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Jacobi Street by Matthew LeDrew | Other Indie | Full Review by Paul Carberry

Jacobi Street, Matthew LeDrew, coverJacobi Street is a uniquely dark and twisted tale woven by the extremely talented Matthew LeDrew. The main characters are easily relatable and you feel attached to them right from the beginning. The relationships and interactions of the main characters never feel forced or out of character while still remaining complex and natural at the same time. LeDrew has a natural talent for this type of character development and this talent has shined brightly in Jacobi Street.

LeDrew has done an astonishing job establishing the atmosphere of Jacobi Street by bringing the street itself to life. Jacobi Street will instantly be pictured by the reader and they will feel like they have been there before. Every city has a “Jacobi Street” and LeDrew draws the reader into the story by allowing us to picture ourselves in the back alley of The Menagerie looking at one of Sloan’s paintings.

The story at first allows the reader to get settled in and feel like we have just moved into a artist paradise on Jacobi Street. The story revolves around Bob, a struggling artist who works at The Menagerie. While at first glance Jacobi Street appears to be a beautiful place to live be we quickly discover that Jacobi Street is located in one of the darkest corners of the Engen universe. The mood instantly takes a shift towards the dark and mysterious nature, and this is where LeDrew ignites the readers interest. From the moment a mysterious painting enters The Menagerie, LeDrew starts to accelerate the tempo of the story and he does not let his foot off the gas even when we reach the end of this dark path.

While remaining true his unique talents that have spawned his own genre of horror, LeDrew has shown his growth and devotion to story telling. This will arguably be the darkest story from the Engen universe but even after ten years of writing LeDrew is still able to paint a horrifying tale with his writing.

Top Ten Movies of All Time | Distractions

It’s my birthday, and so I’m going to let myself do something I rarely do: I’m going to make a purely self-interested post. I don’t typically, in fact the “Distracted” series has waned a bit because I often second-guess myself as to whether or not a post is too self-indulgent, but today on August 19th I’ll let it go. I’m not discussing books or comics or anything close to my medium that could be considered remotely relevant to my position here at Engen Books: these are my top 10 favorite movies of all time. 🙂

I love film. If I could have done it DIY like I did with writing novels, I would have pursued it. I love every part of film, and I feel like I spend a great deal of my time unconsciously trying to turn novels into film, from a writing standpoint.

Bare in mind, “Favorite” does not mean that I objectively think these are the best films of all time: much smarter and more studious people can debate that. These are my favorite, which I judge based on a simple metric: movies I feel the need to rewatch over and over again, typically at least once a year.

The_Lord_of_the_Rings_The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring_(2001)_theatrical_poster10. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: A bit of a cheat, three movies, but I could never decide between them (that’s a lie: Fellowship) and, when I watch them, I tend to watch them all back to back. On the rare times I get catastrophically ill, these movies are usually my comfort viewing: I’ll put the extended editions on back to back and just lay in bed and escape into Peter Jackson’s vision of Tolkien’s world until I feel better. These are perfect films, in my opinion, are this is one of the few entries on this list I’d make a case yes, deserve to be in the ranks of the greatest films of all time (again, Fellowship, everyone loves Return for reasons that allude me).
However: The less said about the Hobbit trilogy, the better. Continue reading Top Ten Movies of All Time | Distractions

Jacobi Street

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…

Jacobi Street
Matthew LeDrew

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Title Information:

ISBN: 9781926903613
Release Date: August 25, 2017
Status: Available
Book Type: Electronic / Paperback
Price (CAD): $20 Physical / $3.99 eBook
Page Count: 178

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Reviews

“Jacobi Street paints a vivid picture of everyday life in a bohemian neighborhood. By the time you realize everything isn’t what it seems, it’ll be too late to put the book down. While it might not be the place to settle down, Jacobi Street is definitely worth the visit.”
— Amanda Labonté, Call of the Sea

“This novel is Tales from the Crypt meets Doctor Who,”
— Heather Reilly, Binding of the Almatraek

“My inner art nerd was utterly engaged. I wish this street existed, because I want to visit it.” — Ali House, The Six Elemental

This will arguably be the darkest story from the Engen universe but even after ten years of writing LeDrew is still able to paint a horrifying tale with his writing.”
— Paul Carberry, Zombies on the Rock

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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Writer’s Toolkit: Idea Generation | The Writer’s Block | Avalon Expo

the-six-elemental_fireworksThe next Writer’s Block course we’d like to announce as happening during Avalon Expo is ‘Writer’s Toolkit: Idea Generation,’ which is tentatively scheduled for Friday August 25th from 2-2:50PM.

This discussion will focus on the first step in becoming an author: idea generation. Namely: how to generate ideas, how to deal with some of the criticism you may come under (even from yourself) for those ideas, how to know when your idea is ready to start drafting, and (perhaps most importantly) how our culture’s general ideas about idea generation and the author might not be correct!

Leading the panel will be veteran author Matthew LeDrew (Black Womb, Infinity) and the amazingly talented Ali House (The Six Elemental, Bluenose Paradox).

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The reviews are in: Jacobi Street looks amazing!

webCopies are ordered and will first be available at Avalon Expo, along with a simultaneous digital release for those who just can’t wait, but the early reviews for Jacobi Street are  coming and have blown our expectations out of the water! But don’t take out word for it: look and see!

“Jacobi Street paints a vivid picture of everyday life in a bohemian neighborhood. By the time you realize everything isn’t what it seems, it’ll be too late to put the book down. While it might not be the place to settle down, Jacobi Street is definitely worth the visit.”
— Amanda Labonté, Call of the Sea

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Jacobi Street cover revealed!

Jacobi StreetOn May 31 we let it slip that we would be releasing a novel on August 25 at Avalon Expo 3, and now there’s finally a cover image to go along with the newest novel from Matthew LeDrew, Jacobi Street.

LeDrew returns to his horror roots with this supernatural thriller stand-alone novel that sheds light on the most dangerous and disturbing corners of the Engen Universe, one only lightly touched on until now in works such as Inner Child, At Midnight The Dawn, and Scarlett.

The novel will be the last to take place during ‘Black September,’ the loose collection of events that span Black Womb, Infinity, Transformations in Pain and the short story Revving Engen. Continue reading Jacobi Street cover revealed!