Compendium author Ellen Curtis was again a featured Engen author last month, this time in a collection of short stories titled light|dark.
Like Compendium, light|dark takes place in the grander scheme of the Engen Universe, featuring stories that range from woven between the pages of Black Womb and Infinity to tales that take place well outside the previously- tread ground the authors normally cover.
Unlike Compendium, this time Curtis isn’t alone. She’s working with five other authors, many of them new to the Engen Universe, including Andrea Edwards, Jay Paulin and Sarah Thompson.
“It’s really great to work on shorts again,” said Curtis. “I love writing Infinity and would never stop, but there’s a freedom to shorts that you just can’t duplicate. It’s wonderful.”
Curtis pens the story Omega, which follows the thematic threads of Compendium and serves, in many ways, as a love-note to her fans and to all fans of science-fiction thrillers.
light|dark is available for purchase now, which options for digital download coming soon.
Engen Books continues it’s winning streak with it’s international titles by re-releasing it’s most international collection, Compendium.
First released in 2009 at the first West Coast Con, Ellen Curtis’ breakout title Compendium broke Engen sales records for both Chapters and in-person sales in it’s first week, records that remained in place until the release of Ellen’s debut novel, Infinity.
Compendium features three stories by Curtis: The Tourniquet Revival, At Midnight the Dawn and Falling into Fire, and features Engen’s most international cast, with characters from Europe, America, and beyond.
The usage of descriptions [in Compendium] really pulled me into the settings. I think atmospheric would be an appropriate adjective. All well written stories trigger the senses, but sometimes it takes a few pages or even chapters before the brain is able to create a world based around the information provided… In Compendium I found after a few paragraphs I had been whisked away to [other] worlds. – Jay Paulin
Reedited and redesigned, Compendium is ready for it’s upcoming re-release. It will be available on Amazon in early November, but entertains it’s official launch at Hal Con 2, November 13 and 14, 2011.
This Saturday saw a major Engen event right at home in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
After a busy 2009 touring schedule, the Engen team comes home for Ellen Curtis’ first solo book signing at Chapters (70 Kenmount Road) to promote her new book, Compendium.
“I was astounded at the success,” said Curtis. “We sold out so quickly, and the overwhelming amount of people who where interested in what Engen had to offer was amazing. I’m so glad we got to meet and talk to so many great people.”
Compendium sold out their stock at Chapters within minutes, prompting the popular chain to double their order of the collection. It’s currently in stock again and available for the rock-bottom price of $5.99.
Compendium was released in October by Engen Books and features three of Curtis’ short stories, including The Tourniquet Revival and At Midnight, the Dawn.
Engen Books was present for a historical event that took place on October 24th and 25th in Corner Brook: the very first Newfoundland West Coast Con.
Engen was out in full force the entire weekend, signing books and leading seminars along with actor Paul Weston (Return of the Jedi, Space 1999) and film producer Darren Hann (Star Wars: Inner Demons, Stargate: Replication).
“It was an amazing weekend,” said LeDrew. “Every time we do a convention it’s a lot of fun, but I find when you do a inaugural one there’s a lot of energy and a lot of comradery. It really was a great weekend.”
Book Launch: Compendium
Engen pulled out all the stops and did a double book launch on Saturday, October 24th. Emcee’d by Sci-Fi on the Rock founder and all-around science fiction guru Darren Hann; the event was the perfect place to launch Ellen Curtis’ debut novel, Compendium.
Engen fans old and new arrived to purchase the new title, excited about the new author. Curtis read from her short story The Tourniquet Revival to enthralled listeners and stayed afterward to sign copies.
“Compendium resulted in almost half our sales for the entire weekend,” gushed Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “We’re really excited about what this means for Compendium and for Ellen’s future with Engen Books.”
“I had a lot of fun,” said Curtis. “Darren was a great host and people seemed to like my work. It was my first convention, and I had a blast.”
Book Launch: Roulette
The second half of Saturday’s book launch consisted of the fourth book in the Black Womb series, Roulette.
The novel features the continuing adventures of Xander Drew, Mike Harris and Cathy Kennessy as they meet new horrors both at home and abroad, taking their show on the road to L.A.
“This book is a big stepping stone in Black Womb history,” says LeDrew. “I think people will respond well to it. People have been responding well to it, so far.”
As with every convention, there are loads of writing seminars designed to help potential authors that Engen loves to participate in. NWCC was no different, holding versions of the popular Writer’s Toolkit, Get Published! and Writer’s Circle workshops that have made previous conventions so successful in locating fresh talent.
Ellen Curtis led a new addition to our seminar lineup, entitled The Art of the Short Story; chronicling how she puts so much story into a smaller page count in the breakthrough novel, Compendium.
New Engen Vendor
Also at the con, BuddyToad comics, one of the provinces leaders in the comic shop / science fiction market, became an official vendor of Engen Books.
BuddyToad’s main office is located in Gander, but they are at the Avalon Mall in St. John’s every Sunday and are available there to purchase copies of all five Engen titles! More on this in the weeks to come!
All said, NWCC was one of our most successful conventions yet, with an average of 1 in 5 attendees purchasing an Engen Book! We hope to be back next year with more titles, more authors and more action!
This weekend at the Greenwood Inn in Corner Brook, Engen Books will be launching its latest novel: Compendium!
Penned by local up-and-coming author Ellen Curtis, Compendium will feature three short stories by Curtis that further explore the Engen Universe; and shed new light on the mysteries surrounding the events of all the Engen novels.
The title will be launching at 2pm on Saturday, October 24th as part of the Newfoundland West Coast Con; along with the newest title in the Black Womb series, Roulette.
Anyone not in the Corner Brook area can come to the Kenmount Road Chapters on November 14th from 1-3pm, where Curtis will be signing books and meeting with fans.
Engen Books author Ellen Curtis appeared on the internet-broadcast talk-show Sci-Fi on the Rock TV on September 18th, regarding the launch of her upcoming novel Compendium.
“We’re going to be launching Compendium this October at West Coast Con,” explained Curtis. “It’s going to be three short stories with thread ties to other Engen works. Two stories have been seen before but have been changed to better fit in the Engen landscape. There’s also a new story that we’re quite proud of, as well as a new introduction.”
Compendium was first announced a month ago turning a time of turbulent changes in Engen Books, with Curtis herself rising to become the company’s most talked-about author.
The young author has been keeping busy lately, not only writing her debut novel but also working as co-host opposite Steve Lake for Sci-Fi on the Rock TV, heading writing seminars throughout the St. John’s area and acting in Engen-centric book trailers, to be released soon.
“We’re going to be giving fans a taste of old and a taste of new,” said Curtis.
Engen’s Matthew LeDrew opened up today about the company’s secretive new project, the name of which has finally been revealed: Compendium.
“It’s a new book of stories by none other than our own Ellen Curtis,” explained LeDrew. “They are truly remarkable forms of short prose, some of which were available previously in other volumes to the high praise of fans and reviewers.”
Compendium will be launched this October 26th at Newfoundland’s West Coast Con in Corner Brook, where Curtis will be appearing to sign copies.
“We really believe Ellen Curtis is one of the most unique and talented young authors in this country,” said LeDrew. “We’re really thankful to NWCC for giving us the opportunity to show people that. To try and push it as much as possible, we’re going to be releasing Compendium at $5.99. That should make it accessible to anyone who wants to try it, and will hopefully make it clear what a great author she is.”
More details on Compendium and other Engen projects to come.