Book Signing: Contrition by Deborah Sheldon

The festive season deserves another piece of good news!

IFWG Publishing Australia is very pleased to add a third Deborah Sheldon title to its catalogue: Contrition, a horror novel with noir undertones and an atmosphere of mounting dread. (It is actually her fourth title with us – she has signed a contract with us for a new collection of her short fiction, to be released in 2019).

Contrition will be released in mid 2018: more details will be provided in the new year.

Deborah Sheldon

Deborah Sheldon, a professional writer from Melbourne, Australia, writes across the darker spectrum of crime, noir, and horror. Deb’s short stories have appeared in many well-regarded literary magazines and anthologies. Her published fiction includes short story collections, novellas, and novels. Other writing credits include television scripts, feature articles, radio plays, award-winning medical writing, and non-fiction books for Reed Books and Random House.

Deborah has published a two-novella crime thriller with IFWG Publishing Australia (Dark Waters / Ronnie and Rita) as well as a dark fiction collection, Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories.

Visit her website: http://deborahsheldon.wordpress.com

New Signing: Books 3 to 5 of Warriors of Vhast

It is with pleasure that we can now announce the signing of books 3 to 5 of Cary J Lenehan’s Warriors of Vhast series – ‘Clearing the Web’ (Book 3), ‘Scouring the Land’ (Book 4), and ‘Gathering the Strands’ (Book 5). This follows from ‘Intimations of Evil‘ (Book 1) and ‘Engaging Evil‘ (Book 2).

“Cary’s strength is his world-building,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG Publishing, “and he delivers in spades. Books 1 and 2 have garnered a strong following by those who love epic fantasy in lush, vivid worlds, and this is great news for all. We can’t be happier to continue this series.”

IFWG Publishing will be re-releasing Books 1 and 2 in March 2018 (to ensure the look and feel of the series is entirely consistent) and Clearing the Web will be released in July 2018. Books 4 and 5 will follow annually, and it is likely it will continue beyond Book 5.

Cary Lenehan

Cary J Lenehan is a former trades assistant, soldier, public servant, cab driver, truck driver, game designer, trainee horticulturalist and university tutor (among other things). His hobbies include collecting and reading books (the non-fiction are Dewey decimalised), Tasmanian native plants (particularly the edible ones), the SCA and gaming. He has taught people how to use everything from shortswords to rocket launchers.

He met his wife at an SF Convention while cosplaying and they have not looked back. He was born in Sydney before marrying and moving to the Snowy Mountains where they started their family. They moved to Tasmania for the warmer winters and are not likely to ever leave it.

Looking out of the window beside the computer is a sweeping view of Mount Wellington and its range.

Cary has a Patreon page where he wants to expand his world of Vhast in all sorts of directions. You might want to consider helping him: Cary Lenehan’s Patreon Page

Cary’s web site: www.caryjlenehan.com

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New Signing: Drakeforth Series by Paul Mannering

One of the great pleasures for IFWG Publishing over recent years is to tap into the immense talent of New Zealand speculative fiction authors. We started with Jan Goldie, and followed it with Ali Foster and Barbara Howe. We recently acquired the rights to a novel by Kura Carpenter, and we have had a large number of New Zealand authors contribute to anthologies and our ezine, SQ Mag.

One author we have been impressed with for some time is Paul Mannering, based in Wellington. Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, has been to New Zealand a few times and had the pleasure of long discussions on matters of writing and publishing, and was as impressed with his writing, as his insights into the craft. We now solidified this relationship in the form of a publishing agreement.

IFWG publishing has bought the rights to the first two books of the respected, multifaceted Drakeforth Series, ‘Engines of Empathy’ and ‘Pisces of Fate’, and two new books in the series – the third titled ‘Time of Breath’, and the fourth is at the moment untitled. There may be more. A short, series-related fiction piece is included in this acquisition, and will be included with one of the novels.

