In the style of teen slasher movies comes Black Womb, the story of four Maine teens being stalked by a relentless, shadowy killer. As more and more of their friends are picked off, the killer is revealed to work for a sinister government agency with deep ties to one of the teens and the deep secret they’re hiding.
“An unabashedly entertaining romp into the macabre, Black Womb is a delightful homage to 80’s/90’s slasher movies and delivers on its promise keep you guessing at every turn of the page. As the body count climbs, as citizens and police alike frantically try to discover who the killer is, the reader is left to wonder – is it really who you think it is? Or were you wrong the whole time? There are two penultimate scenes in this book. Both are dark, suspenseful and unapologetically gory. You really aren’t sure just who might make it out alive. All of this grisly carnage is frequently interspersed with clever, witty dialogue and touching, heart wrenching scenes such as at the beginning of Chapter 12 (“Out”). A page turner without a doubt! And an easy, enjoyable read for anyone who loves the horror/slasher genre.”
Nicole Little, author of The Lotus Fountain.
“It is the writing of it’s generation: visual, to-the-point and in-the-moment.”
The Northeast Avalon Times
“Welcome to Coral Beach. Matthew Ledrew’s writing style is uniquely designed, full of vivid details and extraordinarily paced bringing the Engen universe to life. You won’t want to miss this horrifying first entry in the Xander Drew saga.“
Paul Carberry, Bestselling author: Zombies on the Rock
“The story is solidly written… [LeDrew] could have just given us the Breakfast Club, but instead he’s succeeded in creating a cast that’s as every bit [as] unique as they are believable.” -- Jon Aylward
“LeDrew’s work is horror that emerges from the urban fantasy tradition — the introduction of a fantastical element into a true-to-life, modern setting.”
“Evil corporations, faceless villains, people with mysterious identities/pasts… when done right these are powerful archetypes. I love potboiler mysteries, horror and scifi… I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy this series.” -- Jay Paulin (Ink’d well Comics), November 2010
“It takes you on a rollercoaster and ends with a bang… I enjoyed every moment of it.” -- A Neon Village
“Very dirty, very well written. [I] enjoyed the story immensely and would like to see where it goes.” Steve Lake, Sci-Fi on the Rock TV
“Black Womb compares very favorably to Personal Demons, I must say — I enjoyed [Black Womb] as much, and it of course has more in the series.” -- Kenneth Tam, Iceberg Publishing
“The writing in Black Womb is seamless and to the point, without robbing you of the details or over baring you with them either.”
“Black Womb was suspenseful and intriguing from beginning to end with breathtaking twists and turns that kept me hooked and guessing until the end!” -- Andrea Edwards, “Scarlett” author
“Great book with an interesting twist, Matthew (LeDrew) weaves a tale of suspense, horror, and youthful endurance. Definitely a book to check out if you haven’t already!” -- Kevin Kendall, Kendallight Studios
“Perhaps the best way to dilute the book’s premise down to a single sentence would be to call it “a bizarre fusion of horror film and superhero gimmicks.”
Mark Pellegrini, Adventures in Poor Taste
“Black Womb is an exciting horror story full of action and introducing a bunch of interesting characters. The story flows quickly and is a great read for a first-time novelist.”
Matthew LeDrew holds an Honours Degree in English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a minor in Anthropology, and studied Journalism at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He was honoured to be a jury member of the 2018 NLBA awards.
He has written twenty novels for Engen Books: the ten book Coral Beach Casefiles series, The Long Road, Cinders, Sinister Intent, Faith, Family Values, Jacobi Street, Touch Your Nose, Infinity, The Tourniquet Reprisal, and Exodus of Angels the latter three of which with co-author Ellen Curtis.
He lives in St. Johns, Newfoundland.
Since 2007 he has traveled all over Canada promoting his work as well as teaching seminars on writing and publishing. He also helps young Newfoundland authors become published through Engen Books.