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.

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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.

 

 

 

News: Successful Official Hobart Launch of Intimations of Evil

The official Hobart launch of Cary J. Lenehan’s epic fantasy novel, Intimations of Evil, was held on Thursday evening 2 December 2015 with a great turnout at  Amor Bar on Elizabeth Street. It would be easier for Cary to recount the event:

During the afternoon our house began to resemble a CWA kitchen as four trays of quartered sandwiches were assembled. It had started in earnest. The launch was happening. At 4.30 I realised that I had not yet picked up the business cards from Xerox. Why was I just sitting around answering queries on the Book of Face? Into the car, get those, to our son, Brenden’s place to get him and he is playing World of Warcraft (bloody geeks), to Woolworths to pick up some more nibbles – four trays of them and then to pick up my mother. To her, as to me, it is still not real. Her son is actually a real author and her friends want to buy books because they like the cover art (as do I – good choice of artist by Gerry at IFWG).

We arrive at Amor Bar at 5.45. We said 6pm, but there are already people moving around. Is everyone early? Is this all that will come? I set up the banner with the cover on it. It stands taller than I do and looks great. Marjorie and Alice already are setting up a sales table and people are buying books and wanting me to sign them. Out goes the first food. I know my customers. Quite a few are students or not far removed from it and so hunger is never far away. The serious bit of greeting people and thanking them begins. I get given a martinus (my first Manhattan for years). Coffee and drinks are being bought and it looks like the bar is adding people behind it. How Irish to launch a book in a bar. I am sure that James Joyce is smiling at me. I might even write a limerick.

It is 6.15 and I give a short speech. It may be hard to believe, but I am nervous and someone asks me to speak up. Because we hurried things to get the book out well before Christmas we ended up with only me to launch my own book. It was unusual, but it seems to have worked. At any rate the applause was a little louder than polite. Looking around some people I was expecting to see were not there and there are quite few that I have no idea about. The room seems fairly full.

Time to sit and start signing books. I apologise for the wobbly signatures, but it was a new experience for me and hard to think of something individual to put down to make it more memorable for people. The attendees vary from a person I have known since she was in pre-school with my daughter to people I have only ever met on Facebook. My favourite surprise was a chap who was dining with his wife next door and, looking for a drink after, wandered in. They heard the speech and decided that they wanted a book. A couple of people have bought it as a Kindle and already read it. They love it so much they want signed copies. To me, as someone that has been a fan most of their life, that is way cool. My first drink finished I have the rest of a martini and then something called a Monkey Wrench (I think). Once we account for pre-orders, we are out of books and need to order more. That has to be counted as a good night for a new author. Add in that we have been in the top 10% of Kindle sales on Amazon most of the time since the book came out and I thing that we may have done something right.

I sit and talk about the book with people and how it came to be. Drop hints about the series without revealing key plot details. Talk about gaming and my background as people ask questions. I could get used to this. We continued talking (and drinking) well into the night. All the food (8 large platters) is gone. There were still quite a number of younger ones looking to make a night of it. The bar has never had a book launch before (and the staff bought books) and they are not normally open on Thursdays. They already want us back next year for volume two.

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 Below are a sample of photographs taken at the event (permission granted from Wendy Calabria and Cary J. Lenehan).

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It started with receiving a few boxes of books…

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Banner at Amor Bar

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Getting to the books…

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The speech

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Book signing – very casual

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Happy fans!

News: Successful Official Sydney Launch of Peripheral Visions

Sydney’s official launch of Robert Hood’s definitive ghost collection, Peripheral Visions, was held on Thursday evening 16 July 2015 with a great turnout at Kinokuniya Bookshop on George Street. It was slickly supported by the excellent staff and owner of the bookshop, nibbles and drinks abounded, and Garth Nix did a fantastic job introducing Robert and Nick Stathopoulos, the great illustrator of the cloth bound edition. The bookstore staff set up a screen and an upgraded version of the Peripheral Visions book trailer ran on a continuous loop in the background, and that impressed all who attended. They even had two door prizes which comprised of (to quote Robert), “Minion carry-bags, each with a copy of Daikaiju! 3, a packet of jelly dinosaurs, and a skull shotglass… yes, you heard right…” All in all it was a great success, including the signing of a heap of books and a convivial atmosphere.

Robert’s description of the event says it all:

It was a terrific night in every way, and one the publisher, IFWG Australia, its Managing Director and Chief Editor Gerry Huntman and Marketing Officer Stephen McCracken should be very happy about, seeing the book they put a lot of faith and effort into being greeted with such good-will, enthusiasm and classiness. The staff of Kinokuniya were accommodating and endlessly helpful, the set-up was fab, and the audience a wonderful mob of well-wishers — great people. I thank you all for braving the weather and Sydney traffic to get there — and then for so many of you buying the book. I hope you enjoyed the night and will, given time to read those 823 pages, enjoy the book!

Special thanks to Garth Nix, who did a great job of introducing the book and sending it into the world in style; to Nick Stathopoulos, who had the good taste to agree to illustrate the book and the skill and artistry to produce such spectacularly fine work to make it look so special; and the fantastic Catriona Sparks, without whom the event would not have gone nearly so well. Cat organised both the catering (which was superb) and me (who can be rather vague, forgetful and disorganised — it’s just one of the many reasons I love you so much. You’re the best, Cat!)

Finally, thanks again to IFWG Australia Publishing for all their effort and support, and for producing such an excellent book — one I am very proud of.

Once again, thanks to all!

And thank you, Robert, for accepting our offer to publishing your amazing and comprehensive collection of work, and Nick Stathopoulos for accepting the commission for his outstanding cover and internal artwork. We echo Robert’s nod to Garth Nix, Cat Sparks and the staff and owner of Kinokuniya in Sydney, who helped make the official launch a great success.

Kinokuniya can be contacted via their website, www.kinokuniya.com.au.

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 Below are a sample of photographs taken at the event (permission granted from Catriona Sparks).

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Robert Hood, Nick Stathopoulos and Garth Nix

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Book Signing

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