From Sami Shah comes Fire Boy, an urban fantasy set in modern-day Pakistan, where djinns roam the streets alongside corrupt cops, hustling beggars, and creatures from the darkest corners of Islamic mythology. Growing up in Karachi isn’t easy. Wahid has a lot on his mind: the girl he likes, mostly, but also choosing a good university and finding time to play Dungeons and Dragons. Oh, and the fact that he can see djinns, other-worldly creatures made of a smokeless and scorching fire.
After a horrific car accident kills his best friend and djinns steal his girlfriend’s soul, Wahid vows to find out why. Fortunately, he has help in finding the djinns that tried to kill him. Unfortunately, that help is from the darkest of all spirits, the Devil himself …
Fire Boy is filled with supernatural entities and high-paced action, but it also gives the reader a vivid insight into life in Pakistan.
About the Author
Pakistani stand up comedian, Sami Shah has been delivering punchlines from the front lines of the War on Terror for several years. He has been profiled on Comedy Central, NPR's The World, Laughspin Magazine and performed on the BBC Asian Network and for TEDx. Sami is also an illustrator, graphic designer, columnist, husband, father and exhausted. Sami Shah is currently living in Western Australia (don't ask) and has been the subject of a high-rating episode of the award-winning documentary series Australian Story.
He was voted Best Local Act at Perth International Comedy Fest 2013 for the show Sami Shah: I, Migrant.
'Bold, compelling fantasy with a truly original setting.' Saladin Ahmed
'Sami Shah blends the tenderness of Octavia Butler with the supernatural folklore of Nalo Hopkinson. His characters – human and otherwise – are skilfully drawn, and the vibrant streets of Karachi are vividly brought to life. Fire Boy is an eloquent imagination explosion.' Maxine Beneba Clarke
'I was enchanted by the lyrical and atmospheric prose – Sami Shah brings the streets of Karachi to life with a deft hand, ancient folklore colliding with the modern internet age.' Kylie Chan
'Captivating. Sami Shah’s imagination is a place of wonder and terror.' Kamila Shamsie