The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories

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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. Some have called them genies: 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. 
With stories from: Neil Gaiman, Nnedi Okorafor, Helene Wecker, Amal El-Mohtar, Catherine King, Claire North, E.J. Swift, 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, Saad Hossain, Sami Shah, Sophia Al-Maria, and Usman Malik.

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This book has been a labour of love for almost two years, supported and encouraged by our friends, a globe-spanning cohort of author-scrounging 'scouts', and the terrific people at Solaris.

When we began, we had three goals:

First, to use the central theme to showcase global storytelling. We wanted to demonstrate not only how the djinn unite disparate cultures, but also how they can inspire new and old voices from a variety of genres. This is one of the reasons we didn't standardise the spelling across the book: every culture, every author, has their own djinn, jinn or genie.

Second, to showcase the djinn themselves. The djinn are an element of folklore that seemed, to us, to have immense contemporary relevance. Whether as pranksters or partners, the djinn have a role in modern literature.

We think we succeeded in both, and we know that we had a lot of fun trying. Our authors come from all around the world, and have brought to these pages a vast and wonderful variety of djinn. We have wish-granters and shape-changers, immortals and spirits, hoarders and hermits. They come in all shapes and sizes (even bottles), and are truly marvellous creatures.

Our third goal, and it seemed minor at the time, was to find a title worthy of the work. This poor anthology suffered for long months under the half-serious title of Djinnthology. It wasn't until Robin Moger introduced us to the divine work of the Egyptian poet Hermes, and "The Djinn Falls in Love", that everything fell into place. Hermes' extraordinary piece, straddling both traditional and contemporary art, says everything we wanted - everything we needed - to say.

Most importantly, the poem captures what we didn't expect to find,assembling The Djinn Falls in Love: the empathy on display within this book. Perhaps this is the lingering impact of Richard Burton and Disney's Aladdin, but the djinn have always been firmly portrayed as the other. They are the magical not-us that lurk and bedevil, existing to trick and be tricked. But the origins of the djinn, at least according to the Qur'an, are far more complex. When Allah created man out of clay, Allah also created the djinn out of fire. We may stem from different materials, but in all the ways that matter we are very much the same.

(From the introduction by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin)

About the Author:

Jared Shurin has edited over a dozen anthologies on topics ranging from mummies to Dickens. He's been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson and Hugo Awards, and twice won the British Fantasy Award for Non-Fiction. He's also the editor of Pornokitsch, the award-winning pop culture site which is (sadly) not nearly as naughty as it sounds.

Mahvesh Murad is a critic, editor and rogue voice for hire from Karachi, Pakistan. She is the editor of the Apex Book of World SF 4, the co-editor of Speculative Fiction 2016 and host & producer of the weekly Tor.com interview podcast Midnight in Karachi. She regularly writes for Tor.com, Pornokitsch.com and Pakistan's largest English daily Dawn's literary supplement Books & Authors.

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