Category Archives: Anthologies

Calling all 2SLGBTQAI+ fiction writers in Newfoundland and Labrador!

Engen Books is accepting submissions for our newest anthology, celebrating the 2SLGBTQAI+ community, to be available in the summer of 2021. Whether you are well-established, or a new author, please consider submitting your work for this groundbreaking anthology.

Engen Books is proud to announce they have partnered with Quadrangle to make this collection a reality, celebrating 2SLGBTQAI+ writers and stories. Quadrangle’s mission is to create a community centre for 2SLGBTQAI+ individuals and organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador, a space that is a resource for building community resilience and connection, and that provides supports for existing initiatives of our 2SLGBTQAI+ community. As a registered charity, both working toward having a community centre, and taking up projects like this one contribute to Quad’s vision of contributing to sustainable, positive, community connections.

We’re looking for stories by and for the 2SLGBTQAI+ community that feature 2SLGBTQAI+ characters in any stage of life and from a range of cultures, identities, and experiences. We will consider submissions in a wide variety of genres and styles, including General Fiction, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, and most other genres imaginable!

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Terror Nova becomes #1 Bestseller on Amazon!

Terror Nova, the inaugural anthology from horror icon Mike Hickey,  hit #1 on the Amazon.ca in the ‘Horror Anthologies’ category today. The novel hit Bestseller status at 2:59PM Newfoundland Standard time on August 2, 2020, peaking at #304 on the overall Amazon.ca charts. It maintained that position until August 4 2020 at 12:30PM, regained it briefly on August 5, before slipping finally into the number #3 position.

The anthology was also ranked the #1 ‘Hot New Release’ in Horror Anthologies, while ranking in many other categories. It reached #4 in all short fiction on the site, #7 in all horror fiction, #2 in Hot New Release Horror Fiction, and #1 in the Hot New Release section of Short Fiction. It was also listed as #3 on the Amazon “Movers and Shakers” list! Continue reading Terror Nova becomes #1 Bestseller on Amazon!

Goof Report | From the Rock Stars

From the Rock Stars

Mistakes are going to happen from time to time, especially in these odd times when we all have so much else on our mind.

Anyone who ordered the at-cost version of From the Rock Stars in the past several weeks and taken advantage of the as-cheap-as-possible pricing so that we’d all have something entertaining during COVID-19 may have noticed a glitch: On the Contents page, the two stories contributed by award-winning author Jeff Slade were listed as ‘The Pale Horse’ and ‘Mimir.’ Not only were these stories not the ones that appeared from Slade in the collection, they were not written by him. Slade’s contributions to the collection were ‘Anchored’ and ‘The Culling.’

This error occurred as a result of the rushed layout process due to COVID-19. The Table of Contents was ported over from an existing collection and the details changed, and clearly those were missed.

The issue has been corrected and should not appear in future physical book purchases. The issue was not present in the eBook version of the text.

Checkout From the Rock Stars here.

 

‘Always Greener’ by JRH Lawless had links to the From the Rock series!

Always Greener JRH LawlessHave you read JRH Lawless’ stories ‘The White Bird Dives’ and ‘Breaking the Ice’ in Flights from the Rock and Pulp Science-Fiction from the Rock and need… more? You’re in luck. Both of these stories take place as part of a larger tapestry of stories — The General Buzz series from JRH Lawless!

These stories link to Lawless’ new novel, Always Greener, published in February 2020 by Uproar Books!

From the cover: “Life’s biggest victim, please step up and claim your prize! A smash-hit reality show is offering a lifetime of luxury to the one person living the world’s worst life, and now everyone is out to prove just how bad they’ve got it. Want in? All you’ve got to do is accept ocular implants that let the whole world see life through your eyes, twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week. Fortunately, there’s still one person who hasn’t lost faith in all humanity. The show’s ever-smiling host is determined to wring some tiny bit of meaning out of this twisted competition and your unhappy existence. There has to be a purpose behind all this misery… doesn’t there?

Engen founder Matthew LeDrew raves: “Science fiction at its finest. The brains of Arthur C Clarke and Robert A Heinlien mixed with the wit or Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams!

Check out Always Greener, available now wherever books are sold!

‘From the Rock Stars’ becomes Amazon Bestseller!

This isn’t why we did this by a long shot, but From the Rock Stars just became a Amazon Bestseller on the Amazon CA free titles list.

With COVID-19 in full swing and the world in isolation, we thought of no better time and way to show our thanks than to offer this collection of short fiction for free during the course of the crisis, and at no more than cost for the print book. Please enjoy these stories at no cost, and we hope that the worlds they bring you to are brighter ones. Continue reading ‘From the Rock Stars’ becomes Amazon Bestseller!

