Heather Reilly announced as one of the all-star authors of Fantasy from the Rock!

Heather ReillyOne of the things that makes the From the Rock series great is its ability to pair new and up-and-coming talent with established, award-winning talent pre-established within the industry, helping them reach a new audience while providing a forum for new authors to get their stories told on a grand stage.

It is with that in mind that Engen Books is proud to announce one of our all-star ambassador authors of this year’s collection, fantasy author Heather Reilly!

Heather Reilly is the author of the Binding of the Almatraek medieval fantasy series, and has written and illustrated several whimsical books for children.  She is the proud recipient of the Noble Artist’s Author of the Month award for February 2015 for her short story that appears is set to appear in the Fantasy from the Rock anthology; In the Moonlight.

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Sam Bauer announced as returning for Fantasy from the Rock!

sammyReturning to this year’s collection after debuting last year is Sam Bauer with his story, Precious Pieces.

Sam Bauer is a young writer from St. John’s Newfoundland. He gets his ideas from eating too much sugar-laden food, reading the works of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe until 4 am, and transcribing the ensuing nightmares. Most, however, are unusable as they are frightening only to those who share his phobia of squirrels, spoons and the number 73. In his spare time, Sam enjoys Dungeons and Dragons, playing in the Music Collection Drumline and pillaging small villages with his band of fellow gentle, but misunderstood, Visigoths.

Sam’s first story, The Lockett, was met with widespread acclaim from the independent literature community. In the year since he has read it at venues across the country, begun working with an award-winning Newfoundland author as a consultant, and is currently working on his first novel.

We expect big things from Sam and can’t wait to see what he brings!

Why there have been delays in the Fantasy from announcements





Reilly Books has executed a devious corporate espionage campaign. Under the guise of “friendship” and “needing help” they tricked me, Engen founder Matthew LeDrew, into their home to help lay down floor in their new extension, thus setting up events which would, inevitably, lead to my destroying my own finger with a hammer.

More Fantasy from the Rock updates to come ;P

Alicia Niemann announced as Fantasy from the Rock author!

Engen Books is proud to introduce our third author for 2017’s Fantasy from the Rock, Alicia Niemann!

Born in Victoria, BC, Alicia Niemann spent the majority of her twenties wandering Atlantic Canada, from Caraquet to Cape Breton. She studies representations of language and multilingualism in fairy tales and other fiction and, after much longer than was really necessary, graduated from Dalhousie University with an honours in European Studies, before going on to complete her masters in World Literature at the University of Ottawa last year. She has published academic work in Dalhousie’s European Studies journal The Lyre and the University of Ottawa’s journal of world literature, Confetti. Currently she works as a language teacher in Argentina.

Niemann brings her short story Snow White and Rose Red to the Fantasy from the Rock collection, which will be launching at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Center, April 27 2017 6 – 8PM, leading into Sci-Fi on the Rock 11 starting the next day!

David Reynolds revealed as Fantasy from the Rock author!

David Reynolds, author of Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths, Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the ’90s, and the seventh Cuffer Anthology collection, has been announced as the second author to be featured in the 2017 collection Fantasy from the Rock.

David Reynolds grew up in Harbour Grace, NL.  He later studied at Memorial University, where he completed his BA in Philosophy and English Language and Literature in 2006 in addition to completing his MPhil in Humanities in 2008. His graduate research focused on the cultural significance of superhero narratives and culminated in his dissertation Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths. Besides teaching English at Memorial University, he is a writer and an independent publisher who founded the Newfoundland-based publishing company Problematic Press.

He brings with him his story, ‘The Momentous Meeting of Siguror and the Young Deer;’ or, ‘How All Things Came to Be’ As Scribed by Ishmael the Idle.

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Ali House The Six Elemental authorAli House: A native Newfoundlander, Alison is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first novel, The Six Elemental, was released in October 2016.

Zombies on the Rock by Paul Carberry and Call of the Sea by Amanda Labonté.”


Amanda LabonteAmanda Labonté: As the co-owner of an educational business and mother of two she spends much of her day with kids of all ages. They give her some of the best reading recommendations. Her first novel, Call of the Sea, was published in 2015 with sequels scheduled for 2018 and 2019 through Engen Books.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling. There are no excuses.”

Ellen CurtisEllen Curtis: a writer and web TV personality born and raised in St. Johns, Newfoundland; whose aptitude for the written word began at a young age, when she began writing short stories, poetry, lyrics and novellas. She writes the Infinity series and edits the From the Rock series for Engen Books.

As Fierce as Steel by Christopher Walsh; When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi; The Devourers by Indra Das; Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle; and Three More Words by Ashley Rhodes Courter”

Matthew LeDrewMatthew LeDrew: Matthew holds an Honours Degree in English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a minor in Anthropology and studied Journalism at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He has written sixteen novels for Engen Books.

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley, and The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel.”


The NL Book Tax: Not for our readers

img_0417This year Newfoundland — which Engen Books calls home — became the first province in Canada to put a tax on books, adding 10% to what consumers pay at the register for all literature, bringing the total up to 15%. This is the latest in a long line of attacks on literacy by the new government, from grant reductions to attempts to close over a third of the province’s libraries.

Engen Books is not a venue for political digressions — I try to keep my own personal politics out of this forum, at least as much as one can. I could speak to the ignorant ethnocentrism that leads to an administration to tax literacy, a move that will make education more expensive for those both learning for their own benefit and those learning in post-secondary education. There’s a lot I can say, but I’ll leave it for another venue at another time.

Engen Books will be absorbing the extra tax. We will not raise the price per-book for our customers and readers. The vast majority (currently all) of our books are $20.00 CAD tax included, and will remain as such — this just means that the portion the government takes of that “tax in” part will be more than it has been.

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