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Author Interview: Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin

Photo credit: Bina Khan

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Today I am interviewing Jared Shurin and Mahvesh Murad, co-editors of the new anthology, The Outcast Hours.

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DJ: Hi Jared Shurin & Mahvesh Murad! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourselves?

Jared Shurin: Thank you very much for having us! Mahvesh and I are a co-scheming team, separated by a mere 6,500 miles. A few years ago we discovered that, as much as we like plotting mad projects alone, it is much more fun (and productive) when we work together. Since then, we’ve written reviews and re-reads, shared a table of contents or two, and, of course, edited anthologies. The Djinn Falls in Love was published in 2017 and The Outcast Hours is out soon.

DJ: What is The Outcast Hours about?

Jared: The people who live at night. Wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever you do – the sun always sets. There are so many people who live, work, play, and travel – all during the night. Who are the people who come to life when the light goes out? Bartenders, shift workers, ambulance drivers; people on dates, on duty, or on the run… There are so many stories, and we never hear them.

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Outcast Hours?

Mahvesh Murad: Prince’s “Joy in Repetition”

Jared: There’s a fantastic quote from Ursula Le Guin that kicks off the book: “We like to think we live in daylight, but half the world is always dark; and fantasy, like poetry, speaks the language of the night.” So, like everyone else in SF/F: her. Continue reading

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