New Releases: Walking the Tree and its teen companion chapbook, Morace’s Story

IFWG is extremely pleased to announce the release in all geographies, except for now in North America, the reprint of Kaaron Warren’s acclaimed fantasy novel, Walking the Tree, and its original young teen companion chapbook, Morace’s Story. “This is an absolutely unique publishing event,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “as this double release enables the whole family to read Warren’s imaginative story. But I’ll let you in on a secret: adults will find much that is entertaining and thought-provoking in the chapbook.”

Both books will release in the USA and Canada on 16 June 2022.

While not all retailers have picked up the stock as yet, over coming weeks both titles will be available in print and ebook form through all good bookstores, online and in bricks and mortar. We expect all such stores will be stocked in North America in mid-June.

All geographies – including the USA and Canada – can acquire the books (as a companion set) direct from the publisher (via our UK warehouse) by clicking here.

Special mention should be given to Greg Chapman’s excellent cover art and design.

Walking the Tree

Botanica is an island, but almost all of the island is taken up by the Tree.

Little knowing how they came to be here, small communities live around the coast line. The Tree provides them shelter, kindling, medicine-and a place of legends, for there are ghosts within the trees who snatch children and the dying.

Lillah has come of age and is now ready to leave her community and walk the tree for five years, learning all Botanica has to teach her. Before setting off, Lillah is asked by the dying mother of a young boy to take him with her. In a country where a plague killed half the population, Morace will otherwise be killed in case he has the same disease. But can Lillah keep the boy’s secret, or will she have to resort to breaking the oldest taboo on Botanica?

Morace’s Story

Botanica is the island, but all of Botanica is taken up by the Tree. When Morace and other students set out to walk around the Tree, a five year journey, he has no idea what lies ahead. Little does he know the risks his teacher, Lillah, will have to take to keep him alive, and the dangers he will face himself to save her life.

Special Offer: Kaaron Warren’s Walking the Tree companion set (with Morace’s Story)

Kaaron Warren’s classic fantasy novel, Walking the Tree, will be rereleased on the 4 April 2022, along with a brand new companion chapbook, Morace’s Story. This is a unique set, as Morace’s Story tells the same tale as Walking the Tree but through the eyes of the young protagonist from the original adult novel. For families who have older pre-teens or young teens, there is an opportunity for the whole family to delve into Warren’s storytelling; for older readers, it will be a refreshing, fascinating alternate viewpoint of the overarching story.

Both titles will be released in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand on the 4th April 2022, and in the USA and Canada on the 15th June 2022 – through all good online and bricks and mortar stores, as well as ebook retailers.

For those of you who wish to buy the two together without fuss and a decent price, or get the titles early in North America, we are offering direct sales to any English speaking country (and European country) for the next two months (offer ends 31 May 2022). Shipments will be made within a week of any order.

Purchases can be made by clicking here (AU$29.95 to all geographies covered by this offer)

New Release: Mistification by Kaaron Warren

In April 2020 IFWG Publishing announced the acquisition of a significant number of works by Kaaron Warren, including three previously published novels (Slights, Mistification, Walking the Tree), an original middle grade novel (Morace’s Story), and a collaborative chapbook with Ellen Datlow (Tool Tales). Most of these works have now been published. We saw these acquisitions as being a major contribution to our strong catalogue of everything Kaaron Warren – acknowledging her amazing talent and ensuring that her work is accessible world-wide to her fans – and at the same time introducing her new work.

Mistification has now been released world-wide, and it is a significant work by Warren, having been out of print for some time. Many of her fans would not have had the opportunity to read this masterpiece of dark fantasy.

We are also extremely pleased with the captivating cover artwork and design by Vince Haig.

They entered the cellar and he locked the door behind them. He drew the mist to give the girl a sense of euphoria and anticipation. 

“There is magic here; tricks,” the girl said. “I know because I blink and things change. I feel like I can see germs in the air. It’s damp. What if I catch something?” 

He said, “You can’t catch magic. You can learn parts of it, you are born with some. Magic is not contagious, though its element is contagion. Some things can influence you long after you have stopped touching them. Some things will never stop touching you, even when they are long forgotten.” His voice was so quiet it gave her comfort. 

Mistification is now available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores.

Two-Cover Reveal: Walking the Tree and Morace’s Story by Kaaron Warren

IFWG is very pleased to reveal the covers of two companion titles by Kaaron Warren, which will be co-released worldwide on the 4th April 2022: Walking the Tree, a reissue of a classic Warren novel, and Morace’s Story, an original middle-grade title that recounts the same story as Walking the Tree, but through the eyes of a teenage protagonist. “The combination of releases,” said Gerry Huntman, “is absolutely unique, and we look forward to producing fiction that can enchant parents and children at the same time.”

Both covers are created by the amazing Greg Chapman.

We will reveal more about this title in coming weeks.

Cover Reveal: Mistification by Kaaron Warren

In an earlier posting IFWG revealed it had acquired the rights to Kaaron Warren’s Mistification, a dark urban fantasy previously published in 2011. With this new release, we have acquired the services of the very talented Vince Haig for the cover, and we are delighted by the result, one that complements his rendering of Slights earlier this year.

We will reveal more about this upcoming title in coming weeks.

Mistification will be released world wide on 3 December 2021, and preorders will be available in coming months.

New Release: Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies

IFWG is very excited to announce the release of its second of three new anthologies this year, Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies, edited by Deborah Sheldon. This is a particularly unique anthology for us, as it is the very first that is sourced from a fiction callout, with the exception of four commissioned pieces.

Some of our commissioned authors include Jack Dann, Kaaron Warren and Sean Williams, and we certainly attracted amazing additional talent from the Australian shores: Geraldine Borella, Renee De Visser, Jason Fischer, Tracie McBride, Rebecca Fraser, Gary Kemble, David Kuraria, Paul Mannering,  JM Merryt, Samantha Murray, Robyn O’Sullivan, Kat Pekin, Antoinette Rydyr, Charles Spiteri, HK Stubbs, Matt Tighe, Mark Towse, Ash Tudor, and Janeen Webb.

“This anthology is the culmination of a great deal of work,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG,” and Deb Sheldon has done an amazing job. It was her idea and we gladly played along – we were particularly attracted to the concept of an Australian Body Horror anthology, and yet elevated with a good dose of literary horror. Is this work disturbing? Definitely. But it is also amazingly thought-provoking.”

Kudos should also be given to Keely Van Order who was challenged to provide the artwork and design of our cover. All of us in IFWG certainly believe she nailed the brief.


A selection of the darkest Australian fiction.


Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies taps into anxieties, painful memories and nightmares. Here, your worst fears come true.


Penned by established authors and fresh new voices, these stories range from the gothic and phantasmagorical, through the demonic and supernatural, to the dystopian and sci-fi.


Prepare for a visceral, frightening read.


Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies is now available for purchase world-wide, through bricks and mortar stores and online, in print and ebook formats.