I’m happy today to spotlight Ordinary Monsters, a new release by author J.M. Miro.
“Ordinary Monsters is a towering achievement: a dazzling mountain of wild invention, Dickensian eccentrics, supernatural horrors, and gripping suspense. Be warned… once you step into this penny dreadful to end all penny dreadfuls, you’ll never want to leave.” —Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman and Heart-Shaped Box
About the Book:
Title: Ordinary Monsters
Author: J.M. Miro
Series: The Talents Trilogy #1
Page Length: 672
Publication Date: June 7, 2022
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Synopsis: “Imagine a darkness. … Imagine that darkness is inside you, but it’s not a part of you. You feel it there. It’s always waiting.”
A stunning new work of historical fantasy, J. M. Miro’s Ordinary Monsters introduces readers to the dark, labyrinthe world of The Talents
England, 1882. In Victorian London, two children with mysterious powers are hunted by a figure of darkness —a man made of smoke.
Sixteen-year-old Charlie Ovid, despite a lifetime of brutality, doesn’t have a scar on him. His body heals itself, whether he wants it to or not. Marlowe, a foundling from a railway freight car, shines with a strange bluish light. He can melt or mend flesh. When two grizzled detectives are recruited to escort them north to safety, they are forced to confront the nature of difference, and belonging, and the shadowy edges of the monstrous.
What follows is a journey from the gaslit streets of London, to an eerie estate outside Edinburgh, where other children with gifts—the Talents—have been gathered. Here, the world of the dead and the world of the living threaten to collide. And as secrets within the Institute unfurl, Marlowe, Charlie and the rest of the Talents will discover the truth about their abilities, and the nature of the force that is stalking them: that the worst monsters sometimes come bearing the sweetest gifts.
With lush prose, mesmerizing world-building, and a gripping plot, Ordinary Monsters presents a catastrophic vision of the Victorian world—and of the gifted, broken children who must save it.
About the Author:
J.M. Miro is a novelist and poet living in the Pacific Northwest who grew up reading fantasy and speculative fiction.
He also writes under the name Steven Price.