New Releases: Walking the Tree and its teen companion chapbook, Morace’s Story

IFWG is extremely pleased to announce the release in all geographies, except for now in North America, the reprint of Kaaron Warren’s acclaimed fantasy novel, Walking the Tree, and its original young teen companion chapbook, Morace’s Story. “This is an absolutely unique publishing event,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “as this double release enables the whole family to read Warren’s imaginative story. But I’ll let you in on a secret: adults will find much that is entertaining and thought-provoking in the chapbook.”

Both books will release in the USA and Canada on 16 June 2022.

While not all retailers have picked up the stock as yet, over coming weeks both titles will be available in print and ebook form through all good bookstores, online and in bricks and mortar. We expect all such stores will be stocked in North America in mid-June.

All geographies – including the USA and Canada – can acquire the books (as a companion set) direct from the publisher (via our UK warehouse) by clicking here.

Special mention should be given to Greg Chapman’s excellent cover art and design.

Walking the Tree

Botanica is an island, but almost all of the island is taken up by the Tree.

Little knowing how they came to be here, small communities live around the coast line. The Tree provides them shelter, kindling, medicine-and a place of legends, for there are ghosts within the trees who snatch children and the dying.

Lillah has come of age and is now ready to leave her community and walk the tree for five years, learning all Botanica has to teach her. Before setting off, Lillah is asked by the dying mother of a young boy to take him with her. In a country where a plague killed half the population, Morace will otherwise be killed in case he has the same disease. But can Lillah keep the boy’s secret, or will she have to resort to breaking the oldest taboo on Botanica?

Morace’s Story

Botanica is the island, but all of Botanica is taken up by the Tree. When Morace and other students set out to walk around the Tree, a five year journey, he has no idea what lies ahead. Little does he know the risks his teacher, Lillah, will have to take to keep him alive, and the dangers he will face himself to save her life.

Special Offer: Kaaron Warren’s Walking the Tree companion set (with Morace’s Story)

Kaaron Warren’s classic fantasy novel, Walking the Tree, will be rereleased on the 4 April 2022, along with a brand new companion chapbook, Morace’s Story. This is a unique set, as Morace’s Story tells the same tale as Walking the Tree but through the eyes of the young protagonist from the original adult novel. For families who have older pre-teens or young teens, there is an opportunity for the whole family to delve into Warren’s storytelling; for older readers, it will be a refreshing, fascinating alternate viewpoint of the overarching story.

Both titles will be released in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand on the 4th April 2022, and in the USA and Canada on the 15th June 2022 – through all good online and bricks and mortar stores, as well as ebook retailers.

For those of you who wish to buy the two together without fuss and a decent price, or get the titles early in North America, we are offering direct sales to any English speaking country (and European country) for the next two months (offer ends 31 May 2022). Shipments will be made within a week of any order.

Purchases can be made by clicking here (AU$29.95 to all geographies covered by this offer)

New Acquisitions: Nightmare Logic & Azathoth and Other Horrors by Leigh Blackmore

IFWG is always on the lookout for dark literature that draws from our special areas of interest, and also executed in forms that are different in some way, or less represented in mainstream publishing. We are fortunate indeed to have acquired the publishing rights to two such works by one of Australia’s much-respected dark fiction authors, Leigh Blackmore, with his Azathoth and Other Horrors, a chapbook of dark poetry, and Nightmare Logic, a collection of dark short fiction, including original material. We are very excited by both projects, and look forward to collaborating with him.

These titles will be released world-wide in the last quarter of 2023. More details will be forthcoming later in the year.

Leigh Blackmore – widely-published poet and writer, also a musician & occultist – is considered the leading expert on horror & supernatural fiction ‘Down Under,’ dubbed ‘Mr Horror’ by the Australian press. A past President of the Australian Horror Writers Association, he edited for them Midnight Echo Issue 5 (2011). He edited Terror Australis magazine (1987-92) and its subsequent book anthology (1993). He is a four-time Ditmar Award nominee (once for fiction & thrice for criticism) and has published the collection Horrors of Sherlock Holmes (2018).

