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.

Cover Reveal: Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract, by Rebecca Fraser

IFWG is very pleased to reveal the front cover of Rebecca Fraser‘s upcoming collection of dark short fiction and poetry, Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract. The cover art and design is by the incomparable Greg Chapman, who has worked with IFWG in past projects (as has Rebecca).

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.

Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract will be released worldwide on 15th April 2021. Preorders will be offered in the new year.

Book Deal: Poetry Collection by Silvia Canton Rondoni

IFWG is very pleased to announce a book deal with Silvia Canton Rondoni for a collection of poetry (‘Stark Naked’), along with a significant number of illustrations by Silvia Nieto. “Silvia Canton Rondoni has been associated with IFWG for a few years now, both as a contributor of fiction as well as a capable editor and translator, “said IFWG Managing Director, Gerry Huntman. “The moment we read samples of her poetry a little over a year ago we realised that this was a strong element of her reservoir of talent, and needed to be shared with readers. Silvia’s poetry is intensely personal and insightful, ingredients that separate the notable from the mundane. It is also dark and neatly dovetails into the horror sub-genre. Her association with Silvia Nieto adds icing to the cake, a remarkable artist who deeply appreciates Ms Rondoni’s visions and emotional fabric.”

The work-in-progress book blurb for this collections is as follows:

Stark Naked is a collection of poems filled with raw emotion and brutal honesty. A deeply personal journey that strips away the layers of the poet’s dark past and transitions through loss and grief to reveal Silvia Canton Rondoni’s resilient spirit.
A personal friend of the poet for almost twenty years, Silvia Nieto’s illustrations provide a visual soul that resonates with the written work.
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Silvia Canton Rondoni is a Spanish-born Australian horror writer and poet. Her short stories have been published in Australia and overseas under her pen name Silvia Brown. Silvia lived and worked in Ireland, Canada, The Netherlands, (and Melbourne) before moving to Canberra to focus on her writing career.

Her current projects include her poetry collection, short story commissions and a literary translation.

Silvia enjoys long naps with her bulldog Patch and attending writing conventions.

Website: https://silviabrown.wixsite.com/portfolio

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Silvia Nieto is a Spanish-born illustrator and pattern designer based in the UK.

Website: https://www.bysilvianieto.com/en/home-en/

 

Stark Naked will be published world-wide around the middle of 2021, and will be lushly illustrated by Silvia Nieto, including cover art and design. Stay tuned for more information as we approach this release date.

New Release: Drive, She Said, and Other Stories by Tracie McBride

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It is with pleasure that we can announce the UK and Australian release of Melbourne-based author, Tracie McBride’s collection of short fiction titled ‘Drive, She Said, and Other Stories’. “What attracted IFWG to Tracie’s short fiction,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, “wasn’t just the quality and weirdness/darkness of her narrative. It was the collection itself, that centred female characters in each and every story. Something different, something compelling.” We welcome Tracie to IFWG’s fold, confident that her work will be greeted with a great response to this horror collection.

The magnificent artwork and cover design was rendered by IFWG regular, Keely Van Order.

A collection of horror and dark fantasy short stories.

The themes and settings are diverse, but one common thread runs through the stories—they all feature women.

Women as protagonists. Women as doomed heroines. Woman as villains. Mothers and spinsters, wives and prostitutes, sisters and witches.

And in some stories, monsters in feminine form.

The collection will be released in North America on the 1st April 2020, through our International imprint – it is available for preorder through various outlets.

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Tracie McBride

New Acquisition: Bedding the Lamia by David Kuraria

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of a collection of four stories by David Kuraria, called ‘Bedding the Lamia’. Two of the stories are reprints (found in Midnight Echo, the other in Dimension 6). “Kuraria has already contributed to a few of IFWG’s anthologies, and has won acclaim in that particular journey,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to showcase his work in a long-fiction collection.”

David Kuraria

Of Melanesian and Scottish heritage, the author was raised by his extended family on the island of Ranongga in the Solomon Islands. He attended Kingsland Intermediate school in Auckland New Zealand before reuniting with his family in the Solomon’s capital, Honiara. To date, David has had just three stories published in Australian Anthologies. His 2018 story Kõpura Rising (published in Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud), describes a malign, marine-dwelling race named Kõpura. That tale was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Australian Aurealis Awards for Best Horror Novella and added to Ellen Datlow’s 2018 Best Horror of the Year recommended reading List. This is his first collection.

The four stories are:

The Gods of Mwaia
A Melanesian farmer and his companions trek to a secretive Solomon Island tribe to beg for land rights for his starving People. They bear gifts of persuasion but become gifts for the dominant tribe’s frightful gods.

And He Shall Suffer for his Art
An artist experimenting with narcotics and obscure occult methods inadvertently calls up an unwelcome muse. The price paid for a favour is bloody and final.

Silent is the River
A war historian, a young New Zealand teacher and an Aboriginal Spiritual man travel up a Northern Australian River on a converted war barge. Here brutal Colonial past reaches out to ensnare modern adventurers on a journey into horror.

The Absurd Quest of Thomas Wu
A survivor of the 2011 Christchurch New Zealand earthquakes takes his deceased grandfather’s diaries to recreate the old man’s 1950s travels around Melanesia. He soon finds himself crossing a borderland into a strange ‘otherworld’, where any action has blackly comical and unpleasant consequences.

IFWG Publishing will release Bedding the Lamia in the first quarter of 2021.

New Acquisition: Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract, by Rebecca Fraser

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IFWG is pleased to announce the acquisition of the rights to a collection of dark fiction and poetry by Rebecca Fraser, titled Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract. IFWG has previously published her young teen novel, Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean, but Coralesque is her first foray into adult fiction (and some poetry) in book form. We are not only pleased with the upcoming publication, but also our extensive track record in supporting Australian female authors, particularly in the dark fiction field (but not limited to just that). And we will continue to do this – watch this space.

Rebecca Fraser is an Australian author whose short stories, flash fiction, and poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines, and journals. Her first novel Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean was released by IFWG Publishing Australia in 2018. Rebecca holds a 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. Say G’day at writingandmoonlighting.com or Twitter and Instagram @becksmuse

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 robotic housemaid with a sinister agenda. A dirty ex-cop with a dirtier secret. An unscrupulous mayor’s solution to rid his city of the homeless …

These are just some of the characters you’ll meet in Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract, a collection of dark offerings comprising short stories alongside a smattering of flash and poetry.

Introduced by multi-award-winning author, Steven Paulsen, Rebecca Fraser’s collection brings together an eclectic mix of her published, award-nominated, and prize-winning fiction, embracing a diversity of styles from gothic to cyberpunk, to contemporary horror, fantasy, dystopia…and every dark cranny in between.

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.

Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract will be released late in 2020/early 2021.