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Ghost Stories, Lovecraft, and a Monster Detective: The Dark Fantasy of IFWG Publishing

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

The Gate at Lake Drive-small Peripheral Visions The Collected Ghost Stories-small

IFWG Publishing is a small, independent speculative fiction press based in Melbourne, Australia. Two of their recent dark fiction/horror titles caught my eye: a horror-Lovecraftian-noir detective mashup from Canadian horror writer Shaun Meeks, and a huge 800-page collection of ghost stories from Robert Hood, the father of Australian horror.

The Gate at Lake Drive by Shaun Meeks
Meet Dillon, the Monster Dick. He’s a detective of sorts, a man hired to hunt down things that have come into our world that have no right to be here. Whether it’s a monster made up of paint cans and rags, spirits that hide in carpets, or animals possessed by demons, Dillon will dispatch them as soon as he finds them. His new job is up in northern Ontario, where the mayor has hired him to deal with creatures that seem to be coming from a whirlpool in the middle of the lake. When he hears this, he’s more worried than he’s ever been. In all the years Dillon has been a hunter, he’s never once heard of a flock of monsters coming into this realm. Dillon heads there with his new friend, Rouge Hills, and finds nothing is what it seems. It’s not just one type of monster, but something far worse trying to be born into our world. The odds are stacked against him, but since the money is good, there’s no turning back.

Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, by Robert Hood
Peripheral Visions is a unique reference collection that includes all of Robert Hood’s 44 ghost stories to date, three of them especially written for this volume. These memorable tales display Hood’s uncanny ability to make the fantastic real, to embrace weirdness and create human characters whose lives – both inner and outer – haunted by mortality, are laid bare and revealed to be our own worst nightmares. Ranging from melancholy reflection on life and death, through disquieting tales of dark humour and vengeance, to chilling visions of ghostly apocalypse.

The Gate at Lake Drive is the first in a series. The cover is by Steve Santiago, get more details here. Hood’s collection contains three brand new stories; the hardcover edition is over 800 pages, and the trade paperback edition is broken into two parts. The single volume edition (print and ebook) are illustrated by Nick Stathopoulos. Get more info at the IFWG website.

5 Comments »

  1. Okay, The Gate At Lake Drive has been ordered for my library’s collection. If anyone asks I’ll say it’s because I liked the cover and it sounds interesting and I want to support small publishers, but the truth is it had me at “Dillon the Monster Dick.”

    Comment by PeterM - September 30, 2015 4:12 pm

  2. @Peter—I’m with you on this. That cover has me breaking out my Cthulhu for president lawn signs. I hope the story is as promising as the cover.

    Comment by Wild Ape - September 30, 2015 5:45 pm

  3. > the truth is it had me at “Dillon the Monster Dick.”

    That’s a brave thing to put on a cover. But in this case, I think it paid off. :)

    Comment by John ONeill - October 1, 2015 5:34 pm

  4. John, forgive me for imagining your most famous dealer’s room handselling gaffe taken to the next level. :)

    Comment by Sarah Avery - October 2, 2015 1:20 am

  5. Sarah,

    Thank you so much for reminding me of THAT painful episode. I still need bookseller therapy.

    (For those who don’t know what Sarah’s talking about, I’ll just say that when a young woman walks up to your booth at Dragon*con, and innocently picks up a Philp K. Dick paperback, you need to modify your usual introductory patter.)

    Comment by John ONeill - October 2, 2015 10:40 am


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