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.

Report: Double Launch of Slights (Kaaron Warren) & Silent Sorrow (Russell Kirkpatrick)

A few weekends ago Kaaron Warren and Russell Kirkpatrick teamed up and officially launched their most recent novels to the reading public. Kaaron’s book, Slights, is a refreshed reissue of her very first novel and there has been a demand by new Warren readers to get access to it. Russell’s novel, Silent Sorrow, has been a long time coming and is the first of his The Book of Remezov series. It was also an opportunity for Kaaron to represent herself and Ellen Datlow in showcasing their recent literary partership (in effect turning the event into a triple launch): Tool Tales (a chapbook that has photographs of obscure antique tools, with Kaaron writing imaginative microfiction to interpret their purpose/history). COVID has impacted on release dates as well as launch timings, but we are so glad it finally eventuated – special thanks to Harry Hartog ANU for hosting the event and making the authors, and guests, very welcome.

Kaaron provided us with a mini report:

Leading up to our triple book launch, Russell and I had lots of chats about the importance of involving the audience in our event. I love a book launch where the audience becomes a part of the show! We each made 30 gift bags. Russell’s had his amazing maps, mine had nasty recipe cards and an odd little soldier. Both had Wizz Fizz. Russell printed up door prizes; large Russell maps from him, blow ups of Ellen Datlow’s tools from me. Russell made people work for his; they had to draw a map. The winner depicted Ashfield as ‘Trashfield’ and Russell says it was humour that won the prize for this one. I gave one prize to Nicole Murphy for making the best fart noises during Russell’s reading. It was appropriate, I promise! The opening of his Silent Sorrow is so good. Descriptive, evocative, funny, and full of farts. I read some of my Tool Tales and Russell and I talked about our inspirations and motivations. There was wine and cheese, laughter, conversation and much positive feedback. An absolutely excellent launch!

After reading Kaaron’s report we definitely knew we missed something special. Perhaps some of the photos below will help a bit (courtesy of Cat Sparks):

New Release: Tool Tales by Kaaron Warren & Ellen Datlow

IFWG is proud to release the second in its ongoing chapbook series, Tool Tales: Microfiction Inspired By Antique Tools, with photography by Ellen Datlow, and microfiction accompanying each photo by Kaaron Warren. “It was a pleasure to work with Kaaron and Ellen,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and I thoroughly enjoyed the Zoom sessions and email iterations. While this was a small project – being a chapbook after all – the whole process went smooth as silk, mainly because we had such fun. I think this spirit comes out in its pages.”

Multi-award winning creators Ellen Datlow and Kaaron Warren teamed up on Facebook a few years ago when Ellen posted photos of antique tools and Kaaron wrote microfiction pieces to accompany them, without either of them knowing what the tools were for.

This chapbook collects and preserves their playful interaction for readers to enjoy.

Tool Tales is only available in print format and can be purchased world-wide from all good and specialist book stores. IFWG also sells the chapbook directly (click here).