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):
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
IFWG Publishing Australia is pleased to have acquired worldwide print and digital book rights for Kaaron Warren’s short story collection, The Gate Theory. “This collection attracted much-deserved rave reviews when it was published in 2015, and when we heard that its rights were available, we jumped for it,” Gerry Huntman, Managing Director IFWG Publishing Australia stated. “Last year we published Kaaron’s The Grief Hole, and we see this work as complementing it in our catalogue.”
The Gate Theory will be released in coming days, both in print and ebook formats, and will also be available in significant discounted form when purchasing The Grief Hole through the publisher, as part of a two-title deal.
Front and back cover artwork by Carlo Cotronis and design by Jeffery E Doherty.
“We’re all in pain. We try to keep the gates closed by falling in love, travelling, avoiding responsibility, getting drunk, taking drugs…anything to lose ourselves.
But the dull ache remains in each of us.These stories are about the gates opening.”
The Gate Theory holds six tales by award-winning Australian author Kaaron Warren.
Each story resonates with the pain of living.