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R.W. Gray 978-1-927063-86-6 | 200 Pages May, 2015 Accolades!, Ebook, Fantasy, Fiction, LGBTQ, Short Fiction

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About this book

  • Winner of the 2016 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award at the East Coast Literary Awards!
  • Shortlisted for the Book Design Award at the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!
  • Shortlisted for the 2015 New Brunswick Book Awards!

In this collection of stories, author and filmmaker R. W. Gray (Crisp) 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 has a gift, but is uncertain of the price; a beautiful man sets out to be done with beauty; and a gay couple meets what appear to be younger versions of themselves, learning that history can indeed repeat itself.


“R. W. Gray writes like nobody else; risky, edgy, erotic, subversive, even macabre short stories, very contemporary, coded with solitude, but reaching for myth, always beautiful and astonishing.”

~ Douglas Glover, author of Savage Love and Elle

"Writing about the body is difficult because bodies are difficult: they are beautiful and awkward, strong and vulnerable, and if they frame the soul, they also house a host of unspiritual urges. Entropic, R.W. Gray’s second collection of short stories after 2010’s Crisp, is all about the body, and Gray hones in on all of these contradictions with writing that is as visceral and demanding as its subject." full review

~ Julienne Isaacs, The Winnipeg Review

"Gray’s stories of unfulfilled need dance the line between unnervingly erotic and darkly familiar. Reading Entropic is like peeking at the dark space in your heart, hoping to see a light." full review

~ Chelsey Stuyt, Beatroute.ca

"The poetic, but otherworldly, stories of the Prince Rupert-reared and Fredericton-based author situate themselves at the far edges of realism, where normal routines and concerns bleed into the unsteady ground of their shadowy counterparts." full review

~ Brett Joseph Grubisic, The Vancouver Sun

"You will walk away shaken, unsteady, but absolutely enthralled... Gray refuses the shackles of the ordinary." full review

~ Richard Farrell, Numéro Cinq

"[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." full review

~ Publishers Weekly

"R.W. Gray’s second book of short stories, Entropic, is the work of a writer exploring his gifts." full review

~ Jules Bentley, Plenitude Magazine

"'Entropic' is executed with Cronenbergian deviance, raising tingly questions about the ways lack and absence manifest." full review

~ 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

"...If beauty is art, then Entropic has so much layered past its skin deep surface that you have to see it for yourself."

~ Jordan Parker, Grid City Magazine on the film, Entropic (2019)

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