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24 hours left!

There are 24 hours left to submit your short story to the Sci-Fi from the Rock anthology title, scheduled for release in cooperation with Sci-Fi on the Rock on April 1, 2016. Sci-Fi on the Rock will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s. Deadline for entry to the anthology is tomorrow, December 31, 2015.

Do you have a story to tell?  We think everyone does!! This year is Sci-Fi on the Rock’s 10th anniversary, and we want to ring it in in style with a new anthology celebrating the convention’s decade of celebrating science-fiction and fantasy in our region…but Sci-Fi on the Rock isn’t just made possible by its staff and guests: it’s made possible by you! So until midnight tomorrow, Engen Books will be accepting final submissions for publication in the 10th anniversary Sci-Fi From the Rock anthology from anyone who attends the convention or wants to help celebrate its ten-year history!

Send all entries to submissions@engenbooks.com by 11:59 PM NST December 31st, 2015, with the following information: Your name, the title of your story, the genre of your story, and the length. Please note: a reliable e-mail address is required so that all applicants can be contacted following the December 31st deadline.

For this anthology, applicants are asked to submit stories suitable for the equivalent of a PG or PG-13 rating. This is in the interest of creating an anthology that, like Sci-Fi on the Rock, can be enjoyed by fans of all ages. Applicants wishing to submit material outside of this range may do so only for consideration in future publications.

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Engen rocks Sci-Fi on the Rock 8!

The Long RoadWell, this was a long time coming.

On May 23rd, 24th, and 25th 2014, the Engen-crew of authors once again embarked on their yearly trip to St. John’s Newfoundland for the Eighth Annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention. Every Sci-Fi on the Rock is a special event to the City of St. John’s: what started 8 years ago as a small cult following of fans lead by Darren Hann has become the ultimate in Geek Chic for the province, a three-day celebration of what it is to be a Newfoundland Nerd.

The convention consists of near-round the clock movies, trivia contests, gaming tournaments, lectures, fan-expos, and cos-playing. The event isn’t all fun-and-games though, and has become the go-to place in the province to make connections on collaborative works such as indie comics as with Ariel Marsh of Super-Galactic Space Explorers, meet and learn from professional authors such as Paradise native Scott Bartlett, or attend stunning and thought-provoking lectures by experts in their field, like Dr. Chistopher Lockett’s lecture on all things Tolkien.

As they have been for the last seven years, Engen Books was out in full force with four of its authors in attendance; including Matthew LeDrew ( the Black Womb series & The Long Road), Ellen Curtis (the Infinity series and Compendium), Jay Paulin (light|dark) and Steve Lake (the Full Moon series).

The weekend saw the released of Matthew LeDrew’s latest book, The Long Road, which bridges the Black Womb series (which ended with its tenth book, Chains, released at last years Sci-Fi on the Rock) and its sequel series The Xander Drew series, which is tentatively slated to begin publication in the fall. The Long Road is a book of short stories, in which each story is a different point along the road as Xander Drew makes a life-altering trek from small-town Maine to the big city of Los Angeles, California.

“It’s time for Xander to get out of Coral Beach and interact with the larger Engen Universe as a whole,” said series-creator Matthew LeDrew. “To grow up and stop being stuck in the same thought patterns that small towns can foster. He needs new challenges and new risks in order to remain fresh and interesting, and to grow as a character.”

What this means for the rest of the cast of the previous series is currently unclear, and is not fully explained at the start of the collection. LeDrew was heard explaining to one fan that the new series will be “sans a supporting cast.” When asked to elaborate, LeDrew claimed that in the new series Xander would be alone, and that that would make him “more dangerous” than he’s ever been before.

Also premiering to the excitement of Black Womb fans this weekend was the new international edition of Transformations in Pain, easily the most controversial and polarizing Engen book thus far. This novel follows the international release of Black Womb in October 2012. The next book set for re-release is Ghosts of the Past, with the remaining two Black Womb books to follow soon-after.

Also returning was the Most Dysfunctional Writing Panel Ever, consisting this time of Ellen Curtis, Jay Paulin, and Matthew LeDrew. The four answered questions for a packed room, ranging from topics a varied as dealing with writer’s block to how to prepare a manuscript for publication. Plans had been made to film the panel discussion as the season premiere of the second season of the popular YouTube program, but conflicts between it and Steve Lake’s popular Geek Survivor made filming impossible. New episodes are to begin filming soon.

eBooks come to the Engen WebStore!