His verse collection Spores from Sharnoth & Other Madnesses (P’rea Press, 2008; 3rd reprint 2013; variant/retitled ed. as Sharnoth’s Spores & Other Seeds, Rainfall Books, 2010) saw journal Dead Reckonings declare him “One of the leading weird poets of our era.” His poem “The Last Dream” (Weird Fiction Review No 4) was a nominee for the SFPA’s Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem.

An initiate of Aleister Crowley’s occult organisations the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis) and the A.’.A.’., and long an active participant and facilitator in Australian ritual magick circles, he is also a vocalist and bassist with Illawarra ‘popstalgia’ trio The Third Road. He lives with his family in Wollongong, Australia, where he runs his own editorial business, Proof Perfect. The Eighth Trigram is his debut novel.

New Acquisition: Songs From a White Heart by Jack Dann

IFWG’s Chapbook series is an avenue for the publishing house to present material that is underrepresented in the broadest sense of the word – and poetry is an example. We are extremely pleased to have acquired the rights to Jack Dann’s poetry collection, Songs From a White Heart, and look forward to its release in chapbook form in October 2022.

Jack Dann became involved with Native American religion as a result of a novel he was researching (it was called Bad Medicine in Australia and Counting Coup in the U.S.). Some of his experiences—which are detailed in this upcoming chapbook—took on the form of a spiritual quest. Jack was privileged to be allowed to participate in the mystical and largely unknown rights of Hanblecheyapi (the vision quest), Inipi (the sweat lodge), and the ceremonies of praying with the pipe and ‘giving flesh’. The deep sense of mystery and the transcendent fire of the sweat-lodge come alive in these poems.

From the Introduction to Songs From a White Heart:

In 1978 I was in a sweat-lodge being led by a Sioux medicine man who, it was claimed, had the gift of eagles. It was explained to me that that was his medicine, his power. In that sweat lodge where it was so hot that your skin could suddenly crack, I remember the steam coming up so hot that it actually felt cold![1]

I remember trying to hunker down into my blanket, and in that moment of sensory deprivation, in the intense heat and darkness, in that small space with eight other men…a space that seemed like miles of darkness…I heard a giant bellows working, felt something flapping inside the lodge, felt the touch of feathers, as something very large frantically flew about, trying to get out of that dark.

The bellows was probably my own blood pounding. The medicine man had an eagle’s wing, and was slapping it against my thigh, probably waving the wing in the steam-black air. I know that now, knew it then; but I remember that on one level, it was an eagle loose in the sweat-lodge. I knew it was a trick, but a trick played by the Trickster, one that had resonance on a level beyond the rational. For in that instant I had felt the eagle, not the medicine man’s feathers, but the eagle.And I remember shyly asking someone who had sat next to me in the sweat-lodge if he had felt anything strange in that session. He laughed and said, “Yeah, you mean the eagle in the sweat-lodge.”

[1] Temperatures as high as 140 to 170 degrees have been reported in sweat-lodges; and, indeed, I’ve seen people’s skin blister from the heat.

Jack Dann has written or edited over eighty books, including the international bestseller The Memory Cathedral, The Rebel, The Silent, Junction, and The Man Who Melted. He is a recipient of the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award (twice), the Australian Aurealis Award (three times), the Ditmar Award (five times), the Peter McNamara Achievement Award and also the Peter McNamara Covenors’ Award for Excellence, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Premios Gilgames de Narrativa Fantastica award. He has also been honored by the Mark Twain Society (Esteemed Knight).

His work has been compared to Jorge Luis Borges, Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, Castaneda, Ray Bradbury, J. G. Ballard, Mark Twain, and Philip K. Dick. Philip K. Dick, author of the stories from which the films Blade Runner and Total Recall were made, wrote that “Junction is where Ursula Le Guin’s Lathe of Heaven and Tony Boucher’s ‘The Quest for Saint Aquin’ meet…and yet it’s an entirely new novel…. I may very well be basing some of my future work on Junction.” 

