Report: Double Launch of Slights (Kaaron Warren) & Silent Sorrow (Russell Kirkpatrick)

A few weekends ago Kaaron Warren and Russell Kirkpatrick teamed up and officially launched their most recent novels to the reading public. Kaaron’s book, Slights, is a refreshed reissue of her very first novel and there has been a demand by new Warren readers to get access to it. Russell’s novel, Silent Sorrow, has been a long time coming and is the first of his The Book of Remezov series. It was also an opportunity for Kaaron to represent herself and Ellen Datlow in showcasing their recent literary partership (in effect turning the event into a triple launch): Tool Tales (a chapbook that has photographs of obscure antique tools, with Kaaron writing imaginative microfiction to interpret their purpose/history). COVID has impacted on release dates as well as launch timings, but we are so glad it finally eventuated – special thanks to Harry Hartog ANU for hosting the event and making the authors, and guests, very welcome.

Kaaron provided us with a mini report:

Leading up to our triple book launch, Russell and I had lots of chats about the importance of involving the audience in our event. I love a book launch where the audience becomes a part of the show! We each made 30 gift bags. Russell’s had his amazing maps, mine had nasty recipe cards and an odd little soldier. Both had Wizz Fizz. Russell printed up door prizes; large Russell maps from him, blow ups of Ellen Datlow’s tools from me. Russell made people work for his; they had to draw a map. The winner depicted Ashfield as ‘Trashfield’ and Russell says it was humour that won the prize for this one. I gave one prize to Nicole Murphy for making the best fart noises during Russell’s reading. It was appropriate, I promise! The opening of his Silent Sorrow is so good. Descriptive, evocative, funny, and full of farts. I read some of my Tool Tales and Russell and I talked about our inspirations and motivations. There was wine and cheese, laughter, conversation and much positive feedback. An absolutely excellent launch!

After reading Kaaron’s report we definitely knew we missed something special. Perhaps some of the photos below will help a bit (courtesy of Cat Sparks):

In Memoriam: Peter Rondel

It is with great sadness that we have learned today that one of our authors, Peter Rondel, has passed away. It was a shock to us, but doubly so that we didn’t know he passed back in October last year.

Peter had a long-standing relationship with IFWG Publishing, certainly back to the first few years of our operations. For a while we ran a print magazine called ‘SQ Magazine’ (that later morphed into a longer-running ezine called ‘SQ Mag’) and his story, The Face in the Frame, appeared in the very first edition in 2011. On the strength of this work, we read and accepted a delightful children’s illustrated book, A Magpie Called Will, and beautifully illustrated by New Zealand artist Frances Hutt. This was published in the same year, 2011, and only recently ceased printing. In 2016 we were very happy to publish his climate change science fiction novel, In the Heat of the Day, which is currently still in print.

We know Peter has published elsewhere and that he had a penchant for literary works and poetry, above and beyond the genre fiction we were honoured to facilitate for him. In part because he lived in Western Australia, and we were on the east coast, we never had the chance to personally meet him and have the opportunity to know him better. We also know he was a mature writer and it gladdens our hearts that we were able to help him get published, however humbly it may have been. Nevertheless, these circumstances contributed to us missing his passing until now, and this has made us wonder, how many in our writing and reading communities knew of this, or even knew him.

This isn’t right. We are not saying that our communities should have known him, or know of his passing (perhaps some of you did, particularly in WA), but we want to acknowledge him now, this last time, so that he can be given the respect he deserved:

Peter was a quality author with a great diversity of writing styles at his disposal. His children’s book tells us that he loved children and no doubt children loved him. He was in tune with important global matters, including climate change. His passing is a loss to our writing community and he will be missed. We pass our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

We are in communication with Peter’s family on administrative matters.

We do ask you to consider purchasing Peter’s last novel, In the Heat of the Day, if you are unfamiliar with his work (print and kindle).

New Two-Book Deal: The Salt Lines Duology by Nathan Burrage

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Sydney-based Nathan Burrage’s two books that comprise The Salt Lines duology. “We were fortunate to sign up Burrage’s short fiction collection a few months ago,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and we are now doubly-fortunate to pick up his historical fantasy manuscripts. This is a testament to his writing prowess, and we are delighted to showcase his skills and talent over the three releases in 2022 and 2023.”

