I wrote a book. Again. An actual whole other book. Well actually, like last time, it’s a novella–that no man’s land between full-fledged novel and short story. This one’s called The Haunting of Tram Car 015. It debuts in one week, so I thought it might be important that I tell people about it.
That amazing cover is courtesy of artist Stephan Martiniere.
I wrote another book ya’ll! Another novella to be exact. And in one week, on February 19, it’ll debut from Tor.com Publishing. Anyone who follows my blog, knows I’m a SFF writer. If you’ve followed long enough, you know that my writing career has been anything but straightforward. The journey has definitely had its rough patches. Last August, I had my first debut novel from Tor.com Publishing titled, The Black God’s Drums–a story set in an alternate world New Orleans in the middle of an ongoing American Civil War, with African gods and Haitian sky pirates. Talked about it here. And here. And a whooole lot more here. The reception it got was bananas! A starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. The 2018 Locus Recommended reading list. And it won an Alex award from the American Library Association! A whole award! Thanks to everyone who showered that book with more love than I thought possible. Ya’ll the real MVP.
So now I’m back with something a little bit old and a little bit new. It’s called The Haunting of Tram Car 015. The setting is different from TBGD. But it might be familiar to some.
Cairo, 1912: The case started as a simple one for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities — handling a possessed tram car.
Soon, however, Agent Hamed Nasr and his new partner Agent Onsi Youssef are exposed to a new side of Cairo stirring with suffragettes, secret societies, and sentient automatons in a race against time to protect the city from an encroaching danger that crosses the line between the magical and the mundane.
Yup, that’s right. This novella takes place in the same world as my 2016, A Dead Djinn in Cairo. I’d been waiting to return here for a minute, and finally made it. Hoping this story expands the boundaries of the world for readers and whets the palate for more! It’s not absolutely necessary that you read A Dead Djinn in Cairo before The Haunting of Tram Car 015. But those who are familiar with the original story–there are a few cameos and surprises. So you know, make your choice accordingly.
In the coming weeks, per the usual, I’ll probably write more than a few blogs on the conception and world building, the inspiration and characters. There’ll be time enough for that. Right now, I just want to tell ya’ll–I WROTE ANOTHER BOOK!
And even after doing this once, it STILL feels like…
Want to read a really long excerpt? You can do that too, here.
What some very nice people are saying about The Haunting of Tram Car 015
“P. Djeli Clark once again blends his brilliant imagination with a thoughtful and complex historical analysis — not to mention plenty of heart — to weave a breathtaking tale of cities, spirits, friendship, and society. I love this story so much and couldn’t stop reading it, and I can’t wait to see what Clark does next!” — New York Times bestselling author Daniel Jose Older
“Utterly delightful, with a sly wit and a deep and satisfying take on alternate history.” —Kate Elliott, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-nominated author
“The Haunting of Tram Car 015 is a witty, political, magical visit to an alternate 1912 Cairo suffused with richly imagined sights, tastes, and a dash of bureaucracy. Forget the Ministry of Magic; you want to be there when the agents of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities get to work on a case.” —Nebula and Sturgeon Award-winning author Sarah Pinsker
“Fast-acting and fabulous, Clark’s sequel to “A Dead Djinn in Cairo” adds fierce suffragists and squirming smugglers to his alternate Egypt, a place richly infused with alchemical steampunkery. Newly introduced Inspector Hamed and his rookie partner are sharply-focused moving pictures of persistence, doing their utmost to face down a terrifying spectral incursion. With all-encompassing craft, Clark shares the story of an investigation in which his heroes’ efforts and Cairo’s cosmopolitan nature work in sync to save the day.” — James Tiptree Jr. Award Winner Nisi Shawl, author of Everfair
“Clark (The Black God’s Drums, 2018) continues to astound readers with his creativity and exploration of different supernatural entities. While his first book delved into African orishas in 1871 New Orleans, The Haunting of Tram Car 015 introduces djinn, Asian spirits, and automatons….This book will delight readers of all ages.” — Booklist
“Fast-paced, elegantly structured, and with an eye for the ridiculous, The Haunting of Tram Car 015 is an absolute pleasure to read. In Djèlí Clark’s hands, prose, characterisation, and worldbuilding combine to create a deeply enjoyable magical alternate-history procedural. I eagerly look forward to seeing what he does next – and I have to confess, I’m hoping for a full-length novel.” —Locus magazine