New Release: Mistification by Kaaron Warren

In April 2020 IFWG Publishing announced the acquisition of a significant number of works by Kaaron Warren, including three previously published novels (Slights, Mistification, Walking the Tree), an original middle grade novel (Morace’s Story), and a collaborative chapbook with Ellen Datlow (Tool Tales). Most of these works have now been published. We saw these acquisitions as being a major contribution to our strong catalogue of everything Kaaron Warren – acknowledging her amazing talent and ensuring that her work is accessible world-wide to her fans – and at the same time introducing her new work.

Mistification has now been released world-wide, and it is a significant work by Warren, having been out of print for some time. Many of her fans would not have had the opportunity to read this masterpiece of dark fantasy.

We are also extremely pleased with the captivating cover artwork and design by Vince Haig.

They entered the cellar and he locked the door behind them. He drew the mist to give the girl a sense of euphoria and anticipation. 

“There is magic here; tricks,” the girl said. “I know because I blink and things change. I feel like I can see germs in the air. It’s damp. What if I catch something?” 

He said, “You can’t catch magic. You can learn parts of it, you are born with some. Magic is not contagious, though its element is contagion. Some things can influence you long after you have stopped touching them. Some things will never stop touching you, even when they are long forgotten.” His voice was so quiet it gave her comfort. 

Mistification is now available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores.

Two-Cover Reveal: Walking the Tree and Morace’s Story by Kaaron Warren

IFWG is very pleased to reveal the covers of two companion titles by Kaaron Warren, which will be co-released worldwide on the 4th April 2022: Walking the Tree, a reissue of a classic Warren novel, and Morace’s Story, an original middle-grade title that recounts the same story as Walking the Tree, but through the eyes of a teenage protagonist. “The combination of releases,” said Gerry Huntman, “is absolutely unique, and we look forward to producing fiction that can enchant parents and children at the same time.”

Both covers are created by the amazing Greg Chapman.

We will reveal more about this title in coming weeks.

Cover Reveal: Mistification by Kaaron Warren

In an earlier posting IFWG revealed it had acquired the rights to Kaaron Warren’s Mistification, a dark urban fantasy previously published in 2011. With this new release, we have acquired the services of the very talented Vince Haig for the cover, and we are delighted by the result, one that complements his rendering of Slights earlier this year.

We will reveal more about this upcoming title in coming weeks.

Mistification will be released world wide on 3 December 2021, and preorders will be available in coming months.

Cover Reveals: Guardians of St Giles Middle Grade Series

Jeffery E Doherty’s middle grade Guardians of St Giles series began with the release of Olivia Stone and the Trouble with Trixies in January 2016, followed up by Olivia Stone and the Dread of the Dreamers. In 2022 we will release the third in the series, Olivia Stone and the Call of the Carnival. A wonderful book and any child from 10 up will just gobble down Olivia Stone’s adventures.

IFWG decided to commission new covers for the first two books, in order to create a better consistency for the series, and they have turned out wonderful. When Olivia Stone and the Call of the Carnival is released (early 2022), we will re-release the first two books with the new covers.

And here they are:

Doherty isn’t just a talented middle grade author – he is also the artist and designer of his own books. Well done and congratulations on his upcoming title, and new look back catalogue!

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.

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.