New Release: The Years of the Wolf by Craig Cormick

IFWG Publishing relishes experimentation – something different, something controversial, something that raises the eyebrows, and it is with great pleasure that we announce the release of Craig Cormick‘s newest novel, The Years of the Wolf.

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The novel is a murder mystery that looks not just at the way that internment brutalises and dehumanises people – as we have seen in contemporary internment – but the lengths that people will go to, to create fantasy worlds less hostile to them.

The book is set in the old prison at Trial Bay near Kempsey in northern New South Wales, whose ruins still remain, that housed over 500 civilian internees between 1915 and 1918.

Craig Cormick said, “We know that war leads to extreme circumstances, and that internment leads to extreme behaviours – taken together the German civilian internees in Australia created a strange fantasy world of Alpine village huts and German theatre – with men by necessity playing the roles of women.”

“Photos of the time – used in the book – show seductive middle eastern dancers and genteel ladies – who were actually the men’s cell mates, which meant things were bound to get a little strange.”

The murder mystery in the book is underpinned by racial tensions, inner-camp factional tensions and sexual tensions.

“Beyond the entertainment of the story, as we reach the end of the 100thanniversary of the First World War, we should remember the impacts of the war on those who have largely been written out of histories of the war,” he said.

“German internees were treated appallingly amongst the anti-German hysteria of the times and despite many of them having lived in Australia for many years, or married Australians, most were sent back to Germany at the end of the war. The story certainly resonates with contemporary attitudes to internees.”

Craig Cormick’s previous writing awards include a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, the ACT Book of the Year Award, a Victorian Community History Award and the Tasmanian Writer’s Prize.

The Years of the Wolf is now available in all good Australian, UK and NZ bookstores, in print and ebook formats, and will be released in North America November 20th. The novel contains photographs of the internees and internment camp.

New Release: Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud

It is with great pride that IFWG announces the release of Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud, a Lovecraftian anthology of short fiction by New Zealand authors.

“IFWG Publishing Australia has published two Australian volumes in the Cthulhu Deep Down Under series, with a third coming in 2019,” stated Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “but I had the privilege and opportunity to meet and befriend a lot of talented dark and weird fiction writers in New Zealand, and it made a lot of sense to publish an anthology of Mythos fiction from a land referenced so vividly by Lovecraft. This is the exciting culmination of that idea.”

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New Zealand—Aotearoa—Land of the Long White Cloud: the island remnants of the sunken continent of Zealandia. With its boiling geysers, active volcanoes, earthquakes, deep water fjords and lush forests of fern, these are realms once home to forgotten creatures like the giant Moa bird Dinornis. But there is something else…

In this collection we find an Aotearoa with the proud history, myths, and legends of the Māori, and the impacts of the white settler’s later presence, and the blended society that encompasses both, but we see the shadow of other things.

Herein lies the cosmic horror of the Old Ones of the Cthulhu Mythos in an anthology featuring Lovecraftian tales from some of New Zealand’s finest speculative fiction writers.

Stay brave. Because here there be monsters.

Tales of terror by:
Debbie & Matt Cowens
J. C. Hart
David Kuraria
Tracie McBride
Paul Mannering
Lee Murray
Jane Percival
Dan Rabarts
Grant Stone
Lucy Sussex
Marty Young

Introduction by Kaaron Warren.

Cover art and design by Steve Santiago, and skilfully edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira, and Bryce Stevens.

Print and Kindle versions available now, except in North America (released in November 2018).

Preorder/Early Sale Offer: Contrition by Deborah Sheldon

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Deborah Sheldon‘s new, confronting horror novel, Contrition will be released on 3 September 2018 in Australia/UK and New Zealand, and for a short time IFWG will make direct sales. North American release will occur in November.

PREORDERS HAVE NOW CEASED

In her late teens, Meredith Berg-Olsen had all the makings of a runway model. Now in her late forties, after everything she had been through – including horrors that John could only guess at – she looked bloodless instead of pale, skeletal instead of slender, more dead than alive.

John Penrose has two secrets. One is the flatmate he keeps hidden from the world: his high-school sweetheart, Meredith. His other secret is the reason he feels compelled to look after her.

Contrition is a horror story with noir undertones and an atmosphere of mounting dread. .

 

Cover Reveal: Clearing the Web by Cary J Lenehan

It is with pleasure that we reveal the spectacular artwork and design of Clearing the Web, Book 2 of the high fantasy Warriors of Vhast series by Cary J Lenehan. The artwork/design is by Catherine Archer-Wills.

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The title will be released in coming months… stay tuned.

For those who aren’t familiar with the series, click on the following covers:

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New Release: Olivia Stone and the Dread of the Dreamers, by Jeffery E Doherty

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IFWG is excited to announce the Australian/UK/NZ release of Olivia Stone and the Dread of the Dreamers,  by Jeffery E Doherty. It is Book 2 in his young teen Guardians of St. Giles series, a wonderful, dark adventure series centred on Olivia Stone, a teenager who is blessed – and cursed – with her blood being mixed with that of a Grotesque.

“I don’t like spiders…they give me the shivers.” Olivia shudders to prove her point.

Dreamweavers feed on the dread and despair of their victims. To help Yip stop their nightmarish infestation of the city, Olivia has to prowl dark streets, brave the boy’s toilet, and break into the old Haven Asylum.

She must face her greatest fear, the mother of all spiders, if she has any hope of saving her friend, Emmett.

Olivia Stone and the Dread of the Dreamers is now available for sale in all good print and online stores.

For those of you who haven’t read the Guardian of St. Giles series, a good place is to start with Olivia Stone and the Trouble With Trixies.

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Preorder Offer: The Years of the Wolf by Craig Cormick

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Craig Cormick‘s new historical/mystery novel, The Years of the Wolf, will be released on 29 September 2018, but for a short time those who want the book early can preorder it.

PREORDER PERIOD HAS NOW EXPIRED.

This story begins with a murder. A German internee is found dead inside a civilian internment camp during World War One, and one young internee, Arno Friedrich, determines to find the killer. But the more he probes into the lives of his fellow internees the more he discovers that little within the old stone prison is as he had imagined. He finds that the Germanic facades and fantasies the men construct hide secrets within secrets. And a killer.