The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night Review

'These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button.
That's why I bought her heart online.'


Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and side shows.
A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island.
A boy is worried his sister has two souls.
A couple are rewriting the history of the world.
And mermaids are on display at the local aquarium.

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of twelve haunting stories; modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls.

Title:The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Amalia Gavea

    "There isn’t anything quite like holding love in your bare hands." I don't know....I don't know how to describe the feelings I've experienced while reading each page of this book. I am not easily c...

  • Kirsty

    Reader: please be aware that Jen Campbell did not like my review of her short stories which follows; in fact, she removed me as a friend here on Goodreads because of it. I would like it to be known - ...

  • Sara

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of short stories based around the concept of fairy tales and magi...

  • Jennifer

    I enjoyed this so much, even though the description didn’t sound like my kind of book (bizarre short story concepts have burned me in the past – I don’t care how weird a story idea is, I care if...

  • Dannii Elle

    This is perhaps the strangest and most beautiful anthology I have ever read. Strange and beautiful in equal measure, as the two battle each other for dominance in this expertly delivered series of sho...

  • Figgy

    RTCAnimals - 4/5Throwing punches from the first line!Set in a world where using animal hearts for transplant is commonplace, and told by a man who is maybe not so unusual in this world of easily repla...

  • Alice Lippart

    Really, really enjoyed this. It was magical, imaginative and wonderful....

  • TheSkepticalReader

    Review originally posted on A Skeptical Reader.A quick and delightful book of short tales of wonder, magic, and fairytale. Jen Campbell’s passion for storytelling, myths & magic, fairytales, and his...

  • Lotte

    3.25/5.This is a short story collection full of magical, fairytale inspired stories – some of which I loved, some of which I didn't care for. Some read more like individual scenes or vignettes rathe...

  • Kaitlin

    * I was sent this for free from the publisher *This book is one I have been highly anticipating since I first followed Jen on Youtube as she's a wonderful lady filled with bizarre but beautiful ideas....