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Jacobi Street

Veteran horror-scribe Matthew LeDrew returns to his suspenseful roots in Jacobi Street, the thrilling new novel that takes readers into the darkest corners of the Engen Universe.

Bob had a normal life, one of many struggling artists vying for critical attention in the competitive district called Jacobi Street, until the day a mysterious unnamed painting showed up at the gallery he worked at. Since that day more and more people have been disappearing, and the captive audience trapped within the painting keeps growing…

Jacobi Street
Matthew LeDrew

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Title Information:

ISBN: 9781926903613
Release Date: August 25, 2017
Status: Available
Book Type: Electronic / Paperback
Price (CAD): $20 Physical / $3.99 eBook
Page Count: 178

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Reviews

“Jacobi Street paints a vivid picture of everyday life in a bohemian neighborhood. By the time you realize everything isn’t what it seems, it’ll be too late to put the book down. While it might not be the place to settle down, Jacobi Street is definitely worth the visit.”
— Amanda Labonté, Call of the Sea

“This novel is Tales from the Crypt meets Doctor Who,”
— Heather Reilly, Binding of the Almatraek

“My inner art nerd was utterly engaged. I wish this street existed, because I want to visit it.” — Ali House, The Six Elemental

This will arguably be the darkest story from the Engen universe but even after ten years of writing LeDrew is still able to paint a horrifying tale with his writing.”
— Paul Carberry, Zombies on the Rock

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Engen 10th Anniversary Announcements | Late 2017 Releases!

Supernatural Causes 01: Critical Condition

As we’re about to head into June, we feel it’s time we announced the second half of our amazing 10th anniversary plans! We have some more incredible title to announce, as well as appearances at some of our country’s greatest conventions and some special events of our own as well!

New Titles
Supernatural Causes: Critical Condition by Amanda Labonté. The second novella in the ongoing adventures of College freshmen Liesel Andrews as she interns at St. Benedict’s Hospital for the Underworld. Releasing June 15!

Jacobi Street by Matthew LeDrew. LeDrew returns to his horror roots with this supernatural thriller stand-alone novel that sheds light on the most dangerous and disturbing corners of the Engen Universe, and is the last novel to take place during ‘Black September,’ the loose collection of events that span Black Womb, Infinity, and Transformations in Pain. See LeDrew’s twisted take on some of horror’s most sacred icons. Releasing August 25, 2017 as a part of Avalon Expo!

Supernatural Causes Episode 3 releasing August 2017!

Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail by Paul Carberry. Carberry returns to his violent and gore-filled world where the evil Pharmakon corporation have let a plague of zombies loose upon the world, and we see this through the eyes of normal rural Newfoundlanders just trying to survive. The ultimate clash of culture and pop-culture! Releasing December 2017!

Faith by Matthew LeDrew. We couldn’t round out our tenth year without returning to the character that started it all. In the third book in the Xander Drew series, Xander sees the return of some of his oldest and most feared enemies and the demons of his past come back to haunt him in Los Angeles… and for those waiting for all-out Womb action over the last two books, you’ll get it! Releasing December 2017!

Events

Central Pop Con: June 11-12 2017. Includes appearances by Ellen Curtis (Infinity, From the Rock), Amanda Labonté (Call of the Sea, Supernatural Causes), & Heather Reilly (Fantasy from the Rock)! In the area? Join the facebook group for a special panel!

International Small Island Culture Conference: June 15-19, 2017! Nearly 60 presenters will be attending from Newfoundland and Labrador, elsewhere in Canada, Australia, Cayman Islands, France, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States. The topics are just as varied, and will include presentations on island identity, narratives, music, legends, mythology, literature, migration, gender, fisheries, tourism, creative industries, geography, health and wellness! Engen Books has been invited to take part in this event to celebrate the changing landscape of Newfoundland Culture!

NGX: July 21-23 2017. Includes appearances by Matthew LeDrew, Ellen Curtis, Amanda Labonté, Matthew Daniels, Melanie Collins, Scott Bartlett, Christopher Walsh & Heather Reilly!

