What About Second Book Birthday?


We’ve had one, yes. But what about second Book Birthday?”–Pippin

Guess what everybody?

Nah. Not really. I still can’t back that claim up. It IS however, my SECOND book birthday!

My novella The Haunting of Tram Car 015 is officially out today February 19 from Tor.com Publishing. And you can order it RIGHT NOW at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and other fine booksellers. It’s set in the same world as my 2016 novelette A Dead Djinn in Cairo, featuring an alternate 1912 Cairo of steampunk, magic, and djinn! It’s not absolutely necessary that you read A Dead Djinn in Cairo before The Haunting of Tram Car 015. But for those familiar with the original story–there are a few cameos and surprises. So make your choice accordingly. And pick up a copy (or four) of The Haunting of Tram Car 015! Hope you enjoy, and (provided you do enjoy) leave a wonderful review on Amazon.

Don’t worry, bought enough sweet sudjukh (featured in the photo) for everybody.

Thanks for all your support!

A synopsis:

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.

Want to read a really long excerpt? You can do that too, here. But be warned, you’ll probably wanna read the rest right after.

Oh, did I mention it got a fantastic review on NPR?? You can check that out here.

What some other 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


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