New Release: The Five Star Republic, Book 1 of the City of the Sun trilogy

It is with great pleasure that IFWG Publishing announces the Australian, New Zealand, and UK/European release of The Five Star Republic by Janeen Webb and Andrew Enstice, the first instalment of their alt-history trilogy, City of the Sun. The print edition will be released in the US/Canada on 26th October 2021.

“IFWG has been waiting with anticipation for this day,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, “as it really is our flagship title for 2021. It has so much going for it: incredibly well researched in Australian/Victorian history, a delightful twist that sends it into ‘what if’ territory, the injection of solar technology (that actually existed in the nineteenth century), and a riveting, compelling storyline spanning generations. We jumped at purchasing the rights to this trilogy and we know it will be a hit among speculative readers and historical fiction readers alike.”

IFWG is also offering preorders for a limited signed edition of The Five Star Republic.

“Multigenerational, sweeping across three continents…Inventive and absorbing alternate history.” -Nancy Kress

The date is 1854. The place is the Australian goldfields in the British colony of Victoria-the richest prize on earth. The story begins with a stockade. The flag of independence is unfurled. Men driven beyond endurance take arms against British redcoats. At their forefront are two hundred Colt-wielding Americans, the California Rangers, led by the charismatic and idealistic Captain James McGill.

The stockade falls. The Rangers are scattered. But from the ashes will rise a new revolution-a revolution powered by the sun. And this one will not fail.

In the 19th century, just how close did we come to a world run on solar power? The Five Star Republic is history with a twist, the story of a world that might easily have been-the future you’ll wish we’d had.

“Original and enthralling…an alternate history imbued with hope and promise.” -Pamela Sargent

“Harry Turtledove fans are in for a treat…” -Publishers Weekly (US).

The Five Star Republic is available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores. The US and Canadian release of the book will occur on 26 October 2021.

New Release: The Stealthcat War

IFWG is excited to announce the world-wide release of Paula Boer‘s YA novel, The Stealthcat War, book 2 in her The Equinora Chronicles. “We are proud to release book 2,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “as it continues the story begun in The Bloodwolf War, and adds to the series’ wonderful world-building, in a universe where horses are sentient beings and unicorns absolutely exist.” The cover is masterfully rendered and designed by Steve Santiago.

When unnatural wildfires ravage the prairies, many of the horse herds and human clans are burnt. Precious warmblood mares disappear and mysterious stealthcats are killing foals, forcing a dying stallion to seek help from the guardian unicorns.

Following a confusing prophecy that threatens the whole world, Mystery, the youngest unicorn, is sent to solve the problem. But being of horse parents, Mystery is filled with doubt and scared he has no power. Nevertheless, accompanied by Laila, a young woman, and Meda, her healer dragon, he determines to confront whatever evil is behind the devastation.

The Stealthcat War is available now in all good print and ebook stores and online stores.

New Release: Stark Naked (illustrated poetry collection chapbook)

IFWG is very pleased to announce the UK/Australian release of Silvia Cantón Rondoni’s dark and intensely personal collection of poetry, Stark Naked.

“This is the third chapbook published by IFWG,” said Managing Director, Gerry Huntman, “and the first that has an exclusive focus on the poet’s personal life and journey. Silvia is a very talented poet, and is undeniably a new, notable talent in the Australian scene, and globally from the point of view of dark genres. Additionally, the injection of Silvia Nieto’s accomplished illustrations – both for the cover as well as internally – has made this project an enjoyable one indeed.”

Stark Naked is Silvia Cantón Rondoni’s intense personal journey. These reflections reveal her transition from childhood through grief and trauma, to the woman of resilience she is today. Illustrated by Silvia Nieto in close collaboration with the poet, her artwork adds visual soul and compliments a collection filled with raw emotion and brutal honesty.

Stark Naked is available now in all good print stores, bricks and mortar as well online. It is not available in ebook formats.

The chapbook will be released in North America on 14 June 2021.

