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.

New Release: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 3

IFWG is proud to announce the release of the third and final volume in its Cthulhu Deep Down Under series, edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira and Bryce Stevens. We say ‘final volume’ but we aren’t necessarily holding to it: what we can say is that the series was conceptualised for three volumes, and we have delivered.

The publication of these three volumes was ambitious: we wanted to have as many of the talented Australian horror and weird fiction authors possible to contribute to Antipodean Lovecraftian fiction, and we believe we succeeded. We even had a small detour a few years ago publishing Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud and gathered a fine selection of New Zealand authors. This was a four-year journey (with a COVID-hiatus of one year thrown in), and it has been a great ride.

“Two things stand out in this final volume,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG. “Firstly, the title only has one reprint, so a lot of original content is contained between its covers. Secondly, along with a great introduction by Cat Rambo, we have a series closure essay by Jack Dann that deserves to be featured in itself. Bravo to all contributors!”

Finally, special mention should also be given to Steve Santiago, the cover designer for all three volumes and the New Zealand addition. For the three volumes we challenged him to present iconic Australian settings, and it ended up a great success: Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Australian outback, and in this final volume, the Daintree Rainforest.


In the story that first established the monstrous cosmic terrors of his Mythos writer H. P. Lovecraft said “We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity…” 

Which makes it all the more fitting that the adepts of Lovecraft’s vision writing today would choose to unveil ever-evolving and terrible fears besetting those that live on the largest island on the planet, and force the protagonists of some startling new horror fiction tales in this book to face, indeed, not placidity, but their own black seas of infinity…and madness.

Again, some of the greatest scribes of the weird and startling from the land down under bring you brand new stories in the Lovecraftian genre, taking you from the realms of contemporary Australian cities, to the blood-soaked, post-colonial past (touching the powerful original cultures of the land), and even hinting at the disturbing future of Terra Australis.

You will fear a sunburnt country.

Tales of terror by Alan Baxter, David Conyers, Julie Ditrich, Jason Fischer, Steve Kilbey, Steven Paulsen, Steve Proposch, Alf Simpson, Cat Sparks, Maurice Xanthos. Introduction by Cat Rambo and Afterword by Jack Dann.


Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 3 is now available in Australia, UK, Europe, and New Zealand in all good bookstores, bricks and mortar as well as online, print and ebook formats. It will be released in North America 30 June 2021.

New Release: Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract

IFWG is incredibly happy to announce the world-wide release of Rebecca Fraser’s dark and weird collection of short fiction, Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract. Fraser has published through IFWG before, and we are very pleased to see her talent and skills shine in the adult fiction catalogue.

A surfer who becomes horrifyingly one with the sea. A new mother’s devastating search for belonging. A stone gargoyle with a violent history. A fisher boy who discovers the real cost of forbidden love. A farmer whose delight at drought-breaking rain quickly turns to terror. A hedonistic rock star who manifests double trouble. A young girl’s chilling sacrifice for justice. A dirty ex-cop with a dirtier secret. An unscrupulous mayor’s solution to rid her city of the homeless…

These are just some of the characters you’ll meet in this collection of dark offerings.

From the harsh terrain of the Outback, to the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the wilds of Tasmania, dystopian futures, enchanted lands, and the familiarity of suburbia, Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract takes readers on a journey into unsettling, unforgiving, and unforgettable territory.

Rebecca Fraser is an Australian author who writes genre-mashing fiction for both children and adults. Her short stories, flash fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous award-winning anthologies, magazines, and journals, and her first novel Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean was released in 2018 (also with IFWG Publishing Australia). Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract is her first collection.

Rebecca holds an MA in Creative Writing, and a Certificate of Publishing (Copy Editing & Proofreading). To provide her muse with life’s essentials, Rebecca copywrites and edits in a freelance capacity, and operates StoryCraft Creative Writing Workshops for aspiring authors of every age and ability. However, her true passion is storytelling.

Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract is available now in all good print and ebook stores and online stores.

New Release: The Wildcard by Kathryn Hore

IFWG is very proud to announce the release in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and UK, Kathryn Hore’s debut novel, The Wildcard. It is also released world wide in ebook format, and the print release in North America will occur on 25 May 2021. This novel is a well researched, entertaining crime suspense thriller, centred, as you guessed, around gambling.

Jem doesn’t do risk. He doesn’t play games with chance. At least not until his ex-girlfriend shows up on his doorstop in tears and tricks him into signing for an impossible debt.

Thrust into an underworld of card players who bet anything they can think of – favours, information, secrets, even coffee – Jem has to figure his way out of a debt he doesn’t understand, in a world where the rules are twisting, complex and never explained. Relying only on a woman who plays life like she plays a game of poker, and drawn to a young man who offers temptations Jem’s not sure he can trust, there is only one thing he is clear on: the consequences of losing in this crowd. Because the last guy to owe a debt like his was just found floating face down in the ocean, and if Jem doesn’t sort this out fast, he could be next. 

Kathryn is a Melbourne writer of speculative and thriller fiction with a taste for blending dark genres in twisting ways. Her short fiction has been published in several anthologies and magazines, including Aurealis and Midnight Echo. When not writing, she works in archives, libraries and records management, and has a couple of small children to keep her busy. The Wildcard is her debut novel.

The Wildcard is available now in all good print and ebook stores and online stores.

New Release: Dispossessed by Piper Mejia

IFWG is very proud to announce the release in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and UK, Piper Mejia’s young adult urban fantasy, Dispossessed. Top genre New Zealand author, Lee Murray, says of Mejia’s work: “In this vivid and confronting YA thriller, Mejia reminds us that true monsters might be closer than we think. For anyone who ever felt othered and alone.”

Nobody likes you when you’re the ugly new kid. A hoodie and a new foster home won’t hide the creeping dread that you are dangerous. So, when you’re offered the chance to meet a grandfather you never knew, you jump on a plane to the bush-covered mountains of New Zealand.

Slate longs for a home when he finds himself living among an ancient race masquerading as travelling performers. Dispossessed and disillusioned, Slate fears being trapped in a life hiding from the world; one his own father had to run from.

However, the decision to stay or leave is taken from him when he is held captive by hunters on the trail of the ultimate game trophy. Tortured and alone Slate fears that the only way to escape is to become the monster he never wanted to be.

Piper Mejia is an advocate for New Zealand writers and liter­ature.­ Her­ short­ fiction­ has­ been­ published­ in­ a­range­ of­ magazines­ and­ anthologies, ­including­ Room Enough for Two, which­ appeared­ in­ the­ Sir­ Julius­ Vogel­ Award-winning­ anthology­ Te Korero Ahi Ka­ (2018).­A­ collection­ of­ her ­original­ short­ stories,­ The Better Sister,­ was­published­ by ­Breach­ in­ 2020.­ In­ addition­ to­ writing,­ Piper­ is­ a­ founding­ member­ of­ Young­ NZ­ Writers­–­a­ non-profit­organisation­ dedicated­ to­ providing­ writing­ and­ publishing­ opportunities­ for­ young­ writers.­ As­ a­ child,­ Piper­ stayed­up­ late­ laughing­ at­ horror­ films.­ As­ an­ adult­ she­ has­ never­ lost­ her­ love­ for­ science­ fiction­ and­ horror,­ two­ genres­ that­ continues­ to­ ask­ the­ question “What if…”

Dispossessed is available now in all good print and ebook stores and online stores in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and UK. It will be released in USA and Canada on 25th May 2021.

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).