Last Night In Brighton آخر ليلة في برايتون is the last of the two-novel Ghorba Ghost Story Series

Coming November 2022



‘Massive’ – Alya Mooro, bestselling author of The Greater Freedom


‘Hayoun’s transgressive and transporting gifts are wonderfully on full display’, Moustafa Bayoumi, award-winning author of This Muslim American Life


PRESS Readers’ Favorite Reads of 2022

Blogcritics Review

Locus Magazine Review

Lambda Literary Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature, December

Chicago Review of Books interview

Paste Magazine

CrimeReads/LitHub Excerpt

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Named one of LitHub – CrimeReads Queer Mysteries and Thrillers to Read All Year Long

Named a ‘Can’t Miss’ indie press speculative novel

Raseef22: interview [English]

Raseef22: interview [Arabic]

Caravel Magazine article


In this dazzling finale — both of the Ghorba Ghost Story Series and award-winning author Massoud Hayoun’s brief career as a novelist — Darf Publishers brings you a Jewish Egyptian Wizard of Oz, radiating “crushed velour and luxury” and “sensuality once more”.

Sam Saadoun, not to be confused with the gay Jewish Arab protagonist of BUILDING 46 四十六号楼 of the same name, had planned to spend a final night in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn with the last of many lovers. But amid their frolicking through that American immigrant enclave’s Post-Soviet attractions, Sam finds himself cast back to the heart of the matter: Alexandria, Egypt in the 1930s.

With the biting satire and folly of a Luis Buñuel film and the delicious melancholy of a Beach House ballad, Hayoun offers us a striking last look at the Ghorba Ghost World’s longing, love, and lust as well as the political intimacies that have shaped the 21st Century Arab world and northern African diaspora. This is a parting glance that is bound to haunt and delight.