New Release: Shadows in the Stone by Jack Dann

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IFWG is over the moon with the release of Jack Dann’s dark fantasy/alt-history novel, Shadows in the Stone. For those in the know, it could be seen as a sequel to Dann’s award-winning novel, The Memory Cathedral. “This is a work of art,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and while I seldom edit for my company, I couldn’t resist. I had to read the book three times to edit as I was too distracted by the eloquence, research, and deep understanding of history and religion. This is a novel we absolutely had to publish.”

Shadows in the Stone: A Book of Transformations is now published world-wide, in hardback and trade paperback print forms, and also available worldwide in multiple ebook formats. The cover art is by the wonderful artist, and multi-award winner, Bob Eggleton, and the design is by Marianne Plumridge. The internal pages of the title include numerous reproductions of The Paradise Lost of Milton, with illustrations designed and engraved by John Martin, 1827.

Kim Stanley Robinson says: “Shadows in the Stone joins Dann’s The Memory Cathedral, The Rebel, and Promised Land, as one of his deep plunges into historical characters we thought we knew, but whose true natures have never before been seen so clearly and dramatically. It’s an amazing gift Jack has.”

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro says: “Jack Dann has gone beyond alternate world to alternate universe in this stun­ning take on the Renaissance. His language is eloquent, his characters wholly engaging—this is a book to lose yourself in. You’ll be the richer for it.”

The author of The Age #1 bestselling novel The Memory Cathedral returns to Renaissance Italy with a transcendent vision of the ultimate battle between good and evil.

In Shadows in the Stone Jack Dann creates a fully-realized, living, breathing universe, a universe where the Vatican is in Venice, Jehovah is really a lesser god known as the Demiurge, and the magus John Dee’s experiments with angels are true and repeatable. Here you’ll discover a nun who has the expertise and agility of a Ninja warrior, the reincarnated snake goddess known as the Daughter of Light, the famed Florentine magician Pico Della Mirandola, a young magus who is part stone, the Knights Templar of the Crimson Cross, the sapphire tablet: the most secret of the Dead Sea scrolls, and a 15th Century dirigible kept aloft by imprisoned souls. Here you’ll find wild adventure and Machiavellian subtlety, treason and heroism, love and carnality, joy and loss, magic, machines, the cosmic machinations of angels, demons, gods, and half-gods; and the absolutely breathtaking vistas that are their battle grounds.

New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson has compared Shadows in the Stone with Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, calling it “such a complete world that Italian history no longer seems comprehensible without [Dann’s] cosmic battle of spiritual entities behind and within every historical actor and event.”

Join Jack Dann’s protagonists—Louisa Morgan and Lucian Ben-Hananiah—and the fellowship of The Dark Companions in their apocalyptic battle against the Demiurge—described in the forbidden Gnostic texts as the demon god Yaldabaoth… and known to us as Jehovah.

Update: Upcoming Australian Horror Anthology

IFWG is extremely happy to tease you a little more about our earlier announcement, when we revealed that Deborah Sheldon had signed up as editor of a forthcoming anthology. She will have four commissioned short fiction pieces by A-grade Australian authors, with the remainder of the TOC made up from a callout in 2020 to Australian horror fiction writers. The anthology’s cover art, design and illustrations will be commissioned from Australian artists.

We can now reveal that our commissioned authors will be:
Isobelle Carmody
Jack Dann
Kaaron Warren
Sean Williams

We are over the moon with this amazing line-up and know that not only will we get unique takes on the theme of this anthology, but the mix of these wonderful authors in a single anthology will also contribute to a combined effect that will be grander than the sum of their excellent pieces.

We can reveal that the theme will be a subset of the Body Horror sub-genre but we would rather reveal the full scope of the anthology when we make the call-out for non-commissioned submissions around March next year.

New Acquisition: Black Moon by Eugen Bacon

IFWG is proud to announce the acquisition of a collection of dark flash fiction by Eugen Bacon, each paired with gorgeous illustrations by Elena Betti, entitled Black Moon. “This is an opportunity we can’t miss,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG. “This is an amazingly unique project, bridging literary, dark speculative fiction, and powerful commissioned illustrations. This will be a significant contribution to dark fiction in a multi-media format.”

