February Release: Silent Sorrow by Russell Kirkpatrick

Silent Sorrow is the first title released in 2021 by IFWG Publishing, and also the first title in IFWG’s ‘Uncaching the Treasures‘ campaign. The campaign recognises that IFWG ‘cached’ most of its 2020 scheduled titles to avoid the worst of COVID’s effects on the industry, and in the period February to June 2021, all will be ‘uncached’. And they are treasures indeed, including Russell Kirkpatrick’s first volume in his The Book of Remezov fantasy series.

A few events have already taken place with respect to Silent Sorrow, including an intriguing podcast interview of Kirkpatrick by Jason Henderson of Castle of Horror, and an insightful blog interview by Maureen Flynn.

Brilliant and ambitious, Remezov is already recognised as the best earthquake predictor in the business. He travels to the ancient city of Hanemark to be received into the powerful Guild of Geographers, the youngest inductee in decades.

On the way he finds a dead scientist’s diary, warning of an imminent invasion. Nonsense, of course—except the diary explains otherwise puzzling occurrences. Does he surrender it to the Guild, risking accusations he killed the scientist and stole the diary—all for an invasion that may never come—or does he keep it and use it to make his name? He has to decide soon, because he’s being hunted by something leaving a trail of mutilated bodies across the city.

The lizards are coming…

Silent Sorrow is now available worldwide through all good bricks and mortar and online stores, print and ebook.

Preorder Offer: Dispossessed by Piper Mejia

IFWG is pleased to offer preorders for Piper Mejia’s wonderful young adult fiction novel, Dispossessed.

Nobody likes you when you’re the ugly new kid. A hoodie and a new foster home won’t hide the creeping dread that you are dangerous. So, when you’re offered the chance to meet a grandfather you never knew, you jump on a plane to the bush-covered mountains of New Zealand. 

Slate longs for a home when he finds himself living among an ancient race masquerading as travelling performers. Dispossessed and disillusioned, Slate fears being trapped in a life hiding from the world; one his own father had to run from.

However, the decision to stay or leave is taken from him when he is held captive by hunters on the trail of the ultimate game trophy. Tortured and alone Slate fears that the only way to escape is to become the monster he never wanted to be.

Dispossessed will be released on 5 April 2021, world-wide. Preorders are open until 10 March, and the book will be shipped and arrive at its destination on or close to release date. Ebook versions will be available for preorder soon, via the relevant ebook online stores.

Click here if you wish to preorder Dispossessed by Piper Mejia (AU$29.95 including shipping, world-wide)

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 2021 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 (mid 2021), 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!

Cover Reveal: Gathering the Strands by Cary J Lenehan

IFWG Publishing is pleased to reveal the cover for Cary J Lenehan’s fifth instalment in his epic fantasy Warriors of Vhast series, Gathering the Strands. Artwork and design by UK-based Catherine Archer-Wills.

“We love the cover art and design for this volume in the series,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and especially with a non-combative scene, depicting one of the series’ long-standing characters in a professional setting. The quality of Archer-Wills’ work is outstanding, and captures the vivid world that Lenehan has created.”

Gathering the Strands will be published world-wide on the 1st March 2021. Preorders will be offered in January 2021.

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.