The Black Womb series

The Black Womb Series was written by Matthew LeDrew and published between October 2007 and April 2014, and is composed of ten novels, one book of short-fiction, and one short story published in an anthology series.

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.

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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…

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Smoke and Mirrors (novel)

Smoke 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.

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Roulette (novel)

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.

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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?

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Light-DarkLight-Dark by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity (prologue), Black Womb (prologue), Benedict Forecasts (prologue)

The Pitch: Eight new stories from within the Engen Universe, featuring the talents of Jay Paulin, Andrea Edwards, Matthew LeDrew, Sarah Thompson & Ellen Curtis!

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Titles by Steve Lake

Sci-Fi from the RockSci-Fi from the Rock by Steve Lake
Series: Sci-Fi from the Rock, #1

The Pitch: A daring collection of short stories from three names synonymous with science-fiction in Newfoundland.

Featuring stories taking place outside the main Engen canon, Sci-Fi from the Rock promises to take readers anywhere they can imagine and more!

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Legacy of the Full Moon (Full Moon Series, #1)Legacy of the Full Moon by Steve Lake
Series: The Full Moon Series, #1

The Pitch: The original Sci-Fi from the Rock book is currently out-of-print, but Steve Lake’s original short story — and introduction to his universe — lives on on GoodReads! Download the story for free there, rate and share!

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More Sci-Fi from the RockMore Sci-Fi from the Rock by Steve Lake
Series: Sci-Fi from the Rock, #2

The Pitch: Five new stories from Newfoundland’s best in science-fiction literature. Featuring stories by Darren Hann, Mark Todd, Justin Foley and Matthew LeDrew, plus the new sequel to the 2010 hit Legacy of the Full Moon, Vengeance of the Full Moon by Steve Lake. Pick up your copy today, you won’t regret it!

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Sci-Fi from the Rock ReturnsSci-Fi from the Rock Returns by Steve Lake
Series: Sci-Fi from the Rock, #3

The Pitch: Nine new stories from Newfoundland’s best in science-fiction literature. Featuring stories by Darren Hann, Mark Todd, Tara Murphy, Jay Paulin and Matthew LeDrew, plus the new sequel to the 2010 hit Legacy of the Full Moon, Shadow of the Full Moon by Steve Lake. Pick up your copy today, you won’t regret it!

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Fearsome Fables

Fearsome Fables by Jay Paulin
Series: Ink’d Well Charity Books, #2

The Pitch: A collection of spooky, all-ages tales to chill your bones. Net proceeds benefit Child’s Play.

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Fearsome Fables 2Fearsome Fables 2 by Jay Paulin
Series: Ink’d Well Charity Books, #3

The Pitch: A brand-new collection of charity chillers, for ages 10-100. Net proceeds benefit Free The Children.

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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.

Titles by Ellen Curtis

Ellen Curtis is the author of 5 works published through Engen Books and its partners, including novels and short-form stories.

Novels

InfinityInfinity by Ellen Louise 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!

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The Tourniquet ReprisalThe Tourniquet Reprisal by Ellen Louise 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.

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Exodus of AngelsExodus of Angels by Ellen Louise 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 be missed.

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Short Form – Single Author

CompendiumCompendium by Ellen Louise Curtis
Series: Infinity (prologue), Compendium, #1

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!

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Editor

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)Sci-Fi from the Rock by Ellen Louise Curtis and Erin Vance
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!

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Short Form – Anthology

Light-DarkLight-Dark by Ellen Louise Curtis
Series: Infinity (prologue), Black Womb (prologue), Benedict Forecasts (prologue)

The Pitch: Eight new stories from within the Engen Universe, featuring the talents of Jay Paulin, Andrea Edwards, Matthew LeDrew, Sarah Thompson & Ellen Curtis!

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What the Wild Things ReadWhat the Wild Things Read by Jay Paulin

Series: Ink’d Well Charity Books, #1

The Pitch: Local creators collaborate in the name of charity to show how kids see the world in their clever, truthful, warped and unique way. Net proceeds benefit Free the Children. Great for all ages, and fans of Looney Tunes.

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Titles by Matthew LeDrew

Matthew LeDrew is the author of 17 works published through Engen Books and its partners, including solo novels, co-operative novels, and short-form stories.

Author – Sole Contributor

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.

From the Author: “I wrote the original version of this book when I was just sixteen years old, and even ‘published’ it in a guerrilla-like fashion by printing it off and selling it as part of an entrepreneurial course. As such it has been through many iterations, both prior to and since its legitimate publication. Scenes have been added, scenes have been taken away. It remains among the most suspenseful, and influential, Engen books.”

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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…

From the Author: “The second edition of this title (pictured to the left) has the disclaimer ‘mature content’ stamped on its back, and with good reason: this is among the most viscerally upsetting of the original Black Womb books. And with good reason: we needed to state early on that even though monsters exist in the Engen Universe, man is the real monster. Despite its subject matter, it remains one of my favorites of the original ten-book Black Womb series.”

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Smoke and Mirrors (novel)

Smoke 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.

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Roulette (novel)

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.

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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?

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Author – Multiple Contributors

InfinityInfinity by Ellen Louise 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!

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The Tourniquet ReprisalThe Tourniquet Reprisal by Ellen Louise 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.

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Short Form – Fiction

Light-DarkLight-Dark by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity (prologue), Black Womb (prologue), Benedict Forecasts (prologue)

The Pitch: Eight new stories from within the Engen Universe, featuring the talents of Jay Paulin, Andrea Edwards, Matthew LeDrew, Sarah Thompson & Ellen Curtis!

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More Sci-Fi from the RockMore Sci-Fi from the Rock by Steve Lake
Series: Sci-Fi from the Rock, #2

The Pitch: Five new stories from Newfoundland’s best in science-fiction literature. Featuring stories by Darren Hann, Mark Todd, Justin Foley and Matthew LeDrew, plus the new sequel to the 2010 hit Legacy of the Full Moon, Vengeance of the Full Moon by Steve Lake. Pick up your copy today, you won’t regret it!

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Sci-Fi from the Rock ReturnsSci-Fi from the Rock Returns by Steve Lake
Series: Sci-Fi from the Rock, #3

The Pitch: Nine new stories from Newfoundland’s best in science-fiction literature. Featuring stories by Darren Hann, Mark Todd, Tara Murphy, Jay Paulin and Matthew LeDrew, plus the new sequel to the 2010 hit Legacy of the Full Moon, Shadow of the Full Moon by Steve Lake. Pick up your copy today, you won’t regret it!

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Short Form – Non-Fiction

What the Wild Things ReadWhat the Wild Things Read by Jay Paulin
Series: Ink’d Well Charity Books, #1

The Pitch:

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Ellen Louise Curtis

Ellen Curtisellencurtis@engenbooks.com

Ellen Curtis is a writer and web TV personality born and raised in St. Johns, Newfoundland; whose aptitude for the written word began at a young age, when she began writing short stories, poetry, lyrics and novellas.

She was ‘discovered’ at a Sci-Fi on the Rock II writing panel in 2008, and her first collection of stories, Compendium, was published just over a year later in October 2009.

Since then she has risen to become one of Engen’s lead authors, working of high-profile projects such as the Infinity series of adventure novels, become the editor of the From the Rock anthology series, and continuing in her own endeavors.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, art, music and spending time near the ocean.

For more information, visit the authors blog.

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 sixteen 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, 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.