Print Preorders: The Grief Hole by Kaaron Warren



Kaaron Warren’s masterpiece of dark fantasy and horror, The Grief Hole, will be released and launched on 27 August 2016 (Australian Eastern Standard Time). IFWG Publishing Australia had offered preorders for both the Trade Paperback and Cloth Bound versions.

Trade Paperback offer has expired wef 20 September 2016 Australian Eastern Standard Time. Orders can be made from release day – 27th September 2016 Australian Eastern Standard Time.The Cloth Bound offer has expired wef COB 20th August 2016 Australian Eastern Standard Time. Orders can be made from 27th August 2016 Australian Eastern Standard Time.

There are many grief holes.

There’s the grief hole you fall into when a loved one dies.

There’s another grief hole in all of us; small or large, it determines how much we want to live.

And there are the places, the physical grief holes, which attract suicides to their centre.

Sol Evictus, a powerful, charismatic singer, sends a young artist into The Grief Hole to capture the faces of the teenagers dying there. When she inevitably dies herself, her cousin Theresa resolves to stop this man so many love.

Theresa sees ghosts; she knows how you’ll die by the spirits haunting you. If you’ll drown, she’ll see drowned people. Most often she sees battered women, because she works to find emergency housing for abused women.

She sees no ghosts around Sol Evictus but she doesn’t let that stop her. Her passion to help, to be a saint, drives her to find a way to destroy him.

 “It takes a writer of Kaaron Warren’s talent and imagination to unflinchingly convey the horrors of the real world. The Grief Hole is one of the most effective and affecting ghost stories I’ve ever read.”

– Jeffrey Ford, multiple international award-winning fantasy author

Read the first review of The Grief Hole by Ginger Nuts of Horror.

News: What Has Been Said of Kaaron Warren’s Upcoming Novel, The Grief Hole

IFWG Publishing Australia has attracted interest far and wide for Kaaron Warren’s upcoming novel, The Grief Hole. A select number of well known writers have had the opportunity to read it, and the following are some of their statements.

Gary McMahon Photo

“The Grief Hole is a tour-de-force of personal despair and abject horror. Restrained yet horrific, and brushing up against the kind of themes polite society rarely wants to discuss. But at its heart there is a small, bright spark of hope.”

– Gary McMahon, award winning novelist and short fiction writer in horror


“The Grief Hole, like all Kaaron Warren’s horror fiction, has a particular nightmare flavour. On one level it’s a pure, anguished howl against the exploitation and abuse of the powerless. On another it’s like The Slap with added bamboo under the fingernails. Ghosts weep and grotesques loom against a cruelly barren, detritus-littered suburban background. You wouldn’t trust half these characters as far as you could throw them, and the other half you wouldn’t want to be. But beneath their machinations runs a continuous trickle of laughter so faint it might be pity, it might be inky tears. You can’t help but follow them, full of dread, into the darkness.”

– Margo Lanagan, best selling author and prize winner in speculative fiction

melinda smith

“The Grief Hole is a gripping journey to a very dark place indeed. Psychologically devastating, resonant with references to art and mythology, tightly plotted and with a climax that will haunt you for a long, long time, this is Warren at her finest. Few people have thought so subtly about the true nature of despair and the precise contours of evil. An unforgettable read.”

– Melinda Smith, Prime Minister’s Prize for Poetry Award Winner

Paul Tremblay

“Kaaron Warren’s THE GRIEF HOLE is a powerhouse of a novel; creepy, disturbing, and genuinely moving. Theresa’s interventions and, of course, the devastating aftermaths will haunt you long after you finish this book.”

– Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock


“It takes a writer of Kaaron Warren’s talent and imagination to unflinchingly convey the horrors of the real world. The Grief Hole is one of the most effective and affecting ghost stories I’ve ever read.”

– Jeffrey Ford, multiple international award-winning fantasy author

The Grief Hole will be released on the 27th August 2016.




News: Refined Cover for Kaaron Warren’s The Grief Hole

With the advantage of time and the wonderful skills of artist and designer, Keely Van Order, we have refined the cover design for Kaaron Warren’s upcoming Dark Phases title, ‘The Grief Hole’. We have also received our first blurbs from a prominent writer, with praise that gobsmacked us all in IFWG Publishing Australia.


The Grief Hole is dark exploration of grief, manipulation, malevolent ghosts, a monstrous, charismatic man and the woman who needs to venture deep into a place called The Grief Hole in order to stop him.

Cover Reveal: Kaaron Warren’s The Grief Hole

We can now reveal the wonderful front cover artwork and design of Kaaron Warren’s The Grief Hole.


The artwork and design is by Keely Van Order, an artist based in Canberra. It beautifully captures the essence of the novel, and has the desired level of creepiness and tension we were looking for.

More news about release and launch dates, as well as the Dark Phases limited edition, will soon be made.

NB. The cover graphic above has been updated to the final, refined version prior to publication.