Date Published: 09-27-2022
Publisher: Wolf Publishing
“My name is Ineluki. I come from past the mountains and ice. It took
me many days to reach here. All I know are dead. Will you take me
And so begins a calamitous year at the edge of the world.
Chief for the year, Aukul’s life has never been better. His people respect
him, he spends his nights with the love of his life, and his skills as a
butcher and chef improve every day. Then Ineluki, a young stranger, wanders
into town with nothing but an empty book. He begins telling stories of the
world beyond the one they know. His stories challenge their reality and lead
to a summer of unprecedented disasters.
One by one, the villagers begin dancing. Dancing tirelessly, as if in a
trance, until they die. Believing Ineluki is to blame, Aukul confronts him
on the worst night of his life.
About the Author
A finalist for the 2022 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award, e rathke is the
author of Glossolalia and several other forthcoming novellas. His short
fiction will appear in Queer Tales of Monumental Invention, Mysterion
Magazine, and elsewhere. He writes about books and games at