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Ellen Curtis writes for Fantasy from the Rock!

Ellen CurtisAfter co-helming two of Engen’s most successful endeavors in 2016, Sci-Fi from the Rock and Exodus of Angels, Ellen Curtis returns to her short-fiction writing roots with her new story, ‘Winter’s Loch.’

Ellen Curtis is a writer and web TV personality born and raised in St. Johns, Newfoundland; whose aptitude for the written word began at a young age, when she began writing short stories, poetry, lyrics and novellas.

She was ‘discovered’ at a Sci-Fi on the Rock II writing panel in 2008, and her first collection of stories, Compendium, was published just over a year later in October 2009. Continue reading Ellen Curtis writes for Fantasy from the Rock!

Matt Daniels returns in Fantasy from the Rock!

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Matt Daniels (left) at the launch of Sci-Fi from the Rock

Returning to the From the Rock team is the incredibly talented Matthew Daniels, whose story Healer’s Hoards was one of the many fantasy entries in last year’s Sci-Fi from the Rock that inspired this year’s volume and alerted Engen Books to the talent for fantasy writing in this province!

“The treatment of the classic “dragon with a horde” is cool, and I enjoyed the writing style thoroughly. I hope to read more by Mr. Daniels in the future.” — Sam Bauer, author of ‘The Locket.’

Matt Daniels first caught the attention of Engen Books at the open-source book launch for Scott Bartlett’s Finished with Life But Unable to Die, where his work was noticed by senior partners Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis for its vivid imagery and exceptional execution. He was asked to pen for the 2016 Sci-Fi from the Rock collection on the spot. Continue reading Matt Daniels returns in Fantasy from the Rock!

Introducing Shannon Green: Fantasy from the Rock author!

Engen Books is proud to use the From the Rock series to not only to bring award-winning established talent to the forefront, we also introduce the next generation of amazing talent to the province. In that respect, we are proud to announce the inclusion of Shannon Green and his story, Lower Antaras, to this year’s collection.

Shannon Green is a jack-of-all-trades from St. John’s Newfoundland who studied classics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he specialized on the illustrations soldiers drew on the backs of their shields.

Lower Antaras introduces us to the town of the same name in a world populated by a the denizens of a new world Green has imagined, bringing us a fully-realized fantasy world of drink, religions, and mythology. It is a first-class effort in world-building, and we cannot wait to see what he adds to it in the future. 🙂

Heather Reilly announced as one of the all-star authors of Fantasy from the Rock!

Heather ReillyOne of the things that makes the From the Rock series great is its ability to pair new and up-and-coming talent with established, award-winning talent pre-established within the industry, helping them reach a new audience while providing a forum for new authors to get their stories told on a grand stage.

It is with that in mind that Engen Books is proud to announce one of our all-star ambassador authors of this year’s collection, fantasy author Heather Reilly!

Heather Reilly is the author of the Binding of the Almatraek medieval fantasy series, and has written and illustrated several whimsical books for children.  She is the proud recipient of the Noble Artist’s Author of the Month award for February 2015 for her short story that appears is set to appear in the Fantasy from the Rock anthology; In the Moonlight.

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The NL Book Tax: Not for our readers

img_0417This year Newfoundland — which Engen Books calls home — became the first province in Canada to put a tax on books, adding 10% to what consumers pay at the register for all literature, bringing the total up to 15%. This is the latest in a long line of attacks on literacy by the new government, from grant reductions to attempts to close over a third of the province’s libraries.

Engen Books is not a venue for political digressions — I try to keep my own personal politics out of this forum, at least as much as one can. I could speak to the ignorant ethnocentrism that leads to an administration to tax literacy, a move that will make education more expensive for those both learning for their own benefit and those learning in post-secondary education. There’s a lot I can say, but I’ll leave it for another venue at another time.

Engen Books will be absorbing the extra tax. We will not raise the price per-book for our customers and readers. The vast majority (currently all) of our books are $20.00 CAD tax included, and will remain as such — this just means that the portion the government takes of that “tax in” part will be more than it has been.

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The lineup is chosen | Fantasy from the Rock

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Eighteen authors bringing a total of twenty stories and nearly 100,000 words making this our largest collection ever have been chosen for inclusion in 2017’s epic fantasy anthology, Fantasy from the Rock. They include an award-winning fantasy author, novelists, returning short story authors, and new talent whose works are reaching the public for the first time.

Behind each of those blanked-out spaces is the name of one of our authors, and as the contracts roll out and return and bios are written, we’ll be peeling back the curtain on them one by one. Let the speculation begin! 🙂

Call for Scary submissions!

After the colossal success of Sci-Fi from the Rock and the sheer amount of amazing submissions we got for Fantasy from the Rock, Engen Books has decided to continue the From The Rock line with Chillers from the Rock, to be available in Spring 2018 at the 12th annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention. Continue reading Call for Scary submissions!