Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My new novel NIRVANA now in stores

I know it's been a long time since I've posted anything on this blog. But due to personal issues and professional obligations, I haven't had the time.

But I am back now, and I have some very good news! My new novel, Nirvana (نيرفانا), the third and final installment in my "Egypt Trilogy", is out now. Published by the esteemed Al Hadara Press, this is a psycho-sexual suspense novel that I've been working on since 2011. It's the culmination of all the ideas, characters, and plot strands of my "Egypt Trilogy", a loosely connected cycle of novels dealing with women's oppression, and corruption - moral, political, and psychological - in contemporary Egypt.

I have been working on this trilogy for the better part of 7 years now, and I am very pleased that the story, as told over these three novels, is now complete. Through these books I have attempted to combine my love of many genres into three separate yet interconnected stories, and I hope that now the trilogy is complete and available in stores, readers can enjoy them by reading them in order.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Book Review: The Twenty-Second Day (اليوم الثانى والعشرون) by Mohamed Alaa-El Din

A compelling novel. Mainly a character study of a young Egyptian man at a loss for identity and lacking sexual maturity. It is also a novel about losing yourself in the labyrinth that is modern Egypt. Author Mohamed Alaa-El Din’s (The Idol) style is hypnotic and assured, and his deconstruction of the linear narrative is bold and effective. Recommended.

Book Review: Daughter Faten (الابنة فاتن) by Nai'm Sabry

A good novel, written in clean, spare prose. The plot, about the life of Faten Farouk, a woman who has an absentee father, and how her relationship with him affects her emotionally and psychologically, is masterfully paced. Author Na'im Sabry (The Waves of Autumn) proves once again that he is a master of the Egyptian psycho-sexual novel. Reminiscent of the works of Ihsan Abdel Qodous and Youssef El Seba’y.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Book Review: The Exiles of God by Ashraf El Khamaisy (منافى الرب)

A daring, unique piece of work, filled to the brim with thought-provoking, bound-to-prove-controversial ideas (like obsession with death, fear of life, the enigma of faith, and sensuality as a conduit to spirituality). The prose is smooth, romantic, and hypnotic.

Even if the book is a tad too long, and the non-linear plotting a bit on the disorienting side, this is still a brilliant book, worth discovering. Long-listed for the "Arabic Booker Prize".

Book Review: The Blue Elephant by Ahmed Mourad (الفيل الأزرق)

I have to say I am somewhat puzzled by how successful this novel proved to be over the past year. It is an entertaining book on some levels, but it's also a deeply flawed one.

Badly written, plastic dialogue, superficial characterization, and a poorly constructed plot, consisting mainly of clichés lifted from dozens of American horror films, are some of the flaws that this book suffers from.

It being short-listed for the "Arabic Booker Prize" is mind-boggling!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

First Season of Ground-Breaking Egyptian Series Now Online

The complete first season of The Weapon, Egypt's first Web Series, is now on YouTube. This is the first time the complete season (8 episodes) has been available in its entirety, uncensored, and with English subtitles. You can watch it here.

Here is the official synopsis: "An Egyptian Web Series centering on the battle between a masked vigilante called "The Hunter" and an organized syndicate of criminals sanctioned by the fascist ruling party. The story takes place in the not so distant future, where Egypt is going through a terrible war against an undefined enemy.

This controversial, action-packed series is the first of its kind, and has been praised for predicting the rise of 
"Black Bloc" in Egypt.

Produced by Independent Productions. Written and Directed by Ahmed Khalifa. Music by Machine Eat Man and The Room.

THE WEAPON is the first Egyptian Web Series in history, and the first Egyptian TV series to be added to THE WEB SERIES CHANNEL, the world's leading directory of the best TV programs from around the world.

For more information, please visit the official Facebook page:" 

I first wrote the outline of the story envisioning it as either a film or a novel. But at my brother's (and co-producer's) suggestion, I began to see that the story, which is epic and multi-faceted, could make a great, multi-season series. And since the response to the first season has been favorable, hopefully the second season will be coming out later this year.

Friday, January 4, 2013

My New Book Out Now on Kindle

My new book, Egyptian Gothic, a collection of never-before-published stories (one novella, a short story, and two radio plays originally written for the BBC), is out now on Kindle.

Here is the official synopsis: "Do you think you know about Egypt? Its dark secrets, its hidden memories? Discover Egypt for the first time in EGYPTIAN GOTHIC, a collection of four Gothic/Suspense tales.

Egyptian Gothic… Egypt as you've never experienced it before.

This is the Egypt of blood, tears, and dark deeds. The Egypt of tyrants, monsters, and ghostly Pashas.

Contained within these four dark tales are heroes, villains and disturbing truths.

In "Egyptian Gothic", in Post-January 25 Egypt, a failed writer receives an old manuscript of a long-lost Gothic novel that might be the key to the end of life as he knows it.

In "Fire", a struggling young man comes face to face with evil incarnate while working as a security guard for a corrupt Egyptian Minister.

In "The Deaths of Women Scorned" and "The Source", two radio plays originally written for the BBC, discover spellbinding mysteries and a large cast of fascinating characters, including Dr. Fouad Sarhan, who has been called “The Egyptian Nero Wolfe.”

The book should come out in an Arabic-Language edition later this year (fingers crossed!). But, for now, readers around the world can get their hands on it through Amazon US, UK, Germany, France, Canada, and Japan. Kindle books are compatible with PC, Mac, and iPad, so you don't have to own a Kindle to be able to read them.