Rite: Short Work

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Rite cover.jpg
US Hardcover Edition
Author Tad Williams
Illustrator Mark A. Nelson
Cover artist Mark A. Nelson
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy & Science Fiction
Publisher Subterranean Press
Publication date
January 2007
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 480 pp (hardcover edition)
ISBN 1-59606-066-2 (hardcover edition)
OCLC 81951855

Rite: Short Work (2007) is a short story collection, published in limited edition, by fantasy writer Tad Williams.

It contains short stories and novellas, three teleplays, four nonfiction pieces, and short introductions by Tad Williams to each tale.


  • "Why I Write What I Write"
  • "Canard"
  • "A Tale from the Book of Regret"
  • "Not With a Whimper, Either"
  • "Child of an Ancient City" (published earlier as a standalone story)
  • "Nonstop"
  • "Fish Between Friends"
  • "Z Is For..."
  • "Re: Dark Destructor"
  • "Scent of Trumpets"
  • "Stuff that Dreams are Made of"
  • "The Author at the End of Time"
  • "Go Ask Elric"
  • "The Writer's Child"
  • "Three Duets for Virgin and Nosehorn"
  • "The Happiest Dead Boy in the World"
  • Nonfiction
    • "Idiot"
    • "100 Best Horror (The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch)"
    • "Six Books by PKD"
    • "Gloriana introduction"
    • "Hugo Ceremony Speech"
  • TV Pieces
    • "Cloak, Episode One"
    • "Cloak, Episode Two"
    • "Dogs Versus the World, Episode One"
  • "Rite"