New Release: Bedding the Lamia: Tropical Horrors by David Kuraria

Today, the 3rd December 2021, is an unusual day for IFWG as we are releasing four new titles simultaneously, two of which are in the dark fantasy/horror end of speculative fiction. This doesn’t in any way reduce the quality of these books, and IFWG is certainly proud to announce the release of Bedding the Lamia: Tropical Horrors, by David Kuraria.

Kuraria has become a consistent contributor to IFWG publications over recent years, including in our Cthulhu Deep Down Under short fiction anthology series, as well as Spawn. IFWG was delighted to acquire this collection, both in terms of the quality of writing by Kuraria, but also because it consists of four long fiction pieces, making it a somewhat unique read. We believe that fans of horror and dark fiction will enjoy Kuraria’s collection, and also feel the humidity and forbidding vibe of our tropical climes.

Luke Spooner, yet again, captured perfectly the look and feel of Kuraria’s prose in his cover artwork and design.

David Kuraria is your guide as you push through drenched tropical foliage in the torrential downpour. 

In these tales we see a Melanesian farmer seeking land rights from a dominant tribe. Bearing gifts of persuasion, the farmer find that the tribe’s gods might first need appeasing.

An artist experimenting with narcotics and obscure occult methods inadvertently solicits an unwelcome muse.

A group of holidaymakers travel up a Northern Australian River on a converted war barge. Here brutal colonial past reaches out to ensnare them on a journey into horror.

A survivor of the Christchurch earthquakes takes his deceased grandfather’s diaries to recreate the old man’s equatorial travels. On a tiny Micronesian island he steps into an ‘otherworld’, where any action has blackly comical and unpleasant consequences.

Kuraria guides you through hidden valleys and treacherous swamps. Be careful not to step from the path.

Bedding the Lamia: Tropical Horrors is now available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores.

Preview: Dark Waters / Ronnie & Rita by Deborah Sheldon

Leading up to the 2017 release of Deborah Sheldon’s collection of short stories, ‘Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories’, IFWG Publishing Australia will be releasing in coming weeks her two crime-noir novellas in a single volume, ‘Dark Waters’ and ‘Ronnie and Rita’.


Each story a mirror-image of the other…

A bad man trying to become good.

A good man turning bad.

Both men motivated by love.


Brendan Reilly, a.k.a. Danny Boy, is a veteran of the Overlords, an outlaw motorcycle club. A near-fatal accident leads him to an epiphany: he is determined to quit the life and reconnect with his ex-wife and son. At the same time, the Overlords are preparing for war against a rival gang, the Golden Jackals, and with Brendan’s loyalty in question, he is pushed further into the war when all he wants is a way out.

Dark Waters is a triumph through tragedy; a dark and uncompromising noir-like tale that is as much about the violence as it is about one man trying to escape it’
– Just a Guy That Likes to Read


Ron Spooner is middle-aged, alone and lonely, a nobody who has mowed lawns for a living ever since he was a boy. When he meets a young drifter, Rita, they fall in love, and want nothing more than a family of their own. Too bad it isn’t possible. Or is it? What Rita asks him to do is wrong. Terribly wrong. But Ron is willing to sacrifice everything for this twisted love affair.

Ronnie and Rita punches far above its weight. A poignant and clever combination of sadness and tension, manipulation and desire, right from the beginning there’s no way of avoiding the sense of impending disaster’
Austcrime Fiction