New Acquisitions: Midnight Masquerade & Black Days and Bloody Nights by Greg Chapman

IFWG Publishing Australia is proud to announce two new dual publications from Bram Stoker Award and Australian Shadows Award nominated author and artist, Greg Chapman, for 2024.

MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE and BLACK DAYS AND BLOODY NIGHTS will collect brand new fiction alongside Chapman’s acclaimed novellas, ‘The Last Night of October’, ‘The Followers’, ‘Vaudeville’ and ‘Torment’.

Of the dual works Chapman said: “Midnight Masquerade and Black Days and Bloody Nights will feature new stories inspired by my novellas, so expect more new terrifying tales of Halloween, creature features, post-apocalyptic nightmares, gothic grotesqueries and otherworldly horrors.”

IFWG Publishing Managing Director Gerry Huntman added, “Chapman is a very well known writer and artist in Australia, but also has built a significant reputation in other regions, particularly in North America. It was a no-brainer for us to acquire his impressive novellas, and exciting to publish his original short fiction.”

Midnight Masquerade is scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2024 with Back Days and Bloody Nights to follow in the fourth quarter of 2024.

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia.

Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories and Bleak Precision.

He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013.

He was the President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association from 2017-2020 and is also a member of the US-based Horror Writers Association.

* Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for ‘The Book of Last Words’ (2019)

New Acquisitions: Nightmare Logic & Azathoth and Other Horrors by Leigh Blackmore

IFWG is always on the lookout for dark literature that draws from our special areas of interest, and also executed in forms that are different in some way, or less represented in mainstream publishing. We are fortunate indeed to have acquired the publishing rights to two such works by one of Australia’s much-respected dark fiction authors, Leigh Blackmore, with his Azathoth and Other Horrors, a chapbook of dark poetry, and Nightmare Logic, a collection of dark short fiction, including original material. We are very excited by both projects, and look forward to collaborating with him.

These titles will be released world-wide in the last quarter of 2023. More details will be forthcoming later in the year.

Leigh Blackmore – widely-published poet and writer, also a musician & occultist – is considered the leading expert on horror & supernatural fiction ‘Down Under,’ dubbed ‘Mr Horror’ by the Australian press. A past President of the Australian Horror Writers Association, he edited for them Midnight Echo Issue 5 (2011). He edited Terror Australis magazine (1987-92) and its subsequent book anthology (1993). He is a four-time Ditmar Award nominee (once for fiction & thrice for criticism) and has published the collection Horrors of Sherlock Holmes (2018).

His verse collection Spores from Sharnoth & Other Madnesses (P’rea Press, 2008; 3rd reprint 2013; variant/retitled ed. as Sharnoth’s Spores & Other Seeds, Rainfall Books, 2010) saw journal Dead Reckonings declare him “One of the leading weird poets of our era.” His poem “The Last Dream” (Weird Fiction Review No 4) was a nominee for the SFPA’s Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem.

An initiate of Aleister Crowley’s occult organisations the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis) and the A.’.A.’., and long an active participant and facilitator in Australian ritual magick circles, he is also a vocalist and bassist with Illawarra ‘popstalgia’ trio The Third Road. He lives with his family in Wollongong, Australia, where he runs his own editorial business, Proof Perfect. The Eighth Trigram is his debut novel.

Cover Reveal: Cut to Care: A Collection of Little Hurts by Aaron Dries

IFWG is very pleased to reveal the cover of Aaron Dries’ upcoming horror collection, Cut to Care: A Collection of Little Hurts. The artwork and design is by the very skilled and talented Don Noble, from Rooster Republic Press.

An agency that sends social workers into the homes of grieving families to impersonate dead loved ones…

The kind old woman who saved a teenager’s life but now finds herself haunted by the weight of a cheated suicide…

And the daughter of a candlestick maker as she tries to survive a painful existence after her father’s execution for making human chandeliers of drunken cowboys…

These stories and more—ranging from supernatural to the frighteningly domestic, Splatterpunk to the weird and cosmic—stain the pages of Cut to Care. They serve as a timely reminder of the cost of caring too much. Or not caring enough. Of how we mask cruelties behind kindness. And of our willingness to rip ourselves apart in the hope of satisfying a world that doesn’t always care for you back.

