News: TOC Reveal for Cthulhu: Deep Down Under Volume 1

IFWG Australia is pleased to announce the Table of Contents for Cthulhu: Deep Down Under Volume 1, edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira & Bryce Stevens.

Introduction by Ramsey Campbell
A Pearl Beyond Price by Janeen Webb
Haunting Matilda by Dmetri Kakmi
Wife to Mr Lovecraft by Lucy Sussex
Darkness Beyond by Jason Franks
The Diesel Pool by Kaaron Warren
Dreamgirl by Stephen Dedman
The Thing In the Bidet by William Tevelain
The Return Of… by Christopher Sequeira
The Elder Things by B. Michael Radburn
Vanguard by Aaron Sterns

It will also include two illustrations – top and tailing the book – more information will follow.

This is the first of 3 volumes of Lovecraftian fiction by Antipodean authors, and with the promise of at least a few more related anthologies to follow.

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.

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.

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.