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: Caped Fear (eds Proposch, Sequeira & Stevens)

IFWG is very happy indeed with the cover of Caped Fear: Superhuman Horror Stories, one of our flagship anthologies for 2022, with a stellar list of contributors (where do we begin?). Artwork is by the masterful Jan Scherpenhuizen, and font work and design by Steve Proposch.

This anthology will be released on 19th February 2022 (globally except North America – 21 April 2022).

More information will be posted soon, including preorders.

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.

Cover Reveal: Tool Tales by Ellen Datlow & Kaaron Warren

IFWG Publishing is very pleased to reveal the cover of the second in its Chapbook Series, Tool Tales, with photography by Ellen Datlow and microfiction by Kaaron Warren.

Multi-award winning creators Ellen Datlow and Kaaron Warren teamed up on Facebook a few years ago when Ellen posted photos of antique tools and Kaaron wrote microfiction pieces to accompany them, without either of them knowing what the tools were for.

This chapbook collects and preserves their playful interaction for readers to enjoy.

This unique 30-page book will be released in print-format only on 8 March 2021.

Taking Submissions – Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies

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THE SUBMISSION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED

Deadline: 31 August 2020
Payment: 6c per word for original stories, 2c per word for reprints (Australian currency)
Publisher: IFWG Publishing Australia (co-published in North America through the IFWG Publishing International imprint)
Note: Open to Australian writers only (citizens, residents and ex-pats)

To be edited by award-winning author Deborah Sheldon, Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies will comprise stories from Australian writers obtained via commission and open callout. The commissioned writers are the multi-award-winning and bestselling authors Jack Dann, Kaaron Warren and Sean Williams.

On-spec submissions are welcome from Australian writers of every persuasion including non-parents. Ideally, stories should be between 1500 and 5000 words, give or take. (Stories significantly longer than 5000 words would have to be outstanding.) Reprints will be considered, but must not be available for free anywhere online—the anthology will have only a small number of reprints, regardless. Artwork by commissioned Australian artists will complement selected stories.

The anthology will be a visceral, frightening read. Each story must nominally tick the box of “body horror” but there is no restriction on subgenre: anything from sci-fi to fantasy to gothic to supernatural to psychological and beyond will be given equal consideration. Feel free to play with the theme and not take it too literally. Ideally, your story should make the reader feel uncomfortably aware of their physicality, morbidity or mortality.

While graphic violence and swearing are acceptable, submissions must have a literary bent. Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies aims to deliver an elegant—and elevated—anthology of body horror.

What to avoid:

  • Gratuitous gore used purely for shock value.
  • Familiar tropes, such as Rosemary’s Baby, The Handmaid’s Tale, the face-hugger/chest-burster from the Alien film franchise, Martians kidnapping and impregnating female Earthlings, and so on.
  • The submission of first drafts, often indicated by spelling and grammatical errors.

Required rights:

  • First worldwide electronic and print rights in the English language, exclusive for one year, and non-exclusive rights thereafter.
  • For reprints, non-exclusive rights apply.
  • If the story is subsequently reprinted, please credit Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies (IFWG Publishing Australia) as the original publisher.

How to submit:

  • Your story must be in a Word document, double-spaced, Times New Roman in 12pt.
  • Your name, contact details and word count should be on the first page above the title.
  • Use double-quotation marks, single space after full stops, first-line indents, page numbers, and Australian-English spelling. No tabs and no double-returns between paragraphs.
  • Send to Deborah Sheldon at spawnsubmissions@gmail.com with the story title and your name as the Subject heading.
  • In the body of your email, provide an author bio of about 100 words (give or take), and include your Australian citizen/resident/ex-pat status.
  • If your story is a reprint, provide the full details of its first publication in the body of your email, with links if possible.
  • You can submit more than one story. Submit each story in a separate email.
  • Stories that require anything more than line editing or adjustments for house style will be rejected. Please submit only polished work of a high standard.
  • No simultaneous submissions, which means do not submit your story to another market at the same time.
  • Give yourself the best possible chance—please do not ignore these guidelines.

Response issues:

  • All acceptance and rejection emails will be sent by 31 October 2020.
  • No feedback will be offered for rejected stories. Please don’t ask.
  • Do not resubmit a rejected story, even if you have made substantial changes.
  • Accepted writers will receive payment via PayPal or bank transfer within 30 days of publication.
  • Accepted writers will also receive an ebook and one complimentary paperback.

Important note about the publication date

Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies was originally slated for release in February 2021. In response to the economic turndown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, IFWG Publishing Australia has decided to delay release of every upcoming new title. Therefore, Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies will be released later in 2021, with a strong likelihood of a mid-year publishing date.

Crowd-funding for a hardback edition, which would include illustrations for each story, is also being considered.

IFWG Publishing Australia will provide further updates on the anthology’s publication schedule in due course.

EDITED 25 Sept 2020.