TOC reveal: Killer Creatures Down Under: Horror Stories with Bite

IFWG is very pleased indeed to reveal the Table of Contents of our 2023 horror anthology, Killer Creatures Down Under: Horror Stories with Bite, edited by Deborah Sheldon. Congratulations to the authors who were selected for publication – it was a very competitive open call-out.

The authors/short stories that will be included in the anthology (in alphabetic order) are:

Geraldine Borella, ‘No Frills Holiday’
Tim Borella, ‘Nineteen Hours on Deep Creek Station’
Renee De Visser, ‘Twisted’
Anthony Ferguson, ‘Bait’
Jason Fischer, ‘Milk and Honey’
Fox Claret Hill, ‘The Best Omelette in Australia’
Robert Mammone, ‘The Seaside’
Ben Matthews, ‘Ixodes Holocyclus’
J.M. Merryt, ‘Myiasis’
Helena O’Connor, ‘Quoll Season’
Steven Paulsen, ‘The Warrigals’
Antoinette Rydyr, ‘Every Part of Her’
Deborah Sheldon, ‘Species Endangered’
Charles Spiteri, ‘A Pack Apart’
H.K. Stubbs, ‘Boyfriend Material’
Matt Tighe, ‘There are Things on Me’
Keith Williams, ‘Corvus’
Pauline Yates, ‘Hell Gully’

Anthology Submission Guidelines: Killer Creatures Down Under: Horror Stories with Bite

Submissions open: 22 April 2022
Deadline: 15 July 2022 NOW CLOSED
Payment: 4c per word for original stories, 1c per word for reprints (Australian currency)
Publisher: IFWG Publishing Australia (co-published in North America through the IFWG Publishing International imprint)
Note: Open to Australian writers only (citizens, residents and ex-pats)
To be edited by award-winning author and anthology editor, Deborah Sheldon.

Killer Creatures Down Under: Horror Stories with Bite will comprise stories from Australian writers obtained entirely from open callout. The stories must feature Australian animals; in other words, no cryptids, ghosts, legends or monsters. The animals can be of any type – mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, invertebrates, fish, arthropods – as long as they are real creatures that are native to Australia. While each story must be nominally “body horror”, there is no restriction on subgenre: anything from sci-fi to fantasy to gothic to action to psychological and beyond will be considered.

Stories must be between 1500 and 5000 words. Stories outside of these word counts risk being deleted unread. Reprints will be considered, but must not be available for free anywhere online. The anthology will have only a small number of reprints, regardless.

While graphic violence and swearing are acceptable, submissions must have a literary bent, i.e., a high standard of writing. For a clearer understanding of requirements, you might read Deb’s IFWG anthology, Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies

What to avoid:

  • Gratuitous gore used purely for shock value.
  • Cliché tropes such as: the adventures of a young boy and his dog; the main character turning out to be an animal; death of a beloved pet; dead animals coming back to life; crazy cat lady; alien disguised as an animal; villain with a fish tank; and so on.
  • The submission of first drafts, often indicated by spelling and grammatical errors.

Required rights:

  • First worldwide electronic and print rights in the English language, exclusive for one year, and non-exclusive rights thereafter.
  • For reprints, non-exclusive rights apply.
  • If the story is subsequently reprinted, please credit Killer Creatures Down Under: Horror Stories with Bite (IFWG Publishing Australia) as the original publisher.

How to submit:

  • Your story must be in a Word document, double-spaced, Times New Roman in 12pt.
  • Your name, contact details and word count should be on the first page above the title.
  • Use double-quotation marks, single space after full stops, first-line indents, page numbers, and Australian-English spelling. No tabs. No double-returns between paragraphs.
  • Send to xxx with STORY TITLE – YOUR NAME – WORD COUNT as the subject heading. Please fill in the actual details.
  • In the body of your email, provide an author bio of about 100 words (give or take). Include your Australian citizen/resident/ex-pat status – this is important. 
  • If your story is a reprint, provide the full details of its first publication in the body of your email, with links if possible.
  • You can submit more than one story. Submit each story in a separate email.
  • No simultaneous submissions, which means do not submit your story to another market at the same time.
  • Give yourself the best possible chance – please do not ignore these guidelines.

Response issues:

  • All acceptance and rejection emails will be sent by 12 August 2022.
  • No feedback will be offered for rejected stories. Please don’t ask.
  • Do not resubmit a rejected story, even if you have made substantial changes.
  • All accepted stories will be edited and adjustments made for house style. If you think your writing doesn’t require editing, please do not submit to this anthology.
  • Killer Creatures Down Under: Horror Stories with Bite is scheduled for publication in June 2023.
  • Accepted writers will receive payment via bank transfer within 30 days of publication (or PayPal in exceptional cases).
  • Accepted writers will also receive an e-book and one complimentary paperback.

