Cover Reveal: The Years of the Wolf by Craig Cormick

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IFWG Publishing is delighted to reveal the cover of Craig Cormick’s historical mystery/speculative fiction novel, The Years of the Wolf. The novel is based on a true story and the photograph (photographer unknown) is taken from the same time and place as the title’s source material. Catherine Archer-Wills has done a spectacular job of converting the photograph into a cover. Here is the full spread:

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This story begins with a murder. A German internee is found dead inside a civilian internment camp during World War One, and one young internee, Arno Friedrich, determines to find the killer. But the more he probes into the lives of his fellow internees the more he discovers that little within the old stone prison is as he had imagined. He finds that the Germanic facades and fantasies the men construct hide secrets within secrets. And a killer.

The Years of the Wolf will be released and launched at Conflux on 29 September 2018. Preorder details will be released soon.

New Signing: Drakeforth Series by Paul Mannering

One of the great pleasures for IFWG Publishing over recent years is to tap into the immense talent of New Zealand speculative fiction authors. We started with Jan Goldie, and followed it with Ali Foster and Barbara Howe. We recently acquired the rights to a novel by Kura Carpenter, and we have had a large number of New Zealand authors contribute to anthologies and our ezine, SQ Mag.

One author we have been impressed with for some time is Paul Mannering, based in Wellington. Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, has been to New Zealand a few times and had the pleasure of long discussions on matters of writing and publishing, and was as impressed with his writing, as his insights into the craft. We now solidified this relationship in the form of a publishing agreement.

IFWG publishing has bought the rights to the first two books of the respected, multifaceted Drakeforth Series, ‘Engines of Empathy’ and ‘Pisces of Fate’, and two new books in the series – the third titled ‘Time of Breath’, and the fourth is at the moment untitled. There may be more. A short, series-related fiction piece is included in this acquisition, and will be included with one of the novels.

IFWG considers this acquisition a coup and look forward to distributing it to all major English-speaking geographies. We will be publishing the first two books fairly rapidly in 2018 and then move on to the new titles soon thereafter.

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Paul Mannering

Paul Mannering is an award-winning writer of speculative fiction, comedy, horror and military action novels, short stories, radio plays and the occasional government report.

He lives in Wellington, New Zealand with his wife Damaris, and their two cats. Paul harbours a deep suspicion about asparagus and firmly believes we should all make an effort to be more courteous to cheese.

Find him online at:

Web: www.paulmannering.nz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NZPaulBooks/

Twitter: @paul_mannering

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Mannering/e/B005S9U43Q/

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IFWG Australia’s Mini-List of Speculative Fiction Christmas Books!

In the spirit of other social media bloggers showcasing Australian small-press speculative fiction for Christmas, here are some fantastic reads produced by IFWG Publishing Australia:

Australian Authors

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Kings of Under-Castle, by Michael B Fletcher – a collection of short stories featuring two rogues, Pickel and Weasle, who live in the drains beneath the King’s castle. Their hilarious adventures get them into many sticky situations which test their ingenuity and they usually, but not always, end up on top.

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Sealskin Coast by Rowena Evans – a fantasy written for all ages, and superbly illustrated by writer/artist Evans. Wallace Emmet Keyes has so many problems he doesn’t know which way to turn. Everyone at the new school makes fun of him. His cousin can’t stand him. For the last month he’s lived with Aunty Jay, Raa and Raiona in a tiny flat in the city instead of at home with his parents. But these are distractions from the big problem: both his mother and father have run away from home.

British Authors

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Against The Elements by Esme Carpenter – Earth, fire, water, wind. Four elements that make up everything Delphi knows to be normal. All her life, she has been a servant to a mysterious man named The Master – until The Master comes to her island home and asks her to undertake a dangerous task in the far-off, elemental lands.

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The Infinity Trap by Ian C Douglas – How far would you go to find your missing father? For Zeke Hailey, a teenager living in the 23rd century, even Mars is not too far. Zeke’s dad is one of the Mariners, a mysterious elite of psychics who have conquered Outer Space. Now he’s vanished on a secret mission.

