New Release: “African Assignment” by Theo Engela


Another re-release – “African Assignment” a collection of short stories by my father, Theo Engela, edited by me. Previously published by myself (2007), then by J. Ellington Ashton (2015), and later by LightBearer Publishing (2016), the fifth edition is now available via Lulu.com.

“Theo Engela’s short stories were written during the 1950’s and 60’s, and set in the South African bushveld and society of the day, providing a fresh look at a world now long vanished. Using imagery and place names unfamiliar to folk living in the 21st century, the author shows us a simpler, less complicated world filled with wonder and mystery, where crime could still be perfect and the world lived fearfully under the ever-present threat of the Cold War. Mesmerizing African folklore and almost-vanished cultures stand side by side. Rounded off in his own unique style, he displays a biting sense of humor and irony in his work, which would probably not seem out of place in a Hitchcock serial or even in the Twilight Zone.” More

Year-End Message 2016


christina-engela-2Hello fans!

December 2016. This is the end of a very busy year for all of us I’m sure – and for me it meant recovering from the blow of losing a publisher, and going back to indie publishing… reformatting, editing and republishing my own books – RECOVERING – and becoming determined to never again put my writing freedom in the hands of someone else! As a writer it’s been an exceptionally difficult year – not just in terms of recovering to the point where I was before August 2014 when I signed on to that publisher, but to be far better! More

August Update


You may have been wondering what I have been up to lately… and as usual, the answer is ‘up to no good’! Since my former publisher and I parted ways in May, I have re-released all of my previously published works, including three titles in the Galaxii Series and over the past few weeks, four in the Quantum Series. I am currently busy finalizing the cover artwork and illustrations for “Innocent Minds“, a rather unusual little story that falls somewhere between sci-fi, humor and children’s stories… because it is a children’s story for adults!

What is a ‘children’s story for adults’? Well, it’s a pseudo-children’s story with some more mature content  and humor aimed at adults… with illustrations.

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Catch Them While You Can


Good morning, friends 🙂
Those of you who have been following current events in my life and writing career will know that my publisher (JEA) has downsized and cut out all non-horror writers and titles from their listing, meaning that my publishing career is now essentially lying on the cutting-room floor!
I will be seeking a new home for the three Galaxii Series novels already with them, as well as my dad’s short story anthology “African Assignment“.
In the meantime, you may also remember that “Bugspray” (my book about VW Beetles) was published a few months ago by LightBearer Publishing, based in Midrand. You may also recall that I recently announced splitting my Galaxii series into two new series (the Galaxii Series and the Quantum Series) in order to make adding more titles easier for me. LightBearer has been busy editing and formatting “Black Sunrise” – the first title in the Quantum Series – for a while, and that should be released soon. Meanwhile, I am negotiating with LightBearer about taking on the Galaxii Series as well, once I have received all the work files from JEA.
The items published through JEA are still available on Amazon.com (although I don’t know for how long) so if you’re looking for what is sure to be a ‘limited edition collector’s item’ in future, you know where to look! (On my Amazon page).

Publisher Bails On “Non-pure-horror” Writers


My dear fans,

As you know by now, I’m a writer living in South Africa – and for over twenty years I’ve been struggling to get a foot in the door as a writer, having worked the self-publishing route for thirteen of those years.

I write a peculiar blend of sci-fi/fantasy/horror, sometimes using vampire characters in sci-fi situations. I also write some LGBT characters since I am part of that community as well. As I’m sure you also know, getting published while writing material of that nature in today’s world is not as simple or easy as people may think!

In late 2014 I was lucky enough to sign with a small press (traditional publisher) based in Texas, who agreed to re-release all of my completed works under their label. The publisher was fairly new and popular and grew quickly – too quickly perhaps, to be able to handle the workload.

Some of you may have noticed over the past year – as I have – the output from that press seemed to diminish, perhaps as a result of the staff becoming swamped with work. Something had to give, and apparently, something finally did.

A few days ago, I received news from the publisher that they are downsizing their stable of authors and also the scope of their genres. They plan  on narrowing their focus to publish “pure horror” material only. As a consequence, they are letting all their non-horror writers go, including me!

As part of the termination agreement, they are releasing all our (the writers) contracted works back to us, including use of the covers our works were published under.

This morning, I returned the signed release form for “Blachart“, “Demonspawn“, “Dead Beckoning” and my dad’s anthology “African Assignment“.

What this means for me is… well, it’s pretty devastating really. After all that hard work and all that hopefulness… it’s like having the rug ripped out from under your feet at the top of a tall staircase!

Anyway, as per the agreement, my books as released through JEA will be taken down from Amazon.com soon (meaning they will go ‘out of print’) while I negotiate with another publisher to take me on or look at other alternatives. They are still up for now, and I have no idea when they will come down, or when the master material and cover templates etc. will be forwarded to me.

As you can imagine, having to make alterations to each cover and each manuscript to reflect a change in publishers and editions etc, takes a little time. There is also no guarantee I will be able to just find another publisher, albeit a ‘small press’ again easily, or soon.

Like those of you (however few you may be) who follow my postings and are truly interested and supportive of my writing and career, I will be waiting impatiently to get everything up on again in order to get back in the game!

I apologize to those who enjoy my writing, for the inconvenience and for the disappointment – believe me, I am disappointed as well! This isn’t over – this is just a slight setback. I will keep you all informed of progress in this matter.

All the best!

Christina Engela

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