Midnight Doorways ~ Usman T. Malik


Stranded by the Taliban in the ruins of a pre-Islamic city, a woman chaperoning a school trip faces ancient horrors as boys go missing and the fog rolls in. Two lovers are set adrift amidst rising floodwaters in 1960s Old Lahore. A Lahori orphanage for girls is haunted by birds and eerie visions.

With a meticulously designed cover and beautiful black-and-white illustrations by seven different Pakistani artists, Midnight Doorways is a unique community project highlighting the scope of speculative art and literature in Pakistan.

Usman T. Malik is a Pakistani-American writer and doctor. His fiction has been reprinted in several years’ best anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy series, and has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, the Million Writers Award, and twice for the Nebula. He has won the Bram Stoker and the British Fantasy Awards. He is a co-founder of the Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction, which seeks to nurture science fiction writers of Pakistani origin.

Further reading:

Read: #Spring Love, #Pichal Pairi,

Review: forthcoming

Writing prompt:

Pick 10 objects from around the house. List these in your notebook. Now begin a short piece incorporating at least 5 of the objects you picked.

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