New Acquisition: Masters of Scent trilogy by Michael B Fletcher

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Tasmania-based Michael B Fletcher’s fantasy trilogy, Masters of Scent. “We’ve had a long-association with Michael,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “as we had the pleasure of publishing his collection of fantasy short fiction, Kings of Undercastle. This time, we have a significant body of work with a unique take on epic fantasy. We very much look forward to releasing these three books, starting with Masters of Scent.”

Michael B Fletcher is a writer of adult and YA speculative fiction including fantasy, science fiction and horror. His first book Kings of Under-Castle, an anthology of humorous adventures featuring two rogues who live in the drains under a medieval castle, was published by IFWG  Publishing Australia in 2013. 

Fletcher has published over eighty short stories, many with a ‘dark’ or horror bent, in magazines and anthologies in Australia, USA and the UK. 

The first book of Masters of Scent was previously short-listed in the Australian Olvar Wood Foundation Awards. 

Fletcher has also co-authored two books with other authors. Kat, a YA Science Fiction is currently being assessed for potential publication, while Mont of Siroc, a YA Fantasy is yet to be submitted.  He is a member of a group of published Tasmanian writers who meet monthly to provide a supportive environment and hone their writing skills

Masters of Scent (book 1) will be released world-wide late in 2022.

New Two-Book Deal: The Salt Lines Duology by Nathan Burrage

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Sydney-based Nathan Burrage’s two books that comprise The Salt Lines duology. “We were fortunate to sign up Burrage’s short fiction collection a few months ago,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and we are now doubly-fortunate to pick up his historical fantasy manuscripts. This is a testament to his writing prowess, and we are delighted to showcase his skills and talent over the three releases in 2022 and 2023.”

July 1099: sweltering in the merciless heat, the desperate survivors of the First Crusade finally breach the walls of Jerusalem. Concealed within the ranks of Godefroi de Bouillon’s army are members of a secret fraternity called the Salt Lines. Pursuing an artefact that pre-dates even King Solomon, the Salt Lines are willing to sacrifice everything Godefroi values to gain possession of it: the lives of his closest confidants, the only woman he has ever loved, even his very soul.

October 1307: when Bertrand de Châtillon-sur-Seine finally bowed to his family’s will and joined the Brotherhood of the Temple of Solomon, no one expected the brutal suppression of the Order that followed. Thrown into a violent and desperate search for an object known only as ‘the keystone’, Bertrand unwittingly becomes the only person who can safely lay it to rest. But can he resist its temptations whilst eluding the agents of the man who stands behind the French throne?

With the veil of secrecy in tatters, truth has become the most dangerous possession of all.

Nathan Burrage lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of FIVEFOLD, a supernatural thriller first published by Random House Australia, and subsequently translated into Russian as Code Kabbalah

In 2005, Nathan graduated from Clarion South, an intensive, six-week residential writing program based on the famous workshops of the same name in the US. In 2011, he co-convened the Aurealis Awards in Sydney and remained part of the Organising Committee in 2012 and 2013.

Nathan has over twenty-five short story credits and has been shortlisted for both the Aurealis Awards and the Ditmar Awards. His short story collection—Almost Human—will be released by IFWG in the last quarter of 2022.

Infrequent transmissions can be intercepted at www.nathanburrage.com

Book 1 of The Salt Lines will be released world-wide late in 2022/23 – stay tuned for more details.

New Acquisition: The Turning Of The Seasons – A Dark Almanac by J.S. Breukelaar & Sebastien Doubinsky

It is with great excitement that IFWG can now announce the acquisition of a collection of fiction and poetry by J.S. Breukelaar and Sebastien Doubinsky, titled The Turning Of The Seasons – A Dark Almanac. This is a truly international collaboration and both authors are highly respected in the speculative fiction community.

Seasons have always been connected with the passing of time and the changes of life, inspiring myths, folklore, poems and songs. In this short collection award-winning J.S. Breukelaar and Seb Doubinsky have decided to pay tribute to the old tradition of yearly almanacs, which contained short pieces of lore and traditions. Keeping with the short format, they have renewed the genre by infusing it with a modern day setting, pushing the boundaries of the folk-horror uncanny into the borders of our cities. A succession of disturbing stories and vignettes, sometimes poetic, sometimes funny, but always gruesome, The Turning Of The Seasons will surely be an almanac you will never forget.

J.S. Breukelaar is the author of Collision: Stories, which was shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson Award, and won the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards for Best Collection, 2020. Her previous novels are the Aurealis-nominated Aletheia, and American Monster, a Wonderland Award finalist. Her new novel, The Bridge is scheduled for early 2021. She has published stories, poems and essays in publications such as Gamut, Black Static, Unnerving, Lightspeed, Lamplight, Juked,  and anthologised in Tiny Nightmares, Gordon Van Gelder’s,  Welcome to Dystopia, and Years Best Horror and Fantasy 2019. A columnist and regular instructor of Weird Writing at LitReactor.com and elsewhere, she currently lives in Sydney, Australia with her family, and you can also find her at www.thelivingsuitcase.com and twitter.com/jsbreukelaar.