Library Journal has called Dann “…a true poet who can create pictures with a few perfect words.” Roger Zelazny thought he was a reality magician and Best Sellers has said that “Jack Dann is a mind-warlock whose magicks will confound, disorient, shock, and delight.” The Washington Post Book World compared his novel The Man Who Meltedwith Ingmar Bergman’s film The Seventh Seal.

Dr. Dann is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. His latest short-story collection is Concentration. In her introduction, critic and scholar Marleen Barr writes: “Dann is a Faulkner and a Márquez for Jews. His fantastic retellings of the horror stories Nazis made real are more truth than fantasy.”

Forthcoming is a volume in the Centipede Press Masters of Science Fiction series. His latest novel iShadows in the Stone: a Book of Transformations. New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson called it “such a complete world that Italian history no longer seems comprehensible without his cosmic battle of spiritual entities behind and within every historical actor and event.”

As part of its Bibliographies of Modern Authors Series, The Borgo Press has published an annotated bibliography and guide entitled The Work of Jack Dann. An updated second edition is in progress. Dann is also listed in Contemporary Authors and the Contemporary Authors Autobiography SeriesThe International Authors and Writers Who’s WhoWorld Who’s WhoPersonalities of AmericaMen of AchievementWho’s Who in Writers, Editors, and Poets, United States and CanadaDictionary of International Biography; the Directory of Distinguished AmericansOutstanding Writers of the 20th Century
and Who’s Who in the World. His Wikipedia entry can be found at lives in Australia on a farm overlooking the sea. You can visit his website at [] and follow him on Facebook [], LinkedIn [jackdannauthor], and Twitter [@jackmdann]

New Acquisition: The Horror by Seb Doubinsky

IFWG prides itself with its Chapbook series, releasing once or twice a year a short title with something special between their covers: underepresented work, such as poetry, microprose, hybrid narrative/poetry with illustrations, and other experimental pieces. It is therefore with much delight that we can announce the acquisition of Seb Doubinsky’s dark novella, The Horror, which in many ways is experimental in its handling of the horror genre (both a deconstruction and a homage), and at the same time would be most welcome indeed to general readers of dark fiction.

This title will be released world-wide in the first quarter of 2024.

Seb Doubinsky is a bilingual French dystopian writer and poet. He is the author, among others, of The Babylonian Trilogy, The Song Of Synth, White City, Missing Signal and The Invisible. His novels are set in a city-states parallel universe which mirrors our own. His novel, Missing Signal, published by Meerkat Press, won the Bronze Foreword Reviews Award in the sci-fi category. He lives in Denmark with his family and teaches literature, history and culture in the French department of Aarhus University.

IFWG will also be releasing a chapbook of poetry and prose in November 2022 by J.S. Breukelaar and Seb Doubinsky, titled Turning the Seasons – A Dark Almanac.

New Release: Infectious Hope

IFWG is immensely proud to announce the world-wide release of our fourth instalment in our chapbook series, Infectious Hope: Poems of Hope and Resilience From The Pandemic, edited by Silvia Cantón Rondoni. “IFWG didn’t hesitate to take on this project,” stated Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, “as COVID-19 permeated every aspect of all of our lives over the last few years – it made sense to contribute to some form of positive message through our publishing house. Silvia’s editing effort was immense and she was a pocket dynamo in terms of attracting some of the best poets in the world, and not just from the horror genre that she has close ties with. We are still gobsmacked by the table of contents.”

The inspiring cover art and design was also rendered by Silvia Cantón Rondoni.

Infectious Hope: Poems of Hope and Resilience From the Pandemic is a call out for positivism and resilience during lockdown and isolation. Editor and poet Silvia Cantón Rondoni has curated a poetry anthology that includes a spectacular range of diverse poets from around the globe, and focuses on their insights and strength during the pandemic.

A poetic vaccination of the soul, and a reminder that we are in this together and are stronger than we know. This anthology contains the creativity of 47 poets, including luminaries Fiona Wright, Joe R. Landsdale, Isobelle Carmody, Roz Kaveney, and Linda D. Addison, as well as an introduction by Lee Murray.

This chapbook is available now and can be found in all good print stores, online and bricks and mortar. This book is not available in ebook formats.