Category Archives: Dystopia from the Rock

Shannon Green announced as a ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to reveal one of the true talents in Newfoundland genre fiction will be joining us again in 2019’s Dystopia from the Rock collection: Shannon Green!

A gifted author with a talent for the strange, Green has been recognized in both the genre community and the contemporary literary community for his pursuits. In the past he has been shortlisted for the 1996 Arts and Letters Award and well as won the 2015 Audience Choice Steampunk Newfoundland Showcase.

Green received praise last year for his short story “The Wine Dark Sea” in Chillers from the Rock,  and has also had short fiction published in Fantasy From The Rock and January 2019’s The Hamthology.

In Dystopia from the Rock he brings with him his new short story “The Schedule,” a stunning piece exploring how dystopian lifestyle can be self-imposed.


Twenty-Nine other authors will be joining Shannon Green and Ali House for the 2019 Dystopia on the Rock collection! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


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Ali House, author of The Six Elemental, to write for ‘Dystopia from the Rock’

The Six Elemental, cover, Ali HouseEngen Books is proud to announce that Ali House, author of 2016’s The Six Elemental, is returning to the From the Rock collection this year in Dystopia from the Rock with two all-new short stories, “Authentic New Island Experience” and “Untitled.”

Ali’s 2016 collection entry, “Twenty-One,” was heralded as one of the gems of the collection and led to a novel based on the concept and characters later that same year.

Her 2017 book of short fiction, Unexpected Stories (coauthored with Amanda Labonté), is available for free with signup to the Fantasy Files newsletter.

“Kit Tyler is brought to life quite vividly and her journey through the fantastical, dystopian world filled with magical super-humans delves into subjects that run parallel to issues faced by young adults in our own world.”
Christopher Walsh, author of The Gold & Steel Saga Continue reading Ali House, author of The Six Elemental, to write for ‘Dystopia from the Rock’

What are your favorite Dystopian stories? | Ask the Authors

With submissions pouring in for our upcoming Dystopia from the Rock anthology, we thought it would be a great time to ask our existing stable of novelists: what are your favorite Dystopian novels?


Ellen CurtisEllen Curtis, author of Infinity and From the Rock editor: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, because it showcases how society struggles against willful ignorance and vice when those are presented as the easy options. Other recommended content: A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for one of the most chilling pieces of dystopian writing, and Stepford Wives, because f**k man, striving for utopia in tiny doses is still terrifying. Continue reading What are your favorite Dystopian stories? | Ask the Authors

Tips for Writing Different Genres

Last week Engen announced their next anthology – Dystopia From the Rock. This genre isn’t as widely known as their previous anthologies (I know I did a double-take), but don’t fear!  If you’ve never written dystopian before, you’ve got until October 31 to learn how!

Today I’ll be offering some tips on how I write strange-to-me genres. Although I mostly stick to Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Fiction, I’m not against branching out.  If I have an idea for a story, I’ll chase it wherever it’ll take me.

What follows are some of the steps I take to get myself into the mind-set of a new genre (and that I will surely be using when I try to write something dystopian):

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“What is Dystopia?” | Dystopia from the Rock

This week, Engen Books announced its 2019 call for submissions and focused in on Dystopia as the genre of choice for their anthology collection. As Dystopia is slightly separate from the ‘Big Three’ genres we’ve explored to far (Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror), we thought it would be appropriate to ask the question: “What is Dystopia?”

The word Dystopia comes from Greek heritage, where it means a society or community that is undesirable or frightening. Directly translated it means ‘not a good place’ and is used as an opposite for Utopia. In fact, many successful Dystopian stories use elements of both Utopia and Dystopia, in which a seemingly-Utopian society is revealed to be Dystopian for those of a lesser class. For a great example of this, see the 2005 Micheal Bay film, The Island description.

Dystopian stories are often allegorical. They have a hard time not being so, as depicting what we imagine to be a troubled future cannot help but have some reflection on how the author — and the reader — views the present. Dystopian novels seem to often start with the goal of answering the question: “If we continue down X path, how bad could things get?” A common hallmark of dystopian stories is that often enough time has passed that the protagonists cannot directly remember what the world was like before or were not present for the changed, making a society so different from our own that it may as well be alien.

Continue reading for some great examples to read to prep for writing your own Dystopian epic!

Continue reading “What is Dystopia?” | Dystopia from the Rock

Call for Dystopian Submissions!

*Submissions for this thread are closed*

Over the last three years, the From the Rock series has become one of the preeminent anthology series’ in Atlantic Canada. We have been home to some amazing established talent and helped some new authors break through that have gone on to dominate their fields, becoming genre bestsellers in their own right. From the Rock is a title readers consistently ask for, review well, and a great way for avid readers to get introduced to indie talent they might find interesting.

And this year, we’re doing it again! Continue reading Call for Dystopian Submissions!