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Phenderson Djéli Clark, otherwise known as P. Djèlí Clark, is the pseudonym of American award-winning author Dexter Gabriel.

He uses the pen name when writing fantasy, mystery and short stories.

Best known for writing the multiple award-winning novels Ring Shout (2020), and A Master of Djinn (2021), Djéli’s stories have appeared on several online platforms, including, Daily Science Fiction, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Apex, and many more.

Born in New York and raised in Houston, Texas, Djéli spent most of his early years in Trinidad and Tobago, where his parents are from.

The holder of a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Texas State University in San Marcos, as well as a doctorate in history from Stony Brook University, Djèlí works as an academic historian whenever he isn't writing speculative fiction.

He currently lives with his wife, daughters, and a Boston Terrier in a tiny Edwardian castle in New England.

More about P. Djeli Clark

Genres: Fantasy / SF, Mystery

Born: 1971

United States

Pseudonym: P. Djèlí Clark


Non Series

  • Ring Shout (2020)
  • The Dead Cat Tail Assassins (2024)

Abeni's Song

  1. Abeni's Song (2023)


  1. Swift the Chase (2019)
  2. Black Cat Weekly #36 (2022)

Dead Djinn Universe

  1. A Dead Djinn in Cairo: A Dead Djinn Universe Novella (2016)
  2. The Haunting of Tram Car 015: A Dead Djinn Universe Novella (2019)
  3. A Master of Djinn (2021)


  1. The Black God's Drums (2018)
Abeni's Song

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Ring Shout


In 1915, The Birth of a Nation cast a spell across America, swelling the Klan's ranks and drinking deep from the darkest thoughts of white folk. All across the nation they ride, spreading fear and violence among the vulnerable. They plan to bring Hell to Earth. But even Ku Kluxes can die.

Standing in their way is Maryse Boudreaux and her fellow resistance fighters, a foul-mouthed sharpshooter and a Harlem Hellfighter. Armed with blade, bullet, and bomb, they hunt their hunters and send the Klan's demons straight to Hell. But something awful's brewing in Macon, and the war on Hell is about to heat up.

Can Maryse stop the Klan before it ends the world?

Author: P. Djeli Clark
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B082RRJV54
Publisher: Tordotcom
The Dead Cat Tail Assassins

The Dead Cat Tail Assassins are not cats.

Nor do they have tails.

But they are most assuredly dead.

Are you ready?

Author: P. Djeli Clark
First Release: 2024
Ebook: B0C1X74YSZ
Publisher: Tordotcom

Abeni's Song

Abeni's Song


Abeni's Song by award-winning author P. Djèlí Clark is the enchanting beginning of an epic West African and African Diaspora-inspired fantasy adventure for middle-grade readers about a reluctant apprentice to magic and the stolen villagers she sets out to save.

On the day of the Harvest Festival, the old woman who lives in the forest appears in Abeni's village with a terrible message:

You ignored my warnings. It’s too late to run. They are coming.

Warriors with burning blades storm the village. A man with a cursed flute plays an impossibly alluring song. And everyone Abeni has ever known and loved is captured and marched toward far-off ghost ships set for even more distant lands.

But not Abeni.

Abeni is magically whisked away by the old woman. In the forest, Abeni begins her unwanted magical apprenticeship, her journey to escape the witch, and her impossible mission to bring her people home.

Author: P. Djeli Clark
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-1250825841
Publisher: Starscape


Swift the Chase

Magic—danger—and the thrill of the chase!

Experience the rush of racing across rooftops with thieves—or the desperation of fleeing an assassin who knows you a little too well. From the fish market of a tropical island sultanate, to the monster-filled alleys of a steampunk London, to a land where souls take different forms as they rise or fall through the layers of the world, this collection of chase scenes and vignettes set in nine distinctive worlds will leave you spellbound.

Find unexpected allies, unshakeable enemies, sudden twists and turns, and always the swiftness of the chase—whether you’re on the hunt, or racing for your life.

This sampler includes an exclusive bonus scene set during the events of Tea Set and Match by Casey Blair, available for free online, and a scene from an unpublished novel by Rachel Neumeier not available anywhere else. The excerpts by Intisar Khanani, Raf Morgan, P. Djèlí Clark, Sherwood Smith, Joyce Chng, Melissa McShane, and Andrea K. Höst are from longer works that are available for sale at all major retailers.

Author: P. Djeli Clark
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07YLW3G84
Publisher: The Fourth Gorgon
Black Cat Weekly #36

Welcome to Black Cat Weekly #36.

We have another great issue featuring not one, but two full-length books—George O. Smith’s classic collection of linked science fiction stories, Venus Equilateral, and Hulbert Footner’s mystery, Officer!

As always, our acquiring editors have cooked up some delights. From Michael Bracken comes an original police procedural from H.K. Slade, “A Body at the Dam.” Barb Goffman has unearthed “Run Don’t Run,” by Mary Saums, which I know you’ll enjoy. And Cynthia Ward brings us “Shattering the Spear,” by P. Djèlí Clark, a heroic fantasy story—we need more of these in BCW!

Topping things off, we have another solve-it-yourself mystery from Hal Charles, plus classic reprints by Rog Phillips (Vampires!), Lester del Rey (Superstitions in Space!), and Percy James Brebner (Kidnapping! Secret Agents!) All told, lots of terrific reading.

Author: P. Djeli Clark
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09ZT1YVQ4
Publisher: Wildside Press

Dead Djinn Universe

A Dead Djinn in Cairo: A Dead Djinn Universe Novella

Egypt, 1912. In Cairo, the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities investigate disturbances between the mortal and the (possibly) divine.

What starts off as an odd suicide case for Special Investigator Fatma el-Sha’arawi leads her through the city’s underbelly as she encounters rampaging ghouls, saucy assassins, clockwork angels, and a plot that could unravel time itself.

Author: P. Djeli Clark
First Release: 2016
Ebook: B01DJ0NALI
Publisher: Tor Books
The Haunting of Tram Car 015: A Dead Djinn Universe Novella

Cairo, 1912: The case started as a simple one for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities ― handling a possessed tram car.

Soon, however, Agent Hamed Nasr and his new partner Agent Onsi Youssef are exposed to a new side of Cairo stirring with suffragettes, secret societies, and sentient automatons in a race against time to protect the city from an encroaching danger that crosses the line between the magical and the mundane.

Author: P. Djeli Clark
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1250294807
Publisher: Tordotcom
A Master of Djinn

Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer.

So when someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world forty years ago when he opened up the veil between the magical and mundane realms, before vanishing into the unknown. This murderer claims to be al-Jahiz, returned to condemn the modern age for its social oppressions. His dangerous magical abilities instigate unrest in the streets of Cairo that threaten to spill over onto the global stage.

Alongside her Ministry colleagues and a familiar person from her past, Agent Fatma must unravel the mystery behind this imposter to restore peace to the city―or face the possibility he could be exactly who he seems…

Author: P. Djeli Clark
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1250267665
Publisher: Tordotcom


The Black God's Drums

In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air--in particular, by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie’s trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations.

Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission aimed to stop the Black God’s Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of New Orleans.

Author: P. Djeli Clark
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1250294715
Publisher: Tordotcom