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.

News: Value Add to Robert Hood’s Peripheral Visions Limited Signed Edition

We are excited. Real excited!

Readers who purchase (or have purchased) Robert Hood’s limited, signed edition will be getting an added bonus with the offer – instead of the bonus chap-ebook, Haunted Flesh: Zombie Stories with several stories amounting to approximately 20k words, it has been expanded to six stories (yes, six!) and a mocku-article titled ‘Professor Cadaveros’ Experiments in Transcendent Mortality as Recorded in Zombie Cinema’. Over 32k of zombie fiction – practically a decent sized anthology. ONLY FOR LIMITED EDITION PRE-ORDER takers.

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“There is no journey forward without ghosts; there is no telling without fear.” (Gerry Turcotte)

The six pieces of bonus fiction are:

  • In the Service of the Flesh (Aurealis Magazine #35, 2006)
  • Zombie Au Gratin (Scary Food anthology [ed. Cat Sparks], Agog Press, 2008)
  • Heartless (Aurealis Magazine #31, 2003)
  • Behind Dark Blue Eyes (Exotic Gothic 3 anthology [ed. Danel Olson], Ash-Tree Press, 2009
  • Voyeur Night (Crosstown Traffic [eds. Stuart Coupe, Julie Ogden and Robert Hood], Five Islands Press, 1993)
  • Wasting Matilda (Zombie Apocalypse! [ed. Stephen Jones], Robinson Press/Mammoth Books UK, and Running Press US, 2010)

As you can see, we have some pretty amazing stories where several are hard – real hard – to find. It is an excellent zombie collection.

To remind you, CLICK HERE if you want to pre-order Peripheral Visions, a mammoth signed tome with all of Robert Hood’s ghost fiction, plus Haunted Flesh: Zombie Stories chap-ebook. For a quarter of a million words of amazing horror fiction, plus Robert Hood’s signature, limited edition number, and shipping, this is a truly great deal!

News: Peripheral Visions ghost story collection by Robert Hood

It is with great excitement that IFWG Publishing Australia announces the April release of Robert Hood’s reference collection of ghost stories, Peripheral Visions. What’s more, we are delighted to offer a very special limited edition. Here is the hardcover edition cover, by Nick Stathopoulos:

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“There is no journey forward without ghosts; there is no telling without fear.” (Gerry Turcotte)

Robert Hood is a highly respected, award-winning author, considered by many to be one of Australia’s grand masters of horror and weird fiction. Though over his 40-year career (to date) he has published speculative fiction of all kinds, he has notably produced 43 short stories that feature ghosts, hauntings and spectral horrors. These memorable tales display his ability to make the fantastic real, to embrace weirdness, and create human characters whose inner and outer lives, haunted by mortality, are laid bare and revealed to be our own worst nightmares. Ranging from melancholy reflections on life and death, through disquieting tales of dark humour and vengeance, to chilling visions of ghostly apocalypse, Hood’s stories are sure to draw you into a terrifying world that in the end is revealed to be irrefutably our own.

Peripheral Visions is a one-of-a-kind reference collection that includes all of Hood’s 43 ghost stories to date, three of them especially written for this volume.

“Rob Hood is Australia’s master of dark fantasy, seducing the reader with stories that are lavishly grim and rife with a quirky, unpredictable inventiveness.” (Sean Williams)

“Rob Hood is so good at what he does, he’ll have you believing in ghosts by the end of the first story in this brilliant collection.” (Kaaron Warren)

Peripheral Visions is a large volume of work, with a word count over 220k. In trade paperback format it will be published in two volumes, spaced over a month. Here is the appearance of the two covers, when laid side-by-side.

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A single volume hardcover edition will also be published, with internal illustrations by Nick Stathopoulos. The exciting part of this publishing effort is a signed, limited hardcover edition, which can be pre-ordered now. There are only 200 limited edition copies available (numbered), each of which includes a Nick Stathopoulos-designed signature page, and a bonus ‘chap-ebook’ containing several zombie stories, titled Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead. These editions will disappear quickly, so we recommend interested readers pre-order now.

In order to reflect the diversity of Hood’s approach to creating effective ghost fiction, the stories have been sorted under various thematic headings. These include stories of Haunted Places, such as houses, ancient landscapes, political residences, hotels, cities, and even cars. Haunted Families puts the emphasis on family members: mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, and even asexual post-humans. Haunted Minds is a group of particularly subjective tales, where the ambiguity of events reveals hauntings seemingly emanating from within the minds of the characters. One of them even includes a giant monster. Haunted Youth collects a number of stories originally written for young people, though their humour, quirkiness and simple truths can be readily enjoyed by older readers. Haunted Vengeance brings together stories of people haunted by the scars left behind by the violence and selfishness of the past, both their own and that of others. In Haunted Realities you will find a strange group of stories that go to weird places both real and imaginary, including Spandau prison, the past and future of Frankenstein’s monster, an industrial colony on the moon, a city of monsters and ghosts, and finally times of apocalypse and the End of Humanity. These are not necessarily traditional ghost stories, though many of them draw on the traditions of the past.

As you read, remember this: not everything is as it seems.

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.