New Signing: Shadows on the Wall collection by Steven Paulsen

It is with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of publishing rights to Steven Paulsen’s dark and weird collection of short stories, Shadows on the Walls. The  collection contains stories from award winning anthologies, as well as original fiction. Original cover and internal art will be supplied by the Hugo and Oscar Award winning artist, Shaun Tan.

The collection is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2018.

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Photograph by Kirstyn McDermott

Steven Paulsen is an award-winning writer whose speculative fiction has appeared in publications around the world. His bestselling dark fantasy children’s book, The Stray Cat, illustrated by Shaun Tan, has seen publication in several English and foreign language editions. His short stories, which Jack Dann describes as rocket-fueled with narrative drive, have appeared in a variety of magazines and in anthologies such as Terror Australis, Strange Fruit, Cthulhu: Deep Down Under, Fantastic Worlds, The Cthulhu Cycle, and the World Fantasy Award winning Dreaming Down-Under.

Steven has also written extensively about Australian horror and fantasy for publications such as Eidolon, Interzone, Bloodsongs, Sirius, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, Fantasy Annual, The St James Guide to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers, and The Melbourne University Press Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. His interviews with Australian SF writers have been published in magazine and book form in Australia, UK, Europe and the USA.

Readers can find out more about Steven’s work at: www.stevenpaulsen.com

News: Cary Lenehan at AICon in Hobart, Tasmania

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Cary J Lenehan at AICon, Hobart

5-6 March saw the annual Tasmanian event of AICon in Hobart. It was a fun, largely anime-oriented event with lots of cosplay.

Cary Lenehan went along to promote the second book of the Warriors of Vhast series, ‘Engaging Evil’. Within a few minutes of the doors opening 3 books had been sold to people who had bought ‘Intimations of Evil’ the year before.

This was another successful outing for Cary who views local activity as being essential to developing and supporting his fan base – we wholeheartedly agree.

The Grief Hole: Special Limited Edition Offer

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Kaaron Warren’s masterpiece novel, The Grief Hole, will be released on 27th August 2016 in hardcover format, followed by the trade paperback a month later. Notably, IFWG Publishing Australia will produce 100 limited edition copies, signed by Kaaron Warren and Keely Van Order.

The cover and internal artwork is created by the very talented, Canberra-based artist, Keely Van Order.

Read the amazing review of The Grief Hole by Ginger Nuts of Horror.

You can now purchase this signed, limited edition through our pre-release order system, below.

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Kaaron Warren

From “White Bed”, her first published story, which appeared in a feminist horror anthology in 1993, Kaaron Warren has produced powerful, disturbing fiction.

With four novels and six short story collections in print, and close to two hundred short fiction sales, Warren’s award-winning fiction tackles the themes of obsession, murder, grief, despair, revenge, manipulation, death and sex.

Kaaron has won many awards such as the Shirley Jackson, Aurealis, Ditmar, Australian Shadows and ACT Writers and Publishers Awards for her novels and short fiction, including Slights, The Grinding House, Through Splintered Walls and the novella “Sky”. She’s lived in Melbourne, Sydney and Fiji and now in Canberra with her family.

The Grief House, published by IFWG Publishing Australia, is, using Kaaron’s own words, “my best yet”, and going by commentators in the industry, this is the case. IFWG Publishing chose to include her novel as part of their masterpiece series, Dark Phases.

