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.

New Release: Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean

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It is with great pleasure we announce the release of Rebecca Fraser‘s debut novel, Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean, a young teen story. We had a wonderful book launch in Mornington, VIC today, with all the books sold out.

In the coastal Queensland town of Midnight Cove, thirteen-year-old Curtis Creed’s world is falling apart.

Once a talented upcoming surfer, he cannot bring himself to return to the ocean.  His inability to overcome his fear earns him the ridicule of his older brother, Dylan. Worse, his family is struggling to cope with the loss of their father in a rock fishing accident.

The summer holiday looks long and lonely for Curtis until he meets Navaya, a mysterious sea dweller he rescues from fishing line in a rock pool.

When Curtis agrees to help Navaya find the Moami, the key to an undersea cavern hiding her people’s most precious secrets, he embarks on a dangerous quest that sees him join forces with awkward but brilliant new girl in town, Morgan.

Will Curtis be able to overcome his fears to return the Moami to its rightful owners before Navaya’s enemies succeed in their deadly mission? Was his father’s death really an accident? And what exactly is the lore of the ocean?

Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean can be purchased from all good bricks and mortar stores, and online.

News: IFWG Titles Win 2 Australian Shadows Awards

IFWG Publishing Australia is pleased to announce that two of its titles have won 2017 Australian Shadows Awards, for excellence in the horror and dark fantasy fields:

Best Edited Work: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1 (editors Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira and Bryce Stevens)

Best Collected Work: Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories (Deborah Sheldon).

Congratulations to our team, as well as other winners and short listed authors and editors.

Special thanks to Steve Santiago for the design and artwork of Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1, and Luke Spooner for Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories.

Double Book Launch

Last night (15 February 2018) IFWG held a double book launch at Readings Hawthorn – a wonderful event. We launched our first two books for 2018 – Steven Paulsen’s anthology, Shadows on the Wall, and Jason Frank’s novel, Faerie Apocalypse. Jack Dann kindly (and entertainingly) MC’d the event, and the Readings’ crew did a wonderful job of looking after everyone. Book signings were had, speeches were made, and glasses were charged for the double launch. Thanks to all!

The following are some snaps of the event: