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About Ali Abbas
I am a writer, photographer and carpenter from London. What this means in practice is that I have taken some snaps of weddings and sports teams, built a treehouse that did not fall down in the winter storms, and I have several books and stories in anthologies to my name.
My novella Like Clockwork is a steampunk, mystery, anti-romance.
Image and Other Stories is a collection of seven short stories on love, loss and the haunting nature of bad decisions.
Hajj - My Pilgrimage is a western eye travelogue recalling my trip to Mecca in 2011. It was a journey marked by political strife, moments of comedy and tragedy, and a remarkable epiphany.
Mad Scientist Journal has published a couple of my stories: The Fitting In anthology includes my love letter to London: An Absolute Amount of Sadness and the Utter Fabrication anthology includes my ghost story: The Girl Who Gives Me Sunsets.
If you are looking for a modern djinn story check out Désolé Habibti is in the On Fire anthology from Transmundane Press. A more traditional take on djinn is in the appropriately titled Adiha and the Three Djinn which you'll find in the Witches, Warriors and Wyverns anthology.
If you lean more to the literary try out The Book of Condolence in What We Talk About When We Talk About It.
There are links, excerpts, readings and free stories linked from my author site:
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These are the stories of the first 100 years of the United States Space Force created by then U.S. President Donald J. Trump. Within this new anthology of military sci-fi short stories you will find stories of service and incredible sacrifice. Stories of the one sacrificing a few to save the many, and of the one sacrificing himself for all.
But mostly these are tales of the men and women to come, who will patrol the harsh, cold blackness of space. Those that willingly place themselves in harm's way to protect a solitary blue marble and all that call it home.
- Evan Dicken, "Every House a Home"
No one understands strange places like people who have been there. Mad Scientist Journal has brought together twenty-two tales of people who have visited places both beautiful and horrifying. Some places heal, some places destroy, some places just want to see the world. Haunted houses share a neighborhood in these pages with dimensional rifts, hidden skyscrapers, and abandoned spacecraft.
Included in this collection are stories from Ali Abbas, Nyri Bakkalian, S. E. Casey, Julian Dexter, Evan Dicken, Carolyn A. Drake, Dorian Graves, Diana Hauer, Georgie Hinojosa, Michael M. Jones, Gwendolyn Kiste, M. Lopes da Silva, Christine Lucas, Audrey Mack, Lyndsie Manusos, Alanna McFall, Alexander Nachaj, Timothy Nakayama, Betty Rocksteady, Ian M. Smith, Kathryn Yelinek, and E. R. Zhang. Includes art by Ray McCaughey, Kristen Nyht, Scarlett O'Hairdye, and Luke Spooner.
No one understands being an outsider like the people who have experienced it. Mad Scientist Journal has brought together twenty-eight tales of people who have lived in a world that doesn't accept them. Some face their situation with humor, others less so. Vampires, werewolves, and changelings share space in these pages with gorgons, natukkong, jiangshi, and rokurokubi.
Included in this collection are stories from Ali Abbas, Marina Belli, Jimmy Bernard, Elisa A. Bonnin, Maureen Bowden, Darin M. Bush, Garrett Croker, Jordan Davies, Laura Duerr, Amelia Fisher, Sean Frost, Mathew Allan Garcia, Lucinda Gunnin, Rhiannon Held, Valjeanne Jeffers, Michael M. Jones, S. Qiouyi Lu, John A. McColley, Ville Meriläinen, Timothy Nakayama, Adam Petrash, Jennifer R. Povey, Darren Ridgley, Erin Sneath, J. C. Stearns, and Stuart Webb. Interior art is provided by Errow Collins, GryphonShifter, Amanda Jones, Shannon Legler, and Ariel Alian Wilson.
What We Talk About When We Talk About It is a literary exploration of the myriad faces of this powerful four-letter word.
Poetry and prose by:
Kelly Magee, Sage, MeeRee Orlandini, Erika Rasmussen, Anonymous, Woody Woodger, Lisa Dordal, Lawdenmarc Decamora, Lisa López Smith, Richard Weems, Lorna Wood, Sharon L. Charde, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Kacie Berghoef, Mel Carlson, Amanda Moore, Shelley Valdez, Jenn Richter, J. White, Claire Hawkins, Ali Abbas, Sean Finucane Toner, Emily Rapp Black, Isabelle Jia, Jackie Craven, Winter Ross, Marian Armstrong Rogers, Rebecca Pilling, Susan Cummins Miller, Thomas Kearnes, Kate Hodges, Laura Lee Washburn, James Penha, Timothy O’Leary, Evan Balkan, D. Dina Friedman, Kate Larsen, Susannah Carlson, Carly Gates, Beth Konkoski, Sarah Russell, Bill Stenson, Alison Stone, Pamela Balluck, Daniel Loring Keating, Flo Golod, Ivan Faute, Melanie Bell
This travelogue gives an insight into the essential and yet mysterious Islamic endeavour of Hajj. It is a guide for the unprepared and light relief for those who, like me, struggle to take things too seriously.
Those of particularly orthodox or conservative religious views should beware.
Included in this first book from Ali Abbas are stories about Ali Baba, a mining town struggling to retain its identity and a man staring into the abyss.