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.


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.

News: IFWG Publishing Australia at Melbourne Supanova

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We’re sure most of you know, but just in case…we are pleased to announce we will be having a prominent table at Supanova (right next to Cohesion Press), on 11th and 12th of April 2015. We have a great deal to offer:

  • Peripheral Visions by Robert Hood will be there for sale (the single volume hardcover edition – over 800 pages, and Volume 1 of the two volume version, Trade Paperback – over 400 pages). The hardcover edition will contain the wonderful artwork of Nick Stathopoulos both inside and out.
  • Peripheral Visions is officially published on the 10th April, and so this will be the Melbourne Launch of the title. Robert will be in attendance on the Saturday (11th), and will participate in two lots of book signings. Be there or be square!
  • There will still be an opportunity to sign up for the limited edition version of Peripheral Visions, clothbound. First round of shipment will be late April, early May.
  • A great discount will be available for those who purchase Volume 1 of Peripheral Visions (trade paperback) and sign up for Volume 2 (will be shipped about a month later).
  • There will be great discounts on other IFWG Publishing, and IFWG Publishing Australia titles:
    • Sealskin Coast by Snowy Mountains author Rowena Evans (young teen contemporary fantasy adventure)
    • Kings of Under Castle by Tasmanian Michael Fletcher (collection of fantasy stories, all containing the roguish adventures of Pickel and Weasle, who live in the drains of the king’s castle)
    • Loria by Canadian Jesse Mc Minn (alternate Earth fantasy adventure)
    • Buxacan Spicerunner by American Warren Goodwin (fantasy buccaneer adventure)
    • The Pouakai by American David Sperry (Science Fiction alien invasion novel set in the South Pacific islands)
    • Die Laughing by American Louis K Lowy (poignant Science Fiction set in the late 50s US)
    • The Infinity Trap by UK author Ian C Douglas (young teen science fiction adventure set on Mars)
    • Against The Elements by UK author Esme Carpenter (young teen fantasy adventure)
    • Star Quake 1 and Star Quake 2, the ‘Best of’ SQ Mag stories for 2012 and 2013, with original fiction by greats such as Jay Lake, Gary McMahon, Emma Newman, Cat Rambo, Daniel I Russell, Cat Sparks, and many more.

We look forward to seeing you there – Gerry Huntman (Managing Director) and Stephen McCracken (Marketing Director) will be stationed at the desk, and would love to have a chat.

Here’s a preview of the full jacket cover of Peripheral Visions hardcover (and limited edition), noting the Dark Phases series logo.


Some of our other titles for sale:

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Sneak Peek: Internal artwork of Peripheral Visions by Nick Stathopoulos (6)

With pleasure we reveal the sixth (and last) sneak peek post related to Nick Stathopoulos’ collaboration with us for Robert Hood’s reference collection of ghost stories, Peripheral Visions. Sorry, we aren’t revealing the seventh illustration – the frontispiece, because those who are purchasing the hardcover need a surprise treat. And treat it is!

For those of you who have just joined us, we decided to have an illustration for each of the six sections of the hardcover version, including the signed, limited edition, and they have turned out spectacular. We have been sharing them with the public over the last several weeks, and this is the last of them.

This illustration is for the section titled ‘Haunted Realities’. This is one of the more interesting sections of Robert Hood’s book because it catches the ghost tale within the context of a reality gone astray.

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The best way to get to see this, and all the other internal illustrations, is to own them in high resolution black and white format in the hardcover edition, coming out in April. If you pre-order now, you won’t be disappointed, as you will also get a heap of bonus material, including a Nick Stathopoulos designed signature block. The one-volume ebook edition will also contain these images.

Stay tuned – soon we will announce a final bonus for limited edition buyers.