News: Peripheral Visions wins Shadows Award

It is with great pride that we can announce that Robert Hood’s seminal ghost story collection, Peripheral Visions, is the recipient of the Australian Shadows Award’s Best Collection of 2015 Award. Well done to Rob!

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The Awards stated: “Peripheral Visions is an ambitious project, a veritable door-stopper of a hardback comprising nearly 800 pages and 29 years of published work. Author Robert Hood demonstrates a dazzling breadth of treatments united under the overarching ghost story theme, writing with intelligence and insight.”

 

Update: Peripheral Visions Limited Edition

 

We have just mailed out ‘Wave 2’ of the Limited Edition of Robert Hood’s Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories.

Wave 3 will be starting soon, but we still have 14 copies left that can be mailed virtually immediately – so if you are interested in buying a copy, there’s no better opportunity than now!

Remember, what you get are:

  1. A Cloth Bound version of Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, containing 8 magnificent illustrations by Nick Stathopoulos, including a signature page, autographed by Robert Hood and Nick.
  2. This is a limited edition – only 200 will ever be produced. The signature page will be sequence-numbered.
  3. A chap-ebook will be emailed to you, containing 6 hard-to-get zombie stories by Robert, titled Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead.
  4. Along with Peripheral Visions, you will also get a bonus, signed paperback, Backstreets, a 309 page novel by Robert Hood.

All you have to do is click here, and it can be yours! (Non-Australian residents can purchase it by clicking here).

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News: Successful Official Sydney Launch of Peripheral Visions

Sydney’s official launch of Robert Hood’s definitive ghost collection, Peripheral Visions, was held on Thursday evening 16 July 2015 with a great turnout at Kinokuniya Bookshop on George Street. It was slickly supported by the excellent staff and owner of the bookshop, nibbles and drinks abounded, and Garth Nix did a fantastic job introducing Robert and Nick Stathopoulos, the great illustrator of the cloth bound edition. The bookstore staff set up a screen and an upgraded version of the Peripheral Visions book trailer ran on a continuous loop in the background, and that impressed all who attended. They even had two door prizes which comprised of (to quote Robert), “Minion carry-bags, each with a copy of Daikaiju! 3, a packet of jelly dinosaurs, and a skull shotglass… yes, you heard right…” All in all it was a great success, including the signing of a heap of books and a convivial atmosphere.

Robert’s description of the event says it all:

It was a terrific night in every way, and one the publisher, IFWG Australia, its Managing Director and Chief Editor Gerry Huntman and Marketing Officer Stephen McCracken should be very happy about, seeing the book they put a lot of faith and effort into being greeted with such good-will, enthusiasm and classiness. The staff of Kinokuniya were accommodating and endlessly helpful, the set-up was fab, and the audience a wonderful mob of well-wishers — great people. I thank you all for braving the weather and Sydney traffic to get there — and then for so many of you buying the book. I hope you enjoyed the night and will, given time to read those 823 pages, enjoy the book!

Special thanks to Garth Nix, who did a great job of introducing the book and sending it into the world in style; to Nick Stathopoulos, who had the good taste to agree to illustrate the book and the skill and artistry to produce such spectacularly fine work to make it look so special; and the fantastic Catriona Sparks, without whom the event would not have gone nearly so well. Cat organised both the catering (which was superb) and me (who can be rather vague, forgetful and disorganised — it’s just one of the many reasons I love you so much. You’re the best, Cat!)

Finally, thanks again to IFWG Australia Publishing for all their effort and support, and for producing such an excellent book — one I am very proud of.

Once again, thanks to all!

And thank you, Robert, for accepting our offer to publishing your amazing and comprehensive collection of work, and Nick Stathopoulos for accepting the commission for his outstanding cover and internal artwork. We echo Robert’s nod to Garth Nix, Cat Sparks and the staff and owner of Kinokuniya in Sydney, who helped make the official launch a great success.

Kinokuniya can be contacted via their website, www.kinokuniya.com.au.

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 Below are a sample of photographs taken at the event (permission granted from Catriona Sparks).

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Robert Hood, Nick Stathopoulos and Garth Nix

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Great Crowd

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Spotlight: Nick Stathopoulos

With the finalisation of the cover of Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories Volume 2 (Robert Hood), we have completed our professional relationship with artist, Nick Stathopoulos. Nick handled the cover artwork and design for all editions of Peripheral Visions (hard cover and both trade paperback volumes), as well as the magnificent internal artwork for the the hardcover, and the signature page for the limited edition.

