Preorder Offer: Turning of the Seasons by J.S. Breukelaar & Seb Doubinsky

IFWG is very excited to release J.S. Breukelaar and Seb Doubinsky’s title, Turning of the Seasons in early November. We want to share the love and an excellent way to do this is to offer facilities for preorders – at competitive rates (equal to, or better than retail price, with free shipping). The offer begins now, and will cease 15 October 2022.

Click the following link to preorder the title from anywhere in the world*:

Turning of the Seasons: A Dark Almanac including shipping AU$20.95

Seasons have always been connected with the passing of time and the changes of life, inspiring myths, folklore, poems and songs. In this short collection award-winning J.S. Breukelaar and Seb Doubinsky have decided to pay tribute to the old tradition of yearly almanacs, which contained short pieces of lore and traditions. Keeping with the short format, they have renewed the genre by infusing it with a modern-day setting, pushing the boundaries of the folk-horror uncanny into the borders of our cities. A succession of disturbing stories and vignettes, sometimes poetic, sometimes funny, but always gruesome, The Turning Of The Seasons will surely be an almanac you will never forget.

(*) Some more obscure geographies might be problematic – in these situations we will provide full refunds. Most shipping will be from the UK.

Preorder Offer: Songs From a White Heart

Jack Dann’s upcoming poetry collection chapbook, Songs From a White Heart, will be released in North America on 1st November 2022, and the rest of the world a little earlier, 1st October 2022. It is a true chapbook, slim and small in size, but dense with poetic form and meaning.

Click the following link to preorder the title from anywhere in the world*, and North American readers will get the shipment delivered, like the rest of the world, on, or just prior to 1 October 2022. This offer ceases on 15 September 2022.

THIS OFFER IS NOW OVER

In the green days of youth-in another life and in a far land-Jack Dann was invited to participate in Native American religious ceremonies and culture. And in that far country of the past Jack experienced numinous moments and small revelations that changed his life and his art. Some of those distant moments and visceral wisdoms are encapsulated in Poems From a White Heart…a lifetime’s distillation of poems birthed in the ice and fire of a lost America.

Songs From a White Heart is a journey grounded in intensely personal revelations that inspired Jack’s poetry, short stories, and novels such as Bad Medicine, which Locus Magazine described as showing us “that true magics, supernatural moments of both grief and joy, can be found in life itself. You just have to know where to look, and how to invoke them-and Jack Dann is an expert at such things.”

(*) Some more obscure geographies might be problematic – in these situations we will provide full refunds. Most shipping will be from the UK.

Cover Reveal: Turning of the Seasons by J.S. Breukelaar & Seb Doubinsky

IFWG is very happy indeed to reveal the cover of J.S. Breukelaar and Seb Doubinsky’s upcoming collection of poetry and prose, Turning of the Seasons: A Dark Almanac. The artwork is by Derek Ford and the design is by Greg Chapman. A truly international collaboration on all fronts!

Seasons have always been connected with the passing of time and the changes of life, inspiring myths, folklore, poems and songs. In this short collection award-winning J.S. Breukelaar and Seb Doubinsky have decided to pay tribute to the old tradition of yearly almanacs, which contained short pieces of lore and traditions. Keeping with the short format, they have renewed the genre by infusing it with a modern-day setting, pushing the boundaries of the folk-horror uncanny into the borders of our cities. A succession of disturbing stories and vignettes, sometimes poetic, sometimes funny, but always gruesome, The Turning Of The Seasons will surely be an almanac you will never forget.

Turning of the Seasons will be released world-wide in November 2022.

Cover Reveal: Songs From a White Heart by Jack Dann (a poetry chapbook)

IFWG is very pleased to reveal the cover of its next chapbook, Songs From a White Heart, a collection of poetry by Jack Dann. This cover needed to be pitched perfectly, as it covered a number of complex themes and fields, and Luke Spooner, once again, did a fantastic job.

Songs From a White Heart will be released worldwide on 3 October 2022. Preorder offers will come out in September.

In the green days of youth—in another life and in a far land—Jack Dann was invited to participate in Native American religious ceremonies and culture. And in that far country of the past Jack experienced numinous moments and small revelations that changed his life and his art. Some of those distant moments and visceral wisdoms are encapsulated in Poems From a White Heart…a lifetime’s distillation of poems birthed in the ice and fire of a lost America.

As he writes in his introduction, “During that initial white hot time of exploration and revelation, I asked a medicine woman to vet the early poems that now make up the spine of this book. I had wanted to publish them in magazines and literary quarterlies, but did not feel comfortable doing so without her permission. She read the poems…and gave me her blessing. And over the long years that followed—long after I had lost touch with those who conducted and participated in the ceremonies I describe—I continued to write poems for this book.”

Songs From a White Heart is a journey grounded in intensely personal revelations that inspired Jack’s poetry, short stories, and novels such as Bad Medicine, which Locus Magazine described as showing us “that true magics, supernatural moments of both grief and joy, can be found in life itself. You just have to know where to look, and how to invoke them—and Jack Dann is an expert at such things.”

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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Dann.Jack lives in Australia on a farm overlooking the sea. You can visit his website at [www.jackdann.com] and follow him on Facebook [www.facebook.com/jack.dann2], LinkedIn [jackdannauthor], and Twitter [@jackmdann]