Erik Raschke was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He received his B.A. in English from Earlham College and his M.A. in creative writing from the City College of New York. He studied Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland during The Troubles and, later, served in Armenia as a Peace Corps volunteer. A certified teacher with the New York Board of Education, he taught for many years in Washington Heights, in upper Manhattan, as an English teacher. He currently lives with his family in Amsterdam. His short stories and have appeared in Ararat, Guernica, Reading Room, Chelsea, Promethian, 5-trope, Mr. Bellers Neighborhood and various other publications. The Book of Samuel is his first novel.