Book Review – The Midnight Circus

The Midnight Circus
by Jane Yolen
(Tachyon Publications, October 1, 2020)

At a Glance


Adult Dark Fantasy

Age Range:


From the Publisher:

“Welcome to the Midnight Circus—and watch your step. The dark imaginings of fantasy icon Jane Yolen are not for the faint of heart. In these sixteen brilliantly unnerving tales and poems, 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.” (source)


  • Strong, beautifully written stories
  • Spook factor
  • Excellent notes and poems for each story

Full Review

I have had my eye on The Midnight Circus for months and months and I was so excited to get a digital ARC copy. I read and reviewed both The Emerald Circus and How to Fracture a Fairy Tale when they first came out and I enjoyed them both. I do believe that The Midnight Circus is my favorite of the three. Probably because I always enjoy a good dark fairy tale.

Jane Yolen is the queen of the fairy tale genre and this collection of her previously published stories had everything I have come to expect from a master storyteller. Each of these stories had a level of spookiness that I relished. There was one story in particular that unsettled me enough to get up and check on the kiddos in bed to make sure that the Redcap hadn’t stolen them away.

One of my favorite parts of these books is the collection of notes and poems that accompany each story. I loved reading how and why Jane came up with each story. It helped enrich each tale even more. The book is just all around fantastic.

Final Verdict

If you’re looking to read some excellent dark fantasy, definitely check out this collection.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review – The Midnight Circus

  1. I’ve heard about this book.. but not what this is about. Definitely a tbr for me. I love dark fairy tales and this just sounds really interesting.
    Fantastic review and thanks so much for sharing it!


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