Sci-Fi from the Rock
Sci-Fi from the Rock

The original Sci-Fi from the Rock went out of print last month at the sixth annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention, where it had begun its journey only two years before. Sales reports for the title were impressive, with nearly 200 patrons walking out with the title in their bags. Despite this, Engen founder Matthew LeDrew has elected not to reprint the title, at least not in physical form.

“It’s a matter of logistics. Things have changed since our more to the international market, and this book isn’t going to make the transition unfortunately,” said LeDrew.

Add that to the fact that the rights to one of the stories, Time Diamond, has since been sold to the multimedia company Hann Made Productions, and the possibility of future physical printings of the title seem slim.

But fear not, Sci-Fi lovers! The remaining two stories are available on the Engen WebStore as digital media, as Engen finally makes the transition into eBooks!

Copies of Legacy of the Full Moon (Steve Lake) and Woven by the Thief (Melanie Collins) have been made available in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats, each for the amazingly low price of 99 cents each!

The stores may also be purchased together under the original Sci-Fi from the Rock title for only $1.50.

According to LeDrew, this is just the first of many stories to reach the eMarket.

“We’re going to be adding more, with all of our shorts eventually available as separate downloads for all the cats who just want a taste before diving right in: a practice I wholly respect. Right now all the files are made in-house, but starting with the still-not-revealed August release from Engen we’re going to be releasing digital editions alongside the physical editions,” LeDrew said via his blog on March 29, 2012.

Here’s what other people had to say about the stories:

“[Steve Lake’s] visit to the age-old conflict between vampires and werewolves is a good one, but too brief. I hope [he] will take this tale and develop it, hone it and publish a larger work with this story as an integral part.”
The Telegram

“Lake has the makings of a winning formula in the palm of his hand.”
Jay Paulin, Ink’d Well Comics

“Melanie Collins was the last book to read and I wasn’t disappointed. Melanie Collins has a wonderful way with words. Reading the stories makes me want to write again.”
Jeremy Bulloch, Boba Fett

“Melanie Collins’ Woven by the Thief is flowery, delicate – yet layered – fantasy that depicts the nighttime relationship between dreamer and dream-taker.”
Jay Paulin, Ink’d Well Comics

“I personally like and approve of [this].”
John Robert Colombo, Colombo & Company.

People may purchase the titles here.

Tentative lineup for 2012 anthology released!

light|dark
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.

2012 Anthology series information leaks

Engen Books plans the next leg of it’s in-Universe publishing schedule to be released this April, with the publication of an as-yet unnamed anthology collection with stories taking place within the Engen Universe of stories containing the Black Womb series, Infinity, and Compendium.

The anthology will feature many stories taking place throughout the Engen Universe, both with established characters and new ones.

Engen author Matthew LeDrew commented on his blog on September 2nd that he will be writing at least three stories for the collection, and that writing the shorts has opened up some new doors for him.

“Sometimes when I’m writing a short it’s less about story and more about atmosphere, which isn’t the way I normally approach things,” said LeDrew. “I’m usually of the mind that character, above all else, comes first; then plot, and then wherever the chips may fall. But as I write more and more short fiction I’m learning that these rules are often very different between the two.”

In addition to LeDrew, fellow Engen author Ellen Curtis is said to be contributing a tale of her own, as well as Ink’d Well Comics creator Jay Paulin. Other authors are pending, with both newcomers and established authors being rumored to be attached to the project.

“Until the ink is dry, I’m not saying anything,” said LeDrew. “But I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The next Engen-Universe release is Inner Child, the eighth book in the Black Womb series, to be released this November at the second-annual Hal-Con.

The Times they are A’Changin’

Engen fans all over the country were intrigued and confused this week by several key changes to the engenbooks.com website, and not just in its new look.

In the late night of August 22nd, 2009; two mysterious links appeared in the top menu bar of the site that raised instant speculation amongst fans: one labeled “Infinity” and one labeled “Curtis?”.

We caught up with Engen founder Matthew LeDrew in an attempt to learn more about the subject.

