Eurocentrism in Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith

I really wanted to dislike Clay and Susan Griffith’s Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar because I did not like how refugee European populations fleeing the vampires’ Great Killing, particularly the British royal family, were able to install themselves as rulers of large swaths of Africa from their newly-established capitol in Alexandria, Egypt. How did that happen? If actual European states of the 19th century encountered fierce resistance and had various degrees of control over African and Asian colonies, how did rabble fleeing 18th century homo nasferatus devastation manage to get Africans to install them as rulers?  Is this a Spanish conquest myth where the people fall in prostration at the arrival of whitey? Continue reading

Special Arab/Muslim themed issue of Science Fiction Magazine.

Fiction:
“The Green Book” by Amal El-Mohtar
“50 Fatwas for the Virtuous Vampire” by Pamela K. Taylor
“The Faithful Soldier, Prompted” by Saladin Ahmed
“Kamer-taj, the Moon-horse” from Forty-Four Turkish Fairy Tales

Poetry:
“Me and Rumi’s Ghost” by Samer Rabadi
“Tur Disaala” by Jawad Elhusuni