July 1099: sweltering in the merciless heat, the desperate survivors of the First Crusade finally breach the walls of Jerusalem. Concealed within the ranks of Godefroi de Bouillon’s army are members of a secret fraternity called the Salt Lines. Pursuing an artefact that pre-dates even King Solomon, the Salt Lines are willing to sacrifice everything Godefroi values to gain possession of it: the lives of his closest confidants, the only woman he has ever loved, even his very soul.

October 1307: when Bertrand de Châtillon-sur-Seine finally bowed to his family’s will and joined the Brotherhood of the Temple of Solomon, no one expected the brutal suppression of the Order that followed. Thrown into a violent and desperate search for an object known only as ‘the keystone’, Bertrand unwittingly becomes the only person who can safely lay it to rest. But can he resist its temptations whilst eluding the agents of the man who stands behind the French throne?

With the veil of secrecy in tatters, truth has become the most dangerous possession of all.

Nathan Burrage lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of FIVEFOLD, a supernatural thriller first published by Random House Australia, and subsequently translated into Russian as Code Kabbalah

In 2005, Nathan graduated from Clarion South, an intensive, six-week residential writing program based on the famous workshops of the same name in the US. In 2011, he co-convened the Aurealis Awards in Sydney and remained part of the Organising Committee in 2012 and 2013.

Nathan has over twenty-five short story credits and has been shortlisted for both the Aurealis Awards and the Ditmar Awards. His short story collection—Almost Human—will be released by IFWG in the last quarter of 2022.

Infrequent transmissions can be intercepted at www.nathanburrage.com

Book 1 of The Salt Lines will be released world-wide late in 2022/23 – stay tuned for more details.

New Acquisition: Cut To Care: A Collection of Little Hurts by Aaron Dries

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of publishing rights to Aaron Dries’ short fiction collection, Cut To Care: A Collection of Little Hurts.

An agency that sends social workers into the homes of grieving families to impersonate dead loved ones…

The kind old woman who saved a teenager’s life but now finds herself haunted by the weight of a cheated suicide…

And the daughter of a candlestick maker as she tries to survive a painful existence after her father’s execution for making human chandeliers of drunken cowboys…

These stories and more—ranging from supernatural to the frighteningly domestic, Splatterpunk to the weird and cosmic—stain the pages of CUT TO CARE: A COLLECTION OF LITTLE HURTS by Aaron Dries. They serve as a timely reminder of the cost of caring too much. Or not caring enough. Of how we mask cruelties behind kindness. And of our willingness to rip ourselves apart in the hope of satisfying a world that doesn’t always care for you back. 

Featuring an exclusive introduction by Mick Garris, creator of MASTERS OF HORROR and director of Stephen King’s THE STAND, this unforgettable collection truly cuts deep.

By day, Australian author, artist, and award-winning filmmaker Aaron Dries works within the mental health and homelessness field. By night, he “helps lead a new generation of Splatterpunk for a new dark age” (Brian Keene, author of The Rising). His novels include House of Sighs, its sequel The Sound of His Bones BreakingWhere the Dead Go to Die (with Mark Allan Gunnells), A Place for Sinners, and The Fallen Boys. His short fiction and art have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines domestically and abroad. For more information visit aarondries.com or drop him a line on Twitter @AaronDries

Cut To Care: A Collection of Little Hurts will be released in the first quarter of 2022.

Book Deal: Fiction Collection by Deborah Sheldon

IFWG Publishing is delighted to announce the acquisition of a collection of short fiction by Deborah Sheldon, titled Liminal Spaces – Horror Stories. “This is a wonderful collection of Sheldon’s short fiction,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “mixing her recent successful stories in journals, along with original material. We have invested in her short fiction for some time, with the publication of Perfect Little Stitches and Others Stories and Figments and Fragments, and this new title will continue our comprehensive collection of the best of Sheldon’s horror writing career.”

DEBORAH SHELDON is an award-winning author from Melbourne, Australia. She writes short stories, novellas and novels across the darker spectrum of horror, crime and noir. Her award-nominated titles include the novels Body Farm ZContrition and Devil Dragon; the novella Thylacines; and collection Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories. She won the Australian Shadows ‘Best Collected Work’ Award for Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories, which was also long-listed for a Bram Stoker. As editor of Midnight Echo 14, she won the Australian Shadows ‘Best Edited Work’ Award. Her short fiction has been nominated for various Australian Shadows and Aurealis Awards, and included in ‘best of’ anthologies. Other credits include feature articles, non-fiction books, TV scripts and award-winning medical writing. http://deborahsheldon.wordpress.com

Liminal Spaces – Horror Stories will be released in 2022.

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.