Book Deal: Fiction Collection by Deborah Sheldon

IFWG Publishing is delighted to announce the acquisition of a collection of short fiction by Deborah Sheldon, titled Liminal Spaces – Horror Stories. “This is a wonderful collection of Sheldon’s short fiction,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “mixing her recent successful stories in journals, along with original material. We have invested in her short fiction for some time, with the publication of Perfect Little Stitches and Others Stories and Figments and Fragments, and this new title will continue our comprehensive collection of the best of Sheldon’s horror writing career.”

DEBORAH SHELDON is an award-winning author from Melbourne, Australia. She writes short stories, novellas and novels across the darker spectrum of horror, crime and noir. Her award-nominated titles include the novels Body Farm ZContrition and Devil Dragon; the novella Thylacines; and collection Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories. She won the Australian Shadows ‘Best Collected Work’ Award for Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories, which was also long-listed for a Bram Stoker. As editor of Midnight Echo 14, she won the Australian Shadows ‘Best Edited Work’ Award. Her short fiction has been nominated for various Australian Shadows and Aurealis Awards, and included in ‘best of’ anthologies. Other credits include feature articles, non-fiction books, TV scripts and award-winning medical writing. http://deborahsheldon.wordpress.com

Liminal Spaces – Horror Stories will be released in 2022.

Cover Reveal: Gathering the Strands by Cary J Lenehan

IFWG Publishing is pleased to reveal the cover for Cary J Lenehan’s fifth instalment in his epic fantasy Warriors of Vhast series, Gathering the Strands. Artwork and design by UK-based Catherine Archer-Wills.

“We love the cover art and design for this volume in the series,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and especially with a non-combative scene, depicting one of the series’ long-standing characters in a professional setting. The quality of Archer-Wills’ work is outstanding, and captures the vivid world that Lenehan has created.”

Gathering the Strands will be published world-wide on the 1st March 2021. Preorders will be offered in January 2021.

Dracula Unfanged: Anthology Announcement & TOC Reveal

Sample art by commissioned cover artist, Dave Elsey

Christopher Sequeira’s New ‘Parallel Universe’ Dracula Anthology For IFWG Publishing Includes Dacre Stoker, Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Fowler, Steve Rasnic Tem, Nancy Holder, Jim Krueger, And Many More Masters Of Horror!

New ‘Imagine That’ anthology, “DRACULA UNFANGED” edited by Christopher Sequeira, to Feature Dacre Stoker, Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Fowler, Steve Rasnic Tem, Nancy Holder, Jim Krueger, Will Murray, Leslie Klinger, Rafe McGregor, Lee Murray, Jason Franks and several others! With a cover by Dave Elsey (of the BBC Moffat-Gatiss-Claes Bang DRACULA series)!

Following the success of IFWG’s SHERLOCK HOLMES AND DOCTOR WAS NOT (SH&DWN), wherein editor Christopher Sequeira conceived of a set up for tales of Holmes across various multi-versal incarnations where his best friend and biographer was a doctor, but just not Watson (instead being Dr Jekyll, or Doc Holliday, or Dr Nikola, etc., etc) Sequeira now returns with another ‘Imagine That…’ title in what is planned as a series for IFWG. This time readers are asked to Imagine That Dracula had never been a vampire, but was still a horrifying immortal menace to humanity! 

Many of the same writers who were in SH&DWN are back, but are joined by some names very well known to fans of the highest calibre in the craft of horror prose. The full line-up of authors is:-

  • DACRE STOKER AND LEVERETT BUTTS
  • RAMSEY CAMPBELL
  • PHILIP CORNELL
  • JULIE DITRICH
  • RON FORTIER
  • CHRISTOPHER FOWLER
  • JASON FRANKS
  • NANCY HOLDER
  • JIM KRUEGER
  • BRAD MENGEL
  • LEE MURRAY
  • WILL MURRAY
  • ALAN PHILIPSON
  • CHRIS RYALL
  • ANDREW SALMON
  • J. SCHERPENHUIZEN
  • CHRISTOPHER SEQUEIRA
  • STEVE RASNIC TEM
  • I. A. WATSON

The book will have an Introduction by famed Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft scholar, LESLIE KLINGER, and an afterword by Dracula and vampire expert, ROBERT EIGHTEEN-BISANG.

The cover will be by Oscar-winner DAVE ELSEY and frontispiece and end-piece interior illustrations will be by VICKY ADAMS.

International publication is planned for late 2021.

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.

Cover Reveal: Black Moon by Eugen Bacon

IFWG is very pleased to reveal the first of its exclusive chapbook range of titles, Black Moon: Graphic Speculative Flash Fiction, by Eugen Bacon (and illustrated by the talented Elena Betti).

Black Moon is an illustrated collection of speculative flash fiction interspersed with prose poetry. It carries themes of love and war, life and the afterlife, hope and despair. It is a philosophical assortment that questions normalcy, embraces opposition, and takes a keen interest on peculiarity. It will appeal to curious lovers of literary dark fantasy and all places in between.

This is an exclusive, 72 page full-colour chapbook, printed on high grade paper. Every piece of poetry/prose will have a commissioned illustration accompany it.

To maintain the integrity of this beautiful work, IFWG will not release this title in ebook formats. It will only be available in print form.

Preorders will be available from mid-September 2020, for a world-wide release of 1 December 2020.

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

Drive, She Said Book Cover

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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