Books Deal with Kaaron Warren & Ellen Datlow

Kaaron Warren & Ellen Datlow taken by Cat Sparks

Ellen Datlow & Kaaron Warren (photo by Cat Sparks)

IFWG Publishing is extremely pleased to have acquired the publishing rights for five titles by Kaaron Warren, one of which is a collaboration with multi-award winning editor Ellen Datlow.

Three Warren titles are transfers of rights from a previous publisher (Slights, Mistification and Walking the Tree) and two are original works: Morace’s Story (a middlegrade novella that closely ties with Walking the Tree, where both will be published worldwide simultaneously), and Tool Tales, a chap-book that will contain original photography by Ellen Datlow paired with micro-fiction by Warren—all associated with images of old tools that are odd, weird, or whose utility are largely forgotten over time. Warren’s prose sources inspiration and stream of consciousness from these images.

All five titles will be published on return to normalcy in the marketplace following the current COVID-19 crisis, but Slights will be available in ebook format in coming months. All three reprints will be augmented with new creative material, notably a bonus related short fiction piece for Slights, and Walking the Tree will be closely associated with Morace’s Story—it will be the same story as Walking the Tree, but through the eyes of a young protagonist. IFWG views this pairing as an exciting project with an original approach to bridging literature across different age groups. IFWG will provide more news on enhancements to Mistification at a later date.

Tool Tales brings Ellen Datlow into the project as an artistic contributor, which contrasts with her usual expert role as an editor. IFWG was approached by Warren and Datlow following their social media success in matching Kaaron’s speculative fiction writing against Datlow’s collection of images of tools, to turn this exercise into a print and ebook collection. IFWG recognised the potential interest in this project in the wider reading community, and also saw it as a superior reference work for writers’ workshops and classes.

IFWG Publishing views these acquisitions as a strong investment, injecting two projects with unique offerings to the market (Morace’s Story’s pairing with Walking the Tree, and the creative collaboration between Warren and Datlow in Tool Tales). Additionally, IFWG values the addition of five titles bearing Warren’s respected name to its current catalogue of two books (the multi-award winning novel, The Grief Hole, and her collection of short fiction, The Gate Theory).

Kaaron Warren’s Bio:

Shirley Jackson award-winner Kaaron Warren published her first short story in 1993 and has had fiction in print every year since. She was recently given the Peter McNamara Lifetime Achievement Award and was Guest of Honour at World Fantasy 2018, Stokercon 2019 and Geysercon 2019. Kaaron was a Fellow at the Museum for Australian Democracy, where she researched prime ministers, artists and serial killers.

She has published five multi-award winning novels (Slights, Walking the Tree, Mistification, The Grief Hole and Tide of Stone) and seven short story collections, including the multi-award winning Through Splintered Walls. She has won the ACT Writers and Publishers Award four times and twice been awarded the Canberra Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Her most recent novella, Into Bones Like Oil (Meerkat Press) is on the Final Ballot for the Stoker Award, the Recommended Reading List for Locus and the Aurealis Award Shortlist.

Ellen Datlow’s Bio:

Ellen Datlow has been editing sf/f/h short fiction for four decades. She was fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and SCIFICTION and currently acquires short stories and novellas for Tor.com and Nightfire. She has edited many anthologies for adults, young adults, and children, including The Best Horror of the Year series and Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, Final Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles, and the reprint anthologies Edited By and Body Shocks. She’s won multiple Locus, Hugo, Stoker, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, and World Fantasy Awards plus the 2012 Il Posto Nero Black Spot Award for Excellence as Best Foreign Editor. Datlow was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for “outstanding contribution to the genre” and was honored with the Life Achievement Award given by the Horror Writers Association, in acknowledgment of superior achievement over an entire career and honored with the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.

She runs the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in the east village, NYC, with Matthew Kressel.

News: Book Launch of Warriors of Vhast Book 4

This year’s launch, for the fourth volume of the Warriors of Vhast series, Scouring the Land, again took place at Amor Bar in North Hobart. Rather than doing a speech, the floor was thrown open to questions and a very productive Q&Q ensued.

Questions came in that covered a wide variety of areas. Some of these involved the origin of the books, the history of Vhast itself, and what will happen after the series finishes. Most of the people present asked at least one question, much to our surprise. The Q&A showed that attendees had read the books (and that most had also read at least some of the short fiction available through Patreon as well).

The way the Q&A was received showed us that next year we should look towards live streaming a session and allowing readers around the world to take part interactively.

After much chat, and quite a few drinks, we closed up again for another year when we will be back for more drinks and the launch of Book 5, Gathering the Strands.

Some photos taken at the event (courtesy of Cary Lenehan):

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Update: Upcoming Australian Horror Anthology

IFWG is extremely happy to tease you a little more about our earlier announcement, when we revealed that Deborah Sheldon had signed up as editor of a forthcoming anthology. She will have four commissioned short fiction pieces by A-grade Australian authors, with the remainder of the TOC made up from a callout in 2020 to Australian horror fiction writers. The anthology’s cover art, design and illustrations will be commissioned from Australian artists.

We can now reveal that our commissioned authors will be:
Isobelle Carmody
Jack Dann
Kaaron Warren
Sean Williams

We are over the moon with this amazing line-up and know that not only will we get unique takes on the theme of this anthology, but the mix of these wonderful authors in a single anthology will also contribute to a combined effect that will be grander than the sum of their excellent pieces.

We can reveal that the theme will be a subset of the Body Horror sub-genre but we would rather reveal the full scope of the anthology when we make the call-out for non-commissioned submissions around March next year.

Interview with Kaaron Warren

Join author, Kaaron Warren, in a wonderful interview where she lists her favourite books (revisited from our post on our IFWG Publishing International site).

Link to The Grief Hole page.

Enjoy a free reading of the first chapter of her newest book, ‘The Grief Hole.’ Thanks to Alex Weaver for the audio recording.

Reading of Chapter 1 of The Grief Hole

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News: The Grief Hole Wins Best Horror Novel Category in 2016 Aurealis Awards

We in IFWG are over the moon on just now finding out that Kaaron Warren‘s The Grief Hole has won the Best Horror Novel category in the 2016 Aurealis Awards. Congratulations to all the winners, all the short listed work, but special congratulations to Kaaron on her award.

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The judges stated that The Grief Hole “…is an intelligent, haunting and exquisitely horrific novel that unanimously and unequivocally impressed the entire panel in all areas of the judging criteria, and which will no doubt become a highly regarded touchstone of Australian horror.”

Again, we would like to also thank the book’s editor, Sophie Yorkston, and artist, Keely Van Order, for the significant contribution to the product as a whole.

News: The Grief Hole Wins Australia’s Premier Horror Literature Award

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It is with pride and joy that we can announce that Kaaron Warren‘s The Grief Hole has won the Best Novel category of the 2016 Australian Shadows Awards – Australia’s (and beyond) most reliable awards for quality horror and dark fiction. The Grief Hole was a special project for the IFWG team, and a great deal of hard work was put into it – Keely Van Order and her wonderful artwork, Sophie Yorkston for her quality editing, and of course, the actual winner – Kaaron Warren. Congratulations to Kaaron and the team, as well as the other winners and short listed authors in this year’s awards.