Book Signing: Shadows in the Stone by Jack Dann

IFWG is over the moon with the acquisition of Jack Dann’s new novel, Shadows in the Stone. This will be a significant work added to Jack Dann’s impressive catalogue of works, and we believe, one of his outstanding pieces.

Jack says: “Like The Memory Cathedral, Shadows in the Stone came to me initially as an image; not one overwhelming catalyzing image, but a series of images. The first and strongest image that come to mind are two illustrations depicting scenes from Milton’s Paradise Lost by John Martin (1789-1834), an artist famous in his own time, but now largely forgotten: two mezzotints, entitled “Pandemonium” and “Satan Presiding at the Infernal Council” seemed to me to encapsulate (or perhaps generated) my vision of the aeon Belias as dark angel and place.”

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Pandemonium by John Martin

Satan Presiding by John Martin

Satan Presiding at the Infernal Council by John Martin

The following is the accompanying text from the novel:

As the theurgist Pico Della Mirandola fell into eternity, into the abyss of souls, Pietro Neroni and the aeon Athoth journeyed across Belias’ empty, crystalline wastes.

In a sense Pietro and Athoth were stepping over or passing through the dark aeon’s volcanic, thundering body, for Belias and his world—his dark heaven—were the same, each a glittering reflection of the other, a reflection of a reflection, a reflection nested in itself; and if one wished to visualize these moments as Pietro experienced them, one might imagine Athoth, the beautiful aeon Athoth and his club-footed companion Pietro simply walking together. Around them was a darkness so deep and sharp and soul-destroying that the surrounding mountains and cratered ice sheets were simply chiaroscuro contrasts of the same tenebrous void. As Pietro moved through this negative terrain, he imagined that he was looking into (or through) a crystal gazing globe that had been crazed with glittering cracks, so that the darkness within appeared as shards of black, their various changing shapes defined only by slight differences of darkness and edgings of silver.

The darkness was palpable, tactile, numbing; and Pietro experienced a cold yet distant grief as he tried to remember his tender feelings (love?) for the beautiful Isabella as he visualized her heart shaped, freckled face and dark curly hair; and he remembered, yes, he remembered when she had caught him gazing into Maestro Mirandola’s gazing globe, which was now part of his soul and viscera; remembered her calling him a heretic in the catacombs of Florence…remembered his prediction that she would betray all her companions.

Shadows in the Stone will be published next year – details of the release date will be forthcoming soon.

Double Book Launch

Last night (15 February 2018) IFWG held a double book launch at Readings Hawthorn – a wonderful event. We launched our first two books for 2018 – Steven Paulsen’s anthology, Shadows on the Wall, and Jason Frank’s novel, Faerie Apocalypse. Jack Dann kindly (and entertainingly) MC’d the event, and the Readings’ crew did a wonderful job of looking after everyone. Book signings were had, speeches were made, and glasses were charged for the double launch. Thanks to all!

The following are some snaps of the event:

New Book Signing: The Year of the Fruitcake by Gillian Polack

IFWG Publishing is delighted to announce the acquisition of Gillian Polack’s science fiction novel, The Year of the Fruitcake. The novel tells of the Earth-based life of a mostly-mindwiped alien anthropologist inhabiting a human perimenopausal body instead of her own more rational body with its capacity to change gender. Polack describes her novel as, “Bleak. It’s political. It’s angry. It’s also sarcastic, cynical and funny.”

And we agree. “We have never read anything like this novel, and we believe readers will be entranced by it,” commented Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG.

The Year of the Fruitcake will be released in the first quarter of 2019.

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Gillian Polack

Gillian Polack is a writer, editor, scholar and teacher. Two of her novels and her 2016 research monograph have been shortlisted for awards. She has edited two anthologies (one of which was also shortlisted for an award) and has seventeen short stories published (one of which actually won an award and four others of which were listed as recommended reading on international years’ best lists). She has a PhD in Creative Writing and one in Medieval History. Her current research concerns how culture is embedded in narrative. Her hobbies include cooking and making bad jokes.

URL: www.gillianpolack.com
Facebook: Gillian Polack
Twitter: gillianpolack

Book Signing: Switch by Rowena Evans

IFWG is delighted to announce the book signing of the MG/YA novel, Switch, by Rowena Evans, which is a sequel to her wonderful Drums and Power Lines. We have had a long association with Rowena, beginning with her work as a fine artist (best represented by her other novel with our press, Sealskin Coast), but she certainly has a love – and talent – for writing great speculative fiction for the young set. We are honoured to publish this third book – which will be released in October 2018.

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Rowena Evans

We heartily recommend you read Drums and Power Lines, and guarantee that you will want to buy Switch in October.

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Book Signing: Contrition by Deborah Sheldon

The festive season deserves another piece of good news!

IFWG Publishing Australia is very pleased to add a third Deborah Sheldon title to its catalogue: Contrition, a horror novel with noir undertones and an atmosphere of mounting dread. (It is actually her fourth title with us – she has signed a contract with us for a new collection of her short fiction, to be released in 2019).

Contrition will be released in mid 2018: more details will be provided in the new year.

Deborah Sheldon

Deborah Sheldon, a professional writer from Melbourne, Australia, writes across the darker spectrum of crime, noir, and horror. Deb’s short stories have appeared in many well-regarded literary magazines and anthologies. Her published fiction includes short story collections, novellas, and novels. Other writing credits include television scripts, feature articles, radio plays, award-winning medical writing, and non-fiction books for Reed Books and Random House.

Deborah has published a two-novella crime thriller with IFWG Publishing Australia (Dark Waters / Ronnie and Rita) as well as a dark fiction collection, Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories.

Visit her website: http://deborahsheldon.wordpress.com

New Signing: Books 3 to 5 of Warriors of Vhast

It is with pleasure that we can now announce the signing of books 3 to 5 of Cary J Lenehan’s Warriors of Vhast series – ‘Clearing the Web’ (Book 3), ‘Scouring the Land’ (Book 4), and ‘Gathering the Strands’ (Book 5). This follows from ‘Intimations of Evil‘ (Book 1) and ‘Engaging Evil‘ (Book 2).

“Cary’s strength is his world-building,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG Publishing, “and he delivers in spades. Books 1 and 2 have garnered a strong following by those who love epic fantasy in lush, vivid worlds, and this is great news for all. We can’t be happier to continue this series.”

IFWG Publishing will be re-releasing Books 1 and 2 in March 2018 (to ensure the look and feel of the series is entirely consistent) and Clearing the Web will be released in July 2018. Books 4 and 5 will follow annually, and it is likely it will continue beyond Book 5.

Cary Lenehan

Cary J Lenehan is a former trades assistant, soldier, public servant, cab driver, truck driver, game designer, trainee horticulturalist and university tutor (among other things). His hobbies include collecting and reading books (the non-fiction are Dewey decimalised), Tasmanian native plants (particularly the edible ones), the SCA and gaming. He has taught people how to use everything from shortswords to rocket launchers.

He met his wife at an SF Convention while cosplaying and they have not looked back. He was born in Sydney before marrying and moving to the Snowy Mountains where they started their family. They moved to Tasmania for the warmer winters and are not likely to ever leave it.

Looking out of the window beside the computer is a sweeping view of Mount Wellington and its range.

Cary has a Patreon page where he wants to expand his world of Vhast in all sorts of directions. You might want to consider helping him: Cary Lenehan’s Patreon Page

Cary’s web site: www.caryjlenehan.com

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