New Signing: Drakeforth Series by Paul Mannering

One of the great pleasures for IFWG Publishing over recent years is to tap into the immense talent of New Zealand speculative fiction authors. We started with Jan Goldie, and followed it with Ali Foster and Barbara Howe. We recently acquired the rights to a novel by Kura Carpenter, and we have had a large number of New Zealand authors contribute to anthologies and our ezine, SQ Mag.

One author we have been impressed with for some time is Paul Mannering, based in Wellington. Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, has been to New Zealand a few times and had the pleasure of long discussions on matters of writing and publishing, and was as impressed with his writing, as his insights into the craft. We now solidified this relationship in the form of a publishing agreement.

IFWG publishing has bought the rights to the first two books of the respected, multifaceted Drakeforth Series, ‘Engines of Empathy’ and ‘Pisces of Fate’, and two new books in the series – the third titled ‘Time of Breath’, and the fourth is at the moment untitled. There may be more. A short, series-related fiction piece is included in this acquisition, and will be included with one of the novels.

IFWG considers this acquisition a coup and look forward to distributing it to all major English-speaking geographies. We will be publishing the first two books fairly rapidly in 2018 and then move on to the new titles soon thereafter.

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Paul Mannering

Paul Mannering is an award-winning writer of speculative fiction, comedy, horror and military action novels, short stories, radio plays and the occasional government report.

He lives in Wellington, New Zealand with his wife Damaris, and their two cats. Paul harbours a deep suspicion about asparagus and firmly believes we should all make an effort to be more courteous to cheese.

Find him online at:

Web: www.paulmannering.nz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NZPaulBooks/

Twitter: @paul_mannering

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Mannering/e/B005S9U43Q/

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Shadows on the Wall Preorders

IFWG Publishing is again happy to announce that, Shadows on the Wall, the dark and weird short story collection by Steven Paulsen, will be released for sale on 15 January 2018 (a double release with Jason Franks’ Faerie Apocalypse).

For a limited time – until the end of this year only – we have special prices for preorders made in Australia, UK and United Stated only.

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PREORDERS ARE NOW CLOSED.

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New Release: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1

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It is with great pleasure that we announce the Australian release of Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1, edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequiera, and Bryce Stevens. It is the third title under our ‘Dark Phases’ title series, and the first of three volumes of Australian Lovecraftian short fiction.

The cover artwork and design is by Steve Santiago, no stranger to Mythos art, and who will also be doing the honours in Vols 2 and 3, which will be published in 2018 and 2019 respectively. We also have two fine internal pieces by Sarah Ellerton and the late, and great, Lindsay C. Walker (who we have dedicated this anthology to).

The Table of Contents is as follows:

Introduction by Ramsey Campbell
A Pearl Beyond Price by Janeen Webb
Haunting Matilda by Dmetri Kakmi
Wife to Mr Lovecraft by Lucy Sussex
Darkness Beyond by Jason Franks
The Diesel Pool by Kaaron Warren
Dreamgirl by Stephen Dedman
The Thing In the Bidet by William Tevelain
The Return Of… by Christopher Sequeira
The Elder Things by B. Michael Radburn
Vanguard by Aaron Sterns

We are just as excited to publish other great Australian writers in our later volumes.

Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1 should be available from all fine bricks and mortar, and online, bookstores – ask for it if they haven’t got it on their shelves. The anthology will be released in North America on the 1st December this year.

Stay tuned for news about the formal book launch early next year, which will be in Melbourne, where many of its authors reside.

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.

News: Release of Brave’s Journey by Jan Goldie

It is with very great pleasure that we announce the release of Brave’s Journey by Jan Goldie, our first New Zealand author. This book is targeted to young to middling teenagers and is packed with epic fantasy adventure.

We are already hearing good things about the novel, including the respected New Zealand author and reviewer, Lee Murray, stating, “A richly-crafted fantasy adventure, Brave’s Journey is populated with tantrum-prone pre-teens, strange and mysterious creatures and malevolent baddies, but readers shouldn’t be fooled into thinking this is just another epic tale of good and evil. It’s also a gentle coming of age story, proving that awkwardness and humour is part of the process, no matter what world you hail from. A terrific read, not to be missed.”

The cover was designed by the talented Elizabeth Lang of EL Designs.

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A boy. A weird tattoo. A silver necklace showing four elements: ‘Earth. Air. Fire. Water.’

When Brave woke up that first, life-changing day, he had no idea that pretty soon he’d be controlling the weather, talking to royalty and journeying to another world. Let alone riding a camel. Life in the mysterious world of Arvalonia, where magic springs from the nature around you, couldn’t be more different to his ordinary existence back home. Especially when he meets True…bossy, rich, driven teenager True who’s out to make his life a misery.

Brave and True venture deep into enemy territory; facing a month without a bath, nipping stinkbuggies, evil ruler Mallevia’s ruthless green guards and eventually a battle with the vile queen herself.

Discover a place where the nature of power is within the power of nature.

Escape the ordinary.

Brave’s Journey can be purchased in ebook and print formats directly from IFWG Publishing Australia, or through all quality online stores, such as Amazon.

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.