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P. Djèlí Clark

Author of A Master of Djinn

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Works by P. Djèlí Clark

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Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror (2023) — Contributor — 227 copies
Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood (2021) — Contributor — 169 copies
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2016 Edition (2017) — Contributor — 136 copies
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 (2019) — Contributor — 110 copies
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022 (2022) — Contributor — 79 copies
The Book of Witches: An Anthology (2023) — Contributor — 60 copies
Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology (2011) — Contributor — 49 copies
The Day the Klan Came to Town (2021) — Foreword, some editions — 45 copies
Clockwork Cairo: Steampunk Tales of Egypt (2017) — Contributor — 30 copies
Apex Magazine 105 (February 2018) (2018) — Contributor — 26 copies
Steamfunk! (2013) — Contributor — 22 copies
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 3 (2020) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2019 Edition (2019) — Contributor — 18 copies
Griots: Sisters of the Spear (2013) — Contributor — 12 copies
Fireside Magazine Issue 52, February 2018 — Contributor — 12 copies
Uncanny Magazine Issue 36: September/October 2020 (2020) — Contributor — 9 copies
Myriad Lands: Volume 2: Beyond the Edge (2016) — Contributor — 8 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy: Volume One (2022) — Contributor — 8 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 54 (2020) — Contributor — 7 copies
Tor.com Short Fiction: March - April 2021 — Contributor — 6 copies
Nowhereville: Weird Is Other People (2019) — Contributor — 6 copies
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #253 (2018) — Contributor — 4 copies
NevermorEarth (2019) — Contributor — 2 copies
Daily Science Fiction: October 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Clark, P. Djèlí
Legal name
Gabriel, Dexter
Other names
Clark, Phenderson Djèlí
Clark, A. Phenderson
Queens, New York, USA
Places of residence
New York, New York, USA
Trinidad & Tobago
Houston, Texas, USA
Washington, DC, USA
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Texas State University-San Marcos (B.A.|History)
Texas State University-San Marcos (M.A.|History)
Stony Brook University (Ph.D|History)
fiction writer
FIYAH Literary Magazine
University of Connecticut
Seth Fishman [literary] (The Gernert Company)
Angela Cheng Caplan [film/tv rights]
Short biography
P. Djeli Clark is an Afro-Caribbean-American writer of speculative fiction. When not writing speculative fiction, P. Djèlí Clark works as an academic historian whose research spans comparative slavery and emancipation in the Atlantic World. (karenb)



A very fun and heroic alternate-history-Civil War story with Orisha magic and sky pirates. New Orleans is an independent city-state whereas the rest of the US is split apart by an elongated Civil War. The main character is a girl who has a connection with the goddess of storms, Oya. She overhears a transaction where a scientist from Haiti plans to give a terrible weapon known as The Black God's Drums over to the confederates, quickly followed by an ominous vision from Oya. She knows she has to intervene somehow, and who better to recruit than a piratess/smuggler with an airship.

This was a great, quick romp about unlikely heroes and an interesting Civil War retelling. I wish it was longer and involved a little more character development.
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escapinginpaper | 56 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
This review is also featured on Behind the Pages: The Dead Cat Tail Assassins

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With memories of their previous life erased, the Dead Cat Tail Assassins are resurrected to work for the goddess Aeril. Eveen is an assassin who never questions a job and always fulfills her contract. Until the night she comes face to face with someone who could unlock her hidden past. And in her moment of hesitation, sets off a chain of events that will test the very fabric of her undead life.

Eveen is crude and sarcastic, the type of character who makes sure her opinions are heard. No matter the situation. She is a lethal assassin and has an attitude that can make readers snicker as she takes down her foes. While she must follow the rules of her trade, she will push the boundaries when the needs arise. Such as when her latest contract threatens her own undead life. She’ll do everything she can to thwart the powers to be and come out on top.

While the main character is a delight to read, the underlying mystery of the plot is just as intriguing. Readers will accompany Eveen as she uncovers back alley deals and impossible magical feats. Along the way, she will have to use her skills in combat and manipulation to fight off increasingly powerful and disturbing fellow assassins. Readers will be entertained right at the start as Eveen rises to each challenge, with weapons, and snark flying.

If you enjoy morally gray characters with a fiery personality, pick up a copy of The Dead Cat Tail Assassins. This is a novella length story and a quick entertaining read.
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Letora | 4 other reviews | May 14, 2024 |
P. Djeli Clark has become a favorite for his world building, dry humor, and well developed characters, and The Dead Cat Tail Assassins is no exception. The Dead Cat Tail Assassins follows Eveen the Eviscerator, a member of The Dead Cat Tail Assassins Guild. We follow her as she starts on a new contract when things start to go a bit unusual. The characters are all fun and fleshed out, and you can see Eveen traveling through Tal Abisi through the story. I loved the Assassins, and would gladly read more of their tales should Clark decide to revisit the world of Tal Abisi.… (more)
sawcat | 4 other reviews | May 12, 2024 |
6 stars out of 5!!!
What excellent world-building. Fantastic, rich, and draws you in. Not a spare word. Intriguing characters that leave you hungry for more. Good thing Clark has written more!
Dorothy2012 | 57 other reviews | Apr 22, 2024 |



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