Short stories of mystery and imagination.

Quarter-finalist for the inaugural ScreenCraft Short Story Contest

The Mirror

Part mystery, part hallucinatory dream, Faisal’s first work of fiction tells the surreal tale of a middle-aged doctor coming to terms with his mortality. Haunted by unusual occurrences, a threatening figure, as well as his own past, the doctor is challenged to put the pieces of his life back together and deal with an act of possible malpractice he doesn’t remember committing—before the boundaries between his dreams and reality break down completely.

The Arrival

In this rumination on death and the afterlife, Tariq Zaman, a jaded ad man who appears to have it all, awakens in the middle of the night to find a very unexpected visitor has come to call: a friend who died ten years ago. Is Tariq’s number up—or is this a chance to make peace with the ghosts of his former life?

Talk Show Host

Saddam Hussein was a tyrant, but what about his many doubles? Where are they now? What if one had become a famous talk show host?

Written through the eyes of a female Esquire journalist who lands the interview of a lifetime with a former double of Saddam who’s now a major celebrity, this imaginative satire skewers the media, pop culture, and Western misadventures in the Middle East.