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.

February Release: Silent Sorrow by Russell Kirkpatrick

Silent Sorrow is the first title released in 2021 by IFWG Publishing, and also the first title in IFWG’s ‘Uncaching the Treasures‘ campaign. The campaign recognises that IFWG ‘cached’ most of its 2020 scheduled titles to avoid the worst of COVID’s effects on the industry, and in the period February to June 2021, all will be ‘uncached’. And they are treasures indeed, including Russell Kirkpatrick’s first volume in his The Book of Remezov fantasy series.

A few events have already taken place with respect to Silent Sorrow, including an intriguing podcast interview of Kirkpatrick by Jason Henderson of Castle of Horror, and an insightful blog interview by Maureen Flynn.

Brilliant and ambitious, Remezov is already recognised as the best earthquake predictor in the business. He travels to the ancient city of Hanemark to be received into the powerful Guild of Geographers, the youngest inductee in decades.

On the way he finds a dead scientist’s diary, warning of an imminent invasion. Nonsense, of course—except the diary explains otherwise puzzling occurrences. Does he surrender it to the Guild, risking accusations he killed the scientist and stole the diary—all for an invasion that may never come—or does he keep it and use it to make his name? He has to decide soon, because he’s being hunted by something leaving a trail of mutilated bodies across the city.

The lizards are coming…

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

World Release: Black Moon by Eugen Bacon

There’s already been lot wonderful things said about Eugen Bacon’s illustrated book of micro fiction/poetic fiction, with glorious artwork by Elena Betti. It is with great pleasure and pride that we can announce that Black Moon: Graphic Speculative Flash Fiction is now released world wide.

“IFWG is proud indeed of this chapbook-gem,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, “as it is experimental, yet clearly an entertaining, insightful read. It is also the first of our new chapbook series line – a glorious start indeed.”

The artwork and finish is of such a high standard, IFWG chose not to release this title in ebook format. It is available from all good online and bricks and mortar stores. Here are some sample buying links: BooktopiaThe Book DepositoryUS AmazonAU AmazonUK AmazonAbe BooksFish Pond NZWalmart

New Release: The Cave at the End of the Universe by Ali Foster

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It is with great pleasure that we can announce the release of the third and final instalment of Ali Foster‘s children’s Ginomees Trilogy, The Cave at the End of the Universe. “It has been a pleasure to work with Ali on this series, and marrying her wonderful sketches with her fantastical writing,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG. “The concept of cast-away garden gnomes having lives and souls – and very different personalities – was enchanting for us at IFWG and we knew this was a worthwhile project. The three covers by the very talented New Zealand artist, Cheryl Smith (of Macarn Designs) was the icing on the cake.”

The Cave at the End of the Universe is, like its two predecessors, available in all good bricks and mortar and online stores, including in various ebook formats.

The first two books in the Ginomees Trilogy:

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New Release: Metamorphosis by Claire Fitzpatrick

It is with great pleasure and pride that we can announce the world-wide release of Claire Fitzpatrick‘s collection of short body horror fiction, Metamorphosis.

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“Body horror is a specialised dimension of horror,” stated Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG Publishing, “and there are several authors in Australia who have mastered it, lifting it to an art-form that is more than just guts and gore. Claire Fitzpatrick is definitely one of them. We believe this collection fills this sub-genre niche in our catalogue perfectly, and the quality of Claire’s writing also meets the high standards of horror writing that we look for. This is a winner.”

Madeline will never become a woman. William will never become a man. Does June deserve to be human? Does Lilith deserve a heart?

Seventeen stories. Seventeen tales of terror.

If imperfection is crucial to a society’s survival, what makes a monster?

Australian Shadows Award-winning author, Brian Craddock, describes Claire’s work perfectly: “Visceral and demented, full of flesh that twists and deforms…Fitzpatrick’s stories will either sicken or delight.”

Metamorphosis is now available world-wide, in all good online and print stores, and in ebook formats.

New Release: The Years of the Wolf by Craig Cormick

IFWG Publishing relishes experimentation – something different, something controversial, something that raises the eyebrows, and it is with great pleasure that we announce the release of Craig Cormick‘s newest novel, The Years of the Wolf.

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The novel is a murder mystery that looks not just at the way that internment brutalises and dehumanises people – as we have seen in contemporary internment – but the lengths that people will go to, to create fantasy worlds less hostile to them.

The book is set in the old prison at Trial Bay near Kempsey in northern New South Wales, whose ruins still remain, that housed over 500 civilian internees between 1915 and 1918.

Craig Cormick said, “We know that war leads to extreme circumstances, and that internment leads to extreme behaviours – taken together the German civilian internees in Australia created a strange fantasy world of Alpine village huts and German theatre – with men by necessity playing the roles of women.”

“Photos of the time – used in the book – show seductive middle eastern dancers and genteel ladies – who were actually the men’s cell mates, which meant things were bound to get a little strange.”

The murder mystery in the book is underpinned by racial tensions, inner-camp factional tensions and sexual tensions.

“Beyond the entertainment of the story, as we reach the end of the 100thanniversary of the First World War, we should remember the impacts of the war on those who have largely been written out of histories of the war,” he said.

“German internees were treated appallingly amongst the anti-German hysteria of the times and despite many of them having lived in Australia for many years, or married Australians, most were sent back to Germany at the end of the war. The story certainly resonates with contemporary attitudes to internees.”

Craig Cormick’s previous writing awards include a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, the ACT Book of the Year Award, a Victorian Community History Award and the Tasmanian Writer’s Prize.

The Years of the Wolf is now available in all good Australian, UK and NZ bookstores, in print and ebook formats, and will be released in North America November 20th. The novel contains photographs of the internees and internment camp.