The Outer Dark presents “Usman T. Malik: Horror with a Sense of Wonder,” a conversation with the author about his World Fantasy Award-winning debut collection, Midnight Doorways: Fables from Pakistan (KITAB Ltd, 2021) and more. This podcast’s content was recorded on March 20, 2023.
The Outer Dark presents ‘Usman T. Malik: Horror with a Sense of Wonder,’ a conversation with the author about his World Fantasy Award-winning debut collection, Midnight Doorways: Fables from Pakistan (KITAB Ltd, 2021) and more. Malik begins by sharing his own road to horror and spec-lit via folk and fairy tales, as well as the layers of story within story in his work, his embrace of horror, Weird, and uncanny fiction, and the role of the Covid pandemic in making Midnight Doorways happen. Discussion then dives into the stories behind his stories from an alley too narrow for death to cosmic horror set in a contemporary time of terrorism but rooted in ancient Indus Valley mythology. He reads (0:42:37) from his rom-com creature feature ‘#Spring Love #Pichal Pairi’ (Tor.com, 2021), talks about cofounding the Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction, and offers his reading recommendations including Urdu authors Naiyer Masuda and Khalida Hussain (Asghar), as well as groundbreaking American Noir pioneer Dorothy B. Hughes. This podcast’s content was recorded on March 20, 2023.
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