New Acquisition: The Turning Of The Seasons – A Dark Almanac by J.S. Breukelaar & Sebastien Doubinsky

It is with great excitement that IFWG can now announce the acquisition of a collection of fiction and poetry by J.S. Breukelaar and Sebastien Doubinsky, titled The Turning Of The Seasons – A Dark Almanac. This is a truly international collaboration and both authors are highly respected in the speculative fiction community.

Seasons have always been connected with the passing of time and the changes of life, inspiring myths, folklore, poems and songs. In this short collection award-winning J.S. Breukelaar and Seb Doubinsky have decided to pay tribute to the old tradition of yearly almanacs, which contained short pieces of lore and traditions. Keeping with the short format, they have renewed the genre by infusing it with a modern day setting, pushing the boundaries of the folk-horror uncanny into the borders of our cities. A succession of disturbing stories and vignettes, sometimes poetic, sometimes funny, but always gruesome, The Turning Of The Seasons will surely be an almanac you will never forget.

J.S. Breukelaar is the author of Collision: Stories, which was shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson Award, and won the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards for Best Collection, 2020. Her previous novels are the Aurealis-nominated Aletheia, and American Monster, a Wonderland Award finalist. Her new novel, The Bridge is scheduled for early 2021. She has published stories, poems and essays in publications such as Gamut, Black Static, Unnerving, Lightspeed, Lamplight, Juked,  and anthologised in Tiny Nightmares, Gordon Van Gelder’s,  Welcome to Dystopia, and Years Best Horror and Fantasy 2019. A columnist and regular instructor of Weird Writing at LitReactor.com and elsewhere, she currently lives in Sydney, Australia with her family, and you can also find her at www.thelivingsuitcase.com and twitter.com/jsbreukelaar.

Seb Doubinsky is a bilingual French dystopian writer and poet. He is the author, among others, of The Babylonian TrilogyThe Song Of SynthWhite City, Missing Signal and The Invisible. His novels are set in a city-states parallel universe which mirrors our own. His novel, Missing Signal, published by Meerkat Press, won the Bronze Foreword Reviews Award in the sci-fi category. He lives in Denmark with his family and teaches literature, history and culture in the French department of Aarhus University.

The Turning Of The Seasons – A Dark Almanac will be released in 2022 as part of IFWG’s well-received Chapbook series.

Signing: Deborah Sheldon to Edit Exciting Australian Horror Anthology

IFWG is excited to announce the signing of Deborah Sheldon’s editing services for a premium horror anthology to be published in 2021.

It will consist of four commissioned short fiction pieces by A-grade Australian authors, and the remainder will be populated with stories from a callout to Australian horror fiction writers in 2020. The cover art, design, and illustrations that will be included in the anthology, will be commissioned from Australian artists.

We are still lining the ducks needed to get the project solidly set up, so the detail is, by necessity, scarce right now, but we will feed more information in coming months, including title, theme, call-out information, the names of the commissioned authors, and much, much more.

Deborah Sheldon

Deborah Sheldon is an award-winning author from Melbourne, Australia. She writes short stories, novellas and novels across the darker spectrum. Her titles include the noir-horror novel Contrition, the bio-horror novella Thylacines, the dark fantasy and horror collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories (Australian Shadows “Best Collected Work 2017”), the crime-noir novellas Dark Waters and Ronnie and Rita, and the creature-horror novel Devil Dragon. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous Aurealis Awards and Australian Shadows Awards, long-listed for a Bram Stoker, and included in “best of” anthologies. Other credits include TV scripts, feature articles, non-fiction books, and award-winning medical writing. Deborah is currently the guest editor for Midnight Echo magazine.

New Signing: Remains by Andrew Cull

IFWG Australia is very pleased to announce acquisition of Andrew Cull’s horror novel, Remains, described best by one of our submission editors as “creepy as hell”. And creepy as hell it is, which is a major reason why it will be published in the latter half of 2018, aside from its well-crafted narrative.

We are pleased to close our imprint’s 2018 scheduled catalogue of titles with this dark piece, rounding the year nicely.

Andrew Cull

Andrew Cull is a writer and feature director. He wrote and directed the horror hit ‘The Possession of David O’Reilly’. He’s also credited with creating the first YouTube horror series (the Louise Paxton disappearance). Andrew has written for film, television and video games. He writes realistic, character driven horror that promotes suspense over gore

New Signing: Wicked by Blood: The Kingfisher’s Debt by Kura Carpenter

It is with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of Wicked by Blood: The Kingfisher’s Debt by New Zealand author, Kura Carpenter. The novel is an urban fantasy set in contemporary Dunedin, New Zealand, with a captivating mix of fantasy, mystery, murder and satanic rituals. It is scheduled for release in the second half of 2018 – more specific dates will be determined early next year.

“Aside from having written a rip-roaring fantasy, ” said IFWG Managing Director, Gerry Huntman, “we were captivated by a story with such a strong female protagonist. We are also chuffed to add to our New Zealand author base.”

photo Kura Carpenter

Kura enjoys reading, calligraphy, designing fabric and constructing miniature furniture from ice-block sticks. She has a greyhound, several chickens, and may or may not have an elderly ninja cat at the time of reading. She sews Victorian and Regency outfits, because she’s a writer and, hello, not very practical. She also collects vintage sewing machines, but if her husband asks, she’s storing them for a friend.

New Signing: Dark Fiction Collection by Deborah Sheldon

IFWG Australia is pleased to announce the acquisition of a collection of 33 short stories by Deborah Sheldon, to be published in Q3 2018. The collection has no title at this stage.

Deborah Sheldon

“I’m excited by this project,” stated Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of the publishing house, “because we have Deborah’s latest fiction collected in ‘Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories’, and this acquisition distills the very best of her earlier dark fiction. We also decided to add a bonus two original pieces. We have an amazing relationship with Deborah and it makes perfect sense to publish the complete continuum of her dark fiction for reader enjoyment.”

More details of this collection will be forthcoming in early 2018.

News: Art Book Signing With Keely Van Order

Sometimes collaborations are formed serendipitously, rather than by solicitation and design. This is such a case.

Keely is currently commissioned to do the artwork and design for Kaaron Warren’s The Grief Hole, to be released in August 2016 – no small task as it involves 6 internal pieces and two covers (hardback and paperback). When Kaaron and the IFWG team saw the early pieces, many ‘rough’ and ‘optional’ as well as mood board illustrations, we starting thinking: we have many pages of wow art here, most of which will have little exposure to those interested in Kaaron’s novel.

It didn’t take long for IFWG Publishing Australia to approach Keely (and Kaaron) to separately publish an art folio title, largely showcasing the art that contributed to The Grief Hole (and some), but also including notes by the artist, and a format that shows the way some of the final pieces came to be. Additionally, it will be presented with excerpts from The Grief Hole, to add a high level graphic representation of the novel.

We are excited to announce that Keely Van Order has signed on with IFWG Publishing Australia to have this work produced (title still being determined), with a huge nod to Kaaron for allowing her novel to be depicted in a unique manner (and to access excerpts), as well as the highly respected artist, Nick Stathopoulos, who will provide the introduction.

We are still determining a manageable schedule for this project, but we will certainly be offering preorder signed editions to those who preorder the signed editions of The Grief Hole. Ideally, we would love to have the book available at the same time as Kaaron’s launch.

We will provide more information on this exciting, unique project through our social media outlets and this web site.