New Signing: Shadows on the Wall collection by Steven Paulsen

It is with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of publishing rights to Steven Paulsen’s dark and weird collection of short stories, Shadows on the Walls. The  collection contains stories from award winning anthologies, as well as original fiction. Original cover and internal art will be supplied by the Hugo and Oscar Award winning artist, Shaun Tan.

The collection is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2018.

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Photograph by Kirstyn McDermott

Steven Paulsen is an award-winning writer whose speculative fiction has appeared in publications around the world. His bestselling dark fantasy children’s book, The Stray Cat, illustrated by Shaun Tan, has seen publication in several English and foreign language editions. His short stories, which Jack Dann describes as rocket-fueled with narrative drive, have appeared in a variety of magazines and in anthologies such as Terror Australis, Strange Fruit, Cthulhu: Deep Down Under, Fantastic Worlds, The Cthulhu Cycle, and the World Fantasy Award winning Dreaming Down-Under.

Steven has also written extensively about Australian horror and fantasy for publications such as Eidolon, Interzone, Bloodsongs, Sirius, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, Fantasy Annual, The St James Guide to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers, and The Melbourne University Press Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. His interviews with Australian SF writers have been published in magazine and book form in Australia, UK, Europe and the USA.

Readers can find out more about Steven’s work at: www.stevenpaulsen.com

Forthcoming Release: The Gate Theory by Kaaron Warren

IFWG Publishing Australia is pleased to have acquired worldwide print and digital book rights for Kaaron Warren’s short story collection, The Gate Theory. “This collection attracted much-deserved rave reviews when it was published in 2015, and when we heard that its rights were available, we jumped for it,” Gerry Huntman, Managing Director IFWG Publishing Australia stated. “Last year we published Kaaron’s The Grief Hole, and we see this work as complementing it in our catalogue.”

The Gate Theory will be released in coming days, both in print and ebook formats, and will also be available in significant discounted form when purchasing The Grief Hole through the publisher, as part of a two-title deal.

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Front and back cover artwork by Carlo Cotronis and design by Jeffery E Doherty.

“We’re all in pain. We try to keep the gates closed by falling in love, travelling, avoiding responsibility, getting drunk, taking drugs…anything to lose ourselves.
But the dull ache remains in each of us.These stories are about the gates opening.”

The Gate Theory holds six tales by award-winning Australian author Kaaron Warren. 
 
Each story resonates with the pain of living.

New Signing: Last Year, When We Were Young by Andrew J McKiernan

IFWG Australia is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Andrew J McKiernan’s collection of dark short stories, Last Year, When We Were Young. This work was first published in 2014, and with this signing, we will be supplementing what is already very good with additional stories and rich illustrations by the author.

The collection will be published in late 2017 or early 2018 – over coming months we will narrow down the release period.

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Andrew J. McKiernan is a writer and illustrator from the Central Coast of New South Wales. First published in 2007, his stories have since been short-listed for multiple Aurealis, Ditmar, and Australian Shadows awards, as well as being reprinted internationally and in a number of Year’s Best anthologies. His short story collection, ‘Last Year, When We Were Young’, was awarded the 2014 AHWA Australian Shadows Award for Best Collected Work. “The Message” was recently optioned to be produced as a short film by award-winning Australian director Tom Spark. www.andrewmckiernan.com

News: Release of chap-ebook, Haunted Flesh by Robert Hood

IFWG is excited to announce its 9th Chap-ebook, Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead, by Robert Hood. Over recent months we supplied the chap-ebook with our Peripheral Visions limited edition give-away, but now we believe it is the right time to also release this 32k collection of zombie tales for sale.

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When are dead people not ghosts? That’s easy. When they try to eat you!

Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead collects six of Australian horror maestro Robert Hood’s creepiest, most outlandish tales of flesh-bound cadaver mayhem. Some tear bloodily into the tradition established by director George A. Romero with his Living Dead series of films, while others paddle in a murky pool of science-based resurrection, alien possession, undead whimsy and voodoo politics. Important questions are addressed: Does the essence of life lie in the mind or in the heart? Do the dead make good workers? When a creepy evangelist knocks on your door, what does he mean when he offers you the secret of eternal life? Should you invite zombies to a BBQ? Is the Prime Minister really dead? The answers may shock you, they may make you laugh uneasily, but either way you’ll never look at life and death the same way again.

