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).

February Release: Slights by Kaaron Warren

Slights by Kaaron Warren is part of IFWG’s ‘Uncaching the Treasures‘ campaign, and it is the only reprint in the event’s catalogue. IFWG has a long and fruitful relationship with Warren, beginning with the multi-award-winning The Grief Hole, and followed up by her collection, The Gate Theory. Apart from new Warren titles coming out in the next 12 months, IFWG jumped at the chance of buying the rights to some of Warren’s back catalogue, and in particular titles that have been inaccessible for some time. Slights is the first of several such titles, and we are pleased to see the print version releasing world-wide this month.

A few events have already taken place with respect to Slights, including an insightful podcast interview of Warren by Jason Henderson of Castle of Horror, and a blog interview by Maureen Flynn.

When Stevie Searle almost dies in the accident that kills her mother, she doesn’t see a shining path or a golden light.

Instead, she sees everyone she’s ever slighted, waiting to take a piece of her in a cold, dark room. The person whose place she took in the queue, the schoolmate she cheated off, the bus driver she didn’t pay? All waiting. All wanting to take their revenge when she finally crosses over.

Stevie is fascinated by the dark room so she sends herself there again.

And again.

And Again.

Slights is now available worldwide through all good bricks and mortar and online stores, print and ebook.

Cover Reveal: Tool Tales by Ellen Datlow & Kaaron Warren

IFWG Publishing is very pleased to reveal the cover of the second in its Chapbook Series, Tool Tales, with photography by Ellen Datlow and microfiction by Kaaron Warren.

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.

This unique 30-page book will be released in print-format only on 8 March 2021.

Cover Reveal: Slights by Kaaron Warren

It is with great pleasure that we reveal the front cover art and design of the upcoming reprint, Slights, by Kaaron Warren. Great work by Vince Haig, who has been commissioned to add continuity to IFWG’s catalogue of upcoming books by Warren, including Mistification and Walking the Tree (both released in 2021).

Slights will be released world-wide in ebook format from 15 November 2020, and in print format 8 February 2021.

Preorders for the print version is now open.