2018 was a banner year for Engen Books, but 2019 has all the potential to surpass it: in spades! Those looking for a sneak peak into just some of our upcoming projects are in the right place! From returning entries in favorite series, remastered bestsellers, and brand new talent breaking for the first time: Engen Books is the thing to follow in 2019!
Outbreak, the inaugural novel in Paul Carberry’s post-apocalypse thriller series Zombies on the Rock, hit #1 on the Amazon.ca in the ‘Zombies’ category. The novel hit Bestseller status at 3:55PM Newfoundland Standard time on August 18, 2018, peaking at #599 on the overall Amazon.ca charts.
Carberry has enjoyed steady success with his Newfoundland-based Zombie series since bringing it to Engen Books in December of 2017, including a high volume of sales in the United States and abroad. The sequel, Viking Trail, currently sits at #16 on the Zombie Bestsellers list. Carberry is currently hard at work on a third entry in the series, which is set to be published in 2019.
When asked for comment about the accomplishment, Carberry said: “I never thought I’d be able to say I’m the most popular zombie author in all of Canada but thanks to all of my awesome fans we did it. We devoured the competition and shambled our way to the top.”
Paul Carberry works for the Canadian Armed Forces and is a proud member the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. He is a huge proponent of the horror genre and its place in literature. He has two children, daughter Dana and son Rick, with his wife Leah.
Paul has published two novels with Engen Books: Zombies on the Rock: Outbreak, and its sequel Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail. He has also had numerous short stories featured in publication, including The Light of Cabot Tower, Into the Forest, and Halloween Mummers.
He resides in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.
Engen Books would like to congratulate Carberry on this achievement, and thank his fans and peers who helps make this possible.
With submissions pouring in for our upcoming Dystopia from the Rock anthology, we thought it would be a great time to ask our existing stable of novelists: what are your favorite Dystopian novels?
Ellen Curtis, author of Infinity and From the Rock editor: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, because it showcases how society struggles against willful ignorance and vice when those are presented as the easy options. Other recommended content: A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for one of the most chilling pieces of dystopian writing, and Stepford Wives, because f**k man, striving for utopia in tiny doses is still terrifying. Continue reading What are your favorite Dystopian stories? | Ask the Authors
Chillers from the Rock, the third volume in the modern From the Rock series, hit #1 Bestseller in 4 different categories on March 18, 2018: a full 10 days before its release. The categories include Vampire Thrillers, Werewolves & Shifters, Vigilante Justice, and Hot New Releases – Thrillers. As of this writing it has reached #116 on the overall paid Amazon ca charts.
Chillers from the Rock features 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.
Featuring the work of Paul Carberry (Zombies on the Rock), Kelley Power (Winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters competition), Matthew LeDrew (Coral Beach Casefiles, Infinity, Xander Drew), Ali House (The Six-Elemental), an introduction by Dale Gilbert Jarvis, & much more!
Engen Books would like to congratulate editors Curtis & Vance on this achievement, and thank her fans and peers who helps make this possible. We also extend gratitude an congratulations to authors and contributors: Kit Sora, Drew Power, Peter Foote, Teresita E. Dziadura, Dale Jarvis, Eryn Heidel, Sam Bauer, Maggie Carroll, Matthew Daniels, Kelley Power, Lynn Reicker, Paul Carberry, Michelle Churchill, Jon Dobbin, Chantal Boudreau, Jeff Slade, Ali House, Bronwynn Erskine, Chelsea Bee, Anastacia Hopkins, & Shannon Green!
The epic author of the acclaimed Zombies on the Rock series, Paul Carberry, lends his considerable expertise in the chillers genre as one of the authors in the upcoming 2018 anthology, Chillers from the Rock.
Carberry’s Zombies on the Rock: Outbreak and its sequel, Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail have seen incredible popularity since moving to Engen Books, the sequel debuting at #45 on Amazon dot com’s list of Zombie fiction in December. The books have also seen wide acclaim from within the Newfoundland writing community, and are seen as the prime example of the meshing of Newfoundland culture with the broader global pop-culture atmosphere.
