IFWG Publishing is delighted to reveal the cover of Craig Cormick’s historical mystery/speculative fiction novel, The Years of the Wolf. The novel is based on a true story and the photograph (photographer unknown) is taken from the same time and place as the title’s source material. Catherine Archer-Wills has done a spectacular job of converting the photograph into a cover. Here is the full spread:
This story begins with a murder. A German internee is found dead inside a civilian internment camp during World War One, and one young internee, Arno Friedrich, determines to find the killer. But the more he probes into the lives of his fellow internees the more he discovers that little within the old stone prison is as he had imagined. He finds that the Germanic facades and fantasies the men construct hide secrets within secrets. And a killer.
The Years of the Wolf will be released and launched at Conflux on 29 September 2018. Preorder details will be released soon.
IFWG Publishing Australia is almost exclusively a publisher of children’s and speculative fiction. Every once in a while we come across something special and not quite in our normal publishing line, and something we can’t say no to. Such is the case with Craig Cormick’s The Years of the Wolf.
The novel is a based on a rather bizarre moment in Australian history, which holds resonance for both the Centenary of World War One and issues around internment.
It is based on the true story of German civilians who were interned in an old prison on the coast near Kempsey in New South Wales, during WWI – and is told as an intriguing story of murder, cross-dressing, and the impacts of war on society. From a number of angles, we would classify this story as a psychological war horror story.
Craig Cormick is an award-winning Canberra author and science journalist. He has published over 25 books of fiction, non-fiction and children’s fiction, with both small and mainstream publishers, in Australia and overseas. Much of his work deals with reinterpretations of history. He is a former Chair of the ACT Writers Centre, and his writing awards include a Queensland Premier’s Award, ACT Book of the Year Award, the Tasmania Writers Prize and a Victorian Community History Award. He is a graduate of the Yale Writing Program, has taught writing at university and community levels, has been a writer in residence at the University of Science in Penang in Malaysia, and an Antarctic Arts Fellow travelling to Antarctica.
Welcome Craig! We look forward to publishing your work early in 2018.