Featuring an exclusive introduction by Mick Garris, creator of MASTERS OF HORROR and director of Stephen King’s THE STAND, this unforgettable collection truly cuts deep.

Cut to Care: A Collection of Little Hurts will be released world-wide on 9 May 2022.

New Acquisition: Short Fiction Collection by Anthony Ferguson

IFWG Publishing is very happy indeed to acquire a collection of short fiction by Australian author, Anthony Ferguson. We have known him for some time, as he is an active and creative talent in dark fiction and horror in the Australasian community, and it was inevitable that a publisher would pick up his work. We consider ourselves lucky to be the press that picked it up. What’s more, this upcoming collection will include a good number of original pieces, making this a more delectable collection for avid horror readers.

This collection will be released in the second quarter of 2023, and more information will be forthcoming later this year.

Anthony Ferguson is an Australian based writer and the secretary of the Australasian Horror Writers Association (AHWA). Anthony has published numerous short stories, flash fiction pieces and non-fiction articles in Britain, the United States and Australia, in a range of magazines, zines and anthologies. He wrote the novel, Protégé, and the non-fiction titles, The Sex Doll: A History and Murder Down Under. He edited the short story collection Devil Dolls and Duplicates in Australian Horror and co-edited the Australian Shadows award nominated Midnight Echo 12. He won the Australian Shadows award for short fiction in 2020, and was a shortlisted nominee on two other occasions in the short fiction and edited publications categories. He is a submissions editor for Andromeda Spaceways Magazine (ASM). 

Cover Reveal: Bedding the Lamia: Tropical Horrors by David Kuraria

It is with great pleasure that we reveal the cover for David Kuraria’s upcoming long fiction collection, Bedding the Lamia: Tropical Horrors. We have had a long association with artist and designer, Luke Spooner, and he has (again) masterfully captured the spirit of the book in this cover. David Kuraria has had a long association with IFWG, having had short fiction published in a number of our anthologies, including award nominations. We are proud to assist David moving to the next logical step in publication, with this collection.

We will reveal more about this upcoming title in coming weeks.

Bedding the Lamia will be released world wide on 3 December 2021, and preorders will be available in coming months.

New Release: Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract

IFWG is incredibly happy to announce the world-wide release of Rebecca Fraser’s dark and weird collection of short fiction, Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract. Fraser has published through IFWG before, and we are very pleased to see her talent and skills shine in the adult fiction catalogue.

A surfer who becomes horrifyingly one with the sea. A new mother’s devastating search for belonging. A stone gargoyle with a violent history. A fisher boy who discovers the real cost of forbidden love. A farmer whose delight at drought-breaking rain quickly turns to terror. A hedonistic rock star who manifests double trouble. A young girl’s chilling sacrifice for justice. A dirty ex-cop with a dirtier secret. An unscrupulous mayor’s solution to rid her city of the homeless…

These are just some of the characters you’ll meet in this collection of dark offerings.

From the harsh terrain of the Outback, to the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the wilds of Tasmania, dystopian futures, enchanted lands, and the familiarity of suburbia, Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract takes readers on a journey into unsettling, unforgiving, and unforgettable territory.

Rebecca Fraser is an Australian author who writes genre-mashing fiction for both children and adults. Her short stories, flash fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous award-winning anthologies, magazines, and journals, and her first novel Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean was released in 2018 (also with IFWG Publishing Australia). Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract is her first collection.

Rebecca holds an MA in Creative Writing, and a Certificate of Publishing (Copy Editing & Proofreading). To provide her muse with life’s essentials, Rebecca copywrites and edits in a freelance capacity, and operates StoryCraft Creative Writing Workshops for aspiring authors of every age and ability. However, her true passion is storytelling.

Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract is available now in all good print and ebook stores and online stores.