Cover Reveal: Bedding the Lamia: Tropical Horrors by David Kuraria

It is with great pleasure that we reveal the cover for David Kuraria’s upcoming long fiction collection, Bedding the Lamia: Tropical Horrors. We have had a long association with artist and designer, Luke Spooner, and he has (again) masterfully captured the spirit of the book in this cover. David Kuraria has had a long association with IFWG, having had short fiction published in a number of our anthologies, including award nominations. We are proud to assist David moving to the next logical step in publication, with this collection.

We will reveal more about this upcoming title in coming weeks.

Bedding the Lamia will be released world wide on 3 December 2021, and preorders will be available in coming months.

New Release: Stark Naked (illustrated poetry collection chapbook)

IFWG is very pleased to announce the UK/Australian release of Silvia Cantón Rondoni’s dark and intensely personal collection of poetry, Stark Naked.

“This is the third chapbook published by IFWG,” said Managing Director, Gerry Huntman, “and the first that has an exclusive focus on the poet’s personal life and journey. Silvia is a very talented poet, and is undeniably a new, notable talent in the Australian scene, and globally from the point of view of dark genres. Additionally, the injection of Silvia Nieto’s accomplished illustrations – both for the cover as well as internally – has made this project an enjoyable one indeed.”

Stark Naked is Silvia Cantón Rondoni’s intense personal journey. These reflections reveal her transition from childhood through grief and trauma, to the woman of resilience she is today. Illustrated by Silvia Nieto in close collaboration with the poet, her artwork adds visual soul and compliments a collection filled with raw emotion and brutal honesty.

Stark Naked is available now in all good print stores, bricks and mortar as well online. It is not available in ebook formats.

The chapbook will be released in North America on 14 June 2021.

New Release: Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract

IFWG is incredibly happy to announce the world-wide release of Rebecca Fraser’s dark and weird collection of short fiction, Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract. Fraser has published through IFWG before, and we are very pleased to see her talent and skills shine in the adult fiction catalogue.

A surfer who becomes horrifyingly one with the sea. A new mother’s devastating search for belonging. A stone gargoyle with a violent history. A fisher boy who discovers the real cost of forbidden love. A farmer whose delight at drought-breaking rain quickly turns to terror. A hedonistic rock star who manifests double trouble. A young girl’s chilling sacrifice for justice. A dirty ex-cop with a dirtier secret. An unscrupulous mayor’s solution to rid her city of the homeless…

These are just some of the characters you’ll meet in this collection of dark offerings.

From the harsh terrain of the Outback, to the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the wilds of Tasmania, dystopian futures, enchanted lands, and the familiarity of suburbia, Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract takes readers on a journey into unsettling, unforgiving, and unforgettable territory.

Rebecca Fraser is an Australian author who writes genre-mashing fiction for both children and adults. Her short stories, flash fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous award-winning anthologies, magazines, and journals, and her first novel Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean was released in 2018 (also with IFWG Publishing Australia). Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract is her first collection.

Rebecca holds an MA in Creative Writing, and a Certificate of Publishing (Copy Editing & Proofreading). To provide her muse with life’s essentials, Rebecca copywrites and edits in a freelance capacity, and operates StoryCraft Creative Writing Workshops for aspiring authors of every age and ability. However, her true passion is storytelling.

Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract is available now in all good print and ebook stores and online stores.

Preorder Offer: Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract by Rebecca Fraser

Rebecca Fraser’s wonderful collection of dark and weird tales, Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract, will be released world-wide on 15 April 2021.

Coralesque is part of IFWG’s ‘Uncaching the Treasures’ marketing campaign, and as part of it, we are delighted to offer print preorders from now in late March 2021. eBook preorders will be facilitated by the various and usual online ebook stores.

A surfer who becomes horrifyingly one with the sea. A new mother’s devastating search for belonging. A stone gargoyle with a violent history. A fisher boy who discovers the real cost of forbidden love. A farmer whose delight at drought-breaking rain quickly turns to terror. A hedonistic rock star who manifests double trouble. A young girl’s chilling sacrifice for justice. A dirty ex-cop with a dirtier secret. An unscrupulous mayor’s solution to rid her city of the homeless…

These are just some of the characters you’ll meet in this collection of dark offerings.

From the harsh terrain of the Outback, to the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the wilds of Tasmania, dystopian futures, enchanted lands, and the familiarity of suburbia, Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract takes readers on a journey into unsettling, unforgiving, and unforgettable territory.

Preorder Offer: NOW CLOSED

  • World-wide shipping (note that with COVID there may be a few international geographies affected – in these cases we may offer a refund)
  • Offer ceases COB 15 March 2021.
  • Coralesque will be shipped and received by purchaser on, or just before, release date (15 April 2021), noting again that shipping can be disrupted during the pandemic.
  • Price is in Australian dollars including shipping.

New Acquisition: Almost Human by Nathan Burrage

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Sydney-based Nathan Burrage’s collection of speculative short fiction, Almost Human. “This new contract,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “was an easy decision. Our submissions editors loved it, as do I. Burrage is a seasoned, talented writer, and it is beautifully represented in his collection of fiction, no small portion original to the upcoming collection.”

Nathan Burrage lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of FIVEFOLD, a supernatural thriller first published by Random House Australia in 2008. FIVEFOLD was subsequently translated into Russian and released as Code of Kabbalah, and is still available as an ebook on Amazon and other digital book platforms.

In 2005, Nathan graduated from Clarion South, a six-week residential writing program based on the famous Clarion workshops in the United States. It’s fair to say he’s never been the same since.

In 2011, Nathan was Co-Convenor of the Aurealis Awards, which resulted in them being hosted in Sydney for the first time. He remained on the Organising Committee in 2012 and 2013.

Nathan has over twenty short story credits, and has been shortlisted for both the Aurealis Awards and the Ditmar Awards. He is represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency and is at work on a new Fantasy series, as well as a side project for his youngest daughter.

Almost Human will be released world-wide late in 2022.

New Acquisition: Cut To Care: A Collection of Little Hurts by Aaron Dries

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of publishing rights to Aaron Dries’ short fiction collection, Cut To Care: A Collection of Little Hurts.

An agency that sends social workers into the homes of grieving families to impersonate dead loved ones…

The kind old woman who saved a teenager’s life but now finds herself haunted by the weight of a cheated suicide…

And the daughter of a candlestick maker as she tries to survive a painful existence after her father’s execution for making human chandeliers of drunken cowboys…

These stories and more—ranging from supernatural to the frighteningly domestic, Splatterpunk to the weird and cosmic—stain the pages of CUT TO CARE: A COLLECTION OF LITTLE HURTS by Aaron Dries. They serve as a timely reminder of the cost of caring too much. Or not caring enough. Of how we mask cruelties behind kindness. And of our willingness to rip ourselves apart in the hope of satisfying a world that doesn’t always care for you back. 

Featuring an exclusive introduction by Mick Garris, creator of MASTERS OF HORROR and director of Stephen King’s THE STAND, this unforgettable collection truly cuts deep.

By day, Australian author, artist, and award-winning filmmaker Aaron Dries works within the mental health and homelessness field. By night, he “helps lead a new generation of Splatterpunk for a new dark age” (Brian Keene, author of The Rising). His novels include House of Sighs, its sequel The Sound of His Bones BreakingWhere the Dead Go to Die (with Mark Allan Gunnells), A Place for Sinners, and The Fallen Boys. His short fiction and art have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines domestically and abroad. For more information visit aarondries.com or drop him a line on Twitter @AaronDries

Cut To Care: A Collection of Little Hurts will be released in the first quarter of 2022.