The offer:

  • Limited to 100 copies.
  • Hardcover Book: 6.00″ x 9.00″ (156mm x 234mm), cream paper, plain cloth binding with spine imprint, and matte cover sleeve.
  • Six internal illustrations by Keely Van Order, including a frontispiece.
  • Each book will have a signature page (also illustrated/designed by Keely Van Order), signed by Kaaron Warren and Keely, and numbered from 1 to 100. The sequence number provided will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, although some numbers are reserved for purchasers of the first Dark Phases limited edition. There will never be any other signed limited editions produced for sale, beyond this 100.
  • This limited edition is the second of the elite, Dark Phases title series, and this allows those who pre-order Peripheral Visions the option of obtaining the limited, signed editions of future Dark Phases titles, with the same sequence number.
  • Each purchaser will also receive a small, hand-crafted gift by Kaaron Warren.
  • Special optional offer: IFWG was so impressed with the significant number of quality illustrations that formed the ‘mood work’ and options leading to the final product that they have decided to print for a limited time a hardcover ‘coffee table’ portfolio book, of approximately 75 pages of high bond colour pages. This book will contain all the illustrations Keely Van Order created, with notes on her journey to the Grief Hole, as well as excerpts from Kaaron Warren’s novel. This will be a very special work, worthy to accompany the Limited Edition The Grief Hole. This work will be released at the end of 2016 and will immediately be shipped to those who choose to take up this option, at a discount.

Orders (click links):


For Australian shipping addresses, the price for limited edition The Grief Hole only, is AU$59.95 (including shipping from September 2016).

For Australian shipping addresses, the price for the limited edition The Grief Hole plus the complementary art portfolio, is AU$98.95 (including shipping from September 2016 – and the portfolio from December 2016)

For Other countries shipping addresses, the price for the limited edition The Grief Hole, is US$69.95 (including shipping from September 2016).

For Other countries shipping addresses, the price for the limited edition The Grief Hole plus the complementary art portfolio, is US$99.95 (including shipping from September 2016 – and the portfolio from December 2016)


The limited edition The Grief Hole will only be available until 100 numbered copies are sold. In September 2016 all orders up to that month will be shipped, and further shipments will be made every two months until the 100 copies are sold. Keely Van Order’s portfolio will be shipped from December 2016 separately, and after that date, will be ordered immediately following the option being purchased.

All transactions will be processed through PayPal. Click the option above.

  1. Ensure your shipping information will be current for September 2016.
  2. You will receive an acknowledgement, with sequence number, by email, in addition to a PayPal receipt.
  3. If you want a particular number, mention it/them in the notes section of the PayPal order – noting that if they are not available, you will get the next available, starting from 1.

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eBook Preorders: The Grief Hole by Kaaron Warren

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Preorder channels are now open for the ebook formats of Kaaron Warren’s upcoming masterpiece, The Grief Hole. Available channels are as follows:

Amazon Kindle
Apple iBook
Barnes and Noble
Kobo

Books will be downloadable from 26 to 27th August 2016, depending on your geography.

Of course, if you want to preorder the more tangible trade paperback or clothbound editions, click here – you won’t be disappointed as Keely Van Order’s illustrations truly jump from the pages.

Finally, if you are interested in preordering the signed limited edition clothbound version of The Grief Hole, stay tuned for an announcement very soon – you will also be given the option for preordering the hardcover artist’s portfolio related to the project – something special indeed.


There are many grief holes.

There’s the grief hole you fall into when a loved one dies.

There’s another grief hole in all of us; small or large, it determines how much we want to live.

And there are the places, the physical grief holes, which attract suicides to their centre.

Sol Evictus, a powerful, charismatic singer, sends a young artist into The Grief Hole to capture the faces of the teenagers dying there. When she inevitably dies herself, her cousin Theresa resolves to stop this man so many love.

Theresa sees ghosts; she knows how you’ll die by the spirits haunting you. If you’ll drown, she’ll see drowned people. Most often she sees battered women, because she works to find emergency housing for abused women.

She sees no ghosts around Sol Evictus but she doesn’t let that stop her. Her passion to help, to be a saint, drives her to find a way to destroy him.


 “It takes a writer of Kaaron Warren’s talent and imagination to unflinchingly convey the horrors of the real world. The Grief Hole is one of the most effective and affecting ghost stories I’ve ever read.”