Seb Doubinsky is a bilingual French dystopian writer and poet. He is the author, among others, of The Babylonian TrilogyThe Song Of SynthWhite City, Missing Signal and The Invisible. His novels are set in a city-states parallel universe which mirrors our own. His novel, Missing Signal, published by Meerkat Press, won the Bronze Foreword Reviews Award in the sci-fi category. He lives in Denmark with his family and teaches literature, history and culture in the French department of Aarhus University.

The Turning Of The Seasons – A Dark Almanac will be released in 2022 as part of IFWG’s well-received Chapbook series.

Book Deal: The Carbonite’s Daughter by Deryn Pittar

IFWG is very happy to announce the acquisition to the rights of New Zealand author, Deryn Pittar’s science fiction/post-apocalyptic novel, The Carbonite’s Daughter. “IFWG had the pleasure of publishing a short story version of the story by Pittar in SQ Mag some years ago,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and yes, there is certainly precedent for expanded stories to end up magnificent works, and achieving success. We believe The Carbonite’s Daughter is one such work. We are over the moon.”

IFWG has had a long standing relationship with the New Zealand speculative fiction writing community, and this work will add to this strong set of partnerships. Notwithstanding these trying times, IFWG believes that this work will be released in Q4 of 2021.

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Deryn Pittar

Deryn Pittar has published Sci-Fi., fantasy, futuristic and contemporary romance, loves writing short and flash fiction, and is an occasional poet. She belongs to SpecFicNZ, and the Romance Writers of N.Z. She reads and critiques for fellow authors and listens to their advice in return.

In 2020 she gained fourth equal with her sestina ‘Australia’ in the Frank DiBase International Poetry contest.

Her dragon novel Lutapolii – White Dragon of the South is a prize-winning fantasy, winning a Sir Julius Vogel Award at Geysercon in 2019 for Best Young Adult published in 2018. She also won the short fiction contest at Geysercon with ‘Hendrik’s Pet’.

In 2016 she won a Steam Punk fiction prize with her short story ‘The Carbonite’s Daughter’, which became the inspiration for her novel of the same name.

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This is a novel of life in New Zealand when scattered populations in the Southern Hemisphere have survived world-wide destruction from a nuclear war. A collection of small communities survive in a maze of tunnels within the Southern Alps. They are connected by a railway which runs between Queenstown and Wanaka in the south, to Arthur’s Pass in the north. The southern towns under the Dome provide interludes of sunshine and natural living for those in the tunnels who have earned it.

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Being the daughter of a Carbonite isn’t easy. Calista is a breeder and to continue to enjoy her status she has to play her part: a third insemination looms. She doesn’t want another child and life is boring.

Then her father returns, not at all dead as assumed by the authorities. He wants her to join him outside, to see the world and learn to live.

She has a choice. Her father says:  ‘to lead or to breed’.

Her journey into the unknown begins. Fear, created by the lies she’d been fed, feels overwhelming and confusing, but slowly she acquires new skills, grows braver – and then begins to make her own decisions; some good, some not so good. But the Mic’s (Men In Charge) are not happy that she has left and send scouts to find her and bring her back to the tunnels.

Who wins in this battle over what is right and what is wrong with the world? And who cares what Calista thinks?

New Acquisition: The Wildcard by Kathryn Hore

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Kathryn Hore’s thriller, The Wildcard. “Kathryn is an excellent speculative fiction writer,” said IFWG Managing Director, Gerry Huntman, “and we couldn’t look past this exceptional thriller piece, despite it being outside our mainstream brand. Kathryn spins an amazing story in her debut novel, of intrigue and underworld card playing taken way too far.”

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Kathryn is a Melbourne writer of speculative and thriller fiction, who enjoys blending dark genres in twisting ways, often throwing in a dash of romance for good measure. Her short fiction has been published in an number of magazines, including Aurealis, Midnight Echo and The Crime Factory, and anthologies such as Transcendent (Transmundane Press), Dead of Night (AHWA), Beautiful Lies Painful Truths (Left Hand Publishers) and Hear Me Roar (Ticonderoga Publications). When not writing she works in information management, archives and libraries, and has a couple of small children to keep her busy. You can find her on her website www.letmedigress.com, or catch her on the usual social media haunts as @kahmelb.

The Wildcard:

Jem doesn’t do risk. He doesn’t play games with chance. At least not until his ex-girlfriend shows up on his doorstop in tears and tricks him into signing for an impossible debt.

Thrust into an underworld of card players who bet anything they can think of – favours, information, secrets, even coffee – Jem has to figure his way out of a debt he doesn’t understand, in a world where the rules are twisting, complex and never explained. Relying only on a woman who plays life like she plays a game of poker, and drawn to a young man who offers temptations Jem’s not sure he can trust, there is only one thing he is clear on: the consequences of losing in this crowd. Because the last guy to owe a debt like his was just found floating face down in the ocean, and if Jem doesn’t sort this out fast, he could be next.

The Wildcard will be published in late 2020/early 2021.

New Acquisition: Metamorphosis by Claire Fitzpatrick

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IFWG is pleased to announce the acquisition of a collection of new and reprint short fiction by notable Queensland horror author, and body-horror specialist, Claire Fitzpatrick. “We are doubly happy with this contract signing,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “as the collection is a strong one with a firm, niche voice in the horror field, and we have observed Claire’s rapid rise in the horror field in this region, and we gladly want to be part of her journey into the international arena.”

We expect Metamorphosis to be released in Q2 2019.

Welcome aboard, Claire!