On the evening of the 1st February 2018 IFWG had a great launch of Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1, with a strong attendance, many of whom are notable in the spec-fic community in Melbourne and surrounds. It was held in the spacious and atmospheric Readings St Kilda, where the staff were very helpful.
Gerry Huntman (Managing Director IFWG) kicked off the event and spent a short time outlining the history of the book and the plans for the future in the series. Gerry announced that not only was there going to be three volumes of Cthulhu Deep Down Under, IFWG will be publishing this year a stand-alone New Zealand equivalent.
Christopher Sequeira introduced the authors (the majority were attending – Janeen Webb, Jason Franks, Aaron Sterns, Lucy Sussex, Dmetri Kakmi, and acknowledging those who were absent: B. Michael Radburn, William Tevelein), and also introduced Kim Walker (and her children), whose partner (Lindsay C Walker) crafted the frontispiece of the book (note: the book is dedicated to Lindsay’s memory).
Steve Proposch arranged a Skype session with Ramsey Campbell, as the great UK writer had contributed the introduction to the book. While technology let us down a little, causing the session to take place with a raised smartphone, it was nevertheless one of the highlights of the evening.
A big thank you to all who attended, Ramsey for taking time out for us, and Readings St Kilda for their kind assistance.
The Book (photo: Aaron Sterns)
Gerry kicking off launch (photo: Aaron Sterns)
Jack Dan and Gerry Huntman (Photo: Steven Paulsen)
Christopher Sequeira introducing authors (Photo: Steven Paulsen)
Lucy Sussex and Gerry Huntman (Photo: Steven Paulsen)
Steve Proposch and Christopher Sequeira (photo: Aaron Sterns)
Aaron Sterns, Christopher Sequeira, Steve Proposch and Janeen Webb (Photo: Aaron Sterns)
Jason Franks and Aaron Sterns (Photo: Steven Paulsen)
Steve Proposch, Kim Walker (with children), and Christopher Sequeira (Photo: Steven Paulsen)
Ramsey Campbell, via Skype (Photo: Aaron Sterns)
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.
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.
The acquisition encompasses the following pertinent arrangements for full publication:
- IFWG Publishing Australia will publish Cthulhu: Deep Down Under in three volumes over a roughly 36 month period.
- Volume 1 will be published late 2017 or very early 2018.
- The editors will work with the publisher to acquire additional stories by other talented authors.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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!