It would be highly inappropriate for us to leave it at that. We need to say a few words about Nick’s contribution.

Nick is a highly respected artist in Australia, and internationally, with multiple shortlisting in the Archibald Prize as well as the BP Portrait Award 2015 (good luck for the win, Nick!). It is an amazing boon for the speculative fiction industry that Nick has a love for the field, and has contributed his artist effort in book cover and poster designs.

Nick was commissioned to contribute cover art and internal illustrations for the Peripheral Visions editions, initially via his friendship with author Robert Hood. However, this three-way relationship (Nick-Robert-IFWG) blossomed from the first meeting. Blossomed. It was a delight to be part of the roughly 5 month working collaboration, with no small part played by Nick Stathopoulos. A consummate professional, an amazing eye for detail, an uncanny eye for design, and someone who actually contributed to the originality of the product as a whole. It was only appropriate that his signature should be placed alongside Roberts, on the limited editions’ signature page.

The hardcover (and more notably, the limited edition hardcover) is testament to Nick’s work. At Supanova (Melbourne) we sold out on the hardcover edition because anyone who saw it–felt it–couldn’t help but buy it in a fit of awe. It’s that good.

So, it is with this sense of awe, and gratitude, that we acknowledge Nick’s achievement. Thank you Nick! and we sincerely hope that you take out First Place at the BP Portrait Award for 2015!

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Update: Peripheral Visions Limited Edition

We have the signature pages at the printers, which will soon be sent to Robert Hood and Nick Stathopoulos for their signatures. We have ordered the first wave of limited edition cloth bound books, ready for the inserts at the bindery. While running a little late, we are getting there, and with a bit of luck we will be sending the Limited Edition books in a few weeks. It’s worth the wait. We will give you updates closer to the time.

Along with special bonus elements, we have also drawn the winning limited edition purchaser, who will be receiving the very special signed copies of the Shades quadrilogy. Congratulations to Michelle Goldsmith! You will receive your books in the same package with Peripheral Visions and Backstreets.

After we send the first wave of pre-ordered book packs (including emailing the bonus ebook), we will keep this offer going until we have sold 200 copies. We will soon determine the second wave of mail outs.

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News: Final, Additional Bonus for Preorders of Peripheral Visions

Giveaway: Shades Quadrilogy

A random person who pre-orders the deluxe hardcover edition of Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories by Robert, will be chosen to win a complete set of Robert Hood’s four-book supernatural series, Shades. The draw will be made at 8pm on 25th April (AEST).

The books are in mint condition and unread. Robert will, of course, sign them for you.

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The Shades series was published by Hodder Headline in 2001. It is composed of four inter-related short novels (ranging from 35,000 to 40,000 words each): Shadow Dance, Night Beast, Ancient Light and Black Sun Rising. Each book is told in first-person narration by a different character. They are separate but sequential.

In effect the novels are ghost stories, but ghost stories with a difference. The main characters are 16-17 year-old teenagers who died, and were taken to a lightless shadow realm. For reasons they don’t totally understand, they have been returned to this world, where they appear as corporeal ghosts – most ghost-like when in the presence of light, but solid in darkness and shadows. Light causes them to become transparent and incorporeal, and they can transport from place to place by stepping into one shadow and re-appearing another.

The oldest of these “Shades” died over 100 years ago (though Shades exist that date back thousands of years). Our protagonists are trying not only to survive against assorted monstrous creatures and human ghost-hunters, but also are struggling with their own sense of purpose and searching for the truth that lies behind their very existence. You can read more about the series here: http://www.roberthood.net/shades/

Though written for a young adult audience, the Shades books are neither simplistic nor condescending. They have been described as “an extremely absorbing and satisfying read, which should please readers of all ages” (Chuck McKenzie) and “definitely not to be missed” (Courier Mail). Said one reviewer: “As with his more adult-orientated fiction Robert Hood has the ability to cast a spell over the reader and drag him/her into the narrative and force you to keep reading right to the final page.” (Scary Minds)

The books are currently unavailable, but the author has resurrected a full set of these rare novels for a lucky reader who pre-orders his current collection of ghost stories. The series represents another spectacular example of the author’s inventive approach to a time-honoured trope: the ghost, and as such are a fitting companion to Peripheral Visions.