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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Book Signing

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News: Release of chap-ebook, Haunted Flesh by Robert Hood

IFWG is excited to announce its 9th Chap-ebook, Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead, by Robert Hood. Over recent months we supplied the chap-ebook with our Peripheral Visions limited edition give-away, but now we believe it is the right time to also release this 32k collection of zombie tales for sale.

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When are dead people not ghosts? That’s easy. When they try to eat you!

Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead collects six of Australian horror maestro Robert Hood’s creepiest, most outlandish tales of flesh-bound cadaver mayhem. Some tear bloodily into the tradition established by director George A. Romero with his Living Dead series of films, while others paddle in a murky pool of science-based resurrection, alien possession, undead whimsy and voodoo politics. Important questions are addressed: Does the essence of life lie in the mind or in the heart? Do the dead make good workers? When a creepy evangelist knocks on your door, what does he mean when he offers you the secret of eternal life? Should you invite zombies to a BBQ? Is the Prime Minister really dead? The answers may shock you, they may make you laugh uneasily, but either way you’ll never look at life and death the same way again.

As a special bonus, this volume includes an important article that exposes the truth behind the zombie movie tradition!

“… laugh-out-loud funny, and boasts levels of gore that would make George Romero blanch. This may well be the very best zombie tale I’ve ever read.” (Horrorscope review of “In the Service of the Flesh”).

Haunted Flesh is now available in Kindle format, and will shortly be available as ebooks-only through all good online stores, and direct from IFWG Publishing Australia.

Robert Hood To Sign Peripheral Visions In Sydney

Multi-award winning writer Robert Hood will sign his definitive collection at leading Sydney bookstore, Kinokuniya.

PERIPHERAL VISIONS is a unique reference collection that includes all of Robert Hood’s 44 ghost stories to date, three of them especially written for this volume.

Kinokuniya (Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000) will host the signing on the 16th of July at 6:30pm.

Garth Nix, one of Australia’s greatest fantasy authors, will introduce Robert and special guest Nick Stathopolous, who will both talk about their work related to the book. Both Robert and Nick will be available for signings afterwards with copies of both the premium hard cover edition and the trade paperback in store for purchase.

Robert Hood has been called everything from “a brilliant fantasist” (Jack Dann) to “Aussie horror’s wicked godfather” (Black Magazine). He is a highly respected, award winning author, considered by many to be one of Australia’s grand masters of horror and weird fiction. In a career that spans 40 years, he has published speculative fiction of all kinds—including most notably this collection of 44 short stories that feature ghosts, hauntings, and spectral horrors. Further information on his work can be found at: www.roberthood.net and www.roberthoodwriter.com.

The cover is a wonderful piece of art by Multi Archibald Prize and 2015 BP Portrait Prize finalist, Nick Stathopoulos, and the hard cover edition has more of Nick’s original work for each section of the book.

Robert and Nick can be contacted through the publisher, IFWG Publishing Australia (ifwg@ifwgpublishing.com).

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

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News: Cover Reveal of Chap-eBook, “Haunted Flesh” by Robert Hood

IFWG Publishing Australia is pleased to reveal the Chap-eBook, “Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead” by Robert Hood. This ebook (only) consists of 35,000 words, the majority of which are zombie-related fiction published by Hood, who is considered the godfather of horror fiction in Australia, and notably an expert on all things ghost and zombie. These are spectacular stories that are hard to find and now collected in a single work.

For a month or two, this chap-ebook is only available as a bonus with the limited, numbered edition offer of Peripheral Visions: The Complete Ghost Stories mega-collection by Robert Hood. Thereafter, stay tuned for the announcement of the ebook released, Number 9 in IFWG Publishing’s chap-ebook series.

Special mention should be given to artist Steve Santiago, horror and dark subject extraordinaire, who designed this creepy cover.

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