhelming catalyzing image, but a series of images. The first and strongest image that come to mind are two illustrations depicting scenes from Milton’s Paradise Lost by John Martin (1789-1834), an artist famous in his own time, but now largely forgotten: two mezzotints, entitled “Pandemonium” and “Satan Presiding at the Infernal Council” seemed to me to encapsulate (or perhaps generated) my vision of the aeon Belias as dark angel and place.”

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Pandemonium by John Martin

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Satan Presiding at the Infernal Council by John Martin

The following is the accompanying text from the novel:

As the theurgist Pico Della Mirandola fell into eternity, into the abyss of souls, Pietro Neroni and the aeon Athoth journeyed across Belias’ empty, crystalline wastes.

In a sense Pietro and Athoth were stepping over or passing through the dark aeon’s volcanic, thundering body, for Belias and his world—his dark heaven—were the same, each a glittering reflection of the other, a reflection of a reflection, a reflection nested in itself; and if one wished to visualize these moments as Pietro experienced them, one might imagine Athoth, the beautiful aeon Athoth and his club-footed companion Pietro simply walking together. Around them was a darkness so deep and sharp and soul-destroying that the surrounding mountains and cratered ice sheets were simply chiaroscuro contrasts of the same tenebrous void. As Pietro moved through this negative terrain, he imagined that he was looking into (or through) a crystal gazing globe that had been crazed with glittering cracks, so that the darkness within appeared as shards of black, their various changing shapes defined only by slight differences of darkness and edgings of silver.

The darkness was palpable, tactile, numbing; and Pietro experienced a cold yet distant grief as he tried to remember his tender feelings (love?) for the beautiful Isabella as he visualized her heart shaped, freckled face and dark curly hair; and he remembered, yes, he remembered when she had caught him gazing into Maestro Mirandola’s gazing globe, which was now part of his soul and viscera; remembered her calling him a heretic in the catacombs of Florence…remembered his prediction that she would betray all her companions.

Shadows in the Stone will be published next year – details of the release date will be forthcoming soon.