#TheMidnightCircus by @JaneYolen

In the newest short fiction collection of this World Fantasy Award-winning series, beloved fantasy author Jane Yolen’s dark side has fully emerged. Her vivid, startling, and thrilling tales and related poems of the supernatural—from icy-hearted witches to sometimes-innocent shapeshifters—reveal a classic storyteller at the height of her powers.

In these sixteen stories, Central Park becomes a carnival where you can—but probably shouldn’t—transform into a wild beast. The Red Sea will be deadly to cross due to a plague of voracious angels. Meanwhile, the South Pole is no place for even a good man, regardless of whether he is living or dead.

Wicked, solemn, and chilling, the circus is ready for your visit— just don’t arrive late.


ONCE, ON THE DARK SIDE of yesterday, there lived a girl who wanted to know the future.



(@TachyonPub, 1 October 2020, 256 pages, ebook, #ARC from the publisher via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)




I’ve read a few story collections by the author and some of her longer work and am quite a fan. I was looking forward to getting lost in this new collection of dark tales. These stories all touch on the supernatural in some way, some darker than others. I liked the fact the stories were all quite different despite dealing with similar themes / same genre. No two stories were alike. In most story collections I’ve read there tends to be one or two stories that don’t quite fit or work. That’s not the case with The Midnight Circus. Every story is excellent. I didn’t want to stop reading. The best stories were Wildling, The House of Seven Angels, Inscription and An Infestation of Angels.


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