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]

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.

Preorder Offer: Infectious Hope: Poems of Hope & Resilience From the Pandemic

Infectious Hope will be released worldwide on 1 November 2021, and for those of you who are keen to get a copy, IFWG is offering world-wide preorders from now until 30 September 2021. Retail prices, but shipping will be free. The chapbook will be delivered on, or just prior to release, notwithstanding the postal systems, and how COVID affects them.

Infectious Hope 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.

The following poets have contributed to this chapbook:

Linda D. Addison
Crisosto Apache
Allen Ashley
Eugen Bacon
Esther Belin
Jenny Blackford
Isobelle Carmody
Jay Caselberg
Anne Casey
Kat Clay
Claire G. Coleman
PS Cottier
Cardinal Cox
Jack Dann
Sebastien Doubinsky
Nigel Ellis

Stephanie Ellis
Rebecca Fraser
Owl Goingback
Oz Hardwick
Dominique Hecq
Dominic Hoey
Robert Hood
Roz Kaveney
Joe R. Lansdale
Steph Lum
Alessandro Manzetti
Kirstyn Mcdermott
Donna McLeod
Fiona Murphy
Jason Nahrung
Biola Olatunde

Yenn Purkis
Dan Rabarts
Hester J. Rook
Sumiko Saulson
Angela Yuriko Smith
Ruby Smith
Christina Sng
Heather Truett
Kyla Lee Ward
Janeen Webb
Adam Wolfond
Tabatha Wood
Fiona Wright
Marty Young

THIS OFFER IS NOW CLOSED

Cover Reveal: Infectious Hope edited by Silvia Cantón Rondoni

IFWG is very pleased to reveal the cover art and design of our upcoming chapbook, Infectious Hope: Poems of Hope and Resilience From the Pandemic. Silvia Cantón Rondoni has edited an amazing collection of poems by leading poets and writers from around the world, and has exhibited additional talent by actually creating the cover art to boot.

Infectious Hope 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.

The following is a complete TOC of the publication:

Foreword by Lee Murray

Preface  To Infectious Hope by the editor

Linda D. Addison… HERE/NOW

Ryka Aoki… HUNGRY ONCE AGAIN, IN AMERICA

Crisosto Apache… A PRAYER FOR US—Ik ł’dá beedaajindánde

Allen Ashley… SYMPTOMS MAY VARY

Eugen Bacon… WHAT THE MASK SAW

Esther Belin… WASHING DISHES IS GOOD MEDICINE

Jenny Blackford… THE DANCE

Isobelle Carmody… THE CHICKENS OF THE APOCALYPSE

Jay Caselberg… CHRYSALIS

Anne Casey… WHERE GULLS CRY

Kat Clay… SMALL CHOICES

Claire G. Coleman… I CANNOT SING WITH THE RIVER

PS  Cottier… PATTERNS

Cardinal Cox… BEFORE THE DAWN

Jack Dann… HOUSE ARREST

Sebastien Doubinsky… IS POETRY CONTAGIOUS?

Nigel Ellis… IN THE TIME OF BREATHING

Stephanie Ellis… ANOTHER EVE

Rebecca Fraser… #breathe

Owl Goingback… QUIET STARS

Oz Hardwick… THE TROCADERO SHOPPING MALL

Dominique Hecq… FIVE DAYS IN FOUR HUNDRED WORDS

Dominic Hoey… THEY ONLY BECOME DREAMS WHEN YOU WAKE

Robert Hood… THE BALLAD OF THE MONSTERS 2020

Roz Kaveney… PERSIST

Joe R. Lansdale… THE MOMENT PASSES

Steph Lum… RECREATE

Alessandro Manzetti… WHEN SHE LEFT

Kirstyn Mcdermott… UNTOUCHED

Donna McLeod… Ka whawhai tonu mātou

Fiona Murphy… PERPETUAL STASIS

Jason Nahrung… GROUNDED

Biola Olatunde… THE UNBUCKLING

Yenn Purkis… A HAPPY THOUGHT

Dan Rabarts… DISJOINTED

Hester J. Rook… the things that would not have happened, were it not for this

Sumiko Saulson … WITH DECEMBER COMES ELUNE

Angela Yuriko Smith… A NEW MATCH

Ruby Smith… HOME ALONE

Christina Sng… OUR BRIEF TIME IN THE SUN

Heather Truett… GHAZAL FOR THE GOOD IN 2020

Kyla Lee Ward… WARDROBE MALFUNCTION

Janeen Webb… HOTEL QUARANTINA

Adam Wolfond… IN THE HEART OF MUSIC OPENS HOPE

Tabatha Wood… OF TIME AND TIDE

Fiona Wright… & normal

Marty Young… AN ENDLESS BARRAGE

Infectious Hope will be released world wide on 1 November 2021, and preorders will be available in coming weeks.

Upcoming Release: Infectious Hope (ed. Silvia Cantón Rondoni)

IFWG Publishing is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a poetry anthology chapbook, titled Infectious Hope, edited by Silvia Cantón Rondoni. It incorporates themes of hope and resilience during COVID, bringing the writing community together during the pandemic. Silvia has curated an exceptional anthology filled with diverse poets from all over the world.

The chapbook will be released worldwide in late 2021 (date will be finalised in coming weeks), and will comprise the following poets:

Linda D. Addison

Ryka Aoki

Crisosto Apache

Allen Ashley

Eugen Bacon

Esther Belin

Jenny Blackford

Isobelle Carmody

Jay Caselberg

Anne Casey

Kat Clay

Claire G. Coleman

PS Cottier

Cardinal Cox

Jack Dann

Sebastien Doubinsky

Nigel Ellis

Stephanie Ellis

Rebecca Fraser

Owl Goingback

Oz Hardwick

Dominique Hecq

Dominic Hoey

Robert Hood

Joe R. Lansdale

Stephanie Lum

Alessandro Manzetti

Kirstyn McDermott

Donna McLeod

Fi Murphy

Jason Nahrung

Biola Olatunde

Yenn Purkis

Dan Rabarts

Hester J. Rook

Sumiko Saulson

Angela Yuriko Smith

Ruby Smith

Christina Sng

Heather Truet

Kyla Lee Ward

Janeen Webb

Adam Wolfond

Tabatha Wood

Fiona Wright

Marty Young

…and a Foreward by Lee Murray.

Stay tuned for cover reveal and specifics on release.