"Ignites like the creature it profiles... a rich and illuminating cultural experience." - The Washington Post
"Entertaining, sexy and mischievous" - Marina Warner
"Gorgeous" - Tor.com
"The Djinn Falls in Love is extraordinary." - Jenni Fagan
"Vivid, enthralling and endlessly varied. A wonderful collection." - M.R. Carey
"A treasure chest of literally wonderful and marvelous stories, with a kind of richness that fantasy only rarely achieves." - Tim Powers
From the Author
When we began, we had three goals:
First, to use the central theme to showcase global storytelling. We wanted to demonstrate not only how the djinn unite disparate cultures, but also how they can inspire new and old voices from a variety of genres. This is one of the reasons we didn't standardise the spelling across the book: every culture, every author, has their own djinn, jinn or genie.
Second, to showcase the djinn themselves. The djinn are an element of folklore that seemed, to us, to have immense contemporary relevance. Whether as pranksters or partners, the djinn have a role in modern literature.
We think we succeeded in both, and we know that we had a lot of fun trying. Our authors come from all around the world, and have brought to these pages a vast and wonderful variety of djinn. We have wish-granters and shape-changers, immortals and spirits, hoarders and hermits. They come in all shapes and sizes (even bottles), and are truly marvellous creatures.
Our third goal, and it seemed minor at the time, was to find a title worthy of the work. This poor anthology suffered for long months under the half-serious title of Djinnthology. It wasn't until Robin Moger introduced us to the divine work of the Egyptian poet Hermes, and "The Djinn Falls in Love", that everything fell into place. Hermes' extraordinary piece, straddling both traditional and contemporary art, says everything we wanted - everything we needed - to say.
Most importantly, the poem captures what we didn't expect to find,assembling The Djinn Falls in Love: the empathy on display within this book. Perhaps this is the lingering impact of Richard Burton and Disney's Aladdin, but the djinn have always been firmly portrayed as the other. They are the magical not-us that lurk and bedevil, existing to trick and be tricked. But the origins of the djinn, at least according to the Qur'an, are far more complex. When Allah created man out of clay, Allah also created the djinn out of fire. We may stem from different materials, but in all the ways that matter we are very much the same.
(From the introduction by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin)