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Stanley Gray

Stanley Gray is an award-winning writer living in the Pacific Northwest. His bestselling works include Traits of Darkness, book one in the Gems of Paradise series. Beyond writing and exploring the contours of urban fantasy, Stanley loves reading, spending time with his family, and his pets. You can connect with him via Facebook, Twitter, Amazon.


State’s Urban Legends: Indiana – Part 2

By Stanley Gray / June 23, 2018

Evansville, Indiana is a medium-sized, quaint town nestled at the edge of Indiana on the Ohio River. Many could be forgiven for never having heard of this historic community. Although it once was at the heart of one of the world’s largest canal projects. However, it is home to the Willard Library. The Willard Library […]


Book Review: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

By Stanley Gray / June 5, 2018

Black magic slithers through Chicago. Insatiable monsters feast on the fear they create. And an unlikely wizard is foisted into the role of warden. Vampires and wizards conspire as they vie for power. A boy is on trial for his life. In Jim Butcher’s Proven Guilty, we see Harry Dresden at his finest as he navigates […]


What’s Magic Got to Do With It?

By Stanley Gray / May 29, 2018

According to one dictionary, magic can be defined as: the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces. Wikipedia defines magic as: “Representing a category used in the study of religion and the social sciences to define various practices and ideas considered separate from both religion and science.” One of […]


Harry Potter Gets Hairy

By Stanley Gray / May 17, 2018

One debate I’ve encountered with increasing frequency lately strikes at the very definition of urban fantasy. I find it healthy to engage in such discussions. As with most things, literature evolves over time. Genres and sub-genres also shed vestigial organs as they adapt to the dynamic world around them. If the nature of reality is […]


Movie Review: Hellboy

By Stanley Gray / May 15, 2018

In Hellboy, Nazis try to open a gateway to a paranormal reality in an effort to beat the allies. However, they fail. In the end, they only succeed in creating an infant demon who is subsequently rescued by the allies. This demon is named Hellboy. He becomes the protagonist of this fun movie. A 2004 […]


Book review: Hard Magic, by Larry Correia

By Stanley Gray / May 8, 2018

Jake Sullivan, the protagonist in Hard Magic, by Larry Correia, is a tough man. He also possesses magical abilities. One of the finer qualities of this compelling tome is the fact that the magic we see is not necessarily arcane. Readers are treated to reasonable and detailed explanations of both the magic Sullivan deploys and […]


Book Review: Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

By Stanley Gray / April 29, 2018

Summer Knight by Jim Butcher offers a great model of what urban fantasy should be. The fourth book in Jim’s Dresden Files series was released in 2002 to great acclaim. And it lives up to the hype. Fraught with tension, the novel takes the reader on a joyride practically from the first page. Jim seamlessly […]


Amusing Musings: Thoughts on Genre

By Stanley Gray / April 28, 2018

The lines between genres perplex and vex many writers. Often, the rules and conventions seem blurred. Questions can lead to more queries, without the benefit of concrete answers. Urban fantasy, as a relative newcomer on the genre scene, is no stranger to this controversy. While The Night Stalker television series and movie are often credited […]


A Raucous Romp: Redcaps Rising

By Stanley Gray / April 26, 2018

Novels about writers seem to be a proven method for engaging an audience, and P.A. Piatt’s Redcaps Rising was no exception to the rule. In Redcaps, the protagonist, Walter Bailey, is a fantasy writer looking into the suspicious death of his grandmother. A mild-mannered gentleman with a propensity for living in his own mind, Walter […]


UF Contributor Stanley Gray: Book An Urban Escape

By Stanley Gray / April 22, 2018

Reading a book offers a wealth of opportunities to explore not just the worlds that exist, but also those realms that formed themselves in the magical mists of the mind. One of the most powerful tools at our disposal in an era of darkness and cynicism is a book. Because a book is a gateway […]

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