Welcome to my personal bookshop.  In here you have access to a variety of collections, both poetry and fiction, and a combination of both. There is also non-fiction in the form of a travel guide to NZ. Herein you have access to a world unimagined, a world filled with strange creatures, with ‘normal’ people and with outrageous and desperate situations.

The poetry and fiction in these pages has been illustrated by many international illustrators and artists, mostly at their own expense. I can never thank them enough. My extra special thanks go out to my good friend and talented artist/cartoonist/graphic designer, Dave Freeman.

To learn more about the books I have here for your purchasing pleasure just click on a book image. You will be able to read samples from most of the books, and read independent reviews. Most importantly, you will find links to places at which you may purchase.

There is also a travel book of NZ for those of you who are contemplating a trip Down Under, a collection of facts and requirements to make your visit more enjoyable and trouble-free.

I was also fortunate enough a couple of years ago to have a poem selected for a New York-based anthology which concerned itself with spirituality. The book contains many poems, essays, stories and images all on this theme, including input from Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Lastly, there are links to a number of anthologies of poetry and prose published annually (edited by myself) by top-rated writer's group, Dragon Writers.

A lot of people have helped me to get this far, and I thank all of you humbly.

Please enjoy yourselves.

With respect,

John Irvine

running hound

All about greyhounds. Ours and many others, including adoption agencies and even poetry! Click on the hound.




My personal collections:

Frog Spawn cover
A second collection  from the three aging idiots who perpetrated Buccaneers, Sonneteers and Spitoons. 
‚ÄčAvailable soon from 
Amazon Books.


Stoned cover
A follow-up collection from Man of Stone. All sorts of stuff in here. Available soon from
 Amazon books.


A collection of horror stories and poems from new co-authors Canadian Donna Marie West and Kiwi John Irvine. Coming soon from  Amazon books.


Coming soon 

This is a first collection by myself and my wife Maureen.
We are both enchanted by the Japanese styles of poetry and these
are illustrated haibun. Maureen did the cover art also.
You can buy it
at Amazon.


Well, the subtitle tells the story! Buy from Amazon


Fast Friends Forever:
A tribute to greyhounds in words and pictures.
This delightful full colour book captures the personality of rescued greyhounds
and their own owners through poetical discourse and through pictures.

Buy this book from Amazon


Buy this book  from Amazon


My personal recollections of a troublesome time in Waikato Hospital's Cancer Lodge in December/January 2009/2010,
and the incredible support I received from the other 39 'inmates.' Poetry and photographs.
Buy the book
  from Amazon


Buy this and you'll have a good, old fashioned belly laugh! Buy  from Amazon


A joint collection of very personal experiences with madness and insanity. Available  from Amazon


Available from from Amazon

Available from  Amazon



Anthologies I'm in:


Buy this outstanding anthology  from Amazon


If you are into werewolves, this anthology is for you! Buy it   from Amazon


Great collection of flash fiction horror. Get it  from Amazon


Vampires as you've never seen them before! Watch them bleed  from Amazon


No longer available. 


A collection of horror from Triskaideka Books


Tales from morticians to make you sleepless. Available in
e-book from
HERE:  and in print from HERE:


This edition no longer available.


Buy this beautiful book HERE!


Dragon Writers online writing group annual anthologies


Buy any or all these collections from www.lulu.com



Available now!


Hot off the press! Available here right now!


You can buy it HERE!


Dragon Writers Year of the Dragon special edition
Worth a long, hard look


The eagerly-awaited Dragon Writers 2012 anthology HERE!!!


The latest anthology from Dragon Writers available from HERE!


Now on sale! The 10th anniversary anthology from Dragon Writers online writer's group.
You can see it and purchase


Here it is! The 11th consecutive anthology from Dragon Writers online group. You can see it and purchaseHERE!


Anthology for 2016 available


Available very soon!!!



Read more of my writing  Here!