Atlanticon: September 15-17 2017: Includes appearances by Paul Carberry (Zombies on the Rock), Matthew LeDrew, Nicholas Morine (Fantasy from the Rock, Kowloon Walled City), Sarah Thompson (light|dark), Heather Reilly, and Scott Bartlett! One day only appearance by Amanda Labonté!

September 20, 2017: Novel Writing Foundations: Starting Right to Make sure you Cross the Finish Line, presented by T.H.E., a 6-week adult learning course aimed at making sure authors writing for both pleasure or publication start off with the right tools to ensure their work reaches fruition. This course will feature a mix of short instruction and group feedback on your work led by Matthew LeDrew, the author of 17 novels and partner at prominent local fiction publisher Engen Books.

 

Top 5 Suspension-of-Disbelief-Shattering Moments from the Engen Universe

No novel or franchise is without sin — that’s the thesis statement behind popular channels such as CinemaSins and Red Letter Media, who have made careers out of lovingly and painstakingly point out the contradictions and gaffs in their favorite forms of media… so why should the Engen Universe be any different? 🙂

Over the years we’ve gotten tons of comments from fans, reviewers, and professionals of varying fields who have read our books and cared enough — been invested enough — to point out some of the senses-shattering plot holes that Engen Universe titles have to offer. What with all the positive spin we’ve been pumping out preparing for Fantasy from the Rock and the Black Womb 10th Anniversary Edition, we thought it would be good to show the flip-side of promotion an unveil our Top 5 Suspension-of-Disbelief-Shattering Moments from the Engen Universe! 🙂
(mild spoilers ahead) Continue reading Top 5 Suspension-of-Disbelief-Shattering Moments from the Engen Universe

light|dark gets a new look!

ld-new-editionThe April 2012 mega collection light|dark, which introduced the world to the enigmatic monster-hunter Scarlett, the Reptilia virus, and the shadow organization Omega gets a shiny new look this month courtesy of a new cover designed by Ellen Curtis, and the changes aren’t purely cosmetic.

“We’ve worked to combine the two Engen Universe anthologies into one epic volume,” says Curtis, of the collection. “Our series’ are where people can go to delve deep into the characters, but if they just want fun, action-packed stories that introduce them to our Universe and world, the new light|dark is now a one-stop shop.”

Continue reading light|dark gets a new look!

A Boone to Pick

Chauna Deeds -- Reptilia
Chauna Deeds — Reptilia

“I loved LeDrew’s writing, and can’t help but think it would make an amazing graphic novel.” That phrase was one of the summation points of the very first review of an Engen Book, and in a way the phrase (and others like it) have followed us ever since.

“I take it as a mixed compliment,” said Matthew LeDrew, author of Cinders and Infinity. “Any compliment to our writing is appreciated: but do you like it in the format it’s in? LOL.”

Time and time again there have been talks of adapting Engen properties: there have been scripts of The Tourniquet Revival, RPG Card Games, and video games discussed at all levels of creation, but it rarely got far off the ground.

“My focus had always been the writing,” said LeDrew. “It’s where I get the most pleasure and where I feel I’m best suited.”

Well, Engen Books has finally broken its trend of adaptations regarding its properties and currently in active production of an Original Graphic Novel adapting ‘Reptilia,’ the science-fiction thriller first seen in light/dark.

“We’ve been looking to adapt our self-contained dramas for quite some time now,” said Ellen Curtis, head of submissions at Engen and author of Compendium and Exodus of Angels. “We actively look for talent at the conventions we visit. Matthew is always looking for what he calls ‘smart creatives’… people who have that creative thrust, can articulate their art, and be amazing at it all the same. We needed an amazing artist.”

Enter Ashley Boone, a mainstay of Sci-Fi on the Rock: and, as it turns out, an amazing artist.

Born in Cambridge Ontario but growing up locally on Bell Island, Boone specializes in graphic and pop art, with particular attention to the feminine form. She uses a mix of mediums to create pages, alternating between pencil and paper and a Wacom Intous. She’s been working hard for weeks on character designs (like Chauna Deeds, seen above!) and Mark Baxter.

The script is done and Boone is starting to send in pages at a rapid pace! Be sure and stay tuned for more updates and sneak peeks as 2016 rolls on! Never Look Back!