Cover Reveal: Almost Human: A Collection of Short Stories by Nathan Burrage

IFWG is very excited to reveal the cover for Nathan Burrage’s upcoming horror collection, Almost Human: A Collection of Short Stories. The art and design is by the very talented and skilled Greg Chapman.

Almost Human will be released in August 2022.

New Acquisitions: Midnight Masquerade & Black Days and Bloody Nights by Greg Chapman

IFWG Publishing Australia is proud to announce two new dual publications from Bram Stoker Award and Australian Shadows Award nominated author and artist, Greg Chapman, for 2024.

MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE and BLACK DAYS AND BLOODY NIGHTS will collect brand new fiction alongside Chapman’s acclaimed novellas, ‘The Last Night of October’, ‘The Followers’, ‘Vaudeville’ and ‘Torment’.

Of the dual works Chapman said: “Midnight Masquerade and Black Days and Bloody Nights will feature new stories inspired by my novellas, so expect more new terrifying tales of Halloween, creature features, post-apocalyptic nightmares, gothic grotesqueries and otherworldly horrors.”

IFWG Publishing Managing Director Gerry Huntman added, “Chapman is a very well known writer and artist in Australia, but also has built a significant reputation in other regions, particularly in North America. It was a no-brainer for us to acquire his impressive novellas, and exciting to publish his original short fiction.”

Midnight Masquerade is scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2024 with Back Days and Bloody Nights to follow in the fourth quarter of 2024.

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia.

Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories and Bleak Precision.

He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013.

He was the President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association from 2017-2020 and is also a member of the US-based Horror Writers Association.

* Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for ‘The Book of Last Words’ (2019)

New Acquisitions: Nightmare Logic & Azathoth and Other Horrors by Leigh Blackmore

IFWG is always on the lookout for dark literature that draws from our special areas of interest, and also executed in forms that are different in some way, or less represented in mainstream publishing. We are fortunate indeed to have acquired the publishing rights to two such works by one of Australia’s much-respected dark fiction authors, Leigh Blackmore, with his Azathoth and Other Horrors, a chapbook of dark poetry, and Nightmare Logic, a collection of dark short fiction, including original material. We are very excited by both projects, and look forward to collaborating with him.

These titles will be released world-wide in the last quarter of 2023. More details will be forthcoming later in the year.

Leigh Blackmore – widely-published poet and writer, also a musician & occultist – is considered the leading expert on horror & supernatural fiction ‘Down Under,’ dubbed ‘Mr Horror’ by the Australian press. A past President of the Australian Horror Writers Association, he edited for them Midnight Echo Issue 5 (2011). He edited Terror Australis magazine (1987-92) and its subsequent book anthology (1993). He is a four-time Ditmar Award nominee (once for fiction & thrice for criticism) and has published the collection Horrors of Sherlock Holmes (2018).

His verse collection Spores from Sharnoth & Other Madnesses (P’rea Press, 2008; 3rd reprint 2013; variant/retitled ed. as Sharnoth’s Spores & Other Seeds, Rainfall Books, 2010) saw journal Dead Reckonings declare him “One of the leading weird poets of our era.” His poem “The Last Dream” (Weird Fiction Review No 4) was a nominee for the SFPA’s Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem.

An initiate of Aleister Crowley’s occult organisations the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis) and the A.’.A.’., and long an active participant and facilitator in Australian ritual magick circles, he is also a vocalist and bassist with Illawarra ‘popstalgia’ trio The Third Road. He lives with his family in Wollongong, Australia, where he runs his own editorial business, Proof Perfect. The Eighth Trigram is his debut novel.

New Acquisition: The Horror by Seb Doubinsky

IFWG prides itself with its Chapbook series, releasing once or twice a year a short title with something special between their covers: underepresented work, such as poetry, microprose, hybrid narrative/poetry with illustrations, and other experimental pieces. It is therefore with much delight that we can announce the acquisition of Seb Doubinsky’s dark novella, The Horror, which in many ways is experimental in its handling of the horror genre (both a deconstruction and a homage), and at the same time would be most welcome indeed to general readers of dark fiction.

This title will be released world-wide in the first quarter of 2024.

Seb Doubinsky is a bilingual French dystopian writer and poet. He is the author, among others, of The Babylonian Trilogy, The Song Of Synth, White City, Missing Signal and The Invisible. His novels are set in a city-states parallel universe which mirrors our own. His novel, Missing Signal, published by Meerkat Press, won the Bronze Foreword Reviews Award in the sci-fi category. He lives in Denmark with his family and teaches literature, history and culture in the French department of Aarhus University.

IFWG will also be releasing a chapbook of poetry and prose in November 2022 by J.S. Breukelaar and Seb Doubinsky, titled Turning the Seasons – A Dark Almanac.

New Acquisition: Three Curses and Other Dark Tales by Leanbh Pearson

Photograph by Cat Sparks

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of a collection of short fiction by Leanbh Pearson titled Three Curses and Other Dark Tales. “We have had a long standing admiration of Pearson’s work, both as a writer and an active member of the speculative fiction scene in Australia,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and it was a delight to have received her manuscript, and discover a fine collection knitted so well together with common themes. We know readers of dark fiction will be delighted with this.”

This title will be released world-wide in the second quarter of 2024.

Three Curses and Other Dark Tales is a world tour of dark folklore with uncanny beings reimagined into new tales, where wits, heroism and truth meet trickery, bargains and curses.

Leanbh Pearson lives on Ngunnawal Country in Canberra, Australia. An LGBTQI dark fiction author, inspired by folklore, archaeology and the environment, her fiction features in numerous anthologies. She has judged the Australian Shadows Awards and Aurealis Awards, is a recipient of an AHWA mentorship and a convention panellist. When not writing, she enjoys exploring the Australian wilderness accompanied by her dogs (the canine assistants). Leanbh’s alter-ego is an academic in archaeology, evolution and prehistory.

New Acquisition: Short Fiction Collection by Anthony Ferguson

IFWG Publishing is very happy indeed to acquire a collection of short fiction by Australian author, Anthony Ferguson. We have known him for some time, as he is an active and creative talent in dark fiction and horror in the Australasian community, and it was inevitable that a publisher would pick up his work. We consider ourselves lucky to be the press that picked it up. What’s more, this upcoming collection will include a good number of original pieces, making this a more delectable collection for avid horror readers.

This collection will be released in the second quarter of 2023, and more information will be forthcoming later this year.

Anthony Ferguson is an Australian based writer and the secretary of the Australasian Horror Writers Association (AHWA). Anthony has published numerous short stories, flash fiction pieces and non-fiction articles in Britain, the United States and Australia, in a range of magazines, zines and anthologies. He wrote the novel, Protégé, and the non-fiction titles, The Sex Doll: A History and Murder Down Under. He edited the short story collection Devil Dolls and Duplicates in Australian Horror and co-edited the Australian Shadows award nominated Midnight Echo 12. He won the Australian Shadows award for short fiction in 2020, and was a shortlisted nominee on two other occasions in the short fiction and edited publications categories. He is a submissions editor for Andromeda Spaceways Magazine (ASM).