Preview: Dark Waters / Ronnie & Rita by Deborah Sheldon

Leading up to the 2017 release of Deborah Sheldon’s collection of short stories, ‘Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories’, IFWG Publishing Australia will be releasing in coming weeks her two crime-noir novellas in a single volume, ‘Dark Waters’ and ‘Ronnie and Rita’.

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Each story a mirror-image of the other…

A bad man trying to become good.

A good man turning bad.

Both men motivated by love.

DARK WATERS

Brendan Reilly, a.k.a. Danny Boy, is a veteran of the Overlords, an outlaw motorcycle club. A near-fatal accident leads him to an epiphany: he is determined to quit the life and reconnect with his ex-wife and son. At the same time, the Overlords are preparing for war against a rival gang, the Golden Jackals, and with Brendan’s loyalty in question, he is pushed further into the war when all he wants is a way out.

Dark Waters is a triumph through tragedy; a dark and uncompromising noir-like tale that is as much about the violence as it is about one man trying to escape it’
– Just a Guy That Likes to Read

RONNIE AND RITA

Ron Spooner is middle-aged, alone and lonely, a nobody who has mowed lawns for a living ever since he was a boy. When he meets a young drifter, Rita, they fall in love, and want nothing more than a family of their own. Too bad it isn’t possible. Or is it? What Rita asks him to do is wrong. Terribly wrong. But Ron is willing to sacrifice everything for this twisted love affair.

Ronnie and Rita punches far above its weight. A poignant and clever combination of sadness and tension, manipulation and desire, right from the beginning there’s no way of avoiding the sense of impending disaster’
Austcrime Fiction

News: Acquisition of ‘Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories’ by Deborah Sheldon

IFWG Publishing Australis is very pleased to sign on Deborah Sheldon’s collection of dark fiction, ‘Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories’. A good number of these stories have already graced the pages of quality publications, including Midnight Echo, Aurealis Magazine, SQ Mag, and Allegory Magazine. Quite a few of the stories will be original to this collection.

Deborah Sheldon

Deborah Sheldon is a professional writer from Melbourne, Australia. Her short fiction has appeared in many well-regarded journals such as SQ Mag, Midnight Echo, Aurealis, Quadrant, and Island. Her work can also be found in various anthologies, the most recent being ‘Lighthouses’ (Black Beacon Books, 2015) and ‘100 Lightnings’ (Paroxysm Press, 2016). The titular story of her upcoming collection with IFWG Publishing Australia, ‘Perfect Little Stitches’, is nominated for an Australian Shadows Award. Deb’s latest releases include the crime-noir novella, ‘Dark Waters’, and her collection, ‘Mayhem: selected stories’. Later in 2016, Cohesion Press will publish her bio-horror novel, ‘Devil Dragon’, while Satalyte Publishing will release her contemporary crime novel, ‘Garland Cove Heist’. Other credits include television scripts such as ‘Neighbours’, magazine feature articles, stage plays, non-fiction books (Reed Books, Random House), and award-winning medical writing. Visit Deb at http://deborahsheldon.wordpress.com

We welcome Deborah to this collaboration and are excited to publish the collection late in 2016 or early 2017.