‘Pulp Science-Fiction from the Rock’ becomes Amazon Bestseller!

Pulp Science Fiction from the RockPulp Science-Fiction from the Rock, the sixth volume in the modern From the Rock series, hit #1 Bestseller on March 31, 2020 at 1:14 PM Newfoundland Standard Time.

The eBook is being released ahead of schedule due to shifts in schedule surrounding COVID-19. Purchasers will have it delivered on April 3, 2020.

It reached #1 in the category of ‘Science Fiction Short Stories (Books). As of this writing it has held that #1 spot for nearly 24 hours, and topped out at #522 on the overall paid Amazon ca charts.

A century ago, pulp magazines brought the fresh ideas of science-fiction and exploration to the masses with its rough, inexpensive format, and lit the imaginations of a generation on fire. Those inspired became the greatest storytellers of their time, producing stories that would shock, awe, and inspire. That legacy of the new, the different, and the strange lives on today in the minds and pens of genre writers all over the world.

Pulp Science-Fiction from the Rock seeks to honour that legacy with twenty-two short stories highlighting the best of the modern interpretations of Pulp Science-Fiction, from minds like Ali House (The Segment Delta Archives), Jon Dobbin (The Starving), and Sherry D. Ramsey (Beyond the Sentinel Stars)! With introduction from sci-fi legend Kenneth Tam!

Engen Books would like to congratulate editors Ellen Curtis, & Erin Vance on this achievement, and thank its fans and peers who helps make this possible. We also extend gratitude an congratulations to authors and contributors: Peter Foote, Ali House, Matthew Daniels, Nicole Little, Sherry D. Ramsey, Jeff Slade, Chantal Boudreau, Shannon Green, Jennifer Shelby, Jon Dobbin, Melissa Bishop, Brad Dunne, Corinne Lewandowski, JRH Lawless, Lisa Daly, Andrew Pike, Julie Aubut Gaudet, Daniel Windeler, Alissa Hickox, Andrew McDonald, CS Woodburn and Steve Power!

Your ‘Pulp Science-Fiction from the Rock’ Staff!

Engen Books is proud to formally announce the team behind 2020’s Pulp Science-Fiction from the Rock: Erin Vance, Ellen Curtis, and Ariel Marsh!

Ellen Curtis, Erin Vance

Erin Vance is an editor and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program. She won the Arts and Letters competition when she was just 14 years old in 2007 with her short story, “Something White.” She is featured in the Nelson Literacy 7 Homegrown (Newfoundland Edition) with her poem “Rough Draft.” Continue reading Your ‘Pulp Science-Fiction from the Rock’ Staff!

Returning Rocker: Prize-Winning author Peter J. Foote announced as returning for ‘Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock’!

Engen Books is proud to announce the triumphant return of author Peter J. Foote to this year’s From the Rock collection, Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock.

Peter J. Foote is a bestselling speculative fiction writer from Nova Scotia. Outside of writing, he runs a used bookstore specializing in fantasy & sci-fi, cosplays, and alternates between red wine and coffee as the mood demands.

His short stories can be found in both print and in ebook form, with his story “Sea Monkeys” winning the inaugural “Engen Books/Kit Sora, Flash Fiction/Flash Photography” contest in March of 2018. As the founder of the group “Genre Writers of Atlantic Canada”, Peter believes that the writing community is stronger when it works together. Continue reading Returning Rocker: Prize-Winning author Peter J. Foote announced as returning for ‘Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock’!

Bestselling author Ali House named as a Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock author!

Ali House Lightbulb ForestEngen Books is proud to reveal that Ali house will be appearing in 2020’s Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock anthology!

A native Newfoundlander, House 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.

Ali is one of only three authors to have been featured in every modern From the Rock volume.

House is an avid traveler and foodie, and uses her adventures for her inspiration when she writes. Continue reading Bestselling author Ali House named as a Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock author!

Returning Rocker: Matthew Daniels writes for Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock

Engen Books is proud to announce the triumphant return of author Matthew Daniels to this year’s From the Rock collection, Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock.

Daniels has been in every From the Rock book thus far. His story ‘Healer’s Hoards’ appeared in 2016’s Sci-Fi from the Rock, ‘Living and Learning’ in 2017’s Fantasy from the Rock, ‘Grow Gold Together’ in 2018’s Chillers from the Rock, ‘Eggshell Revolution’ in 2019’s Dystopia from the Rock, and ‘Rooftop Statistics’ in Flights from the Rock.

In December 2019 he was named a member of the Engen Books Board of Directors.

His first novel, Diary of Knives, is set for a November 2020 release from Engen Books.

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