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Prize-Winning short-story author Jeff Slade returns in ‘Dystopia from the Rock’!

Engen Books is proud to announce the return of one of its exciting breakout talents from 2018’s Chillers from the Rock collection: Jeff Slade!

A resident of Salmon Cove, Slade is an avid reader who enjoys both making and hearing puns, playing the guitar, and cats. Slade made his publishing debut in Chillers from the Rock with his chilling tale, The Culling, then went on to win the April 2018 Kit Sora Flash Photography Fiction Prize with his story, Extinguished. Continue reading Prize-Winning short-story author Jeff Slade returns in ‘Dystopia from the Rock’!

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Prize-Winning author of ‘The Last Tree,’ Michelle Churchill, to write for ‘Dystopia from the Rock’!

Mermaid The Last Tree Ariel Marsh Michelle Churchill
Unfinished Sample Art by Ariel Marsh

Engen Books is proud to announce one of the exciting talents in genre fiction that will be featured in 2019’s Dystopia from the Rock collection: Michelle Churchill!

2018 has been a banner year for rising-star Churchill. Her thrilling tale Leopold’s Cherubs Princes was regarded as one of the highlights of the Chillers from the Rock collection. In the months since her first novel, a young-readers fantasy titled The Last Tree, was greenlit for publication with art by Ariel Marsh. Churchill won the August 2018 Kit Sora Flash Photography Fiction Prize for her story ‘Unicorn,’ and was featured heavily in Kit Sora: The Artobiography, a collection of art photographs and accompanying short fiction. Churchill was featured in the collection four times.

A Newfoundlander who was raised in Nova Scotia but returned, Michelle is the mother of two incredible children. Continue reading Prize-Winning author of ‘The Last Tree,’ Michelle Churchill, to write for ‘Dystopia from the Rock’!

Brad Dunne, author of ‘After Dark Vapours’ announced as introducing ‘Dystopia from the Rock’!

After Dark VapoursEngen Books is proud to announce that Brad Dunne, author of the 2018 novel After Dark Vapours, will be setting the stage as only a person of his immense talent can, by writing the foreword to the 2019 anthology collection Dystopia from the Rock.

Brad Dunne is a freelance writer and editor from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He began his writing career as an intern at The Walrus magazine and has published journalism and essays in publications such as Maisonneuve, The Canadian Encyclopedia, and Herizons. His short fiction has been featured in In/Words, Acta Victoriana, and The Cuffer Anthology. His debut novel, After Dark Vapours, was released in October 2018 to great critical response, mixing literary sensibilities with genre storytelling.


Twenty-Five other authors will be joining Brad Dunne, David Rimmington, Heather Nolan, Gareth Mitton, Shannon Green and Ali House for the 2019 Dystopia on the Rock collection! We still have award-winning and prolific authors in the genre to announce! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


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Gareth Mitton announced as a ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to introduce one of the exciting new talents in genre fiction that will be making their short fiction debut in 2019’s Dystopia from the Rock collection: Gareth Mitton!

A native of Rochdale, England who currently resides in St. John’s, Mitton makes his fiction debut in Dystopia from the Rock with his tale: Watcher.


Twenty-Eight other authors will be joining Gareth Mitton, Shannon Green and Ali House for the 2019 Dystopia on the Rock collection! We still have award-winning authors to announce! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


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Ali House, author of The Six Elemental, to write for ‘Dystopia from the Rock’

The Six Elemental, cover, Ali HouseEngen Books is proud to announce that Ali House, author of 2016’s The Six Elemental, is returning to the From the Rock collection this year in Dystopia from the Rock with two all-new short stories, “Authentic New Island Experience” and “Untitled.”

Ali’s 2016 collection entry, “Twenty-One,” was heralded as one of the gems of the collection and led to a novel based on the concept and characters later that same year.

Her 2017 book of short fiction, Unexpected Stories (coauthored with Amanda Labonté), is available for free with signup to the Fantasy Files newsletter.

“Kit Tyler is brought to life quite vividly and her journey through the fantastical, dystopian world filled with magical super-humans delves into subjects that run parallel to issues faced by young adults in our own world.”
Christopher Walsh, author of The Gold & Steel Saga Continue reading Ali House, author of The Six Elemental, to write for ‘Dystopia from the Rock’

What are your favorite Dystopian stories? | Ask the Authors

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 CurtisEllen 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

“What is Dystopia?” | Dystopia from the Rock

This week, Engen Books announced its 2019 call for submissions and focused in on Dystopia as the genre of choice for their anthology collection. As Dystopia is slightly separate from the ‘Big Three’ genres we’ve explored to far (Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror), we thought it would be appropriate to ask the question: “What is Dystopia?”

The word Dystopia comes from Greek heritage, where it means a society or community that is undesirable or frightening. Directly translated it means ‘not a good place’ and is used as an opposite for Utopia. In fact, many successful Dystopian stories use elements of both Utopia and Dystopia, in which a seemingly-Utopian society is revealed to be Dystopian for those of a lesser class. For a great example of this, see the 2005 Micheal Bay film, The Island description.

Dystopian stories are often allegorical. They have a hard time not being so, as depicting what we imagine to be a troubled future cannot help but have some reflection on how the author — and the reader — views the present. Dystopian novels seem to often start with the goal of answering the question: “If we continue down X path, how bad could things get?” A common hallmark of dystopian stories is that often enough time has passed that the protagonists cannot directly remember what the world was like before or were not present for the changed, making a society so different from our own that it may as well be alien.

Continue reading for some great examples to read to prep for writing your own Dystopian epic!

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