New Acquisition: ‘The Crying Forest’ by Venero (Veny) Armanno

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IFWG Publishing is exceedingly pleased with the contract signing of Veny Armanno’s latest novel, currently titled ‘The Crying Forest’.

He has a great pedigree:  Veny is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels, including his recent book Burning Down (2017). His other well-known books include Black Mountain (2012), The Dirty Beat (2007) and Candle Life (2006). Further back, Veny’s novel Firehead was shortlisted in the 1999 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award; in 2002 The Volcano won the award with Best Fiction Book of the Year. His work has gone on to be published in the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Israel and South Korea.

“Veny is a highly respected author in the Australian literary scene,” stated Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and at the same time he is a master of speculative fiction. This acquisition is a synthesis of both, a work that is an intelligent, deeply mysterious and creepy story.”

Agata Rosso, a once-mighty yet now prematurely aged European witch, believes that the special gifts in a young girl named Lía Munro can restore youth and vitality both to herself and her bedridden husband. She sets a deadly plan in motion to capture and use Lía—but will the girl have enough power to protect herself, plus the father she loves so much?

IFWG will release the title in the third quarter of 2020.

News: Release of Chap-eBook, ‘Impounded’ by Paula Boer

It is with pleasure that IFWG Publishing Australia releases its first Chap-eBook, a short story titled ‘Impounded’ by Paula Boer.

We have added it to the chap-ebook catalog held by IFWG Publishing (International), but this work is written in Australian English, set very much in Australia. It was first published in Angie’s Diary (September 2013), coming second in the writer ezine’s inaugural short story competition. We are proud to reproduce it here, and to showcase in short fiction form the talented writer that Paula Boer is.

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The story of the struggle of a barramundi hatchling, bred within the fish farming industry, and escaping into the wild. A lovely short story, with evocative language from the point of view of the courageous animal.

The opening paragraph:

The wet season has arrived in the tropical north-west, a time of destruction and renewal. Nutrient-rich waters flood into the sea, the layers mixing in plumes as the waves churn. Nimbus clouds broil, engulfing the entire sky. Thunder echoes off the sandstone cliffs that stand sentinel to the river openings. Broadened by the floods, the swollen mouths gobble up sandy shores and scrub-filled lowlands, swamping the coast that lay bleached and dehydrated only weeks before.

Additionally, we are impressed with the cover, designed by Elizabeth Lang.

The short story can be purchased for a low US$0.99 in EPUB or PRC (Kindle Compatible) formats.