Cover Reveal: Caped Fear (eds Proposch, Sequeira & Stevens)

IFWG is very happy indeed with the cover of Caped Fear: Superhuman Horror Stories, one of our flagship anthologies for 2022, with a stellar list of contributors (where do we begin?). Artwork is by the masterful Jan Scherpenhuizen, and font work and design by Steve Proposch.

This anthology will be released world-wide on 19th February 2022.

More information will be posted soon, including preorders.

New Release: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 3

IFWG is proud to announce the release of the third and final volume in its Cthulhu Deep Down Under series, edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira and Bryce Stevens. We say ‘final volume’ but we aren’t necessarily holding to it: what we can say is that the series was conceptualised for three volumes, and we have delivered.

The publication of these three volumes was ambitious: we wanted to have as many of the talented Australian horror and weird fiction authors possible to contribute to Antipodean Lovecraftian fiction, and we believe we succeeded. We even had a small detour a few years ago publishing Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud and gathered a fine selection of New Zealand authors. This was a four-year journey (with a COVID-hiatus of one year thrown in), and it has been a great ride.

“Two things stand out in this final volume,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG. “Firstly, the title only has one reprint, so a lot of original content is contained between its covers. Secondly, along with a great introduction by Cat Rambo, we have a series closure essay by Jack Dann that deserves to be featured in itself. Bravo to all contributors!”

Finally, special mention should also be given to Steve Santiago, the cover designer for all three volumes and the New Zealand addition. For the three volumes we challenged him to present iconic Australian settings, and it ended up a great success: Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Australian outback, and in this final volume, the Daintree Rainforest.


In the story that first established the monstrous cosmic terrors of his Mythos writer H. P. Lovecraft said “We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity…” 

Which makes it all the more fitting that the adepts of Lovecraft’s vision writing today would choose to unveil ever-evolving and terrible fears besetting those that live on the largest island on the planet, and force the protagonists of some startling new horror fiction tales in this book to face, indeed, not placidity, but their own black seas of infinity…and madness.

Again, some of the greatest scribes of the weird and startling from the land down under bring you brand new stories in the Lovecraftian genre, taking you from the realms of contemporary Australian cities, to the blood-soaked, post-colonial past (touching the powerful original cultures of the land), and even hinting at the disturbing future of Terra Australis.

You will fear a sunburnt country.

Tales of terror by Alan Baxter, David Conyers, Julie Ditrich, Jason Fischer, Steve Kilbey, Steven Paulsen, Steve Proposch, Alf Simpson, Cat Sparks, Maurice Xanthos. Introduction by Cat Rambo and Afterword by Jack Dann.


Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 3 is now available in Australia, UK, Europe, and New Zealand in all good bookstores, bricks and mortar as well as online, print and ebook formats. It will be released in North America 30 June 2021.

IFWG at Gold Coast Supanova

IFWG attendees at Gold Coast Supanova: (standing left to right) Venero Armanno, Christopher Sequeira, Gerry Huntman (sitting left to right) Helen Stubbs, Kat Pekin

It’s been a long time, but finally, last weekend, there was a full-blown pop culture convention in the Gold Coast, IFWG’s (now) home city. While it may not have been as big as the usual gig at the Gold Coast, we believe that the turnout was still well above expectations. It was fun.

IFWG has a long association with Supanova and we jumped at the opportunity to knit it (as well as Sydney, Melbourne and possibly Perth later this year) into our routine, particularly our Uncaching The Treasures campaign. It certainly was a winning move this time around. Two of our upcoming releases: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 3 and Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies had early short runs made so that attendees at Supanova were lucky to purchase them, and we had the privilege of having Venero Armanno turn up as one of our authors to sign copies of his recent masterpiece, The Crying Forest. Chris Sequeira, our Editor in Chief of our new IPI comics line, as well as one of our senior editors of anthologies, was there, as was Helen Stubbs and Kat Pekin, two of the amazing authors that contributed to SPAWN. We had two panels, each centred around our new releases, and behind the scenes we negotiated an exciting new deal with a prominent Australian author (more to be said about that at a later date).

