The April 2012 mega collection light|dark, which introduced the world to the enigmatic monster-hunter Scarlett, the Reptilia virus, and the shadow organization Omega gets a shiny new look this month courtesy of a new cover designed by Ellen Curtis, and the changes aren’t purely cosmetic.
“We’ve worked to combine the two Engen Universe anthologies into one epic volume,” says Curtis, of the collection. “Our series’ are where people can go to delve deep into the characters, but if they just want fun, action-packed stories that introduce them to our Universe and world, the new light|dark is now a one-stop shop.”
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.
Sci-Fi on the Rock 2012 has come and gone and once again proven to be a massive success for Engen Books and everyone involved!
After getting an early start on Friday, the five Engen Authors in attendance began a record-setting weekend of fun, laughs, and most importantly: bringing new, great fiction to the masses.
Engen-founder Matthew LeDrew was there to launch the ninth book in his Black Womb series: Gang War . Also new to this convention was Inner Child , released at Hal-Con 2011 late last year, and light|dark , an anthology book featuring shorts by LeDrew, Ellen Curtis ( Compendium, Infinity ), Jay Paulin, Andrea Edwards, and Sarah Thompson!
Jay Paulin was there as a double-guest, working in his capacity as founder of Ink’d Well Comics as well as Engen Author. Seated directly north of the Engen booth, collectors had easy access to multiple signatures from authors of light|dark.
“We made new friends, caught up with old ones and promoted Ink’d Well Comics,” said Jay Paulin via his blog. “The thing is, you all know a convention weekend isn’t just what happens during show hours.”
Authors launched for the first time included Andrea Edwards, who wrote Scarlett for light|dark and came by to sign some copies as well!
Engen writing workshops on writing and writers block were open to a packed room of young authors, each ready to overcome whatever is “blocking” them and become the next big thing in the province.
It was a great year for Engen with more to come in the coming months! Stay tuned!
Engen Books plans the next leg of it’s in-Universe publishing schedule to be released this April, with the publication of an as-yet unnamed anthology collection with stories taking place within the Engen Universe of stories containing the Black Womb series, Infinity, and Compendium.
The anthology will feature many stories taking place throughout the Engen Universe, both with established characters and new ones.
Engen author Matthew LeDrew commented on his blog on September 2nd that he will be writing at least three stories for the collection, and that writing the shorts has opened up some new doors for him.
“Sometimes when I’m writing a short it’s less about story and more about atmosphere, which isn’t the way I normally approach things,” said LeDrew. “I’m usually of the mind that character, above all else, comes first; then plot, and then wherever the chips may fall. But as I write more and more short fiction I’m learning that these rules are often very different between the two.”
In addition to LeDrew, fellow Engen author Ellen Curtis is said to be contributing a tale of her own, as well as Ink’d Well Comics creator Jay Paulin. Other authors are pending, with both newcomers and established authors being rumored to be attached to the project.
“Until the ink is dry, I’m not saying anything,” said LeDrew. “But I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The next Engen-Universe release is Inner Child, the eighth book in the Black Womb series, to be released this November at the second-annual Hal-Con.