News: Refined Cover for Kaaron Warren’s The Grief Hole

With the advantage of time and the wonderful skills of artist and designer, Keely Van Order, we have refined the cover design for Kaaron Warren’s upcoming Dark Phases title, ‘The Grief Hole’. We have also received our first blurbs from a prominent writer, with praise that gobsmacked us all in IFWG Publishing Australia.

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The Grief Hole is dark exploration of grief, manipulation, malevolent ghosts, a monstrous, charismatic man and the woman who needs to venture deep into a place called The Grief Hole in order to stop him.

News: Kaaron Warren Signs Contract With IFWG

It is with much excitement that we can now announce our acquisition of Kaaren Warren’s novel, The Grief Hole, as part of our ongoing Dark Phases series – reserved for only the best of dark fiction. This means that we will be offering cloth bound editions, as well as a limited, signed edition.

The Grief Hole is dark exploration of grief, manipulation, malevolent ghosts, a monstrous, charismatic man and the woman who needs to venture deep into a place called The Grief Hole in order to stop him.

Over the next month or so we will be finalising the various release dates and events associated with this acquisition. Stay tuned.

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Photo by Art Atelier

Bram Stoker Nominee and Shirley Jackson Award winner Kaaron Warren has lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Fiji. She’s sold many short stories, three novels (the multi-award-winning Slights, Walking the Tree and Mistification) and six short story collections. Through Splintered Walls, won a Canberra Critic’s Circle Award for Fiction, two Ditmar Awards, two Australian Shadows Awards and a Shirley Jackson Award. Her story “Air, Water and the Grove” appeared in Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. Warren’s award-winning fiction tackles the themes of obsession, murder, grief, despair, revenge, manipulation, death and sex.

News: Successful Official Sydney Launch of Peripheral Visions

Sydney’s official launch of Robert Hood’s definitive ghost collection, Peripheral Visions, was held on Thursday evening 16 July 2015 with a great turnout at Kinokuniya Bookshop on George Street. It was slickly supported by the excellent staff and owner of the bookshop, nibbles and drinks abounded, and Garth Nix did a fantastic job introducing Robert and Nick Stathopoulos, the great illustrator of the cloth bound edition. The bookstore staff set up a screen and an upgraded version of the Peripheral Visions book trailer ran on a continuous loop in the background, and that impressed all who attended. They even had two door prizes which comprised of (to quote Robert), “Minion carry-bags, each with a copy of Daikaiju! 3, a packet of jelly dinosaurs, and a skull shotglass… yes, you heard right…” All in all it was a great success, including the signing of a heap of books and a convivial atmosphere.

Robert’s description of the event says it all:

It was a terrific night in every way, and one the publisher, IFWG Australia, its Managing Director and Chief Editor Gerry Huntman and Marketing Officer Stephen McCracken should be very happy about, seeing the book they put a lot of faith and effort into being greeted with such good-will, enthusiasm and classiness. The staff of Kinokuniya were accommodating and endlessly helpful, the set-up was fab, and the audience a wonderful mob of well-wishers — great people. I thank you all for braving the weather and Sydney traffic to get there — and then for so many of you buying the book. I hope you enjoyed the night and will, given time to read those 823 pages, enjoy the book!

Special thanks to Garth Nix, who did a great job of introducing the book and sending it into the world in style; to Nick Stathopoulos, who had the good taste to agree to illustrate the book and the skill and artistry to produce such spectacularly fine work to make it look so special; and the fantastic Catriona Sparks, without whom the event would not have gone nearly so well. Cat organised both the catering (which was superb) and me (who can be rather vague, forgetful and disorganised — it’s just one of the many reasons I love you so much. You’re the best, Cat!)

Finally, thanks again to IFWG Australia Publishing for all their effort and support, and for producing such an excellent book — one I am very proud of.

Once again, thanks to all!

And thank you, Robert, for accepting our offer to publishing your amazing and comprehensive collection of work, and Nick Stathopoulos for accepting the commission for his outstanding cover and internal artwork. We echo Robert’s nod to Garth Nix, Cat Sparks and the staff and owner of Kinokuniya in Sydney, who helped make the official launch a great success.

Kinokuniya can be contacted via their website, www.kinokuniya.com.au.

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 Below are a sample of photographs taken at the event (permission granted from Catriona Sparks).

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Robert Hood, Nick Stathopoulos and Garth Nix

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Great Crowd

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Book Signing

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News: New Dark Fiction Line

IFWG Publishing Australia is very pleased to announce a new Dark Fiction series with a devoted brand: Dark Phases. This series is only devoted to the very best dark fiction and will only release new titles when the quality of the product demands it. While the frequency of these titles will be irregular, new titles will come and we do not foresee any end to the series.

The series will be published in hardcover and selected ebook formats only (all other formats will be solely branded with IFWG Publishing’s logo) and will, in every case, have signed, limited editions. Robert Hood’s Peripheral Visions collection will be the first of this series. For those who pre-order Peripheral Visions, collectors will be given the opportunity to pre-order future limited edition Dark Phases titles with same sequence number.

The following variations of the brand logo will sit alongside IFWG’s logos for these elite titles, and will be the sole logo on the books’ spines:

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