Below are a selection of photos taken of the event (regrettably, we have no shots of the second panel with Helen and Kat) – enjoy!

Dracula Unfanged: Anthology Announcement & TOC Reveal

Sample art by commissioned cover artist, Dave Elsey

Christopher Sequeira’s New ‘Parallel Universe’ Dracula Anthology For IFWG Publishing Includes Dacre Stoker, Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Fowler, Steve Rasnic Tem, Nancy Holder, Jim Krueger, And Many More Masters Of Horror!

New ‘Imagine That’ anthology, “DRACULA UNFANGED” edited by Christopher Sequeira, to Feature Dacre Stoker, Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Fowler, Steve Rasnic Tem, Nancy Holder, Jim Krueger, Will Murray, Leslie Klinger, Rafe McGregor, Lee Murray, Jason Franks and several others! With a cover by Dave Elsey (of the BBC Moffat-Gatiss-Claes Bang DRACULA series)!

Following the success of IFWG’s SHERLOCK HOLMES AND DOCTOR WAS NOT (SH&DWN), wherein editor Christopher Sequeira conceived of a set up for tales of Holmes across various multi-versal incarnations where his best friend and biographer was a doctor, but just not Watson (instead being Dr Jekyll, or Doc Holliday, or Dr Nikola, etc., etc) Sequeira now returns with another ‘Imagine That…’ title in what is planned as a series for IFWG. This time readers are asked to Imagine That Dracula had never been a vampire, but was still a horrifying immortal menace to humanity! 

Many of the same writers who were in SH&DWN are back, but are joined by some names very well known to fans of the highest calibre in the craft of horror prose. The full line-up of authors is:-

  • DACRE STOKER AND LEVERETT BUTTS
  • RAMSEY CAMPBELL
  • PHILIP CORNELL
  • JULIE DITRICH
  • RON FORTIER
  • CHRISTOPHER FOWLER
  • JASON FRANKS
  • NANCY HOLDER
  • JIM KRUEGER
  • BRAD MENGEL
  • LEE MURRAY
  • WILL MURRAY
  • ALAN PHILIPSON
  • CHRIS RYALL
  • ANDREW SALMON
  • J. SCHERPENHUIZEN
  • CHRISTOPHER SEQUEIRA
  • STEVE RASNIC TEM
  • I. A. WATSON

The book will have an Introduction by famed Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft scholar, LESLIE KLINGER.

The cover will be by Oscar-winner DAVE ELSEY and frontispiece and end-piece interior illustrations will be by VICKY ADAMS.

International publication is planned for late 2021.

Cover & TOC Reveal: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Vol 3

It is with great pleasure that we can now reveal to you the cover and Table of Contents of our upcoming anthology, Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 3 (edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira and Bryce Stevens).

It was highly appropriate that we have a ‘top end’ look to the cover, as the previous volumes depicted Australia’s urban dimension (Sydney Harbour), as well as its well know ‘outback’. Steve Santiago, our artist and cover designer, did a wonderful job yet again! There’s something mysterious about dense rainforests and jungles – you never know what you might discover!

And here’s the wonderful table of contents:

Introduction…Cat Rambo
All the Long Way Down…Alf Simpson
Farewell to Elephant…Cat Sparks
The Third Party Doctrine…Steve Proposch
Come His Children…Alan Baxter
The Depiction…Julie Ditrich
The Key to Eternity…Steven Paulsen
They Are Impatient…Maurice Xanthos
Dead Language…Steve Kilbey
Asleep Beneath the Dripping…Jason Fischer
Supersymmetry Blues…David Conyers
Afterword…Jack Dann

And finally, here’s the full wrap cover:

Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 3 will be released in the second quarter of 2021. Preorders will be taken from December 2020 – stay tuned.

News: Finalists in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards

We are ecstatic to have a number of our editors and authors’ works reach finalist status in the New Zealand Sir Julius Vogel Awards – the awards that recognise excellence in speculative fiction and fandom. We have worked hard to support our New Zealand authors, and the following finalists and their categories gives, we think, a nod to our effort:

kingfisher's Debt - front cover

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