Saturday, April 22, 2017

Emperors of Jinn, by Usman Malik

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(Contemporary Fantasy) Four well-to-do Pakistani kids spend the summer together trying to summon a djinn. (4,758 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Emperors of Jinn," by (edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin), appeared in , published on by .

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Pro: The “you” in this story is the djinn that gets summoned.

The kids wanted to summon a djinn, and, in the end, they succeed. We’re left to imagine the damage it will inflict, delivering comeuppance to the evil, decadent upper-class family who have summoned it.

Saman correctly deduces that Rukhsana Apee isn’t really crazy; she’s possessed by a djinn. She performs the ritual, but she omits the step of walking through the red door.

Zak completes it when he walks through the door to have sex with his sister, freeing the djinn to occupy the body of the boy being tortured.

Con: Everyone in the story is so evil we’re rooting for the djinn to eat them in alphabetical order.

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