– Jeffrey Ford, multiple international award-winning fantasy author

Print Preorders: The Grief Hole by Kaaron Warren

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Kaaron Warren’s masterpiece of dark fantasy and horror, The Grief Hole, will be released and launched on 27 August 2016 (Australian Eastern Standard Time). IFWG Publishing Australia had offered preorders for both the Trade Paperback and Cloth Bound versions.

Trade Paperback offer has expired wef 20 September 2016 Australian Eastern Standard Time. Orders can be made from release day – 27th September 2016 Australian Eastern Standard Time.The Cloth Bound offer has expired wef COB 20th August 2016 Australian Eastern Standard Time. Orders can be made from 27th August 2016 Australian Eastern Standard Time.


There are many grief holes.

There’s the grief hole you fall into when a loved one dies.

There’s another grief hole in all of us; small or large, it determines how much we want to live.

And there are the places, the physical grief holes, which attract suicides to their centre.

Sol Evictus, a powerful, charismatic singer, sends a young artist into The Grief Hole to capture the faces of the teenagers dying there. When she inevitably dies herself, her cousin Theresa resolves to stop this man so many love.

Theresa sees ghosts; she knows how you’ll die by the spirits haunting you. If you’ll drown, she’ll see drowned people. Most often she sees battered women, because she works to find emergency housing for abused women.

She sees no ghosts around Sol Evictus but she doesn’t let that stop her. Her passion to help, to be a saint, drives her to find a way to destroy him.


 “It takes a writer of Kaaron Warren’s talent and imagination to unflinchingly convey the horrors of the real world. The Grief Hole is one of the most effective and affecting ghost stories I’ve ever read.”

– Jeffrey Ford, multiple international award-winning fantasy author

Read the first review of The Grief Hole by Ginger Nuts of Horror.

News: What Has Been Said of Kaaron Warren’s Upcoming Novel, The Grief Hole

IFWG Publishing Australia has attracted interest far and wide for Kaaron Warren’s upcoming novel, The Grief Hole. A select number of well known writers have had the opportunity to read it, and the following are some of their statements.

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“The Grief Hole is a tour-de-force of personal despair and abject horror. Restrained yet horrific, and brushing up against the kind of themes polite society rarely wants to discuss. But at its heart there is a small, bright spark of hope.”

– Gary McMahon, award winning novelist and short fiction writer in horror

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“The Grief Hole, like all Kaaron Warren’s horror fiction, has a particular nightmare flavour. On one level it’s a pure, anguished howl against the exploitation and abuse of the powerless. On another it’s like The Slap with added bamboo under the fingernails. Ghosts weep and grotesques loom against a cruelly barren, detritus-littered suburban background. You wouldn’t trust half these characters as far as you could throw them, and the other half you wouldn’t want to be. But beneath their machinations runs a continuous trickle of laughter so faint it might be pity, it might be inky tears. You can’t help but follow them, full of dread, into the darkness.”

– Margo Lanagan, best selling author and prize winner in speculative fiction

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“The Grief Hole is a gripping journey to a very dark place indeed. Psychologically devastating, resonant with references to art and mythology, tightly plotted and with a climax that will haunt you for a long, long time, this is Warren at her finest. Few people have thought so subtly about the true nature of despair and the precise contours of evil. An unforgettable read.”

– Melinda Smith, Prime Minister’s Prize for Poetry Award Winner

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“Kaaron Warren’s THE GRIEF HOLE is a powerhouse of a novel; creepy, disturbing, and genuinely moving. Theresa’s interventions and, of course, the devastating aftermaths will haunt you long after you finish this book.”

– Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock

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“It takes a writer of Kaaron Warren’s talent and imagination to unflinchingly convey the horrors of the real world. The Grief Hole is one of the most effective and affecting ghost stories I’ve ever read.”

– Jeffrey Ford, multiple international award-winning fantasy author

The Grief Hole will be released on the 27th August 2016.