Entropic

By R.W. Gray

Entropic
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In his second collection of stories, author and filmmaker R. W. Gray (Crisp) once again finds the place where the beautiful, the strange, and the surreal all meet—sometimes meshing harmoniously, sometimes colliding with terrible violence, launching his characters into a redefined ... Read more


Overview

In his second collection of stories, author and filmmaker R. W. Gray (Crisp) once again finds the place where the beautiful, the strange, and the surreal all meet—sometimes meshing harmoniously, sometimes colliding with terrible violence, launching his characters into a redefined reality. A lovestruck man discovers the secret editing room where his girlfriend erases all her flaws; a massage artist finds that she can alleviate her clients’ pain in more ways than one; a beautiful man invites those who want him to do whatever they wish with his unconscious body; and a gay couple meets what appear to be the younger versions of themselves, and learns that history can indeed repeat itself.

Praise for Entropic
"[w]hen Gray is good he's very good, his modern parables peeling off layers of convention to get at subconscious truths, submerged archetypes, and emotions. "
~ Alex Good, Quill and Quire
"[R. W. Gray] treads a fascinating line between realities . .. a tender, globetrotting, strongly visual collection. "
~ Publishers Weekly
"Entropic is executed with Cronenbergian deviance, raising tingly questions about the ways lack and absence manifest. "
~ Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Canadian Literature
"Gray's world is populated with unique characters. Although their circumstances are strange, their emotional experiences are completely understandable. "
~ Bruce Cinnamon, Alberta Views

R.W. Gray

R.W. Gray is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Canadian Fiction Award for his second short story collection Entropic (2015) which was also shortlisted for the NB Book Awards. His first short story collection, Crisp (2010) was shortlisted for the Writers' Union of Canada's Danuta Gleed Award.

He has directed six short films including the award winning films "Choke Hold" (2015) and "zack & luc" (2013), and his films have been featured in festivals around the world. Along with filmmakers Jon Dewar and Matt Rogers he runs Frictive Pictures Inc. He has had over ten short scripts produced including the award-winning shorts "alice & huck" executive produced and starring actress Allison Mack (Smallville) and "Blink" starring actor Mark Hildreth (V, Ressurection). He was one of the creators of the Screenwriting program at Vancouver Film School where he was head of that program for five years.

He is the co-producer/organizer with the NB Film Co-op of the popular 48 Hour Filmmaking Competition.

He is professor of film and screenwriting in the Department of English at the University of New Brunswick.

Awards

  • Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award at the East Coast Literary Awards 2016, Winner
  • New Brunswick Book Award 2015, Short-listed
  • Best Book Design Award at the Alberta Book Publishing Awards 2016, Short-listed

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