Lie down among the flowers

Photo: Julie Travis

I’m delighted to announce that Tomorrow, When I Was Young has been accepted by Eibonvale Press, for publication as a chapbook in 2019. This is particularly exciting on several levels – a stand alone publication is a big vote of confidence, and Eibonvale Press is a UK publisher – the first in this country, apart from Andy Martin, to publish my fiction for more than a decade. EP’s David Rix was calling for long short stories with an emphasis on magical realism and surrealism and it felt right to send him the manuscript. Thanks to David for having faith in me. If you check out the website, you’ll see how striking and individual the press’ book covers are, so it will be extremely interesting to see what they do for my chapbook.

I’ve now finished all my collaborative projects and am able to reconsider the new story I began a while ago – which has a working title of Sky Eyes. At present, I only have one piece of finished fiction – The Cruor Garland – that hasn’t been placed. As previously stated, I am in no hurry to send any more work to publishers, so it will sit awhile and I will continue to work on it for my own purposes. The Cruor Garland is a fairly Gothic story, hopefully remininscent of 1970s British horror films/tv, but with a far more contemporary attitude, ie the protagonist is of Central or South American origin in a very English establishment setting. Of course, I have to consider what purposes this story will serve. There is usually at least a hint of transformation in most of my work, on various and different levels, and this one features a man being transformed, firstly by the sadness of divorce and then by something possibly far more malevolent. It does, perhaps, reflect the last few years, where much about myself and my life has been changed and some orientation is needed.

 

All images and text © Julie Travis, apart from the title of this piece (from ‘Rosa Decidua’, by Coil)

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8 thoughts on “Lie down among the flowers

  1. Wonderful news; congrats! So pleased to see your diligence and hard work paying off. I admire how you find unique venues for your work, that place care on the whole presentation – artwork, etc. – in addition to the writing!

    • 🙂 thanks!

      I’ve been keeping an eye on mailouts from The Horror Tree – which rounds up publishers looking for stories – but some of the most impressive writers I know of in the UK have been published by Eibonvale Press and the vibe felt right.

  2. Excellent news, so glad to see some UK-based interest in your work! I’m eagerly anticipating the design directions they’ll take with your chapbook – there’s some amazing stuff on their website.

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