IFWG considers this acquisition a coup and look forward to distributing it to all major English-speaking geographies. We will be publishing the first two books fairly rapidly in 2018 and then move on to the new titles soon thereafter.

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Paul Mannering

Paul Mannering is an award-winning writer of speculative fiction, comedy, horror and military action novels, short stories, radio plays and the occasional government report.

He lives in Wellington, New Zealand with his wife Damaris, and their two cats. Paul harbours a deep suspicion about asparagus and firmly believes we should all make an effort to be more courteous to cheese.

Find him online at:

Web: www.paulmannering.nz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NZPaulBooks/

Twitter: @paul_mannering

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Mannering/e/B005S9U43Q/

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New Release: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1

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It is with great pleasure that we announce the Australian release of Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1, edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequiera, and Bryce Stevens. It is the third title under our ‘Dark Phases’ title series, and the first of three volumes of Australian Lovecraftian short fiction.

The cover artwork and design is by Steve Santiago, no stranger to Mythos art, and who will also be doing the honours in Vols 2 and 3, which will be published in 2018 and 2019 respectively. We also have two fine internal pieces by Sarah Ellerton and the late, and great, Lindsay C. Walker (who we have dedicated this anthology to).

The Table of Contents is as follows:

Introduction by Ramsey Campbell
A Pearl Beyond Price by Janeen Webb
Haunting Matilda by Dmetri Kakmi
Wife to Mr Lovecraft by Lucy Sussex
Darkness Beyond by Jason Franks
The Diesel Pool by Kaaron Warren
Dreamgirl by Stephen Dedman
The Thing In the Bidet by William Tevelain
The Return Of… by Christopher Sequeira
The Elder Things by B. Michael Radburn
Vanguard by Aaron Sterns

We are just as excited to publish other great Australian writers in our later volumes.

Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1 should be available from all fine bricks and mortar, and online, bookstores – ask for it if they haven’t got it on their shelves. The anthology will be released in North America on the 1st December this year.

Stay tuned for news about the formal book launch early next year, which will be in Melbourne, where many of its authors reside.

New Signing: Remains by Andrew Cull

IFWG Australia is very pleased to announce acquisition of Andrew Cull’s horror novel, Remains, described best by one of our submission editors as “creepy as hell”. And creepy as hell it is, which is a major reason why it will be published in the latter half of 2018, aside from its well-crafted narrative.

We are pleased to close our imprint’s 2018 scheduled catalogue of titles with this dark piece, rounding the year nicely.

Andrew Cull

Andrew Cull is a writer and feature director. He wrote and directed the horror hit ‘The Possession of David O’Reilly’. He’s also credited with creating the first YouTube horror series (the Louise Paxton disappearance). Andrew has written for film, television and video games. He writes realistic, character driven horror that promotes suspense over gore

Book Launch: The Grief Hole Illustrated by Keely Van Order

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Keely Van Order‘s sketchbook companion to Kaaron Warren‘s masterpiece of dark fiction, The Grief Hole, is a unique work – as Nick Stathopolous stated, “It’s not often we are granted the opportunity to take a peek into an artist’s process, especially in such a handsome format.” And handsome indeed – the artwork is extensive and includes concepts left out of Kaaron’s book for space reasons, as well as variations and continuums of those that ended up in. 78 pages of it. Nick states, “When illustrating a manuscript, an artist doesn’t casually read it. They diligently scour every word to find those key pivotal moments that have the highest emotional and visual impact. As you turn every page of this portfolio, you can see Keely immersing herself in Kaaron’s bleak world, where each word takes on a deeper meaning, evoking a mood, stimulating the possibility of a visual interpretation. This level of engagement makes for great art.”

We are proud to announce that Keely’s magnificent book is to be finally Launched at Conflux in Canberra, at 5.30pm on Sunday 1st October. If you are in the area, or attending, we would recommend you to come along. The book will be for sale, as well as artwork direct from the artist. Refreshments will be available.

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The map to the Grief Hole

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