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Since 2007, Engen Books has had the opportunity to work with many amazing people and companies across Canada.

In printing our books, we worked with Blitzprint of Calgary, Alberta for our first seven publications, and have since moved onto the worldwide distributor Lightning Source.

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When producing our Sci-Fi from the Rock and Bluenose Paradox anthologies, we worked closely with staff and representatives of the Sci-Fi on the Rock and Hal-Con conventions, respectfully.

Submissions

Engen Books is currently accepting solicited submissions in all genres of publication; for both novels and novellas.

For the submission of novels, please supply no more than a two-page proposal for your piece, including a brief synopsis, the genre you feel it would fall under, the total length of the work in word count, and a brief biography on the author.

We accept submissions for short stories and flash fiction via our twice-yearly From the Rock series and the Kit Sora Flash Photography Fiction monthly contest, respectively. Please see individual postings for guidelines for each.

It is asked that all submissions be supplied in PDF format if at all possible, or failing that in Microsoft Word.

Submissions may be presented to submissions@engenbooks.com .

Submissions sent to employee e-mail addresses are automatically discarded, and will not be considered for publication

Information on Engen Books

Engen Books is an independent publishing company based out of Newfoundland, Canada. It was started in 2007 by Matthew LeDrew and is currently run by LeDrew and partner Ellen Curtis.

Our mission is to promote literary expression and the medium of literature, regardless of genre, setting, or style. We believe that when you limit an author by geography or genre you are also limiting that author’s imagination, and thus limiting what you believe that author is capable of imagining. We believe that independent authors from Atlantic Canada and the world over offer some of the best, most imaginative, most exciting, and transcendent fiction available on the market.

As one of the few publishers in the region not limited by genre, our library currently is largely made up of titles and genres that are not available anywhere else: adventure, thriller, science-fiction, and fantasy. Despite this, we are dedicated to publishing good fiction from any genre.

We are committed to encouraging other authors in the independent market  to express themselves via their art, and promote other authors via both our Other Indie series of book reviews and the From the Rock series, a yearly anthology series featuring the best of independent fiction in a specific genre. The next edition, focusing on the pulp scifi genre, will be available in the first half of 2020 and the deadline for entrants closes October 31, 2019. For full entry criteria, click here.

Steve Lake

Steve LakeBorn and raised in St. John’s, Steve Lake was first published in 2010 with his short story Legacy of the Full Moon. He is a part of the editing team at Engen Books whose editing credits include all Black Womb books after Roulette, as well as Infinity. He has been a fan of science-fiction from a young age, including giant robots, star-ships, alien creatures, vampires, and werewolves.

Ellen Louise Curtis

Ellen Curtisellencurtis@engenbooks.com

Ellen Curtis was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her aptitude for the written word began at a young age, when she began filling paper with stories and other scribbles. Those scribbles eventually began to make more sense, and in 2008 she published her first collection of short stories. Since then, she has gone on to co-author the Infinity series with Matthew LeDrew, amongst her other literary endeavours.

Ellen earned her Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2015, and was under the illusion that completing her studies would mean she would have more free time. In reality, it simply means she does more reading, albeit for work. When she actually does find a spare moment, she enjoys spending time near the ocean nursing an espresso and daydreaming about the day she can fill her home with the happy bleating of Pygmy goats.


Chillers from the RockChillers from the Rock by Erin Vance & Ellen Curtis
Series: From the Rock, 2018

The Pitch: Twenty-five short stories written by a diverse mix of some of the best suspense and horror authors in Atlantic Canada, including both award-winners, veterans of their craft, and brand new talent.
Edited by Erin Vance and accomplished genre author Ellen Curtis, this collection features the thrilling, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent, imagination, and prestige that Atlantic Canada has to offer.


promo_cover7_webFantasy from the Rock by Erin Vance & Ellen Curtis
Series: From the Rock, #2017

The Pitch: Twenty-One short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans of their field and some of them new to the craft! Edited by Erin Vance and veteran science-fiction author Ellen Louise Curtis, this collection features the heartfelt, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent and charm Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Nick Morine, Christopher Walsh, Shannon Green, Heather Reilly, Ali House, Amanda Labonté, Paul Carberry & many more!