Engen Books: So, what is “Curtis?”, and why does it have a question mark at the end of it?
Matthew LeDrew: That’s the tentative name on a project that we’re going to be announcing more on very, very soon and will be launching (along with Roulette) at Newfoundland’s West Coast Con this October.
EB: My, that’s fast.
ML: A little, but no more so than the first Womb book. Just because publishing announcements sometimes happen quickly, does not mean it hasn’t been in planning stages for some time. The person involved in this project is one of the most prolific writers I know, and the fact that they don’t have a work of their own out yet is actually staggering. Some might think this is fast, but to us its been a long time coming.
EB: So, “Curtis?” is not the name of the book.
ML: Lord no. What? What kind of a question is that? (laughs). That doesn’t even make sense.
EB: Is it safe to assume then, that this will involve Engen author Ellen Curtis?
ML: Nothing can be said so far. It’s all up in the air.
EB: But why else would you name the project “Curtis?”
ML: But… there’s a question mark.
EB: And a name.
ML: …
EB: …
ML: Next question, please.
EB: Okay, what can you tell us about “Infinity”?
ML: Next to nothing, at the moment. It’s always assumed that I know all the little knooks and crannies of this company… some things escape my notice. Even if I did know something about it, I wouldn’t really be able to comment on it yet. I can tell you that “Infinity” has been in the plans almost as long as Black Womb has, and we’re very excited to have it finally becoming a reality.
EB: When can we expect to know a little more?
ML: Soon. Formal announcements will wait until the end of year, I think, but trickles should be happening soon. It should have it’s own sub-site soon enough.
EB: I see… I can’t help but notice that NewFoundSpecFic is missing from the lineup. Any comment on that?
ML: The NewFoundSpecFic team are a group of amazing authors that honestly outgrew Engen. Devin Drover and Jennifer Graham are both richly talented, wonderfully entrepreneurial people and it was a waste of their considerable talents to have them toiling away as mere authors under Engen. They deserve better, and now they’re going to be getting it. Expect big things from these two very soon.
EB: Any regrets on that?
ML: Millions. But, as the old saying goes… if you love something, let it go. I love NewFoundSpecFic and it’s authors… but its just time to let go.
EB: Anything else you want to add to that?
ML: Not really. I’m going to miss them. I’d really prefer not to speak on it right now.
EB: …
ML: …
EB: So, will Ellen Curtis be staying at Engen?
ML: Ellen is a uniquely talented young lady and I would not give her up for all the tea in China. Yes, Ellen remains an Engen author. Though she is not exclusive to us. I do not hold the monopoly on Ellen Curtis… although some days I wish I did. That monopoly will be worth millions one day.
EB: Anything else happening?
ML: Roulette and Ghosts of the Past are both on schedule. Trains keeps moving, as they say. Engen remains strong and will remain strong.
EB: So my job is safe?
ML: Your job is safe.
EB: -whew-

Engen Books News would like to thank Matthew LeDrew for sitting down with us today.

NewFoundSpecFic launch a success!

nfsf_groupshotNewFoundSpecFic received its official launch last Saturday at the University Center of Memorial University to raves from the student body and beyond.

Authors Jennifer Graham, Ryan Marsh, Ellen Curtis, Breanne Milley, Joshua Quinlan and Devin Drover were all in attendance to meet fans, sign autographs and generally immerse themselves in the experience of the launch.

NewFoundSpecFic has already garnered much media attention and anticipation of its release has been high for weeks. When asked to remark if the successful launch meant a NewFoundSpecFic vol. II, co-author Jennifer Graham remarked that there would.

The stories by Graham originally published in Newfoundspecfic have been reprinted in Sci-Fi from the Rock.

“We’ve been planning a second one before the first came back from the printers,” said Graham.”This project was a lot of fun, and there’s a lot of untapped talent out there.”

“There aren’t a lot of details we can share yet, but one big thing is that we will be opening up submissions to all of Canada!”

On the launch, Engen founder and author Matthew LeDrew commented that the continued success of the title will further guarantee the success of the franchise. “The scope of NewFoundSpecFic is enormous and yet open enough that even a casual reader can enjoy it. That appeals to us on many levels. The next stop for NFSF is the third annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention at the Holiday Inn, where the entire Engen crew will be present as well as many more authors and actors. I look forward to seeing how NFSF does on a larger scale, and suspect it will do well.”