Sisters of Spindrift

by Dan Rabarts

It’s not every day you meet the sisters your dad never told you about, and the first thing they do is criticise your cooking. But even if they are rogues and smugglers without a whit of culinary appreciation, if Aralea and Kaia can help Akmenos find a heart for Cordax and bring her back to life, that’s a fish he’s willing to fry.

Armed with little more than a recipe for success and the hope that he can trust these sisters more than his murderous, treacherous brothers, Akmenos sets off across the Aetheric Plane, while all the enemies he’s been trying to avoid close in around him. Not to mention his other sisters, the real pirates, who seem awfully keen to meet him, though not in a friendly way. Because the universe has a way of balancing out its flavours.

Can Akmenos and the strange new friends he meets along the way outwit the guest list of foes who want him served up on their menu? For this family dinner, Akmenos is going to need to really cook up a storm if he wants to make it as far as the dessert trolley.

About the Author

Dan Rabarts is the winner of New Zealand’s Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best New Talent, 2013. His horror, dark fantasy, science fiction, and steampunk short stories can be found at Beneath Ceaseless Skies and, in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Aurealis Magazine, SQ Mag, and in the anthologies Bloodstones, Dreaming of Djinn, Ministry Protocol, Regeneration, and Insert Title Here, among others. The horror flash fiction anthology Baby Teeth – Bite-sized Tales of Terror, which he co-edited with Lee Murray to raise funds for children’s literacy charity Duffy Books in Homes, won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Collected Work, and the Australian Shadows Award for Best Edited Work. His stories have been podcast on the StarShipSofa, Tales to Terrify, Tales from the Archives and Wily Writers’ podcasts. Find out more at

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