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 Release: Cut to Care: A Collection of Little Hurts by Aaron Dries

IFWG Publishing is pleased to announce the Australian imprint’s release of Aaron Dries new collection of fiction, Cut to Care: A Collection of Little Hurts.

“This title represents Dries’ writing skills magnificently,” said Gerry Huntman, MD of IFWG. “We were impressed with his mix of supernatural and body horror from the moment we read his manuscript, as well as the infusion of his personal life experiences – acquiring his collection was an eminently logical step, and releasing it in Australia and internationally is the culmination of a pleasurable and satisfying process. We strongly believe that the horror reading public, and well beyond, will appreciate the work of art that is Cut to Care.”

An agency that sends social workers into the homes of grieving families to impersonate dead loved ones…

The kind old woman who saved a teenager’s life but now finds herself haunted by the weight of a cheated suicide…

And the daughter of a candlestick maker as she tries to survive a painful existence after her father’s execution for making human chandeliers of drunken cowboys…

These stories and more-ranging from supernatural to the frighteningly domestic, Splatterpunk to the weird and cosmic-stain the pages of Cut to Care: A Collection of Little Hurts by Aaron Dries. They serve as a timely reminder of the cost of caring too much. Or not caring enough. Of how we mask cruelties behind kindness. And of our willingness to rip ourselves apart in the hope of satisfying a world that doesn’t always care for you back. 

Featuring an exclusive introduction by Mick Garris, creator of MASTERS OF HORROR and director of Stephen King’s THE STAND, this unforgettable collection truly cuts deep.

Cut to Care: A Collection of Little Hurts is available now in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores in Australia, UK, Europe and New Zealand. It will be released in ebook and print formats in the USA and Canada on 27 June 2022.

Anthology Submission Guidelines: Killer Creatures Down Under: Horror Stories with Bite

Submissions open: 22 April 2022
Deadline: 15 July 2022
Payment: 4c per word for original stories, 1c per word for reprints (Australian currency)
Publisher: IFWG Publishing Australia (co-published in North America through the IFWG Publishing International imprint)
Note: Open to Australian writers only (citizens, residents and ex-pats)
To be edited by award-winning author and anthology editor, Deborah Sheldon.

Killer Creatures Down Under: Horror Stories with Bite will comprise stories from Australian writers obtained entirely from open callout. The stories must feature Australian animals; in other words, no cryptids, ghosts, legends or monsters. The animals can be of any type – mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, invertebrates, fish, arthropods – as long as they are real creatures that are native to Australia. While each story must be nominally “body horror”, there is no restriction on subgenre: anything from sci-fi to fantasy to gothic to action to psychological and beyond will be considered.

Stories must be between 1500 and 5000 words. Stories outside of these word counts risk being deleted unread. Reprints will be considered, but must not be available for free anywhere online. The anthology will have only a small number of reprints, regardless.

While graphic violence and swearing are acceptable, submissions must have a literary bent, i.e., a high standard of writing. For a clearer understanding of requirements, you might read Deb’s IFWG anthology, Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies

What to avoid:

  • Gratuitous gore used purely for shock value.
  • Cliché tropes such as: the adventures of a young boy and his dog; the main character turning out to be an animal; death of a beloved pet; dead animals coming back to life; crazy cat lady; alien disguised as an animal; villain with a fish tank; and so on.
  • The submission of first drafts, often indicated by spelling and grammatical errors.

Required rights:

  • First worldwide electronic and print rights in the English language, exclusive for one year, and non-exclusive rights thereafter.
  • For reprints, non-exclusive rights apply.
  • If the story is subsequently reprinted, please credit Killer Creatures Down Under: Horror Stories with Bite (IFWG Publishing Australia) as the original publisher.

How to submit:

  • Your story must be in a Word document, double-spaced, Times New Roman in 12pt.
  • Your name, contact details and word count should be on the first page above the title.
  • Use double-quotation marks, single space after full stops, first-line indents, page numbers, and Australian-English spelling. No tabs. No double-returns between paragraphs.
  • Send to Deborah Sheldon at killercreaturesdownunder@gmail.com with STORY TITLE – YOUR NAME – WORD COUNT as the subject heading. Please fill in the actual details.
  • In the body of your email, provide an author bio of about 100 words (give or take). Include your Australian citizen/resident/ex-pat status – this is important. 
  • If your story is a reprint, provide the full details of its first publication in the body of your email, with links if possible.
  • You can submit more than one story. Submit each story in a separate email.
  • No simultaneous submissions, which means do not submit your story to another market at the same time.
  • Give yourself the best possible chance – please do not ignore these guidelines.

Response issues:

  • All acceptance and rejection emails will be sent by 12 August 2022.
  • No feedback will be offered for rejected stories. Please don’t ask.
  • Do not resubmit a rejected story, even if you have made substantial changes.
  • All accepted stories will be edited and adjustments made for house style. If you think your writing doesn’t require editing, please do not submit to this anthology.
  • Killer Creatures Down Under: Horror Stories with Bite is scheduled for publication in June 2023.
  • Accepted writers will receive payment via bank transfer within 30 days of publication (or PayPal in exceptional cases).
  • Accepted writers will also receive an e-book and one complimentary paperback.

IFWG Publishing Australia will provide further updates on the anthology’s publication schedule in due course.

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)

Signing: Deborah Sheldon to Edit a Second Exciting Australian Horror Anthology

IFWG is very excited to announce the signing of Deborah Sheldon’s editing services for a premium horror anthology to be published in 2023.

It will entirely consist of accepted submissions from a callout to Australian horror fiction writers in 2022.

It is too early to provide full details for this project, as we are still managing the logistics, but we can give you a clue – the title of the anthology will be ‘Killer Creatures Down Under: Horror Stories With Bite’. More details will be forthcoming in April, with the intention to open for submissions later in the year.

Deborah Sheldon 2020 medium-res

Deborah Sheldon is fast becoming a noted anthologist in Australia and overseas, with her guest editorship of an issue of Midnight Echo magazine, and, of course, her sterling work for Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies. IFWG is very much looking forward to working with Deborah on this project.

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.