News: IFWG Titles Win 2 Australian Shadows Awards

IFWG Publishing Australia is pleased to announce that two of its titles have won 2017 Australian Shadows Awards, for excellence in the horror and dark fantasy fields:

Best Edited Work: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1 (editors Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira and Bryce Stevens)

Best Collected Work: Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories (Deborah Sheldon).

Congratulations to our team, as well as other winners and short listed authors and editors.

Special thanks to Steve Santiago for the design and artwork of Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1, and Luke Spooner for Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories.

Preorder Offer: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2

Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2 (eds. Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira and Bryce Stevens), the second of our Australian Mythos anthology series, will be on sale on 1 August 2018, and is now available for preorder. Those who preorder will receive their copy on or just before the release date.

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H. P. Lovecraft pioneered a fusion of terror and science fiction themes, and is widely credited as having invented the sub-genre of ‘cosmic horror’. While America’s New England was the focus and setting for many of Lovecraft’s tales, the Southern Hemisphere held a fascination for him. Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica were featured locations in his Mythosian novellas.

In tribute to this, presented here is an assortment of the finest Australian dark fiction, bringing you a second volume of Lovecraftian stories of wonder and dread. Featured are new tales by ROBERT HOOD, LEE MURRAY, KIRSTYN McDERMOTT and SILVIA BROWN.

Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2 takes us back below the equator, into the bizarre and headlong towards horror. From mist-shrouded peaks and canyons of Melanesian islands, through rainforests and scorching deserts of the island continent of Terra Australis, and across the Tasman Sea to the inhospitable hinterlands of New Zealand.

Tales of terror by:
Kirstyn McDermott
Robert Hood
Lee Murray
Jason Nahrung
Bill Congreve
J Scherpenhuizen
Silvia Brown
T.S.P. Sweeney
Geoff Brown
David Kuraria

Also an introduction by Mythos fiction guru and horror author, Peter Rawlik.

Preorder Details (including shipping – offer ends 11 July 2018 – prices are below retail when factoring in shipping)

Australia AU$24.95
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New Zealand NZ$24.95
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United States US$14.99
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United Kingdom UK£11.99
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Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1 is available worldwide through good bricks and mortar and online retailers.

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Cthulhu Deep Down Under Vol 2 TOC

We are pleased to reveal the full cover spread and table of contents of Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2, which will be released worldwide 1st August 2018.

Cover art and design by the very talented Steve Santiago, and edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira, and Bryce Stevens.

Introduction by Peter Rawlik
Sleeping Dogs by Kirstyn McDermott
Slither by Jason Nahrung
Melbourne Calling by Silvia Brown
Time and Tide by Robert Hood
Dead End Town by Lee Murray
The Pit by Bill Congreve
The Island in the Swamp by J Scherpenhuizen
Where the Madmen Meet by T.S.P. Sweeney
The Seamounts of Vaalua Tuva by David Kuraria
Depth Lurker by G.N. Braun

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Cover Reveal: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2

IFWG is very proud indeed of our Cthulhu Deep Down Under 3-volume series and look very much forward to Vol 2’s world release on 1st August 2018. We have just signed off the full cover spread, but at this early stage we would like to showcase the front cover – another beautiful job by artist and designer, Steve Santiago. In coming weeks we will reveal more, including the full TOC. Note our pleasure in having Mythos-guru Peter Rawlick penning this volume’s introduction. Editors Steve Proposch, Chris Sequeira and Bryce Stevens have, once again, done a wonderful job.

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For those who haven’t had the pleasure of reading Volume 1, give yourself some time introducing yourself to the series by purchasing it. Preorder details for Volume 2 will be available soon.

And for those who are interested in our stand-alone New Zealand companion to this series, currently titled Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud, it will be released in September 2018 – again, more details to follow.

Cthulhu Deep Down Under Vol 1 Launch

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.

New Release: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1

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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.