Ali House returns to pen a short story for Sci-Fi from the Rock!
Born and raised in Newfoundland, Ali House spends most of her time scribbling stories and ideas in notebooks. After graduating from MUN with a BFA, she moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she works in arts administration and moonlights as an actor, director, stage manager, and playwright. She is an avid traveler, foodie, and fan of the Oxford comma. Her work has previously appeared in the anthology Bluenose Paradox.
This time Ali’s short story, “Twenty-One,” will be the first short to be set in a new fictional universe which will be expanded into a novel in late 2016: already optioned by Engen Books after the success of this story at her work with Bluenose Paradox! Get on the ground floor and pick up her story in April!
Making her fiction writing debut in the April 2016 collection is Engen Books’s own senior editor Erin Vance, with her short story Cast, Clutter, Pack, Murder, the first story in a new and exciting science-fiction universe!
Erin Vance is an editor and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program.
Erin wrote her Honors thesis paper, The Song of the Mockingjay, explored the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. She is creative, spiritual, and loves reading, writing, and anything to do with words.
Erin is an editor for Engen Books on a work-for-hire basis and is currently accepting proposals from more editing work in both copy and content from authors of all backgrounds and skill sets, subject to right-to-refusal and prices to be negotiated based on the amount of time each project is estimated to take. Potential authors wishing to work with Erin should write firstname.lastname@example.org and allow up to four weeks for a response.
Erin Vance is an editor for Engen Books on a work-for-hire basis and is currently accepting proposals for more editing work in both copy and content from authors of all backgrounds and skill sets, subject to right-to-refusal and prices to be negotiated based on the amount of time each project is estimated to take. Potential authors wishing to work with Erin should write email@example.com and allow up to four weeks for a response.
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 manor 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.
Note: Erin edited the 2015 international edition of Smoke and Mirrors only.
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.
Our second author to be featured in April 2016’s Sci-Fi from the Rock has been announced: Christopher Walsh, with his short story, “Stealing Back Freedom”!
Christopher Walsh is an author from Brigus South, Newfoundland. Stealing Back Freedom is a prequel story from his fantasy series Gold & Steel, the first, full-length entry of which is titled As Fierce as Steel and is to be released in early 2016.
Over the past four years, Chris has been crafting the massive world of Gold & Steel and putting together what will be his first entries into the even bigger world of publishing: As Fierce as Steel and Stealing Back Freedom.
When not writing, Chris works as an apprentice carpenter and enjoys reading a variety of material with particular interest in other fantasy works. He’s also an avid video gamer and hiker.
There’s going to be 110 copies on sale at Sci-Fi On the Rock and if you want a copy you can ensure you do by reserving one. If you want a reserved copy, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When asked about his accomplishment, Walsh said via social media: “And yet, this is just another step, this is not the end goal, not by a long shot. Having a book in hand that I wrote is a major step, I’m ridiculously happy right now just looking at it. However, the next step is to get the first part of the Gold & Steel story out there so that I can continue to write the rest of it.”
Both “Stealing Back Freedom” and “As Fierce As Steel” are on GoodReads now! Sign in and select “Want to Read” to get all updates and even be alerted when giveaways approach!
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.
As Fierce as Steel is the inaugural entry into the world of Gold & Steel, a new fantasy series from Canadian author, Christopher Walsh. It is centered around the lives of two women, those of the Lady Orangecloak and Lady Marigold Tullivan. One is the leader of a brave group of young men and women in open rebellion of their government. The other was born into that patriarchal world and destined for greatness, as a trophy wife, a fate she will do anything to alter.
In another welcoming announcement, Engen Books is proud to introduce Stacey Oakley and her short story, The Sorrows of War.
Stacey Oakley is an avid reader and writer, especially of fantasy. She has a BA in Art History & Visual Studies with a minor in Social Justice Studies from the University of Victoria and is currently in the process of completing a post-grad diploma in Cultural Resource management by distance, also from Uvic. While originally from Moncton, New Brunswick she’s lived on both sides of the country having spent a number of years in BC and only recently moved to Newfoundland.
In all the hype leading up to 2016’s hotly anticipated collection Sci-Fi from the Rock and its many authors, it’s easy to overlook the other great titles being released in April: such as Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew’s Exodus of Angels.
After 3 and a half years, readers will finally be able to check back in with Victor, Jaycee, Theo and Leigh this April with a story that will touch the hearts and minds of anyone who reads it — as well stoke the fire of anyone who believes there to be a common thread running through all of the Engen Universe titles, including the Black Womb, Xander Drew, and Benedict Forecasts series.
Led by series creator and show-runner Ellen Curtis, the novel will delve into Theo’s troubled past first glimpsed in the short story “The Theogony” and introduce startling new characters within the walls of the Black Springs Psychiatric Ward.
Pick up your copy on April 1, and if you haven’t tried out the Infinity series by Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew yet, the e-books are on sale now with links below!
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.
In our series of authors announced for the April 2016 Sci-Fi from the Rock anthology collection, Engen Books is proud to announce two stories by Jennifer Combden, Immune and Sunny Days.
Jennifer is a meteorologist living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is a sponge for knowledge, and her love of learning is second only to her love of sharing that knowledge. She prefers to write science fiction, with a strong emphasis on the science, as a medium by which to explain complex ideas. When not explaining quantum physics to 12 year olds she can be found living on the (PG) Nerdcrafteria minecraft server where she volunteers, writing forecasts at work, and getting lost on Wikipedia.
Both stories had been published in the anthology collection that preceded Sci-Fi from the Rock through Engen Books, which has since gone out of print. Some stories from the collection have survived in other forms, such as Ellen Curtis’s The Tourniquet Revival and Falling into Fire (in her collection Compendium) and Matthew LeDrew’s Shoe, which has also been out of print since 2010.
We’re very excited to have Jennifer’s amazing two stories back in print!
After keeping it under wraps for far, far too long, Engen Books is proud to reveal the cover to Sci-Fi from the Rock, the anthology collection we’ve been working on for well over a year with the helps of editors, generous contributions from other authors in the field, and artists.
This beautiful piece combining multiple mediums was crafted by Kyle Callahan of Kyle Callahan Photography. It incorporates stunning photography with stylized computer-generated art to bring the themes of classic sci-fi into the iconic landscape of St. John’s, Newfoundland.
“Kyle came to me with this amazing concept of one of the classic, long-limbed robots from 60s science-fiction coming down into the Narrows, and I know he understood instantly what we were going for,” said Matthew LeDrew, founder of Engen Books. “We’re exceptionally please with this.”