Star Quake anthologies (Best of SQ Mag, edited by Sophie Yorkston)

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“The Narrow Gate” by Daniel Pearlman
“Down in the Ship Mines” by Jay Lake
“Woman With Red Hair” by Lawrence Buentello
“Azurewrath” by Esme Carpenter
“Rationalised” by Larry Hodges
“Creeper” by Daniel I Russell
“Navigator ” by Shane Ward
“A Debt Called In” by Michael B Fletcher
“Nullus” by Mitchell Edgeworth
“Masks” by Stephanie Barr
“Toy” by Gary McMahon
“Witness” by Laura Haddock
“Sunflower” by M K Charles
“CSS” by Warren Goodwin
“Mermithergate Grin” by S Marston
“The Observer” by Hanson Hovell Holladay
“The Raptor and the Lion” by Larry Ivkovich
“The Memory Eater” by Holly Day
“Spacesuit with No Spaceman” by Sergio Palumbo

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A Man and His Parasite by Cat Rambo
Fairest Fowl by J.B. Rockwell
Born Again by Nu Yang
Chinaman’s Bluff by Cat Sparks
Flagman by Jim Lee
Shoe Shine by Robert Datson
Surface Stars by Hanson Hovell Holladay
Intangible by A.A. Garrison
The Visiphorical Art by Michelle Ann King
Digging in the Deep by Tonia Brown
Digital Reflections by Kevin Rainak
Cattails by A.P. Sessler
Strike Day by Marie DesJardin
Tea in the Secret Garden by Emma Newman
Faye’s Diner by J.T. Seate
The Poet and the Lily by Julia August
Endangered Species X by Guy Prevost

News: TOC For Forthcoming Star Quake 2 Anthology

We are pleased to announce that Star Quake 2 will be publishing in the next few weeks, and to give you a taste of what we are including, the following is our Table of Contents:

  • A Man and His Parasite by Cat Rambo
  • Fairest Fowl by J.B. Rockwell
  • Born Again by Nu Yang
  • Chinaman’s Bluff by Cat Sparks
  • Flagman by Jim Lee
  • Shoe Shine by Robert Datson
  • Surface Stars by Hanson Hovell Holladay
  • Intangible by A.A. Garrison (novella)
  • The Visiphorical Art by Michelle Ann King
  • Digging in the Deep by Tonia Brown
  • Digital Reflections by Kevin Rainak
  • Cattails by A.P. Sessler
  • Strike Day by Marie DesJardin
  • Tea in the Secret Garden by Emma Newman
  • Faye’s Diner by J.T. Seate
  • The Poet and the Lily by Julia August
  • Endangered Species X by Guy Prevost

This is always a hard job, as 2013 saw SQ Mag produce a great number of quality pieces of fiction, and we applaud Sophie Yorkston, editor, for doing, yet again, an exemplary job.

News: SFSignal Gives Star Quake 1 Media Exposure

We are very pleased that SFSignal, a prominent and Hugo Award-winning international speculative fiction fanzine, has continued to support SQ Mag. This time they have provided a prominent article with Star Quake 1’s table of contents. Support them, and encourage them to support us!

The link is here.

New Title: Star Quake 1 anthology

We are proud to announce the release of Star Quake 1, SQ Mag’s Best of 2012. It was a long time coming but we are excited by the quality of production, as well as the stellar group of contributing authors, including Jay Lake, Gary McMahon, Daniel I Russell and

The anthology is released in print, Kindle, NOOK Book and Kobo Book formats, and should turn up in all quality online stores over the next several days.

Full details is contained in our Current Titles page for Star Quake 1.

All post-cost profits go to author royalties and the running of SQ Mag. Worthy causes indeed.

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A great big thank-you to Jeffery E Doherty for his artwork and cover design. It was his work for SQ Mag 2 (1 May 2012) that was chosen among the 5 for 2012 that got it here.