Cover Reveal: Shadows in the Stone by Jack Dann

SHADOWS IN THE STONE - FRONT COVER

It is with great pleasure that IFWG can now present the final front cover image of Jack Dann’s forthcoming alt-history/Renaissance fantasy novel, Shadows in the Stone: A Book of Transformations. The amazing artwork is by multi-award winning artist, Bob Eggleton, and the design is by the very talented Marianne Plumridge.

The title will be released in hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook formats on 1st November 2019.

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.

Cover Reveal: Clearing the Web by Cary J Lenehan

It is with pleasure that we reveal the spectacular artwork and design of Clearing the Web, Book 2 of the high fantasy Warriors of Vhast series by Cary J Lenehan. The artwork/design is by Catherine Archer-Wills.

clearing the web front cover

The title will be released in coming months… stay tuned.

For those who aren’t familiar with the series, click on the following covers:

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Cover Reveal: The Years of the Wolf by Craig Cormick

The Years of the Wolf front cover

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.

Cover Reveal: Engine of Lies by Barbara Howe

Book 2 of New Zealand writer Barbara Howe‘s Reforging series, Engine of Lies, is locked in for release in Australia, New Zealand, UK and North America on 16th July. In the meantime, here is the cover (art and design by Catherine Archer-Wills), which instills the young adult book’s characters and setting perfectly.

Engine of Lies front cover

NEVER, EVER, LIE TO A WARLOCK

He never promised happily ever after, but Lucinda is still dismayed by how quickly reality intrudes on her fairy tale. Assassination attempts and lightning strikes disturb her honeymoon, but the return home brings no peace of mind. When the discovery of a magical conspiracy shakes her faith in everything she trusts, she vows to expose the Fire Warlock’s most shameful secret and see justice done. 

As a hot summer draws towards a violent end, Lucinda teeters between terror and rage. She’d be less angry about risking her life if she didn’t suspect her husband – her hero! – intends to step aside and let her die.

For those who haven’t read the magic of Book 1 of the series, The Locksmith, it can be found in all good bricks and mortar and online stores.

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Cover Reveal: Faerie Apocalypse by Jason Franks

Faerie Apocalypse front cover

IFWG are very pleased to reveal the cover of Jason Franks’ upcoming dark fantasy novel, Faerie Apocalypse. “We were entranced with the originality and hard-hitting style of the novel, and it was a no-brainer to accept for publication,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG Publishing Australia.

Christian Chatman, who is no stranger to IFWG, was commissioned for the artwork – oil on canvas – and in fact painted the front and back on separate canvases to enable the very capable designer, Catherine Archer-Wills, to produce a stunning cover spread. Christian is a young artist and musician based in Arkansas, USA, who doesn’t let the challenges of autism hold him back. Catherine is a wonderful designer and artist based in the UK.


Over the centuries the Faerie Realms have drifted away from the mortal world. But for some, the Doors will open. For some, there is a Way to travel there, if they want it badly enough.

If they dream it hard enough.

In this era, only lovers, poets, and madmen can access the Realms of the Land—and for good reason.

A succession of mortals travel to Faerie: a veteran seeking beauty; a magus seeking power; an urchin seeking his wayward father; an engineer seeking meaning. These mortals bring the horrors of our age to the Land, and the Folk who live there respond in kind.


Faerie Apocalypse will be released worldwide on 15 January 2018, with a book launch in Melbourne in early February 2018 (details will come later).

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Cover Reveal: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1

Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 1 will be released on 15 November 2017, but we can’t resist revealing the cover art and design by Steve Santiago.

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CDDU1 front cover

Table Of Contents:

Introduction by Ramsey Campbell
A Pearl Beyond Price by Janeen Webb
Haunting Matilda by Dmetri Kakmi
Wife to Mr Lovecraft by Lucy Sussex
Darkness Beyond by Jason Franks
The Diesel Pool by Kaaron Warren
Dreamgirl by Stephen Dedman
The Thing In the Bidet by William Tevelain
The Return Of… by Christopher Sequeira
The Elder Things by B. Michael Radburn
Vanguard by Aaron Sterns

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