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Chillers from the Rock becomes an Amazon Canadian Bestseller in 4 categories: Vampire, Werewolf/Shifter, Vigilante Justice, & Hot New Thriller Releases!

Chillers from the RockChillers 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!

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2017 | Year in Review | Engen Books

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. 🙂


Call of the Sea, Amanda Labonte, coverCall of the Sea by Amanda Labonté
Series: Call of the Sea, #1

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.

Screenshot-2017-12-4 Supernatural Causes (4 Book Series)


the-six-elemental_fireworksThe Six Elemental by Ali House
Series: The Segment Delta Archives, #1

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.


promo_cover7_webFantasy from the Rock by Erin Vance & Ellen Curtis
Series: From the Rock, #2017

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!


003Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail by Paul Carberry
Series: Zombies on the Rock, #2

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!


withawardVacant 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.


Dark Tower_Kendall09Questing the Dark Tower by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Engen Academia, #2

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.


FaithFaith by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Xander Drew, #3

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?


webJacobi Street by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Engen Universe

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…


Black Womb, Habeas Corpus, coverEngen 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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Lit Wars! Lord of the Rings v. The Dark Tower! | The Writer’s Block

The main event! The one we’ve been teasing since we started announcing panels for the Avalon Expo Writer’s Block is finally here: Lit Wars: Tolkien v. King! 6:00-6:50pm Saturday August 26 at MILE ONE Avalon Expo!

Lit Wars will be an hour-long debate to decide, once and for all, which epic fantasy is better: Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or King’s The Dark Tower. Teams of two will head off against one another to defend their respective kingdom and be crowned: the Lit Warrior!

For team Tolkien: Dr. Christopher Lockett, an associate professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Though his main area of specialization is twentieth century American literature, his enthusiasms (academic and otherwise) range widely into film and television, fantasy, cultural studies, and the ongoing definitions of humanism
And: Ellen Curtis, the editor of Fantasy from the Rock who has been a prolific fantasy author since the age of fifteen and currently writes for the Infinity series, Newfoundland Quarterly Online, and is a member of the WANL Board as Youth Representative.

For team King: Matthew LeDrew, the author of over a dozen books, including 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: Heather Reilly, author of the Binding of the Almatraek series of YA fantasy novels, and recipient of the Noble Artist’s Author of the Month award for February 2015.

Moderated by Mike Connors of NTV! Watch as this Lit Nerds engage in Lit Warfare and… let’s be honest, it’s Matt and Heather against Ellen and a MUN Prof. You’re coming to watch Matthew get powned… in the nerd battle that will last from the time of Middle Earth until the crumbling of the Dark Tower itself!! Be there!!


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Lit Wars: Tolkien v. King! Reilly v. Curtis!

The main event! The one we’ve been teasing since we started announcing panels for the Avalon Expo Writer’s Block is finally here: Lit Wars: Tolkien v. King! 6:00-6:50pm Saturday August 26 at MILE ONE Avalon Expo!

Lit Wars will be an hour-long debate to decide, once and for all, which epic fantasy is better: Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or King’s The Dark Tower. Teams of two will head off against one another to defend their respective kingdom and be crowned: the Lit Warrior!

For team Tolkien: Dr. Christopher Lockett, an associate professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Though his main area of specialization is twentieth century American literature, his enthusiasms (academic and otherwise) range widely into film and television, fantasy, cultural studies, and the ongoing definitions of humanism
And: Ellen Curtis, the editor of Fantasy from the Rock who has been a prolific fantasy author since the age of fifteen and currently writes for the Infinity series, Newfoundland Quarterly Online, and is a member of the WANL Board as Youth Representative.

For team King: Matthew LeDrew, the author of over a dozen books, including 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: Heather Reilly, author of the Binding of the Almatraek series of YA fantasy novels, and recipient of the Noble Artist’s Author of the Month award for February 2015.

Moderated by Mike Connors of NTV! Watch as this Lit Nerds engage in Lit Warfare and… let’s be honest, it’s Matt and Heather against Ellen and a MUN Prof. You’re coming to watch Matthew get powned… in the nerd battle that will last from the time of Middle Earth until the crumbling of the Dark Tower itself!! Be there!!


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LIT WARS!! Tolkien v. King! Secret Revealed! | The Writer’s Block | Avalon Expo!!

The main event! The one we’ve been teasing since we started announcing panels for the Avalon Expo Writer’s Block is finally here: Lit Wars: Tolkien v. King! 6:00-6:50pm Saturday August 26 at MILE ONE Avalon Expo!

Lit Wars will be an hour-long debate to decide, once and for all, which epic fantasy is better: Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or King’s The Dark Tower. Teams of two will head off against one another to defend their respective kingdom and be crowned: the Lit Warrior!

For team Tolkien: Dr. Christopher Lockett, an associate professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Though his main area of specialization is twentieth century American literature, his enthusiasms (academic and otherwise) range widely into film and television, fantasy, cultural studies, and the ongoing definitions of humanism
And: Ellen Curtis, the editor of Fantasy from the Rock who has been a prolific fantasy author since the age of fifteen and currently writes for the Infinity series, Newfoundland Quarterly Online, and is a member of the WANL Board as Youth Representative.

For team King: Matthew LeDrew, the author of over a dozen books, including 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: Heather Reilly, author of the Binding of the Almatraek series of YA fantasy novels, and recipient of the Noble Artist’s Author of the Month award for February 2015.

Moderated by Mike Connors of NTV! Watch as this Lit Nerds engage in Lit Warfare and… let’s be honest, it’s Matt and Heather against Ellen and a MUN Prof. You’re coming to watch Matthew get powned… in the nerd battle that will last from the time of Middle Earth until the crumbling of the Dark Tower itself!! Be there!!


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Engen Books at NGX 2017 this weekend!

Matthew DanielsThe Engen Books 10th Anniversary Tour continues this weekend, July 21 – 23, 2017, at the Newfoundland Gaming Expo, hosted by Sandbox Gaming at Memorial University! This is continuing our busiest year of operation ever, in which no month has gone by without a show, event, or major announcement: and there’s more to be made yet! We’ve just added more dates to our 2017 tour and we can’t wait to share them with you!

This will be the fourth Newfoundland Gaming Expo! Expect bigger, better, and more games than anyone can play in just one weekend! There will be rooms for both casual and tournament play; for Video Games, Board Games, and Trading Card Games. Plus, Workshops, Vendors, and much more for all ages! The expo will take places in various rooms at the campus! 10% of ticket sales will go towards our 2017 charity fund with the rest paying for expenses and future events! All work is done by volunteers! Continue reading Engen Books at NGX 2017 this weekend!

New Life in Quidi Vidi Village | Ellen Curtis, Newfoundland Quarterly

“Picturesque Quidi Vidi Village is home to a bevy of beautiful colours and buildings. History hides in every nook and cranny here, but so does innovation. This fusion of old and new is represented best in Mallard Cottage, an 18th century Irish-Newfoundland vernacular style cottage, currently enjoying a rebirth under the ownership of chef Todd Perrin. We spoke to Todd recently to find out what new things the future holds for Quidi Vidi Village, and for the province’s food industry.”

To read the entire article by Infinity author Ellen Curtis, click here.