A gripping and mesmerizing novella from acclaimed author Naben Ruthnum—a powerful work of possession and transformation.


It's 1900, and Louise Wilk is taking her dying husband home to Buffalo where he grew up. Dr. Edward Wilk is wasting away from an aggressive and debilitating malady. But it's becoming clearer that his condition isn't exactly a disease, but a phase of existence that seeks to transform and ultimately possess him.


“A sumptuous excursion into surreal body horror and an unsparing exploration of the extreme frontiers of connubial devotion. Ruthnum delivers a uniquely unsettling Gothic love story. It holds certain images so grotesque that they will linger in your dreams for weeks.” — David Demchuk, award-winning author of The Bone Mother and RED X


"A grotesquely beautiful, deeply unsettling, and utterly beguiling Kafkaesque novella ... A reading experience that will linger long after the final page is turned." — starred review, Library Journal


"An odd, mysterious and at times revolting medley of body horror and weird fiction." — Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of Mexican Gothic and Velvet Was the Night.

"Through hauntingly concise prose, Helpmeet both acutely disturbs and captivates. This outstanding novella is a morbidly engrossing exploration of moral and physical decay and the shifting boundaries of love and devotion. The tight, incisive narrative is a chilling dive into mysterious forces that transcend the basic binary of good and evil, and the inherent depravity that humans themselves can't comprehend until it's too late." — Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon of the Crusted Snow

Helpmeet by Naben Ruthnum