Imagine a world filled with fierce, fiery beings, hiding in our shadows, in our dreams, under our skins. Eavesdropping and exploring; savaging our bodies, saving our souls. They are monsters, saviours, victims, childhood friends.
These are the Djinn. And they are everywhere. On street corners, behind the wheel of a taxi, in the chorus, between the pages of books. Every language has a word for them. Every culture knows their traditions. Every religion, every history has them hiding in their dark places. There is no part of the world that does not know them.
They are the Djinn. They are among us.
The Djinn Falls in Love is out now! Over twenty amazing and new stories of djinn, from a global cast of talented writers.
Contributors include: Amal El-Mohtar, Catherine King, Claire North, E.J. Swift, Helene Wecker, Hermes (trans. Robin Moger), Jamal Mahjoub, James Smythe, J.Y. Yang, Kamila Shamsie, Kirsty Logan, K.J. Parker, Kuzhali Manickavel, Maria Dahvana Headley, Monica Byrne, Neil Gaiman, Nnedi Okorafor, Saad Hossain, Sami Shah, Sophia Al-Maria and Usman Malik.
The Djinn Falls in Love is out now in the UK and coming 14 March (USA).
There are currently a few events planned, including:
- r/books on Wednesday, 9 March - AMA!
- Poisoned Pen (Phoenix) on Wednesday, 5 April
- Waterstones Covent Garden (London) on Thursday, 6 April - the big launch event! Featuring a rare UK visit by Mahvesh herself!
- Waterstones Sauchiehall Street (Glasgow) on Friday, 21 April
(I'll keep this list updated with details.)
The reviews are very nice:
"A treasure chest of literally wonderful and marvelous stories, with a kind of richness that fantasy only rarely achieves." - Tim Powers
"Opens quietly with an intense, thrumming poem from Egyptian poet Hermes, and then ignites like the creature it profiles... a rich and illuminating cultural experience." - Washington Post
"Gorgeous." - Tor.com
"The Djinn Falls in Love is extraordinary." - Jenni Fagan
"It's rare to find an anthology spanning both the globe and realms beyond" - The List
"A sparkling array of talent and imagination" - SFX
"A superb collection of superior stories by some of my favorite writers. This is the must-have anthology of the year." - Lavie Tidhar
"A vivid and affecting collection of stories" - Pop Verse
"With its impressive creative range & winking, biting sense of humor, The Djinn Falls in Love is pure magic." - Bookwitty
"A range of terrific stories in a variety of styles, all of them effective... Fall in love with djinn! Read this book." - Geek Syndicate
...and you can find articles by the authors and editors here:
- Saad Hossain, Claire North, James Smythe and Sami Shad share some lessons - Terrible Minds
- Mahvesh and Jared pick more magical tales - Barnes & Noble
- Catherine Faris King on 'The Queen of Sheba' - The Book Smugglers
Mahvesh and I have been working on Djinn for a long time now, and we're delighted that it is finally reaching readers. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did putting it together.