New Release: Star Quake 4, SQ Mag’s Best of 2015

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IFWG Publishing Australia is pleased to announce the release of Star Quake 4: SQ Mag’s Best of 2015, edited by award winning editor, Sophie Yorkston. It is regretful that we had to publish this anthology so late, but we believe it is worth the wait. Like previous volumes, we have distilled the very best of SQ Mag for 2015, including authors such as Laird Barron, Gary McMahon, and Angela Slatter – to mention just a few of the 20 story line up.

The cover design is a wonderful collaboration between designer Elizabeth Lang and artist Christian Scott Chatman (which graced the cover of SQ Mag Edition 18).

Here’s the TOC:

A Song for First Hours by Kirstyn McDermott
The Carbonite’s Daughter by Deryn Pittar
Florist by M. B. Vujačić
Three Trophies by S.G. Larner
Car Trip Bingo by Eric J. Guinard
Girls Gun by Clint Spivey
Night Blooming by Jason Nahrung
Husk and Sheaf by Suzanne J. Willis
The Smell of Wet Grass by Lee Battersby
Trial By Fire by Richard Zwicker
Ears Prick Up by Laird Barron
Unicorn Meat by Gary McMahon
Bluebeard’s Daughter by Angela Slatter
Stairwell by Ron Riekki
Home Delivery by Michelle Jager
Rainbows and Death Machines by JB Rockwell
The Drummers of Po Chu by Michael Anthony
All the Answers by Peter Medeiros
The Guardian of the Mountain by Erin Gitchell
Eve of the White Moon by Deborah Walker

The eBook versions will be released within a week, and the print edition will appear in all good online bookstores worldwide, in coming days. In the meantime, you can purchase the print edition directly from the publisher.

News: Star Quake 3 Is Now Published

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Star Quake 3, the third ‘best of SQ Mag’ annual anthology is now published and will soon be available at all good online print and ebook stores. For those who can’t wait, and want a better deal for trade paperback, you can visit our shop and purchase a copy (or more) and read some of the finest writers in speculative fiction in the comfort of your chairs in January.

Star Quake is a must buy for discerning genre readers.

Here’s the table of contents:

Hunting the Sky Gods by Meryl Stenhouse
Inside Ferndale by Lee Murray
Stills by Jeremy C. Shipp
Shutter Blind by Jackie Neel
Tread Upon the Brittle Shell by Rhoads Brazos
The Darkness in Clara by Alan Baxter
Eleanor Atkins is Dead and her House is Boarded Up by Kaaron Warren
Chasing the Storm by S.G. Larner
Girl in the Glass Bottle by Brian G. Ross
Like Bread by Patricia Russo
Running Shoes by Ken Liu
The Bush Bride of Badgery Hollow by Angie Rega
The Tyranny Of Distance by Sean Williams
How Far Will You Go by Carl Alves
Black Smoker Hero by Rachel Acks
Butterfly Knife by Recle Vibal
Bones by Michelle Jager
Keeping an Open Mind by Dan Rabarts
To Brave the Mountains by David Bowles
Keep the Water Out by Mitchell Edgeworth

Contributors can expect their author copies to turn up in January 2016.

Sneek Peek: Cover and TOC reveal of Star Quake 2

Over here in IFWG Publishing Australia, we are excited about the imminent release of Star Quake 2, our second annual ‘best of SQ Mag’ anthology.

A particular highlight is the cover. Our practice – and now it is a tradition – is to pick one of the best suited SQ Mag covers of the same year that covers fiction, and turn it into the anthology cover – makes sense, because it is also a ‘best of’, so to speak, and it is great to also publish in print at least one of the fantastic designs/artwork we commission. Last year Jeffery Doherty created a memorably spooky cover and it was chosen for the 2012 Star Quake edition, and this year we have chosen Steve G Santiago’s colourful, evocative depiction of a kick-ass female – in spirit with the 2013 May edition that was devoted to women in speculative fiction.

The field of stories we had to choose from were challenging, as so many stories were good. Sophie Yorkston, Editor in Chief of SQ Mag, and appropriately editor of Star Quake 2, worked long and hard to come up with the final 16 stories. It is no coincidence that the feature stories of the Women in Speculative Fiction edition were chosen for inclusion, due to their excellence, and by proxy they also deserve their feature status on the cover of the anthology.

Without further ado, here is the cover and the TOC:

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Table of Contents

A Man and His Parasite by Cat Rambo
Fairest Fowl by J.B. Rockwell
Born Again by Nu Yang
Chinaman’s Bluff by Cat Sparks
Flagman by Jim Lee
Shoe Shine by Robert Datson
Surface Stars by Hanson Hovell Holladay
Intangible by A.A. Garrison
The Visiphorical Art by Michelle Ann King
Digging in the Deep by Tonia Brown
Digital Reflections by Kevin Rainak
Cattails by A.P. Sessler
Strike Day by Marie DesJardin
Tea in the Secret Garden by Emma Newman
Faye’s Diner by J.T. Seate
The Poet and the Lily by Julia August
Endangered Species X by Guy Prevost

News: TOC For Forthcoming Star Quake 2 Anthology

We are pleased to announce that Star Quake 2 will be publishing in the next few weeks, and to give you a taste of what we are including, the following is our Table of Contents:

  • A Man and His Parasite by Cat Rambo
  • Fairest Fowl by J.B. Rockwell
  • Born Again by Nu Yang
  • Chinaman’s Bluff by Cat Sparks
  • Flagman by Jim Lee
  • Shoe Shine by Robert Datson
  • Surface Stars by Hanson Hovell Holladay
  • Intangible by A.A. Garrison (novella)
  • The Visiphorical Art by Michelle Ann King
  • Digging in the Deep by Tonia Brown
  • Digital Reflections by Kevin Rainak
  • Cattails by A.P. Sessler
  • Strike Day by Marie DesJardin
  • Tea in the Secret Garden by Emma Newman
  • Faye’s Diner by J.T. Seate
  • The Poet and the Lily by Julia August
  • Endangered Species X by Guy Prevost

This is always a hard job, as 2013 saw SQ Mag produce a great number of quality pieces of fiction, and we applaud Sophie Yorkston, editor, for doing, yet again, an exemplary job.