New Release: Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies

IFWG is very excited to announce the release of its second of three new anthologies this year, Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies, edited by Deborah Sheldon. This is a particularly unique anthology for us, as it is the very first that is sourced from a fiction callout, with the exception of four commissioned pieces.

Some of our commissioned authors include Jack Dann, Kaaron Warren and Sean Williams, and we certainly attracted amazing additional talent from the Australian shores: Geraldine Borella, Renee De Visser, Jason Fischer, Tracie McBride, Rebecca Fraser, Gary Kemble, David Kuraria, Paul Mannering,  JM Merryt, Samantha Murray, Robyn O’Sullivan, Kat Pekin, Antoinette Rydyr, Charles Spiteri, HK Stubbs, Matt Tighe, Mark Towse, Ash Tudor, and Janeen Webb.

“This anthology is the culmination of a great deal of work,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG,” and Deb Sheldon has done an amazing job. It was her idea and we gladly played along – we were particularly attracted to the concept of an Australian Body Horror anthology, and yet elevated with a good dose of literary horror. Is this work disturbing? Definitely. But it is also amazingly thought-provoking.”

Kudos should also be given to Keely Van Order who was challenged to provide the artwork and design of our cover. All of us in IFWG certainly believe she nailed the brief.


A selection of the darkest Australian fiction.


Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies taps into anxieties, painful memories and nightmares. Here, your worst fears come true.


Penned by established authors and fresh new voices, these stories range from the gothic and phantasmagorical, through the demonic and supernatural, to the dystopian and sci-fi.


Prepare for a visceral, frightening read.


Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies is now available for purchase world-wide, through bricks and mortar stores and online, in print and ebook formats.

New Release: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 3

IFWG is proud to announce the release of the third and final volume in its Cthulhu Deep Down Under series, edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira and Bryce Stevens. We say ‘final volume’ but we aren’t necessarily holding to it: what we can say is that the series was conceptualised for three volumes, and we have delivered.

The publication of these three volumes was ambitious: we wanted to have as many of the talented Australian horror and weird fiction authors possible to contribute to Antipodean Lovecraftian fiction, and we believe we succeeded. We even had a small detour a few years ago publishing Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud and gathered a fine selection of New Zealand authors. This was a four-year journey (with a COVID-hiatus of one year thrown in), and it has been a great ride.

“Two things stand out in this final volume,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG. “Firstly, the title only has one reprint, so a lot of original content is contained between its covers. Secondly, along with a great introduction by Cat Rambo, we have a series closure essay by Jack Dann that deserves to be featured in itself. Bravo to all contributors!”

Finally, special mention should also be given to Steve Santiago, the cover designer for all three volumes and the New Zealand addition. For the three volumes we challenged him to present iconic Australian settings, and it ended up a great success: Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Australian outback, and in this final volume, the Daintree Rainforest.


In the story that first established the monstrous cosmic terrors of his Mythos writer H. P. Lovecraft said “We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity…” 

Which makes it all the more fitting that the adepts of Lovecraft’s vision writing today would choose to unveil ever-evolving and terrible fears besetting those that live on the largest island on the planet, and force the protagonists of some startling new horror fiction tales in this book to face, indeed, not placidity, but their own black seas of infinity…and madness.

Again, some of the greatest scribes of the weird and startling from the land down under bring you brand new stories in the Lovecraftian genre, taking you from the realms of contemporary Australian cities, to the blood-soaked, post-colonial past (touching the powerful original cultures of the land), and even hinting at the disturbing future of Terra Australis.

You will fear a sunburnt country.

Tales of terror by Alan Baxter, David Conyers, Julie Ditrich, Jason Fischer, Steve Kilbey, Steven Paulsen, Steve Proposch, Alf Simpson, Cat Sparks, Maurice Xanthos. Introduction by Cat Rambo and Afterword by Jack Dann.


Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 3 is now available in Australia, UK, Europe, and New Zealand in all good bookstores, bricks and mortar as well as online, print and ebook formats. It will be released in North America 30 June 2021.

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):