Call for Fantasy submissions!

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)After the colossal success of Sci-Fi from the Rock this past 10th Anniversary weekend, Engen Books has decided to continue the line with Fantasy from the Rock, to be available in Spring 2017 at the eleventh annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention.

“The response from fans was enormous and overwhelming,” said Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “We we able to publish a number of first-time authors alongside established pillars in the Newfoundland science-fiction community like Kenneth Tam and Scott Bartlett, of Iceberg Publishing and Mirth Publishing, respectfully. Engen Books has always been a fan of placing new talent alongside established talent, giving those new voices a chance to shine in a way they may have have otherwise.”

While the inaugural volume was titled Sci-Fi from the Rock, it in fact told PG-rated stories from the fantasy, science-fiction, and thriller genres. This new collection will focus more heavily on genre-specific stories, with each successive volume then showcasing different talent within the Canadian writing scene.

Editors Ellen Curtis and Erin Vance are scheduled to return to helm the project.

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Zombies on the Rock: Outbreak by Paul Carberry | Other Indie

Zombies on the Rock: Outbreak is a 2015 action-thriller by Corner Brook native Paul Carberry and was independently published via AuthorHouse, a self-publishing print-on-demand business based in the United States. It is set in the near future and stars an ensemble cast of likeable, identifiable characters as they deal with the very early onset of a zombie outbreak (hence the novel’s subtitle). Characters like Hank, Chris, Eric, and Cathy must navigate the astonishing and brutal landscape of this not-too-distant future in order to be among the survivors as the island of Newfoundland — and the entire world — is plunged into an apocalyptic nightmare.

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Ali House


Alison House
Alison House

Alison House

A native Newfoundlander, Alison is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (MUN). She currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she works in arts administration and spends more time than a person should in and around theaters.

Titles by Ali House

Ali House is the author of 2 works published through Engen Books.


The Six ElementalThe Six Elemental by Ali House

The Pitch: There is a legend that in times of great need, a person wielding the power of all six Elements will come forth to bring peace to New Earth. The myth of the Six-Elemental is almost seven hundred years old, and the possibility of someone having the power of more than one Element has been thoroughly disproven by science.

None of this matters, however, when Kit Tyler receives the power of all six Elements on her twenty-first birthday. Unsure of how the world will react, or how to wield her powers, Kit keeps this information a secret, swearing that she will reveal it when she is stronger and more worthy. After all, the only thing worse than being a walking myth is being a disappointing one.

Short Fiction

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)Sci-Fi from the Rock by Ellen Louise Curtis and Erin Vance
Series: From the Rock, #2016

The Pitch: Nineteen short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best science-fiction and fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans and some of them new to the craft for the first time. Edited by Erin Vance and veteran science-fiction author Ellen Louise Curtis, this collection features the heartfelt, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent and charm Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Kenneth Tam, Scott Bartlett, Jay Paulin, Ali House, & many more!

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Only 90 Days Left!! | Fantasy from the Rock

That’s right, only 90 days left before the submissions for Fantasy from the Rock close on December 31, 2016! We already look to have twelve amazing new authors, some new, some established, and some award winning on board, with formal announcements to come once the deadline is closed. You’ve still got time to be a part of this great new collection!

After the colossal success of Sci-Fi from the Rock this past 10th Anniversary weekend, Engen Books has decided to continue the line with Fantasy from the Rock, to be available in Spring 2017 at the eleventh annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention.

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Kowloon Walled City, 1984 by Nicholas Morine | Other Indie

Kowloon Walled City, 1984 is a 2016 cultural thriller by Nova Scotia native Nicholas Morine and published by the Newfoundland indie company Problematic Press. It stars Fang, a heroin dealer for the 14K gang, as he rises to the top of the Kowloon fighting circuit and becomes embroiled in danger and violence as he deals with corrupt police, gang politics, and an annual martial arts tournament calling the very best warriors from across the globe called the Siu Nin a Fu. Will he make it out of this world alive? You’ll have to read it to see.😉

For those who may not know, and I was among them, Kowloon Walled City was a densely populated, largely ungoverned settlement in Kowloon City, Hong Kong. Originally a Chinese military fort, the Walled City became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to Britain in 1898. In this novel, Morine takes great pains to infuse the text with enough cultural and symbolic references to immerse the reader in this foreign culture. The places he borrows from feel immediately real, and once the setting feels real he builds the characters to the same magnitude, and the stakes in kind, until the argument of the novel itself is upon you before you even know it. This novel sneaks up and takes you, much like the sort of fighter Fang must be to survive.

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Midnight Tailors are a Go!

The best part about being a part of the indie scene in Newfoundland? When one of us does well, we all celebrate. We celebrate when Scott Bartlett wins an award, we celebrate when Chris Walsh sells out of his book, we celebrate when Erin Vance snags a new client. Today, we as a community celebrate with Midnight Tailors, as they’ve finally been given the go-ahead from the St. John’s city council to operate their amazing and fashionably unique business out of their home on Warren Place.

Midnight Tailors offers an array of handcrafted one of a kind pieces as well as the option to work with our team to design something a little more personal. They’ve been a mainstay of the convention scene around Newfoundland and Labrador over the last few years, and have been ardent supporters of Engen Books whenever they can be.

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