Returning to this year’s collection after debuting last year is Sam Bauer with his story, Precious Pieces.
Sam Bauer is a young writer from St. John’s Newfoundland. He gets his ideas from eating too much sugar-laden food, reading the works of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe until 4 am, and transcribing the ensuing nightmares. Most, however, are unusable as they are frightening only to those who share his phobia of squirrels, spoons and the number 73. In his spare time, Sam enjoys Dungeons and Dragons, playing in the Music Collection Drumline and pillaging small villages with his band of fellow gentle, but misunderstood, Visigoths.
Sam’s first story, The Lockett, was met with widespread acclaim from the independent literature community. In the year since he has read it at venues across the country, begun working with an award-winning Newfoundland author as a consultant, and is currently working on his first novel.
We expect big things from Sam and can’t wait to see what he brings!
It’s a new year and it’s time to look forward to what’s coming up on the horizon!
Amanda Labonté: As the co-owner of an educational business and mother of two she spends much of her day with kids of all ages. They give her some of the best reading recommendations. Her first novel, Call of the Sea, was published in 2015 with sequels scheduled for 2018 and 2019 through Engen Books.
“Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. The next book in the Dark Artifices series. What can I say? It’s addictive.”
How strict is the competition of slots in the upcoming 2017 collection Fantasy from the Rock? Well, I own the company, and I didn’t get in.
Yeah, process that! Anyone who thinks there’s any favoritism here at Engen Books has another thing coming, and should read the sad, sad story of Matthew LeDrew: failed Fantasy from the Rock applicant. 😉
The end of our world fascinates us. From Ragnarok, the end of the world in Norse mythology, to the groundbreaking 1984 by George Orwell, to the more modern Hunger Games and Maze Runner, not to mention countless disaster movies, TV shows and video games. It is enough to make one sick of dystopia, groan at zombies, and run screaming from a nuclear or biological holocaust. (Though I must admit, I do the last one on basic principle.) Indeed, it is rare for me to find a dystopic or apocalyptic novel that I enjoy.
But, as the more astute of you have already guessed, I have found a rarity. Its name is Flight or Fight, a 2016 cyberpunk satire written by Scott Bartlett and published by Mirth Publishing.
Ever wonder what Engen editor Erin Vance and newest author Sam Bauer are like without those pesky bosses around? What to ask them what it’s really like to work for Engen Books, without getting the stink-eye from the Engen founders? Your chance is here! On Sunday, August 14th at the Glacier in Mount Pearl, Erin Vance and Sam Bauer will have a table at the August Summer Fun Festival!
Bauer and Vance will be selling copies of all current Engen titles, including the complete Black Womb series, the Xander Drew series, and the Infinity series. They will also be signing copies of their April 2016 smash hit anthology collection Sci-Fi from the Rock, which Vance edited and both Vance and Bauer contributed short stories for!
Looking to get started as an author? Vance and Bauer will have information on the forthcoming Fantasy from the Rock collection and how you can get published in it, as well as information on getting published in both short story and novel formats though the local Newfoundland publisher.
Sam Bauer is Engen’s youngest writer, from St. John’s Newfoundland. He states his inspiration as stemming from eating too much sugar-laden food, reading the works of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe until 4 am, and transcribing the ensuing nightmares.His first short story, The Locket, has been met with universal acclaim and he is currently hard at work on additional stories for future anthologies, as well as an upcoming novel.
Erin Vance is an editor, author, and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program. She has edited multiple novels and anthology collections for a variety of publishers, and has penned the short story Cast, Clutter, Pack, Murder as well as the soon-to-be-released publication of her Honor’s Thesis, Song of the Mockingjay, exploring the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series.
The August Summer Fun Festival will run from 10am – 5pm on August 14th at The Glacier arena, 45 Olympic Dr, Mount Pearl.
Sci-Fi from the Rock!
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 English Honours Graduate and Professional Editor 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!
Sci-Fi From the Rock (Paperback)
Ellen Curtis & Erin Vance (Editors)
Samuel Bauer performed a reading of his short story, The Locket, to a full house of participants of the Lloyd Auckland Invitational Mathematics Workshop at the University of Waterloo on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016. The young author read his short, which appeared in the 2016 anthology collection Sci-Fi from the Rock, to a reaction of “stunned silence and applause,” one attendee stated.
The Auckland Workshop is a week of mathematical stimulation for young intellectuals from all over Canada and across the globe. It features various activities, trips, lectures and problem solving workshops. Students are invited based off their performance on the CEMC’s Cayley and Fermat contest, further proving Samuel Bauer’s unique status as a mind in science fiction: the sort of intellectual-creative double-threat mixtures that created the liked of Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick.
The University of Waterloo has already produced some of the best modern voices in Canadian fiction, such as Kenneth Tam (His Majesty’s New World, Defense Command) and Conor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), and continues this trend by continuing to foster young smart-creatives like Sam Bauer.
Be sure and support Bauer as well as sixteen other Canadian authors by picking up Sci-Fi from the Rock, available now. 🙂
Sci-Fi From the Rock (Paperback)
Ellen Curtis & Erin Vance (Editors)
Young author Sam Bauer, who debuted in 2016’s stellar anthology collection Sci-Fi from the Rock has taken the time to share his thoughts and feelings about his neighboring stories in the collection.
Whitecoat by Kenneth Tam:
“After reading this, I definitely need to pick up a copy of the novel itself. Set in an alternate Newfoundland, with a somewhat nebulous difference from our own, the quality of this story promises great things from the novel.”
Sunny Days by Jennifer Combden:
“I love a good hard sci-fi piece. With this dealing with our own sun destroying us, it certainly fulfills the author’s purpose of informing people with literature.”
The Shoe by Matthew LeDrew:
“A brilliant story. This piece reminds us about how we may be viewed many years from now with other than human eyes.”
Immune by Jennifer Combden:
“Perspective plays a big role in literature, and the perspective chosen for this piece is excellent. The perspective of a child in a disaster is not one I often see, and it was used phenomenally in this piece.”
Hag Ridden by Tara Murphy:
“I love horror, as can be discerned from the fact I wrote a bit of horror in this anthology. This one is frightening because what happens in it could happen to anyone, without you being able to stop it. Brilliantly done!”
Invasion by Matthew LeDrew:
“Another chilling story by Engen’s resident horror writer. One of two horror stories by Matthew in this anthology, its unnerving tone and final reveal sent shivers down my spine.”