Inside the Australian and New Zealand book industry

Image. Advertisement:

New publisher Horror Australis to launch with Lovecraft anthology

New genre publisher Horror Australis will publish its first title in 2015.

Cthulhu: Deep Down Under is an anthology of fiction about H P Lovecraft’s ‘Cthulhu mythos transposed to Australia’.

The collection will feature 25 Australian writers including Dmetri Kakmi, Lucy Sussex, Robert Hood, Aaron Sterns, Jason Franks, Kaaron Warren, Janeen Webb, Jason Nahrung and the Church’s Steve Kilbey, and 25 artists including Nick Stathopoulos, Paul Compton, Bruce Mutard, W Chew Chan.

One of the editors of the anthology Steve Proposch told Books+Publishing Horror Australis had ‘committed to a short print run with this first edition to keep the book highly collectable and to fully satisfy all crowdfunding and contributor copies we need to send’.

‘At the same time we are looking for a major publisher to work with now and into the future,’ he said.

Proposch said Horror Australis was conceived ‘as an imprint really rather than a publication house’.

‘We had always thought to seek major publication for the idea of Cthulhu DDU and others like it, but needed an umbrella to work under in order to get started. Both of my co-editors Chris Sequeira and Bryce Stevens were involved with a magazine called Terror Australis in the nineties so Horror Australis is a nod to that history,’ he said.

Proposch said the publisher had plans for future anthologies in the genres of science fiction, thriller and detective stories, as well as horror. ‘Most will be illustrated short story collections like this one,’ he said.


Category: Local news