Greenbeard, the latest novella from John Travis and Demain Publishing, is an eclectic mix of genres. It has a magical, almost whimsical opening with seeds of dread planted early on as it soon develops into a supernatural horror tale with strong links to fairytales and fables. Elements of crime drama and murder-mystery are then thrown […]
Called ‘a writer of considerable energy’ in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, John Travis is the author of four books—a short story collection, Mostly Monochrome Stories, and two weird crime novels, The Terror and the Tortoiseshell and The Designated Coconut, the former attracting the attention of several Hollywood film companies. Also, available as an ebook and shortly to appear in paperback, the Crime/Horror/Fairytale hybrid Greenbeard.
Published nearly eighty times, his many short stories and novellas have been published in anthologies and journals such as Nemonymous, The Urbanite, At Ease with the Dead, All Hallows, Supernatural Tales, British Invasion, The Monster Book for Girls, Horror Without Victims, Terror Tales of Northwest England and in both volumes of The Humdrumming Books of Horror Stories, his story from the second volume, ‘The Tobacconist’s Concession’ appearing on the 2009 shortlist for a British Fantasy Award.
He’s also had his work praised by TED Klein and David Renwick, and had an invisible poem read out on Radio 1 by John Hegley. Two further books await publication: a collection, Gaseous Clay and Other Ambivalent Tales, from Eibonvale Press; and a standalone novella, Eloquent Years of Silence, from Vulpine Press. A third crime novel and a further collection of short stories remained unpublished, looking for homes.
Living mostly in his head but occasionally venturing beyond it, his undersized physical form resides in the north of England.