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P. Djeli Clark Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Ring Shout (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

A Dead Djinn in Cairo (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black God's Drums (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Fatma el-Sha’arawi Books

A Master of Djinn (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

P. Djeli Clark
Phenderson Djeli Clark is the pen name of science fiction writer and historian Dexter Gabriel. He decided to publish his non-fiction and fiction under different names so that readers of one wouldn’t get confused or disappointed by something he wrote. He has also been published under the name A. Phenderson Clark.

He was born November 6, 1971 in Queens, New York. He has lived in Staten Island, Brooklyn, the Caribbean, and Texas. He grew up mostly in Houston, Texas, and spent the early formative years in his parents’ homeland, Tobago and Trinidad.

When he was really young, he first tried his hand at writing. He would always be writing stories here and there, either for his sister, his friends, or himself. It wasn’t until much later that he started believing he could take it even farther. His first forays were into secondary world fantasy.

The whole time, however, he was always fascinated by alternate history. It is how he always thought about genres like steampunk. It didn’t take much for him to merge the together. His background in fantasy shows up in the way that these alternate worlds he creates almost always have got some element of magic to them.

Clark works as an academic historian whose research spans emancipation in the Atlantic World and comparative slavery. He combines this interest in history and the social world with speculative fiction.

His stories have appeared in such places as Every Day Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, as well as other publications. Clark has also submitted stories to such anthologies as Griots: Sisters of the Spear and Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology.

Clark ruminates on issues of diversity in speculative fiction on his blog called The Disgruntled Haradrim.

Ann-Marie, a character in Clark’s “The Black God’s Drums”, in many ways, is a composite of women in his Afro-Caribbean family, even the name. Clark says that Sanite Belair was a historical figure that most inspired the character.

Because his doctoral work focuses on emancipation and slavery, as well as the Black Atlantic, his exposure to research for these topics informed him a lot while he wrote the novella, too.

Clark enjoys creating exciting, fantastic, and dangerous worlds. Almost always with magic and monsters, and usually with heroes and heroines.

“The Black God’s Drums was a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 2019. “The Haunting of Tram Car 015 is a finalist for a Nebula Award for Best Novella of 2019 and a Hugo Award for Best Novella in 2020. “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington” won the 2019 Locus Award for Best Short Story and the 2018 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.

Clark’s debut novel, called “Ring Shout”, was released in the year 2020, and is from the fantasy genre.

“A Dead Djinn in Cairo” is the first novella and was released in the year 2016. Egypt in the year 1912. In Cairo, the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities investigate disturbances between the mortal and the (potentially) divine.

What begins as just a strange suicide case for Special Investigator Fatma el-Sha’arawi leads her through the underbelly of the city while she encounters things like saucy assassins, rampaging ghouls, and clockwork angels. There is even a plot that might unravel time itself.

The characters are interesting, and the plot moves fast with a lot of action, particularly in the second half. Clark has created a fascinating and fantastic world for the reader, and is a magnificent piece of world building. It is a fully realized world, and it is brought to life in just forty pages.

“The Haunting of Tram Car 015” is the first novella and was released in the year 2019. Cairo in 1912. The case begins as but a simple one for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities. They were handling a possessed tram car.

Quickly, however, Agent Nasr and Agent Onsi Youssef, his new partner, have become exposed to a brand new side of Cairo. One that stirs with secret societies, suffragettes, and some sentient automatons in this race against the clock to keep the city safe from this encroaching danger that crosses the line between the mundane and the magical.

“The Black God’s Drums” is the second novella and was released in the year 2018. In this alternate New Orleans caught during the tussle of the American Civil War, Creeper, the wall scaling girl, wants to escape these streets and go to the air. Particularly by earning her spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans on earning the trust of Captain Ann-Marie with information that she finds about the Haitian scientist and one mysterious weapon that he refers to as The Black God’s Drums.

Creeper has got a secret herself: Oya, who is the African orisha of the storms and wind, speaks inside of her head, and could have ulterior motivations of her own.

Quickly, Oya, Creeper, and the rest of the Midnight Robber’s crew get pulled into a perilous mission aimed at stopping the Black God’s Drums from getting unleashed and then wiping out all of New Orleans.

“Ring Shot” is the first stand alone novel and was released in the year 2020. D.W. Griffith, a sorcerer, and “The Birth of a Nation” is a spell which drew on the darkest of wishes and thoughts out of the heart of America. Now, rising in both prominence and power, the Klan has got a plot that is sure to unleash Hell on Earth.

Maryse Boudreaux has got a head full of stories and a magic sword, luckily. She fights monsters she refers to as “Ku Kluxes”, when she isn’t busy running bootleg whiskey through Prohibition Georgia. She is damn fine at it too. In order to confront this ongoing evil, she will have to journey between different worlds to face otherworldly nightmares, as well as her personal demons. Together with a sharpshooter with a foul-mouth and one Harlem Hellfighter, Maryse sets off to save a world the very same hate that is hoping to consume it.

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