News: The Grief Hole Wins Best Horror Novel Category in 2016 Aurealis Awards

We in IFWG are over the moon on just now finding out that Kaaron Warren‘s The Grief Hole has won the Best Horror Novel category in the 2016 Aurealis Awards. Congratulations to all the winners, all the short listed work, but special congratulations to Kaaron on her award.

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The judges stated that The Grief Hole “…is an intelligent, haunting and exquisitely horrific novel that unanimously and unequivocally impressed the entire panel in all areas of the judging criteria, and which will no doubt become a highly regarded touchstone of Australian horror.”

Again, we would like to also thank the book’s editor, Sophie Yorkston, and artist, Keely Van Order, for the significant contribution to the product as a whole.

News: Printer Partnership in New Zealand

After some time, including negotiation, IFWG Publishing Australia is very pleased to announce forming a partnership with a New Zealand printer: Print House Ltd, based in Hamilton.

We have had a long association with excellent writers and editors in New Zealand, and have already published work by New Zealanders Jan Goldie (author) and Frances Hutt (artist/illustrator) over recent years. As we are doubling our number this year (adding authors Ali Foster and Barbara Howe), we knew it was time to build our business in New Zealand, and to offer our titles at sensible and competitive retail prices.

We are still working on a distributor, but we have now a solid, exclusive relationship with Print House Ltd, and very soon several print runs will be made (with special attention to get copy for Lexicon in less than a few months).

Stay tuned for more exciting news about our ventures in New Zealand.

News: Cthulhu: Deep Down Under publishing rights acquired

We are very excited by this acquisition – a while back Christopher Sequeira, Bryce Stevens and Steve Proposch (respected dark fiction editors) put out a boutique title called Cthulhu: Deep Down Under, an anthology that acquired Mythos-based stories from many of Australia’s dark fiction luminaries. The excellent front cover is directly below.

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The acquisition encompasses the following pertinent arrangements for full publication:

  1. IFWG Publishing Australia will publish Cthulhu: Deep Down Under in three volumes over a roughly 36 month period.
  2. Volume 1 will be published late 2017 or very early 2018.
  3. The editors will work with the publisher to acquire additional stories by other talented authors.
  4. The list of authors and their stories will be finalised (including which volumes they are published in) in good time – we are currently sorting appropriate legals with existing authors.
  5. All volumes will have different covers to the wonderful design above, but are likely to be closely related, to reflect the continuity and evolution of these projects.

We have much more to reveal but it will need to wait – we believe this is a great project and will elevate Australian Lovecraftian fiction internationally. IFWG Publishing Australia very much looks forward to working closely with the editors.

Here is a link with some bio information on the editors.

News: The Grief Hole Wins Australia’s Premier Horror Literature Award

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It is with pride and joy that we can announce that Kaaron Warren‘s The Grief Hole has won the Best Novel category of the 2016 Australian Shadows Awards – Australia’s (and beyond) most reliable awards for quality horror and dark fiction. The Grief Hole was a special project for the IFWG team, and a great deal of hard work was put into it – Keely Van Order and her wonderful artwork, Sophie Yorkston for her quality editing, and of course, the actual winner – Kaaron Warren. Congratulations to Kaaron and the team, as well as the other winners and short listed authors in this year’s awards.

 

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.

Sneak Preview: The Rejects by Ali Foster

IFWG Publishing (Australia and International) prides itself for its juvenile and young teen titles, and recently we have won some significant adulation in this field – The Smoking Mirror‘s ALA Belpre Award honor title comes to mind, as well as the Brumbies series.

Keeping this in mind, and also adding our significant effort to have a strong presence in the New Zealand market, we want to share with you the beautiful cover for The Rejects by Ali Foster (Book 1 of the Ginomees Trilogy). New Zealand artist and designer Cheryl Smith created a wonderful cover capturing the characters in Ali’s book, and it also has vibrant colours – well suited to the 8-10 year old reader market (and all the way to adult, mind you).

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“We’re ginomees, it says so right here. Look! G-N-O-M-E-S spells ginomees!”

A group of discarded garden ginomees turn their backs on the boredom of a lifetime in the garden and set out in search of adventure. When a good deed goes wrong, Noname and his friend Flutey are forced to fly over the Tripletoe Mountains to win back the hats stolen by a band of wild ginomees.

The Rejects will be released on 1 May 2017 and will be available from all good bookstores, electronic and print.