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Midnight Doorways: Fables from Pakistan


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"Mesmerizing and provocative, Malik's collection is not to be missed. Impossible to put down, achingly gorgeous, even as the tales dive into the deepest and most disturbing depths of both humanity and the ancient--and here, quite justified!--fear of the unknown." 
— S.A. Chakraborty, award-winning author of The City of Brass

"A rare and enchanting journey, laced with fairy-tale like wonder."
Silvia Moreno-Garcia, New York Times Bestselling author of Mexican Gothic

Usman T. Malik’s award-winning fiction has been reprinted in several best of the year anthologies, including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series, and translated into several languages. Writer and critic Aamer Hussein has lauded him as one of the finest Pakistani stylists writing in English today and Grand prix de l’Imaginaire award winner Nina Allen called his novella The Pauper Prince and The Eucalyptus Jinn “mystifying and beautiful and heart-wrenching. It is also complex and nuanced and stunningly written.”

From ghostly lovers set adrift in rising floodwaters in Old Lahore to an enchanted city that appears over Shalamar Bagh; from unearthly visitants in an orphanage for girls to the crusade of a marginalized Karachi boy who can necromance dead flesh -- here are stories of ruin and love and terrible wonder told by characters who live in the streets and mohallas of a haunted Pakistan.