A Dead Djinn in Cairo (2016) by P. Djeli Clark

‘His skin was a sheath of aquamarine scales that shifted to turquoise beneath the glare of flickering gas lamps.’

It was the title of P. Djeli Clark’s 2019 novella The Haunting of Tram Car 015 that caught my attention. I’d seen it recommended on Amazon when I was browsing for a new book. It had also appeared on the Locus 2019 Recommended Reading List; a list I always look forward to every year. Before buying a copy, I discovered¬†A Dead Djinn in Cairo was a short story published in 2016 that was set in the same universe. So I quickly purchased it and read it through in one sitting–it’s only just over 40 pages long.

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