Excellent Reviews of Jack Dann’s Shadows in the Stone

In the latest edition of Asimov’s Science Fiction, a wonderful review has been posted for Jack Dann’s Shadows in The stone, a powerful alt-history fantasy published back in November 2019.

It reminds us that COVID-19 has had a serious effect on the publishing industry and our products published late in 2019 and early in 2020, have not had the opportunity to be marketed as well as we wanted. And yet, we appreciate quality magazines and ezines continuing to review our work, even if some time has passed – we thank them.

To remind readers of the awesomeness of Jack Dann’s latest novel, we would like to pick three particularly notable reviews:

Asimov’s Science Fiction, reviewed by Peter Heck (current issue)
Much is said, and all glowing, but his closing paragraph is notable:
“Dann has always been willing to color outside the accepted lines of genre fiction, while drawing on a stunning range of source material to ground his visions. If you’re in the market for something completely different—in the best possible way—Shadows in the Stone fills the bill.”

Galaxy’s Edge, reviewed by Richard Chwedyk (Jan 2020)
Again, a glowing review, including:
“At heart, I believe, Dann is a science fiction writer, which is why his alternate worlds of magic and wonder are so unquestionably vivid. He scrutinizes angels and demons as if they were aliens from a newly-discovered world. He creates his own physics to allow for magic, and follows its rules fastidiously. And, like many a good science fiction writer, he measures the consequences of great power practiced by we ever-fallible humans. It’s what we do.

And Jack Dann does it brilliantly.

Into the bargain, we get a phantasmagorically brilliant cover by ever-reliable Bob Eggleton.

Now that’s class.”

Locus, reviewed by Paul Di Filippo (Dec 2019)

“With flavors of the work of Gene Wolfe and John Crowley, James Morrow and K.J. Parker, Dann’s new book is guaranteed to take the reader on a whirlwind journey of danger and enlightenment behind the cardboard reality we mistake for the universe’s true substance.”

We want to remind readers of these reviews and what Jack Dann’s masterpiece can offer to them. Next year, with an expectation that industry sales figures will improve, IFWG will be taking steps to roadshow its many new titles that were meant to be published in 2020, as well as ensuring that those that were caught on the cusp – such as Shadows in the Stone – are given an opportunity to be properly showcased. Stay tuned.

Preorders Open: Black Moon by Eugen Bacon

Black Moon: Graphic Speculative Flash Fiction by Eugen Bacon, and lavishly illustrated by Elena Betti, will be published world-wide in print-format (only) on 1 December 2020.

This is a unique, experimental book, first in IFWG’s Chapbook line of tiles, providing poetic prose in short form, each story/vignette accompanied by evocative art by Elena Betti. The books are superbly put together in full colour, on quality paper – 72 pages long.

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.

Preorders are only available in Australia, UK and North America, and will be shipped to readers well prior to release (note that with current pandemic condition, there may be delays beyond our control).

Please click the appropriate link if you wish to receive a preorder copy:

Australia Readers incl shipping (AU$21.95)

North American Readers incl shipping (US$16.99)

UK Readers incl shipping (UK£14.99)

Preorders will close 31 October 2020.

Cover & TOC Reveal: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Vol 3

It is with great pleasure that we can now reveal to you the cover and Table of Contents of our upcoming anthology, Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 3 (edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira and Bryce Stevens).

It was highly appropriate that we have a ‘top end’ look to the cover, as the previous volumes depicted Australia’s urban dimension (Sydney Harbour), as well as its well know ‘outback’. Steve Santiago, our artist and cover designer, did a wonderful job yet again! There’s something mysterious about dense rainforests and jungles – you never know what you might discover!

And here’s the wonderful table of contents:

Introduction…Cat Rambo
All the Long Way Down…Alf Simpson
Farewell to Elephant…Cat Sparks
The Third Party Doctrine…Steve Proposch
Come His Children…Alan Baxter
The Depiction…Julie Ditrich
The Key to Eternity…Steven Paulsen
They Are Impatient…Maurice Xanthos
Dead Language…Steve Kilbey
Asleep Beneath the Dripping…Jason Fischer
Supersymmetry Blues…David Conyers
Afterword…Jack Dann

And finally, here’s the full wrap cover:

Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 3 will be released in the second quarter of 2021. Preorders will be taken from December 2020 – stay tuned.

Cover Reveal: The Wordsmith, by Barbara Howe

It is with great pleasure that we reveal the cover of Barbara Howe‘s The Wordsmith, Book 4 in her 5-part Reforging series. As usual, it captures the essence of the series, an alt-history/epic fantasy blend, geared toward Young Adults and mature audiences alike, with very strong female protagonists. Kudos to artist and illustrator, Catherine Archer-Wills.

The Wordsmith will be released on the 15th February 2021, with a call for preorders coming in November 2020. The final instalment of the series, The Forge, will also be released in 2021.

Irene van Gelder’s drudge job is killing her, but how can she earn a living as an air witch when her own guild calls her a fraud?

The Fire Warlock doesn’t ask for her credentials, but with tensions rising between the Fire and Air Guilds, proving her value to him is not a safe move. With the White Duchess and her son intent on revenge, what defences can a failure as an air witch muster? All she has is words. Will that be enough to save herself, and Frankland?

The first three books in the Reforging series (click images):

The Locksmith (Book 1)
Engine of Lies (Book 2)
The Blacksmith (Book 3)

Cover Reveal: Black Moon by Eugen Bacon

IFWG is very pleased to reveal the first of its exclusive chapbook range of titles, Black Moon: Graphic Speculative Flash Fiction, by Eugen Bacon (and illustrated by the talented Elena Betti).

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.

This is an exclusive, 72 page full-colour chapbook, printed on high grade paper. Every piece of poetry/prose will have a commissioned illustration accompany it.

To maintain the integrity of this beautiful work, IFWG will not release this title in ebook formats. It will only be available in print form.

Preorders will be available from mid-September 2020, for a world-wide release of 1 December 2020.

Book Deal: X-Dimensional Assassin Zai Through the Unfolded Earth

It is with great pleasure that we can announce a book deal with Jason Franks for his latest novel, X-Dimensional Assassin Zai Through the Unfolded Earth, a story that turns well-known sub-genres upside-down, as he did with his earlier IFWG title, Faerie Apocalypse. “Jason always delivers,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and provides original takes to themes, characters and storylines. This manuscript is no different and will be a delight to publish.”

Zai is an international assassin who’s mainly in it for the travel opportunities. So, when his new agency starts to send him on assignment to places that do not exist, it’s a dream come true.

Crooked accountants; faerie industrialists; down-at-heels gods; secret police chiefs. A hidden continent colonized by refugees from sunken Atlantis; a secret space station; an aerostatic city-state; a post-apocalyptic Faerie Land; a Britain that has Brexited from the entire universe. Whoever you are, and wherever you hide, X-Dimensional Assassin Zai will find you… but not until he’s seen the sights and tried all the local cuisine.

X-Dimensional Assassin Zai is a fantasy/SF/crime novel about tourism and murder.

Jason Franks is the author of the novels Bloody Waters, Faerie Apocalypse, and Shadowmancy, as well as the Sixsmiths graphic novel series. Most of his work, in prose and comics, falls into (or out of) some combination of the horror, fantasy, science fiction and comedy genres. Franks’ books have variously been shortlisted for Aurealis, Ledger and Ditmar awards. In the real world he works as a software engineer and data scientist.

He lives in Melbourne, Australia. Find out more at jasonfranks.com

X-Dimensional Assassin Zai Through the Unfolded Earth will be published world-wide in 2022.