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:

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 - ...

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

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this - beautifully written, with a great mix of fantastical, surreal and more realist stories. My favourite story was probably 'Jacob', but the title story, 'The Beginning of the ...

  • * 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....

  • This was a strange book. It's full of modern day fairy tales. It's magical, its whimsical, there's a lovely way with the words but some of it is very disturbing. The first story Animals about buying a...