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Eugen Bacon is a computer scientist mentally re-engineered into creative writing. She has sold many stories and articles, together with anthologies. Her stories have won, been shortlisted and commended in international awards, including the Bridport Prize, L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, Copyright Agency Prize and Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards. Her creative work has appeared in literary and speculative fiction publications worldwide, including Award Winning Australian Writing, AntipodeanSFAndromeda, Aurealis, Bards and Sages Quarterly, The Victorian Writer and New Writing (Routledge). Publications in 2019: Writing Speculative Fiction (Macmillan). Claiming T-Mo (Meerkat Press). In 2020: A Pining (Meerkat Press). Black Moon (IFWG Publishing Australia).

Black Moon is an illustrated collection of speculative flash fiction interspersed with prose poetry. It carries themes of love and war, life and the afterlife, hope and despair. It is a philosophical assortment that questions normalcy, embraces opposition, and takes a keen interest on peculiarity. It will appeal to curious lovers of literary dark fantasy and all places in between.

Black Moon will be released in the second half of 2020.

Week of Awards

IFWG aims to publish, above all other traits, quality books. While we don’t obsessively seek awards and shortlisting in awards, garnering them is a type of validation that we are heading in the right direction.

We attended GeyserCon (Rotorua NZ) last week (31 May to 2 June 2019) and just flitted through Continuum 15 (Melbourne, Australia) (7 – 10 June 2019 – which this year was also the National Awards convention for the Ditmars and several other important industry prizes). The Sir Julius Vogel Awards were announced on the 2nd of June and the Shadows and Ditmar Awards were announced on the 8th – a concentration of accolades over a week.

We were ecstatic to be shortlisted for many categories in all three pertinent Awards (SJVs, Ditmars and Shadows), which in itself is no mean feat and a strong validation of where we are headed in terms of quality of publishing, and we also had two authors who actually won in their categories. The following IFWG titles achieved shortlisting and/or awards (and due to the size of lists, we will leave out non-IFWG short listed titles and winners but convey our heart-felt congratulations to them all!).

Sir Julius Vogel Awards

Best Novel category: The Kingfisher’s Debt by Kura Carpenter (finalist)
Best Short Story category: ‘Dead End Town’ by Lee Murray (Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2, eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (finalist)
Best Collected Work category: Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud (eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (finalist)
Best New Talent category: Kura Carpenter (winner)

Australian Shadows Awards

Best Novel category: Contrition by Deborah Sheldon (finalist)
Best Short Fiction category: ‘The Ward of Tindalos’ by Debbie Cowens & Matt Cowens (Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud, eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (finalist)
and ‘Slither’ by Jason Nahrung ((Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2, eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (finalist)
Best Collected Work category: Shadows on the Wall by Steven Paulsen (winner)
Best Edited Work category: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2 and Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud (eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (both finalists)

Ditmar Awards

Best Novel category: Faerie Apocalypse by Jason Franks (finalist)

That’s 12 finalists, of which 2 were winners. We consider this a special week.

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Silvia Brown, Shadows coordinator, and Steven Paulsen, winner of the Best Collected Work category, 2019

 

Kura Carpenter: Sir Julius Vogel Award

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IFWG is very pleased to announce that Kura Carpenter has won the Best New Talent category in the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards, in New Zealand. It is in response to her novel, The Kingfisher’s Debt:

The award came with a commentary:

The Kingfisher’s Debt is Kura Carpenter’s debut novel and very cleverly set in an Urban Fantasy world overlaying (or underlying, depending on your perspective) Dunedin, New Zealand. The writing is crisp, the plot excellently designed and executed. The work, I believe, clearly shows a writer who has taken the writing process seriously, from conception to drafting, to re-drafting, and producing a book that fits neatly into the Urban Fantasy genre while also having a strong Kiwi flavour.

Congratulations to Kura!

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Forthcoming Release: The Blacksmith by Barbara Howe

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IFWG is pleased to reveal the cover of Barbara Howe‘s third book in her Young Adult Reforging series, The Blacksmith. It will be released on 1 August in Australia/UK/New Zealand, and 23 September in North America. The ebook in Australia and New Zealand is out now. The wonderful cover art is by Catherine Archer-Wills.

How is the king like a blacksmith? He has a hammer as well as a sword.

Duncan Archer has heard that riddle many times, but he doesn’t know what it means. No one does, not even the members of the Royal Guild of Swordsmiths. It isn’t Duncan’s business anyway. Good sense tells him to stick to beating iron into shape for the residents of his backwater town, and not worry about the king and his nobles pounding Frankland into the ground.

But good sense never stopped Duncan from poking his nose into everyone else’s business. If it had, he might not be a fugitive, the subject of the biggest manhunt in the country’s history.

With a charge of murder hanging over his head like a sword, understanding that riddle becomes much more urgent…