Twenty-One fantasy short stories written by a diverse mix of the best genre authors in Atlantic Canada. Featuring fairy tales, sword and sorcery epics, urban fantasy, magic, thrilling tales, and tales whose fantastic nature may haunt you, there’s something for everyone in this collection. Includes the work of award-winning fantasy author Heather Reilly, Amanda Labonté, Christopher Walsh, Ellen Curtis, Erin Vance, and Nicholas Morine!
Fantasy from the Rock
“It’s like listening to the masters telling stories by the campfire. It’s magical, entertaining, and didactic. I highly recommend it.”
author of The Governor’s Daughter
“A wonderful testing ground for new authors. Not only do we get to see what stories work, but readers get an easily accessible venue to see what authors they enjoy following and might enjoy following in the future. The work of all three authors was fantastical and imaginative, each in their own special way.”
author of Black Womb and Infinity
“Fantasy had its beginnings in mythology and, by extension, religion. In addition to faith, though, fantasy also challenges belief. This collection is very much in tune with both of these sides of fantasy. Social order, tradition, the world and our place in it, humanity, daily life, even the nature of stories — beliefs about all of these are challenged in Fantasy from the Rock. So celebrate the fairies and other miracles you find in its pages, but look for the challenges and reversals. It’s enlightening, and a great deal of fun”
— Matthew Daniels,
author of Healer’s Hoards and Living and Learning.
Ellen Curtis was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her aptitude for the written word began at a young age, when she began filling paper with stories and other scribbles. Those scribbles eventually began to make more sense, and in 2008 she published her first collection of short stories. Since then, she has gone on to co-author the Infinity series with Matthew LeDrew, among her other literary endeavors.
Ellen earned her Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2015, and was under the illusion that completing her studies would mean she would have more free time. In reality, it simply means she does more reading, albeit for work. When she actually does find a spare moment, she enjoys spending time near the ocean nursing an espresso and daydreaming about the day she can fill her home with the happy bleating of Pygmy goats.
Erin Vance is an editor and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program.
Erin won the Arts and Letters competition when she was just 14 years old in 2007 with her short story, “Something White.” She is featured in the Nelson Literacy 7 Homegrown (Newfoundland Edition) with her poem “Rough Draft.”
Erin wrote her Honors thesis paper, Song of the Mockingjay on exploring the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. She is creative, spiritual, and loves reading, writing, and anything to do with words.
Erin is the co-editor of the From the Rock anthology series, which highlights Newfoundland talent in genre writing.
Erin is the editor-in-chief for Engen Books.