Carberry brings his two new short stories “Halloween Mummers” and “Werewolf,” a departure from his typical Zombie-fare that brings us the Newfoundland genre-spins that Carberry is famous for.
Carberry has received high praise since the release of his first novel, and is currently hard at work on its sequel.
“[Carberry] draws in his readers from the first page, effortlessly providing the tension and fear necessary to create his terrifying apocalyptic tale.”
~ Fiona Cooke Hogan, author of What Happened In Dingle
“This is truly masterful suspense by Carberry, who clearly understands that suspense occurs when the reader knows something the character does not.”
~ Matthew LeDrew, author of Cinders, Black Womb, and Infinity.
Seventeen other authors will be joining Dale Jarvis, Teresita E. Dziadura, and Paul Carberry for the 2018 Chillers on the Rock collection, to be launched in late March! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!
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Well, out 10th Anniversary year has come and gone, and it has been a wild one. We’ve brought on new authors, continued existing blockbuster titles, and reached out to our fans more and more than ever before!
2017 may have been a crazy year in most other forms of news, but in Engen Books news it was all good news. 🙂
The first book in Amanda Labonté ‘s Call of the Sea series was relaunched under the Engen banner as a part of our 2017 celebration. The book has been a landmark for Newfoundland fantasy fiction, bringing the sensibilities of literary fiction with the intrigue and excitement of genre fiction. We’re proud to have Amanda on board with us! Since this release the second book in the series has been announced for a March 2018 release, and Labonté has started a second series, Supernatural Causes, which reached Bestseller status on Amazon.
The first book in Ali House’s Segment Delta Archives was released as well, introducing readers to the culture and mechanics of the world of The Six Elemental. In a world that has become accustomed to natural laws surrounding youths receiving power on their twenty-first birthday, Kit Tyler shatters those conventions by receiving the power of all six Elements. kit struggles to keep the nature of her newfound abilities secret as she tries to uncover the myth — and truth — behind The Six Elemental.
Both House and Labonté, as well as seventeen other authors, were featured in 2017’s From the Rock entry, Fantasy from the Rock! 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!
Paul Carberry saw not only the release of his second novel, The Viking Trail, but also the re-release of his first novel, Outbreak, under the Engen Books banner! Both novels have been burning up the Amazon zombie and post-apocalyptic charts!
Vacant Chairs by Linda Blagdon
Series: Engen Poetry, #1
Linda Blagdon’s poetry book Vacant Chairs became a #1 Bestseller in Canadian Poetry to the great joy of everyone involved in the project! Blagdon enjoyed weeks of media coverage after the event, with her story and work appearing on sites like Atlantic Books Today and The Telegram.
We continued our non-fiction line with Questing the Dark Tower, 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. The book was LeDrew’s first segue into literary critique.
LeDrew finished the 10th Anniversary year with Faith, a novel that returned some of the demons from Xander’s past in the Black Womb novels to haunt him as an adult: the mix of old and new seemed appropriate to celebrate Engen’s 10th year.
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?
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…
Engen also participated in a large amount of community outreach this year, offering services via Their Patreon as well as offered classes through THE Tutoring Center. Courses are still available for the upcoming year!
We also released the much anticipated 10th Anniversary collection of Black Womb, Habeas Corpus, in a glorious hardcover collection, started a new YouTube series with the help of our friends at FictionFirst Used Books, and have started making some huge plans for things that are going to be happening in 2018! Stay tuned! 🙂
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Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail by Paul Carberry
Zombie hoards created by the evil Pharmakon company have taken over the world, including the one place that always thought it was safe from the calamities of the outside: the quiet, scenic shores of Newfoundland’s west coast. In this horrifying second volume, the island survivors of the zombie massacres believe they are safe, settled away in a cabin far off the grid: but nothing can stop the spread of the undead, as the zombies make their way to the historic Viking Trail, where even more terror awaits…
|Release Date:||December 2017|
|Price (CAD):||Print: $25 / EBook: $2.99|
— Matthew LeDrew, Bestselling author of the Black Womb series.