Category Archives: Dystopia from the Rock

David Rimmington announced as a ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to introduce one of the exciting new talents in genre fiction that will be making their debut in 2019’s Dystopia from the Rock collection: David Rimmington!

A Leicester England native currently residing in Halifax, Rimmington makes his publishing debut in Dystopia from the Rock with his tale of automation gone wrong in: The Ninth Wonder.


Twenty-Six other authors will be joining David Rimmington, Heather Nolan, Gareth Mitton, Shannon Green and Ali House for the 2019 Dystopia on the Rock collection! We still have award-winning and prolific authors in the genre to announce! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


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Heather Nolan announced as a ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to announce one of the exciting new talents in genre fiction that will be appearing in 2019’s Dystopia from the Rock collection: Heather Nolan!

Nolan is one of the most talented singer, songwriters, and photographers working in St. John’s today. In 2017, her poetry was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. Her photography explores the connections between landscape, place, and identity.

Her short fiction has been featured in The Overcast, Secret East Magazine, and Wet Ink Magazine. Her first novella, This is Agatha Falling, debuts in March 2019. Continue reading Heather Nolan announced as a ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!

Gareth Mitton announced as a ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to introduce one of the exciting new talents in genre fiction that will be making their short fiction debut in 2019’s Dystopia from the Rock collection: Gareth Mitton!

A native of Rochdale, England who currently resides in St. John’s, Mitton makes his fiction debut in Dystopia from the Rock with his tale: Watcher.


Twenty-Eight other authors will be joining Gareth Mitton, Shannon Green and Ali House for the 2019 Dystopia on the Rock collection! We still have award-winning authors to announce! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


For exclusive content and FREE books, be sure and check out the Engen Books Patreon.

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!


For exclusive content and FREE books, be sure and check out the Engen Books Patreon.

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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