Saturday, June 9, 2012

Eric Frank Russell's "Hell's Bells" aka "Bentley's Old London Djinn" (as by Duncan H Munro) (novelette, humor): Glad to get rid of Alladin's magic lamp!

An American tourist in Cairo picked up a souvenir - a "sistrum". A gadget with some small bells tied variously. That's the magic lamp of the story.

On a London train some months later, he'll notice the gadget again & playing around, untie a bell. Well, that's the clue for djinn to appear. We'll have fun as literal-minded djinn does the master's bidding...

See also.

  1. Murray Leinster's "Gateway to Elsewhere" (download): Adventure in an alternate reality where djinns actually exist.

Fact sheet.

First published: Short Stories, March 1945 as "Bentley's Old London Djinn".
Rating: B.
Related: Stories of Eric Frank Russell (as by Duncan H Munro) (annotated list).