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J.R. McConvey

Images & Words

I create my own stories, and help others tell theirs.
Sometimes I do it on paper. Sometimes I do it with screens.
I like working between formats and genres, words and images. 

You can explore my books and stories below

You can see some of the media projects I've produced here

You can find samples of my writing and a brief CV here

You can also get in touch about collaborating. 

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I've written two books of fiction.

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Stories. 2019, Goose Lane Editions. 
Winner, Kobo Emerging Writer Prize 
(Speculative Fiction)

“A compelling creature... like Stuart McLean channeling H.P. Lovecraft.”  
—Winnipeg Free-Press 


A novel. Coming in 2024 from Breakwater Books. 

Drawing: Sam Hudecki

What does it mean to be both human and monster? Shape-shifting waifs, haunted stuffies, and mutant angels all come to life in this collection that Andrew Pyper called "involving, often surprising, tension-filled short fiction told with a cinematic eye—the kind of storytelling that burns certain images into the reader’s mind."

On an offshore rig near Portugal Cove, Newfoundland, sixty-four workers disappear—then reappear, hours later, murdered and mutilated. Rumours say a huge tentacle was found at the scene of the crime. It’s a case made for Eddie Gesner, notorious expert in unfathomable things. Giant squid, meet Eddie the Yeti.

“This is a brilliant collection. Here is the human understory, a tour through the internal wilderness of soul after troubled soul. As their maker, J.R. McConvey considers each one with a clear, unfailing gaze. More than that, he does so in language that sings.” —Alissa York, author of The Naturalist

“Poignant and evocative… DIFFERENT BEASTS creates a series of specific worlds that linger long after the story is finished. It is a collection not easily forgotten.”
—Ottawa Review of Books

“J.R. McConvey’s debut roars like an untamed goblin—an instantly charming one... an excellent choice for readers who relish being disturbed and unsettled.”—Apple Books Review

“DIFFERENT BEASTS made me fall in love with the craft of short stories all over again… This is the work of a writer of beastly talent, vision and guts.” –Brian Francis, author of Break in Case of Emergency

“Each of these stories had such an ease to them that I felt like I was reading an author I’d read a thousand times... McConvey is a stunning writer.” –Steve Stred, Kendall Reviews

You can find samples of my fiction here

More praise for Different Beasts


I have twenty years of experience writing and creating content for publications, organizations and institutions.
Let's work together. 

Select Writing

Why is Canada Tearing Down its Architectural History?

The Walrus, Sep 2022

Queen of Queens

Literary Review of Canada, June 2021

The Ouroboros
EVENT 46.1, July 2017


Altered States: the double life of author Craig Davidson
Globe & Mail, Jan 2015


Paradise lost? Our memory of nature is in tatters 

Globe & Mail, Sep 2013

A Park Apart 

The Walrus, May 2012

Content for organizations and websites

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Educational resources, SEO content, cases for support, grant applications, news updates, social media, and more.

Social media strategy & design, corporate video production.

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I've written and produced award-winning documentaries for screens of all sizes, and helped others bring their visions to life.

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The National Parks Project   2011 
Writer/Producer/Story Editor

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Northwords   2012
Writer/Producer/Interactive Design

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Mission Asteroid   2013

The power of nature. The magic of art. 13 filmmakers join 13 musicians on a creative adventure to capture the essence of the national parks of Canada in film and music.

13x short films

+ Official Selection, Berlinale, SXSW, Hot Docs, Tampere, MoMA, DOXA, more.

+ Genie Award, Best Documentary Short, "Sirmilik" (dir. Zacharias Kunuk) 

13x 30min documentary TV series (narrated by Gord Downie)
+Gemini Award, Best Arts Documentary Program or Series


Online interactive documentary 
+ Finalist, SXSW Interactive Awards, Best Art Interactive


13x EPs & 1x soundtrack LP

Five Canadian writers travel to northern Labrador for an education in storytelling, as they visit the Torngat Mountains, a homeland sacred to Inuit. Narrated by Shelagh Rogers.  


1x 50min TV documentary 

+ Banff World Media festival International Pilot Competion, Best Documentary

1x interactive documentary for tablet 

5x e-book digital shorts

The threat is real... so are the heroes who can stop it. Meet the scientists and entrepreneurs defending the world from asteroid apocalypse. Narrated by David Cronenberg. 


1x 42min documentary 

+ Canadian Screen Award nomination, Best Science & Nature Documentary 

“(The NPP is) a soaring series of short films exploring Canada's national parks... an inspiring new way of looking at Canada's original sacred spaces.” —Eli Glasner,

SESQUI   2017
Director of Digital and VR

An immersive experience produced for Canada 150 featuring five original interactive Virtual Reality experiences, plus the 360 dome film HORIZON.

Projects I've supported on


Dark Side of the Ring, SE4-5
VICE TV, 2023

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The Choice VR

Infinite Frame Media, 2022


The Stairs
Midnight Lamp Films, 2016

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