Via The Book Smugglers, Solaris Books, alongside Jared Shurin and Mavesh Murad, announced Djinnthology, “an eclectic and fantastical anthology collection, prefaced with a comprehensive and insightful introduction to the importance of Djinn and their extensive history that will provide new readers with an accessible window into the unseen world of the Djinn, whilst also setting the tone for this exciting and original new collection.”
The anthology will include stories from both established and upcoming SFF writers, and will hit bookshelves in 2017. With Murad and Shurin holding the reigns, you can be sure it will be full to the brim with stories from today’s most exciting authors.
About the Book
Jinn – or djinn! – have been a fascinating part of many cultures for centuries. Every country touched by Islam has their own version of these interesting mythological figures embedded in their cultural heritage: including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Egypt, and even parts of Africa.
Nor has the West gone without. The Djinn have been a beloved (if overlooked) part of English and American fiction as well – more than simply Aladdin and I Dream of Jeannie! Djinn have appeared in classics of modern fantasy by Neil Gaiman and Tim Powers, as well as the acclaimed recent books by Helene Wecker and G. Willow Wilson.
Across the world, the Djinn have been presented as mischievous, powerful, devious, mysterious, good and evil, majestic, devilish and more… but despite their fascinating history and incredible cultural impact, the stories of these ‘hidden people’ have never before inspired a contemporary anthology.
From the Editors
“We’re really excited to create new stories inspired by some of the world’s oldest myths,” said Murad and Shurin. “Especially as it gives us a unique opportunity to work with talented writers from all backgrounds, from all over the world.”
“Jared Shurin and Mahvesh Murad are not only editors of exceptional taste, but they are also amongst genre’s newest champions – showing how valid a form of literature and expression speculative fiction is, and taking genre fiction forward in leaps and bounds with what promises to be a diverse, fresh and exciting anthology,” said Solaris EIC, John Oliver.
As a writer with a secondary world fantasy full of djinn-powered mechanics, to say I’m excited for this anthology is an absolute understatement.