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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.

 

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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!

New short from Compendium author!

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light|dark

Compendium author Ellen Curtis was again a featured Engen author last month, this time in a collection of short stories titled light|dark.

Like Compendium, light|dark takes place in the grander scheme of the Engen Universe, featuring stories that range from woven between the pages of Black Womb and Infinity to tales that take place well outside the previously- tread ground the authors normally cover.

Unlike Compendium, this time Curtis isn’t alone. She’s working with five other authors, many of them new to the Engen Universe, including Andrea Edwards, Jay Paulin and Sarah Thompson.

“It’s really great to work on shorts again,” said Curtis. “I love writing Infinity and would never stop, but there’s a freedom to shorts that you just can’t duplicate. It’s wonderful.”

Curtis pens the story Omega, which follows the thematic threads of Compendium and serves, in many ways, as a love-note to her fans and to all fans of science-fiction thrillers.

light|dark is available for purchase now, which options for digital download coming soon.

Sci-Fi 2012: Success!

Andrea Edwards
Andrea Edwards

Sci-Fi on the Rock 2012 has come and gone and once again proven to be a massive success for Engen Books and everyone involved!

After getting an early start on Friday, the five Engen Authors in attendance began a record-setting weekend of fun, laughs, and most importantly: bringing new, great fiction to the masses.

Engen-founder Matthew LeDrew was there to launch the ninth book in his Black Womb series: Gang War . Also new to this convention was Inner Child , released at Hal-Con 2011 late last year, and light|dark , an anthology book featuring shorts by LeDrew, Ellen Curtis ( Compendium, Infinity ), Jay Paulin, Andrea Edwards, and Sarah Thompson!

Ellen Curtis and Sarah Thompson
Ellen Curtis and Sarah Thompson

Jay Paulin was there as a double-guest, working in his capacity as founder of Ink’d Well Comics as well as Engen Author. Seated directly north of the Engen booth, collectors had easy access to multiple signatures from authors of light|dark.

“We made new friends, caught up with old ones and promoted Ink’d Well Comics,” said Jay Paulin via his blog. “The thing is, you all know a convention weekend isn’t just what happens during show hours.”

Authors launched for the first time included Andrea Edwards, who wrote Scarlett for light|dark and came by to sign some copies as well!

Engen writing workshops on writing and writers block were open to a packed room of young authors, each ready to overcome whatever is “blocking” them and become the next big thing in the province.

It was a great year for Engen with more to come in the coming months! Stay tuned!

light|dark: an anthology of short fiction

Ten short stories that shine a light into unseen corners of the Engen Universe! Tense thrillers like The Tourniquet Revival, which sees Kat Smith alone against a cultist kidnapper, and Reptilia, a modern-day rollercoaster ride with zombie-like hoards descending upon a remote town! See the secret link between Infinity and Black Womb in Revving Engen, a YA tale centered around a shy New England youth named Nick Carry. See the suspenseful first appearance of Scarlett, the Engen Universe’s resident monster hunter, and get a dark glimpse into the possible future of the Engen Universe with Remers.

With links to Infinity, Black Womb and Compendium, it is a book that no Engen fan or sci-fi fan can be without!

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Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1-926903-06-4
Release Date: April 22 , 2012
Status: Available
Book Type: Paperback (5 x 8 in)
Cover Price: Physical $20 / eBook $TBD
Page Count: 343

Related Titles

 The Long Road  web  Black Womb (Matthew LeDrew)

Reviews

“When a writer can consistanty take the feelings and experiences of everyday life and translate them into an imaginary world, we have great fantasy .”
The Northeast Avalon Times, January 2010

“The usage of descriptions really pulled me into the settings. I think atmospheric would be an appropriate adjective. All well-written stories trigger the senses, but sometimes it takes a few pages or even chapters before the brain is able to create a world based around the information provided… in Compendium I found that after a few paragraphs I had been whisked away to [other] worlds.”
Jay Paulin (Ink’d Well Comics), November 2010

“[At Midnight the Dawn] held me from beginning to ending. In fact, it reminds me of Maurice Level’s horror fiction.’”
John Robert Colombo, Colombo & Company, July 2010

“Better than Black Womb.”
Steve Lake, Sci-Fi on the Rock TV, October 2009

“If her short stories (and they are very short) are this enjoyable, then I can’t wait to see what a full-length novel will bring.”
GoodReads
February 13, 2013

“3/5 stars.”

Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver
October 29, 2012

“[Speaking about Falling into Fire] This was my favourite of the three stories because of the idea and how it began… The pacing and tone are much more suiting of a short story and the action kept me turning the pages.”
Jenna Harve, Paper Droids, December 1, 2013

“Very visceral, lots of excitement and just the right amount of gore for my tastes.”
Charles O’Keefe, The Newfoundland Vampire, March 06, 2013

Tentative lineup for 2012 anthology released!

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light|dark

Engen Books announces the tentative lineup for its April 2012 anthology of short stories titled light|dark :

Matthew LeDrew, contributing the short stories Reptilia, Revving Engen, and Theogony .

Ellen Curtis, author of the previous Engen anthology Compendium, submitting a story tentatively titled Oliver .

Jay Paulin of Ink’d Well Comics, who brings his short story Gristle While you Work .

Sarah Thompson, bringing her short story: Reamers.

“There’s actually one more in the works,” stated LeDrew when asked about the lineup, “But we’re waiting on the final draft from the author. Hopefully they’ll have it done on time.”

The anthology features stories that take place within the Engen Universe, citing links to Black Womb , Infinity , and other as-yet unexplored areas of the world.

Look for its release this April at Sci-Fi on the Rock 6.