“Magic is much simpler than it first appears. People, however, therein lies the complexity.”

-Elmhurst Burch

as quoted in The Thises, Thats, and Inbetweens of Multidisciplinary Magica

About Edward Mack

IMG_7859 (2)Welcome to the many worlds of Edward Mack, semi-professional vagabond, semi-semi professional writer. I’ve sold carpets at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, some flying, some not. Placed 3rd in a dancing competition in the Cook Islands (I look fantastic in a grass skirt). And scoured the coast of Mexico for the world’s best fish tacos.

I also write things.

Things about music and vagabonding. Short stories and long stories. Tales from made-up worlds and histories from our own. In English and Spanish.  Sometimes people like the things I write (sometimes in Portuguese). More often they don’t. I hope you do.

I love to talk fantasy worlds and faraway places. And I’m always on the lookout for my next good read and blank places on the map. Drop me a line if you have any vagabonding or writing tips; I’d love to hear from you! Otherwise, see you in space, cowboy.

(Full confession, I stole that logoff line from Cowboy Bebop. Art is either plagiarism or revolution, after all.)

(All right, another confession. That last last line I stole from Paul Gauguin.)

Ghosts of Istanbul

Istanbul is flooded with ghosts

Pashas returned to ensure the succession of their lineage.

Mothers unable to let go of their daughters.

Long-dead soldiers reliving battles amidst the ruins of ancient castles.

Such ghosts have been whispering secret agendas into Istanbul’s ears for a century.

Believing these hauntings to be at the root of a rising ultra-nationalism, junior lawyer Aysu sets out to banish ghosts from the city. At the same time, James, Ph.D. candidate in Ghost Studies, arrives in Istanbul, hoping to find a ghost of his own. However, both get caught in an ever-deepening societal division triggered after the young merchant Sultan defends a Kazleri man from a race-fueled attack.

Aysu, James, and Sultan carom down interweaving paths until they are forced to reform their identities—or collapse under their weight—in Ghosts of Istanbul.

Edward is currently shopping Ghosts of Istanbul. to read more, please contact him.

“Dangerous?” James asked. “No, no, ghosts are not dangerous. They are a miracle.”

Typical yabancı answer.

Yabancı (n): foreigner, outsider, non-kin, stranger, gringo

My Work


“Ghosts of the Republic”
Excerpt from the manuscript “Ghosts of Istanbul”
forthcoming from Adelaide

“Ghosts of Kazleristan”
Excerpt from the manuscript “Ghosts of Istanbul”
forthcoming from The Bosphorus Review

Finalist, Sixfold Winter 2020 Fiction Contest
forthcoming from Sixfold

Midnight Circus

Children’s Fiction

“The Fall of Hawaii”
Change the story with Zoozil’s unique brand of historical fiction.

“A Hippo in the Kitchen”
Short Edition

“The Adventurous Little Mole and the Squid Attack”
Short Edition


“The Sacking of Mega”
Narrative journalism covering the effects of Hurricane Odile
The Week

Wide Open Country
Articles covering country music and lifestyle
Wide Open Country

Trazee Travel
Articles covering travel, trends, and locations
Trazee Travel
Under $100: Istanbul

Other Clients
Marshfield, WI Convention & Visitor Bureau
American Legion