Dr Tim Jarvis

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Creative Industries
Areas of Expertise:
Creative writing
Research Supervision:
Courses taught:

Tim Jarvis is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at ARU, and a writer of supernatural fiction. He has research interests, as a practitioner and critic, in the fields of genre fiction, the Gothic, experimental and innovative writing, fictocriticism, and creative writing pedagogy.

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Tim’s ‘last man’ novel The Wanderer was first published in 2014 (Perfect Edge) and came out in a new limited edition in 2022 (Zagava). His supernatural tales have appeared a variety of places. In 2012, he was shortlisted for the Lightship International Short Fiction Prize.

He is also interested in drone and ambient music and has collaborated with sound artists on sleeve notes, performance, and text for music video.

He is a member of the committee of the Friends of Arthur Machen, a society dedicated to the life and works of the Welsh author of the fantastic, and co-edits the Friends' journal, Faunus.

Research interests
  • Genre fiction
  • The Gothic
  • Innovative writing
  • Fictocriticism
  • Writing for performance
  • Digital literature
  • Creative Writing pedagogy
Areas of research supervision
  • Creative Writing practice, especially in the fields of genre fiction, the Gothic, innovative writing, digital literature, and fictocriticism
  • Critical projects in these areas

Tim currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Writing Speculative Fiction
  • Multiplatform Storytelling 2
  • Special Subject
  • Patterns of Story: Fiction and its Forms
  • Workshop: The Novel
  • PhD Creative Writing, University of Glasgow
  • MA Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
  • BA Film and Literature, University of Warwick
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Co-editor of Faunus, the journal of the Friends of Arthur Machen
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
Selected recent publications

Jarvis, T. J., forthcoming 2023. ‘(That’s How You Sing) Amazing Grace’ in M. Jones (ed.), On a Dark, Raging Sea. Exile in the Margins.

Weedon, A. & T. Jarvis, forthcoming 2023. ‘Gamification and Digital Literature’, in Z. Jaques & E. Giddens (eds), Cambridge History Children’s Literature in English 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Jarvis, T. J., 2022. The Wanderer (revised ed.). Zagava Books.

Jarvis, T. J. 2021. ‘You Must All Be Very Worried: Freud’s Uncanny and Hoffmann’s “The Sandman”’, in D. Coxon & R. Hirst (eds), Writing the Uncanny: Essays on Crafting Strange Fiction. Liverpool: Dead Ink.

Jarvis, T. J., 2021. ‘The Purblind Bards’, in J. Ploeger (ed.), Infra Noir 2020. Zagava.

Jarvis, T. J. (ed.), 2020. Uncertainties Vol. 4. Dublin: Swan River Press.

Jarvis T. J., 2020. ‘The Devil’s Snare’, in M. Beech (ed.), Bitter Distillations. Egaeus Press.

Jarvis, T. J., 2020. ‘Sad Presentiments of a Proud Monster’, in A. Diniz (ed.), Chiaroscuro Void. Raphus Press.

Jarvis, T. J., 2020. ‘The Purblind Bards’. Zagava.

Jarvis, T. J., 2020. ‘The Song of the Goatsucker’, in C. Thompson (ed.), Harvard Review 56.

Jarvis, T. J. 2019. ‘“Sparks in Everything” or “A Tearful Overnight Understanding”: Gnosticism, Alterior Haecceities, and Posthuman Becoming in the Kefahuchi Tract Trilogy’, in M. Bould and R. Williams (eds), M. John Harrison: Critical Essays. Canterbury: Glyphi.

Valentine, M. & T. Jarvis, (eds) 2019. The Secret Ceremonies: Critical Essays on Arthur Machen. New York: Hippocampus Press.

Jarvis, T. J. 2019. ‘“A Perichoresis, an Interpenetration”; Musings on ‘N’ and the Representational Poetics of Strange Fiction, Discovered in a Notebook Found in Newington Green’, in J. Machin (ed.), Faunus: The Decorative Imagination of Arthur Machen. Strange Attractor Press.

Jarvis, T. J., 2019. ‘Brother Burgholt’s Charm’, in G. Budden & M. Womack (eds), An Invite to Eternity. Cambridge: Calque Press.

Jarvis, T. J., 2019. ‘Cast a Cold Eye’, in Mark Valentine (ed.), The Far Tower: Stories for W.B. Yeats. Dublin: Swan River Press.

Jarvis, T. J., 2019. ‘The Man in the Fire’, in M. Harle & J. Machin (eds), Of Mud & Flame: A Penda’s Fen Sourcebook. Strange Attractor Press.

Jarvis, T. J., 2019. ‘With Scourges, with Flowering Sprigs’, in M. Beech (ed.), The Flower Book. Egaeus Press.

Jarvis, T., 2018. ‘The Weird, the Posthuman, and the Abjected World-in-Itself: Fidelity to the “Lovecraft Event” in the work of Caitlín R. Kiernan and Laird Barron’, in Textual Practice, Vol. 31, Issue 6. London: Taylor and Francis.

Jarvis, T., R. Luckhurst, & J. Machin, 2018. Special issue on Weird Fiction, Textual Practice, Vol. 31, Issue 6. London: Taylor and Francis.

Jarvis, T. J., 2017. ‘What the Bones Told Hecate Shrike’, in The Shadow Booth, Vol. 1.

Jarvis, T. J., 2017. ‘The Yellow Book’, in M. Valentine (ed.), The Scarlet Soul – Stories for Dorian Gray. Dublin: Swan River Press.

Jarvis, T. J., 2017. ‘Who Is That on the Other Side of You?’, in J. Everington and D. Howarth (eds), Imposter Syndrome. Dark Minds Press.

Jarvis, T. J., 2017. ‘And Yet Speaketh’, in M. Beech (ed.), Murder Ballads. Egaeus Press.

Jarvis, T. J., 2017. Liner notes for TVO (musician), ‘Wind Die, You Die, We Die’. Broken20.

Jarvis, T. J., 2016. ‘Flyblown’, in B. Showers (ed.), Uncertainties Vol. 1. Dublin: Swan River Press.

Jarvis, T. J., 2014. The Wanderer. New Alresford: Perfect Edge Books.

Pelletier, C. & T. Jarvis, 2013. ‘The Paradoxical Pedagogy of Creative Writing’, in O. Davis (ed.), Rancière Now. London: Polity Press.

Jarvis, T., 2011. ‘“Pleasure balks, bliss appears” or “The apparatus shines like a blade”: Towards a theory of a progressive reading praxis in Creative Writing pedagogy’, in N. Krauth and K. Brophy (eds), TEXT: The Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, Vol 15, No. 2. Australasian Association of Writing Programs.

Recent presentations and conferences

2022: Beds Talk: Telling Stories

2017-18: ‘When cut, the present you leaks out into the future’, Wolverhampton Literary Festival, B&O Play Event, Ace Hotel Shoreditch, Various

2017: Edge Poetics: A Symposium on Innovative and Speculative Writing Practices in Higher Education

2017: Universal Harvester, London Launch

2016: A Weekend of Weird, Loughborough University

2016: Twisted Tales: Ghost Stories at Keele Hall, Keele University

2015: Twisted Tales of the Weird, John Rylands Library, Part of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Gothic Festival

2013: The Weird: Fugitive Fictions/Hybrid Genres, Birkbeck, University of London