Rerouted

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2019 - Fiction - 204 pages

A postal worker confronts the supernatural after he is assigned a cursed route near an abandoned tannery. An attempted robbery goes awry when dimwitted thieves decide to knock off a coffee joint ... before it opens for business. Touring musicians experience uncomfortably close encounters while on the road in Northern Ontario. Serial killers and shape shifters are the least of their problems. Bad song writing—that’s the real elephant in the room.


These and other stories form a linked narrative in which the mysterious Benny Tak appears and disappears. Is he a cipher? Some insidious background performer who shows up in everyone’s personal narrative? Either way, he is ready for his close-up—with lines.


Eerie and at times otherworldly, the darkly comic tales in Rerouted take unexpected detours, exploring what happens when plans change, things get weird, and fate gets rerouted.

 

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Contents

Deadwalk
7
Mocha El Grande
69
Ghost Note
83
Acknowledgements
201
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About the author (2019)

Born in Montreal, Daniel Bryant grew up in the small town of Aurora, Ontario. He graduated with an Honours B. A. In English from York University and received the Timothy Findley/William Whitehead Scholarship to attend the Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program. He has mentored with Paul Quarrington and Will Ferguson. Rerouted is his first collection of short stories. When not writing, Dan has worked many interesting jobs: printing press, tannery, tart factory, film crew. He currently works for Canada Post as a letter carrier. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Nancy, and occasional appearances by their grown son and daughter.

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