Exodus of AngelsExodus of Angels by Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #3

The Pitch: Theo returns to the mental institution called Black Springs to help a young girl who has been trapped there while at the same time hunting for a cure for the beleaguered Leigh Blackheart. At the same time, Victor and Jaycee Victor and Jaycee venture to a palliative care unit in Los Angeles which holds a dark secret. Exploring themes of responsibility, the bounds of friendship, and assisted suicide, this installment is not be missed.


Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)Sci-Fi from the Rock by Erin Vance & Ellen Curtis
Series: From the Rock, #2016

The Pitch: Nineteen short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best science-fiction and fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans and some of them new to the craft for the first time. Edited by Erin Vance and veteran science-fiction author Ellen Louise Curtis, this collection features the heartfelt, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent and charm Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Kenneth Tam, Scott Bartlett, Jay Paulin, Alison House, & many more!


The Tourniquet ReprisalThe Tourniquet Reprisal by Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #2

The Pitch: There is a man living in Atlanta Georgia that people don’t talk about, but everyone knows he’s there. He arrived a year ago and turned a gaggle of uneducated and uninterested youth into a force to be reckoned with; something to fear more than any demon or violent act: something new.


light darkLight-Dark by Erin Vance
Series: Infinity (prologue), Black Womb (prologue)

The Pitch: 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.


InfinityInfinity by Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #1

The Pitch: Faced with a destiny he’s uncertain of, the enigmatic Victor must bring together four unique people with very special abilities… or face the tasks ahead alone. Guaranteed to excite!

 


CompendiumCompendium by Ellen Curtis
Series: Infinity (prologue)

The Pitch: Delve deeper into the world of Engen Books than ever before with Compendium, the breakout novel by all-star author Ellen Curtis.
Featuring The Tourniquet Revival, Falling into Fire and At Midnight, The Dawn; plus a new introduction by the author!

Matthew LeDrew

Matthew LeDrewmatthewledrew@engenbooks.com

Matthew holds an Honours Degree in English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a minor in Anthropology and studied Journalism at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He has worked with Transcontinental Publishing as well as student-youth magazine The Troubadour.

He has written eighteen novels for Engen Books, Black Womb, Transformations in Pain, Smoke and Mirrors, Roulette, Ghosts of the Past, Ignorance is Bliss, Becoming, Inner Child, Gang War, Chains, The Long Road, Cinders, Sinister Intent, Faith, Jacobi Street, Infinity, The Tourniquet Reprisal and Exodus of Angels.

Since 2007 he has traveled all over Canada promoting his work as well as teaching seminars on writing and publishing. He also helps young Newfoundland authors become published through Engen Books.


touchebTouch Your Nose by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Engen Universe

The Pitch: Simon Monk is a spy living a lie in San Francisco, struggling to maintain his cover as he attempts to infiltrate one of the largest companies on the Eastern seaboard: Shane International. Using his tech and his contacts and his cunning, Simon will get closer to some sinister dark secrets than anyone ever has… and possibly lose it all after a careless romantic slip. How long can a man pretend to be someone else without losing who they are?
Buy the book that reviewers rave: “seductive potboiler that pulls you in and leaves your head spinning”!


Chillers from the RockChillers from the Rock by Erin Vance & Ellen Curtis
Series: From the Rock, 2018

The Pitch: Twenty-five short stories written by a diverse mix of some of the best suspense and horror authors in Atlantic Canada, including both award-winners, veterans of their craft, and brand new talent.
Edited by Erin Vance and accomplished genre author Ellen Curtis, this collection features the thrilling, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent, imagination, and prestige that Atlantic Canada has to offer.


FaithFaith by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Xander Drew, #3

The Pitch: In this thrilling murder-mystery conspiracy novel, Xander’s war with the malevolent mob boss Stephen Fields attracts unwanted attention in the form of Engen, the sinister corporation that gave him his special abilities at birth.

