After graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design, Craig Terlson moved to Toronto and began a 26-year career of illustration, working for magazines and newspapers across North America. His work has appeared in and won awards for The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Enquirer, Psychology Today, and Graphics World London. In the 90's, Craig took his studio to Winnipeg, where he continued his illustration career, pursued a comic syndication contract, and began writing fiction. His fiction has been published in literary journals in Canada, U.S., U.K., and South Africa; as well as writing two short story collections, and four novels. He was a finalist in the Glimmer Train contest for new writers, and his story, Night Birds, was named one of the top fifty online short fictions of 2008. He has written essays on the craft for Write magazine and Lit Hub.
His 2017 novel Fall in One Day gained him a McNally Bestseller status, and a nomination from the Manitoba Book Awards. In 2021, he received his second Manitoba Book award nomination for his novel, Manistique, the second book in his crime fiction series featuring Luke Fischer. His prose possesses a cinematic quality and an eye for detail stemming from his years as a professional illustrator.
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In a magical tale of a samurai lost in time, Craig Terlson draws bold strokes of beauty and violence, music and myth, calm and chaos, in ancient Japan and modern-day Toronto.
Gordo Clement arrives in a forest in Toronto in 1984, right after he was killed by archers in 12th C. feudal Japan. Or so he believes. When Gordo is invited to a bluegrass concert, he recognizes traits of the samurai in the players, and the music pulls him back to the moment he crossed over in time. Still in a reverie from the concert, he comes upon Heather, a single mother, who is set upon by a gang of men. Gordo appears out of the shadows and fights off her attackers like a martial arts master.
Struggling to feel at home in a place he knows as the City, Gordo is contacted by a doctor purporting to be treating him for his delusions. Shaken, Gordo suspects that the doctor is not who he says he is. Gordo befriends Heather and begins to tell her a story of a young man training to be a samurai. He doesn’t reveal that it’s his story, as he fears that she will call the authorities to take Gordo away to a mental institution. While hiding his true identity from his friends, Gordo learns that the doctor is a fellow time-traveler who knows how to get back to the 12th C. Gordo is elated at the thought of returning home, until he understands that for the crossover to happen someone must die.