As a special bonus, this volume includes an important article that exposes the truth behind the zombie movie tradition!

“… laugh-out-loud funny, and boasts levels of gore that would make George Romero blanch. This may well be the very best zombie tale I’ve ever read.” (Horrorscope review of “In the Service of the Flesh”).

Haunted Flesh is now available in Kindle format, and will shortly be available as ebooks-only through all good online stores, and direct from IFWG Publishing Australia.

News: Value Add to Robert Hood’s Peripheral Visions Limited Signed Edition

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.

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“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!

News: Peripheral Visions ghost story collection by Robert Hood

It is with great excitement that IFWG Publishing Australia announces the April release of Robert Hood’s reference collection of ghost stories, Peripheral Visions. What’s more, we are delighted to offer a very special limited edition. Here is the hardcover edition cover, by Nick Stathopoulos:

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“There is no journey forward without ghosts; there is no telling without fear.” (Gerry Turcotte)

Robert Hood is a highly respected, award-winning author, considered by many to be one of Australia’s grand masters of horror and weird fiction. Though over his 40-year career (to date) he has published speculative fiction of all kinds, he has notably produced 43 short stories that feature ghosts, hauntings and spectral horrors. These memorable tales display his ability to make the fantastic real, to embrace weirdness, and create human characters whose inner and outer lives, haunted by mortality, are laid bare and revealed to be our own worst nightmares. Ranging from melancholy reflections on life and death, through disquieting tales of dark humour and vengeance, to chilling visions of ghostly apocalypse, Hood’s stories are sure to draw you into a terrifying world that in the end is revealed to be irrefutably our own.

Peripheral Visions is a one-of-a-kind reference collection that includes all of Hood’s 43 ghost stories to date, three of them especially written for this volume.

“Rob Hood is Australia’s master of dark fantasy, seducing the reader with stories that are lavishly grim and rife with a quirky, unpredictable inventiveness.” (Sean Williams)

“Rob Hood is so good at what he does, he’ll have you believing in ghosts by the end of the first story in this brilliant collection.” (Kaaron Warren)

Peripheral Visions is a large volume of work, with a word count over 220k. In trade paperback format it will be published in two volumes, spaced over a month. Here is the appearance of the two covers, when laid side-by-side.

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A single volume hardcover edition will also be published, with internal illustrations by Nick Stathopoulos. The exciting part of this publishing effort is a signed, limited hardcover edition, which can be pre-ordered now. There are only 200 limited edition copies available (numbered), each of which includes a Nick Stathopoulos-designed signature page, and a bonus ‘chap-ebook’ containing several zombie stories, titled Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead. These editions will disappear quickly, so we recommend interested readers pre-order now.

In order to reflect the diversity of Hood’s approach to creating effective ghost fiction, the stories have been sorted under various thematic headings. These include stories of Haunted Places, such as houses, ancient landscapes, political residences, hotels, cities, and even cars. Haunted Families puts the emphasis on family members: mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, and even asexual post-humans. Haunted Minds is a group of particularly subjective tales, where the ambiguity of events reveals hauntings seemingly emanating from within the minds of the characters. One of them even includes a giant monster. Haunted Youth collects a number of stories originally written for young people, though their humour, quirkiness and simple truths can be readily enjoyed by older readers. Haunted Vengeance brings together stories of people haunted by the scars left behind by the violence and selfishness of the past, both their own and that of others. In Haunted Realities you will find a strange group of stories that go to weird places both real and imaginary, including Spandau prison, the past and future of Frankenstein’s monster, an industrial colony on the moon, a city of monsters and ghosts, and finally times of apocalypse and the End of Humanity. These are not necessarily traditional ghost stories, though many of them draw on the traditions of the past.

As you read, remember this: not everything is as it seems.