Although Xander has isolated himself from others to keep from being manipulated, Engen pulls in characters from his once dormant past to try and regain control of his life and power. Can Xander overcome some of the most powerful minds on Earth to finally be free of their influence?


reptilia_bookmarkReptilia by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Engen Universe

The Pitch: Bestselling author Matthew LeDrew returns to his horror roots in the terrifying new novella, Reptilia. When an aggressive new virus breaks out at a small town hospital, its up to a small team of doctors to try and figure out the source of the contagion before it’s too late!

Click to find out how to get a FREE copy!


theogony_bookmarkThe Theogony by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity (prologue)

The Pitch: Theo, and young man with extraordinary talents residing in the horrible mental care facility Black Springs, is taken under the wing of a mysterious woman who claims to know where to find his long-estranged father. Together they embark on a journey through the dessert to discover what’s left of his wandering, shattered spirit.

Click to find out how to get a FREE copy!


webJacobi Street by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Engen Universe

The Pitch: 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…


Black Womb, Habeas Corpus, coverHabeas Corpust by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Black Womb

The Pitch: he first three Black Womb / Coral Beach Casefiles books, collected together in one gorgeous hardcover limited edition!

Fifteen years ago, something happened in Coral Beach, Maine that resulted in the death of a seventeen-year-old boy today. Now four high-school students must try to solve a mystery almost two-decades old… before the killer picks them off one by one.


Dark Tower_Kendall09Questing the Dark Tower by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Engen Academia, #2

The Pitch: An essay examining the concept of Stephen King’s Dark Tower as it applies to Derrida’s theory of the Pharmakon, and how that then in turn applies to other works of fiction, such as ‘The House on Mango Street,’ ‘Goblin Market,’ ‘Fables,’ and more.


Exodus of AngelsExodus of Angels by Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #3

The Pitch: Theo returns to the mental institution called Black Springs to help a young girl who has been trapped there while at the same time hunting for a cure for the beleaguered Leigh Blackheart. At the same time, Victor and Jaycee Victor and Jaycee venture to a palliative care unit in Los Angeles which holds a dark secret. Exploring themes of responsibility, the bounds of friendship, and assisted suicide, this installment is not be missed.


Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)Sci-Fi from the Rock by Erin Vance & Ellen Curtis
Series: From the Rock, #2016

The Pitch: Nineteen short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best science-fiction and fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans and some of them new to the craft for the first time. Edited by Erin Vance and veteran science-fiction author Ellen Louise Curtis, this collection features the heartfelt, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent and charm Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Kenneth Tam, Scott Bartlett, Jay Paulin, Alison House, & many more!


Sinister Intent (Xander Drew, #2)Sinister Intent by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Xander Drew, #2

The Pitch: Thomas Horton was a good cop. Faced with early retirement as a result of his affiliation with the secretive and sometimes violent vigilante named Xander Drew, he tries to settle into civilian life: but there remain three unsolved cases from when he was on active duty. The facts of these three unsolved cases still keep him up at night.

Now in the short time since he left his position, one of the killers he could not catch has resurfaced: a serial killer who flaunts his sinister intent in front of the Los Angeles Police Department for all to see, making it so that no one is safe. Unable to convince the rest of the LAPD of the connections between the two cases, Horton must again ally himself with Xander Drew, entering in a game of quid-pro quo in exchange for information about a dangerous gang-lord. Without the badge to shield him, can Horton’s moral certainty survive another encounter with Xander?


Cinders (Xander Drew, #1)Cinders by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Xander Drew, #1

The Pitch: Thomas Horton is a good cop. Focused and unyielding, he has one of the highest solved-case rates in Los Angeles, a city with the highest unsolved murder rate in the whole of the United States. Despite his record, his resolve is questioned by the appearance of a young man named Xander Drew: a man equally as focused and determined, but who refuses to operate within the confines of the rigid California legal system.

When the egos and obsessions of both men collide, Horton enters a violent and dangerous world he didn’t know existed beneath the veneer of order and structure that he has based his entire deductive method around, forcing both men to question everything they knew… until they are both threatened to be dragged down to a place where everything burns, until all that are left, are Cinders.


The Long RoadThe Long Road by Matthew LeDrew

Series: Black Womb (epilogue), Xander Drew (prologue), Infinity (related)

The Pitch: While on his journey of self-discovery he meets the American people — the real American people, not the ones he grew up learning about in class, and realizes that the world doesn’t work the way it does in his small town back home. The real world is harsh and wicked, but can also be soft and gentle — even loving. Xander Drew comes of age on the road, and sets his new direction.


