Craig Terlson grew up in Saskatchewan, and then, like a good Canadian, proceeded to live in three other provinces and visit the rest, finally settling in Winnipeg.
After graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design, he moved to Toronto and began a 26 year career of illustration, working for magazines and newspapers such as Saturday Night, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, and The Globe and Mail. His work also appeared in and won awards for The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Enquirer, Psychology Today, and Graphics World London. In the 90’s, Craig moved to Winnipeg, continued his illustration career, and began to pursue a comic syndication contract. After consideration from King Features, and then placing in the finals of a Washington Post Writer’s Group contest, he realized that he loved writing the words to the comics even more than drawing the pictures.
In 2000, he began work on a manuscript that would become Correction Line. This novel brought together a love of the prairies, crime fiction, and literary influences from writers like Don DeLillo, Raymond Carver, and the magic realist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Correction Line was released on Amazon, where it has done well and received many 4 and 5 star reviews.
Since that time, Craig’s short fiction has appeared in Carve, Smokelong Quarterly, Hobart, 3:AM, and many other literary journals in the United States, United Kingdom, and South Africa. He was a finalist in the Glimmer Train award for New Writers in 2005, and his story Night Birds was named one of the top 50 online fictions of 2008. As well, he received a Canadian Arts Council grant to complete his short story collection, The Plate Spinner. His story collection, Ethical Aspects of Animal Husbandry, and the first in a series of detective novels, Surf City Acid Drop, are available on Amazon from Ethelbert House Press.
His fiction brings together a quirky, dark sense of humour and ear for the dialogue that he heard growing up on the Canadian prairies. His writing possesses a cinematic quality, and an eye for detail that stems from his years of painting and drawing. Craig’s background working on a psychiatric ward, sipping plonk at magazine parties, graphic designing and instructing at a University, and even working as a part-time pastor, produced a lot of stories.
Now, he tells them without having to draw the pictures. His debut novel launches in 2017.
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