The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath


A girl named Mirror has been irrevocably changed by her time locked in a clock painted over with Ladybirds, so she and her shapeshifting guardian Goliath must solve the mystery of her imprisonment while escaping the pursuit of the dangerous Mr. John Loveheart, Esq.

“An enthralling multi-layered whimsical fantasy with a deep dark heart lurking beneath the surface.”
– Jim McLeod, Ginger Nuts of Horror

File Under: Fantasy [ Shapes Shifting | Inside the Clock | A Tasty Little Girl | 12 Dancing Princesses ]

The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq. Volume One

1888. A little girl called Mirror and her extraordinary shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know what she is, but she knows she is no longer human.

John Loveheart, meanwhile, was not born wicked. But after the sinister death of his parents, he was taken by Mr Fingers, the demon lord of the underworld. Some say he is mad. John would be inclined to agree.

Now Mr Fingers is determined to find the little girl called Mirror, whose flesh he intends to eat, and whose soul is the key to his eternal reign. And John Loveheart has been called by his otherworldly father to help him track Mirror down…

An extraordinary dark fairytale for adults, for fans of Catherynne Valente and Neil Gaiman.