IFWG Publishing Australia will provide further updates on the anthology’s publication schedule in due course.

New Release: Bedding the Lamia: Tropical Horrors by David Kuraria

Today, the 3rd December 2021, is an unusual day for IFWG as we are releasing four new titles simultaneously, two of which are in the dark fantasy/horror end of speculative fiction. This doesn’t in any way reduce the quality of these books, and IFWG is certainly proud to announce the release of Bedding the Lamia: Tropical Horrors, by David Kuraria.

Kuraria has become a consistent contributor to IFWG publications over recent years, including in our Cthulhu Deep Down Under short fiction anthology series, as well as Spawn. IFWG was delighted to acquire this collection, both in terms of the quality of writing by Kuraria, but also because it consists of four long fiction pieces, making it a somewhat unique read. We believe that fans of horror and dark fiction will enjoy Kuraria’s collection, and also feel the humidity and forbidding vibe of our tropical climes.

Luke Spooner, yet again, captured perfectly the look and feel of Kuraria’s prose in his cover artwork and design.

David Kuraria is your guide as you push through drenched tropical foliage in the torrential downpour. 

In these tales we see a Melanesian farmer seeking land rights from a dominant tribe. Bearing gifts of persuasion, the farmer find that the tribe’s gods might first need appeasing.

An artist experimenting with narcotics and obscure occult methods inadvertently solicits an unwelcome muse.

A group of holidaymakers travel up a Northern Australian River on a converted war barge. Here brutal colonial past reaches out to ensnare them on a journey into horror.

A survivor of the Christchurch earthquakes takes his deceased grandfather’s diaries to recreate the old man’s equatorial travels. On a tiny Micronesian island he steps into an ‘otherworld’, where any action has blackly comical and unpleasant consequences.

Kuraria guides you through hidden valleys and treacherous swamps. Be careful not to step from the path.

Bedding the Lamia: Tropical Horrors is now available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores.

Preorder/Cover Reveal: Switch by Rowena Evans

Switch front cover

Rowena Evans‘ mid-teen science fiction thriller, Switch, will be released in Australia, New Zealand and the UK on 15th February 2019. This is the long-awaited sequel to Drums and Power Lines, and continues almost immediately following the prior events. It will be released at a later date in North America.

“Evans captures the Australian country landscape beautifully,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG Publishing Australia, “and yet the parallel worlds depicted are also universal in character, and at the same time, slightly askew from what we perceive as normal. Drums and Power Lines was a delightful, thrilling read, and I am sure middle grade and young adult readers – as well as adults as often is the case – will love this next chapter in the continuing story.”

Spectacular artwork for the cover is by Rowena Evans.

Ivan hurried away from the ridge. His heart beat fast and his hands were shaking. The shock of seeing Cal appear was considerable. Yes, he and Reenie had persuaded Hugo to play his drums at sunset, but Ivan realized now that the last thing he expected was to succeed.

Ivan, Cassie and Wilfred, Reenie and Cal desperately miss each other; the friendships they made in their similar but different parallel worlds six months ago.

When Cal reappears in Ivan and Reenie’s world, the turmoil and restlessness that has lurked in each of them explodes into real life, throwing all, and the unsuspecting Jess, into a whirlwind of adventure, uncertainty and discovery.




Preorder Offer: The Years of the Wolf by Craig Cormick

The Years of the Wolf front cover

Craig Cormick‘s new historical/mystery novel, The Years of the Wolf, will be released on 29 September 2018, but for a short time those who want the book early can preorder it.


This story begins with a murder. A German internee is found dead inside a civilian internment camp during World War One, and one young internee, Arno Friedrich, determines to find the killer. But the more he probes into the lives of his fellow internees the more he discovers that little within the old stone prison is as he had imagined. He finds that the Germanic facades and fantasies the men construct hide secrets within secrets. And a killer.

New Release: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1

CDDU1 full spread

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Australian release of Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1, edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequiera, and Bryce Stevens. It is the third title under our ‘Dark Phases’ title series, and the first of three volumes of Australian Lovecraftian short fiction.

The cover artwork and design is by Steve Santiago, no stranger to Mythos art, and who will also be doing the honours in Vols 2 and 3, which will be published in 2018 and 2019 respectively. We also have two fine internal pieces by Sarah Ellerton and the late, and great, Lindsay C. Walker (who we have dedicated this anthology to).

The Table of Contents is as follows:

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

We are just as excited to publish other great Australian writers in our later volumes.

Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1 should be available from all fine bricks and mortar, and online, bookstores – ask for it if they haven’t got it on their shelves. The anthology will be released in North America on the 1st December this year.

Stay tuned for news about the formal book launch early next year, which will be in Melbourne, where many of its authors reside.