ChainsChains by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Black Womb, #10

The Pitch: The Black Womb series comes to its shocking — and suspenseful — conclusion in “Chains.” Sociopath Derek Smith has been freed from prison and is roaming the back alleys of Coral Beach praying on the weak, and none are weaker than August Styles: a pregnant girl with Down Syndrome who has run away from home. Complicating matters further is the revelation that Xander does not have the control over his animal side he thought he did, and that perhaps the lines that divide his dueling natures are not as clear as he would have hoped.


The Tourniquet ReprisalThe Tourniquet Reprisal by Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #2

The Pitch: There is a man living in Atlanta Georgia that people don’t talk about, but everyone knows he’s there. He arrived a year ago and turned a gaggle of uneducated and uninterested youth into a force to be reckoned with; something to fear more than any demon or violent act: something new.


 light dark, anthology, engen universe, coverLight-Dark by Matthew LeDrew, Ellen Curtis, Jay Paulin, Sarah Thompson, & Andrea Hackett
Series: Infinity (prologue), Black Womb (prologue)

The Pitch: 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.


Gang WarGang War by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Black Womb, #9

The Pitch: The Tees, an homicidal gang evil men, has finally been taken down by Xander Drew. But his victory is short lived, as retired Tees are killed one by one. With a town full of suspects, anyone can be the culprit… including one of their own.


Inner ChildInner Child by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Black Womb, #8

The Pitch: In the wake of the Tee’s attack on Coral Beach, Julie Peterson is hospitalized with life-threatening wounds to both body and soul. But the real threat comes from the hospital walls themselves, as a demonic presence makes itself known to Xander and his friends.


BecomingBecoming by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Black Womb, #7

The Pitch: For months Xander Drew has been doing his level best to keep the streets of Coral Beach clean, and now it’s time for the forces of darkness to strike back… all at once.
Be there for the single worst day of Xander Drew’s life. There are some things that nothing can prepare you for.


InfinityInfinity by Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #1

The Pitch: Faced with a destiny he’s uncertain of, the enigmatic Victor must bring together four unique people with very special abilities… or face the tasks ahead alone. Guaranteed to excite!

 


Ignorance Is Bliss (Black Womb, # 6)Ignorance Is Bliss by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Black Womb, #6

The Pitch: Black Womb’s story continues in Black Womb: Ignorance is Bliss. After being set through the ringer one too many times, Xander decides that his personal life with Julie Peterson needs a little more attention… which is bad news for Coral Beach, because a new villain has come to town with his sights set on one person: Adam Genblade.


Ghosts of the Past (Black Womb, # 5)Ghosts of the Past by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Black Womb, #5

The Pitch: Black Womb’s story continues as the town of Coral Beach faces its most awesome threat when one of Engen’s past mistakes is unleashed upon the unsuspecting populous. Friends and enemies unite to fight a common enemy… but will even that be enough?


Roulette (black Womb series, 4)Roulette by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Black Womb, #4

The Pitch: As the teen suicide rate in Coral Beach starts to climb astronomically fast, Xander travels to Los Angeles to fight his most terrifying adversary yet… and learns that the only thing worse than looking for release… is finding it.


Smoke and Mirrors coverSmoke and Mirrors by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Black Womb, #3

The Pitch: The approaching execution of Adam Genblade brings closure to the men and women of Coral Beach… until people start showing up dead in the same manner they did when he was at large. Now his victims are forced to keep him alive in order to get their answers… or accept that it may not have been him to begin with.


Transformations in PainTransformations in Pain by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Black Womb, #2

The Pitch: When two girls are assaulted and one is hospitalized, the residents of Coral Beach must put their shared tragedies behind them and stop the man responsible, as well as unlock the secrets behind the true nature of the Black Womb…


Black WombBlack Womb by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Black Womb, #1

The Pitch: Fifteen years ago, something happened in Coral Beach, Maine that resulted in the death of a seventeen-year-old boy today. Now four high-school students must try to solve a mystery almost two-decades old… before the killer picks them off one by one.