“Julie Travis’ work has been compared to Leonora Carrington, with which I agree – it has the same bold surrealness, but this isn’t a pastiche. It’s utterly strange and beguiling.” Priya Sharma, Shirley Jackson Award winning author.
“A rare example of a story that I have now placed in a special treasured niche of my memory…I literally wept at the story’s musical ‘dying fall’ of an outcome.” DF Lewis, author and Gestalt real-time reviewer.
Born in London in 1967 and brought up on a diet of Hammer Horror and Tales of the Unexpected, Julie Travis began writing horror fiction in the early 1990s. A movement of contemporary horror/slipstream fiction fanzines/magazines was springing up in the UK and Julie’s early work – ‘The Porta-Caval Shunt’, ‘Jump From A Speeding Car’, ‘The Guinea Worm’ – caused quite a stir when they first appeared. Since then, her short stories and novelettes have developed to become ‘transgenre’ fiction, with elements of dark fantasy, magical realism, Surrealism, the occult and feminism, all from a queer perspective. Now living in West Cornwall, when not writing she photographs sacred sites and co-runs Dead Unicorn Ventures.
The Porta-Caval Shunt – Night Mail #2 1991.
Jump From A Speeding Car – R.E.M. #2 1992.
The Guinea Worm – The Third Alternative #5 1994 (republished in Last Rites and Resurrections, first TTA anthology, 1995 [winner of a British Fantasy Award, 1996]).
The Fourth World – Psychotrope #3 1995.
Bedlam’s Way – Saccade #10 c.1996 (this story was originally selected for the New Statesman magazine’s supplement of new fiction, edited by Mat Coward, in around 1995. The supplement was never published, for unknown reasons).
Owl-Blasted – Necrologue 2003 (Diva horror anthology, winner of 2004 Gaylactic Spectrum Award).
Moon Wood – Va Va Voom 2004 (Diva anthology of erotica).
God’s Favourite Creatures* – Kimota #6 1997.
Best Wishes – Dummy #1 1999 (London women’s art/prose magazine).
Perpetual Motion* – Kimota #16 2002.
Darkwor(l)ds – self published chapbook with six short stories 2002.
Darkworlds – Premonitions: Causes For Alarm 2008. Given Honourable Mention in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 2009).
The World Beneath – Covers of Darkness May 2011.
Cross Bound – Aphelion September 2011 (webzine). Story chosen by Aphelion as one of their best of the year (see February 2012 issue).
Blue – Kzine #1 September 2011 (Kindle magazine).
The Falling Man – Storylandia #7, (Los Angeles literary fiction journal) Autumn 2012.
Pieces – Urban Occult (Anachron Press, horror anthology), March 2013. This story is dedicated to the memories of Jhonn Balance (1962 – 2004) and Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson (1955 – 2010).
The Ferocious Night – Storylandia #12, May 2014.
From The Bones, Grave Goods, Scar Tissue, Theophany, Widdershins – Storylandia #15, Collected Stories By Julie Travis, April 2015.
Blue – Killing It Softly 2 (Digital Fiction [Canada] anthology of women’s horror), eBook and paperback, October 2017. [Reprint from Kzine #1, 2011.]
Cross-Bound, A Fairy Ring, Humans Remain – Fast-Clean-Cheap (editor: Andy Martin, Lulu.com), paperback, November 2017. [Cross-Bound reprinted from Aphelion webzine, Sept 2011.]
Dark Fires, Beautiful Silver Spacesuits, The Spoiler, Pig Iron, The Man Who Builds The Ruins, March Of The Marvellous, The Hidden, Parasomnia, We Are All Falling Towards The Centre Of The Earth – We Are All Falling Towards The Centre Of The Earth, 2nd collection, Wapshott Press, Summer Solstice 2018.
Trigger – Vastarien Vol 1, issue 2. Chosen by Ellen Datlow for her recommended reading list 2018.
Tomorrow, When I Was Young – chapbook, Eibonvale Press, October 2019. Nominated for Best Short Fiction category, British Fantasy Society Awards 2020.
The Cruor Garland – Monsters Out of the Closet podcast, episode 26, December 2019.
This Is How A Star Dies – Contagious Magick of the Super Abundance: The Art & Life of Ian Johnstone, Timeless Press, December 2019 [see also non-fiction].
IIIII – Contagious Magick: Bee Keeper Edition, Timeless Press, June 30 2020.
Sky Eyes: Dreamland, Black Shuck Books, August 2021.
*These stories republished in Kimota Anthology, released on Kindle 2011
Non-Fiction [in magazines or fanzines unless stated otherwise]
Photography of Highgate Cemetery, London – Night Mail #1.
Sister George – interview, Scotsgay #3 1995.
Various articles/columns/reviews – Vaseline Zine/The V Files, the magazine of Club V, 1995 – 1999, under the name Susan Curtis.
How Was It For You, Darling? (Where Now For British Queercore?) – Girl Frenzy #6 1996.
London Lesbian Avengers – article, Girl Frenzy #6.
Blade Runners – article on self-harm, Diva June 1999.
Shooting From The Lip – interview with Joelle Taylor, Diva, March 2000.
‘For All Girls Banging Drums In Bedrooms’ – interview with Gertrude, Diva, May 2000.
The Talking Cure – article on counselling, Diva, December 2000.
No Justice, Just Us – interview with Julie Bindel/Justice For Women, Diva, December 2001.
Milking The Revolution – article on the Radical Dairy, Stoke Newington, Diva, c2002.
Two of Us: Cassandra and Laetitia Latham Jones – interview with St Buryan Village Wisewomen, Curve, December 2013.
Turning The Tables – interview with Ellyott Ben Ezzer, Curve, June 2014.
The Devil’s In The Detail – guest post for Priya Sharma‘s website, June 2018.
Intro: Everything Has A Discharge and prose accompanying The Leg-Cutting Piece – Contagious Magick of the Super Abundance: The Art & Life of Ian Johnstone, Timeless Press, December 2019 [see also fiction].
Various birds [photography] – cd booklet and cd label included with UNIT album ‘The Colours of Life’, 2013, and in cd booklet issued with UNIT album ‘Rock In Opposition Phase 5’, 2014.
And reviews of gigs by 3 Daft Monkeys, Eliza Carthy, The Imagined Village, Show of Hands, Jackie Oates & Karen Tweed, Martin Carthy in The Cornishman (West Cornwall local paper) circa 2005-present.
All images and text ©Julie Travis unless otherwise stated.