The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark

Author Bio:

Phenderson Djéli Clark is the award winning and Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy nominated author of the novellas The Black God’s Drums and The Haunting of Tram Car 015. His stories have appeared in online venues such as, Daily Science Fiction, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Apex, Lightspeed, Fireside Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and in print anthologies including, Griots,Hidden Youth and Clockwork Cairo. He is founding member of FIYAH Literary Magazine and an infrequent reviewer at Strange Horizons.


Opening Impressions:

THIS is the reason why I review diverse fantasy such as this. What an amazing book!

Thank you to the amazing soul at Tor that sent this book to me. I have throughly enjoyed it.

Seriously what an amazing book!

One of the best I’ve read. I’ve chuckled so much in this novel that Hamed and Onsi are my favorite characters.

Seriously, P. Djelli Clark has done an outstanding job.

It is a mere 144 pages, but I wish it was longer!


From what I read, the exquisite description of this novel was so stunning I throughly enjoyed the amount of research that P. Djeli Clark employed in this novel. Recently I had watched an Egyptian film called the Treasure (2017) that showed the stiff corruption of the Egyptian bureacracy. I was also glad to see how the old European Empires who seemed to be having a gala time in the 19th century with their powers were instantly stopped when they realized that Muhammad Ali and his secret Djinn agent drove them back.

It also reminds me of what an Alternate Egypt would have looked like had Muhammad Ali not been disposed by the British. I absoutely adored the lavish descriptions, the fact that trams had sentient beings. I would have loved to seen more Ancient Egyptian influnces and more spirits related to Kemetisim, as they were still alive but in small pockets. The Cover! Oh the Cover is so beautiful!

It tells you everything to expect in a story. P.Dejli Clark, write a SEQUEL! This novella wanted me to read more about this fantastic novel. The lavish descriptions…

What can I say?

What was more amusing was the fact that an Ancient evil spirit from Armenia was transported into Steampunk Egypt through an smuggling trade of candy.

How absurd can that be? That’s the whole basis.

I’d call this as an arrogant and stubborn agent who grows passionate towards his younger assistant, even caring for him. Hamed is quite the character indeed. Very traditional. Whereas Onsi represents the enlightened ‘nationalist’. I had studied the Algerian Nationalist Movement in France during the 1930s, and Onsi is very much like them.

All I can say is, 5/5. Honestly thank you to the kind person at Tor for sending me this!

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