Julia (novel)

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Julia by Peter Straub cover.jpg
Author Peter Straub
Country United States
Language English
Genre Horror
Published 1975, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan
Media type Print
Pages 287 pages
ISBN 0698106954
Preceded by Under Venus
Followed by If You Could See Me Now

Julia is a 1975 novel by Peter Straub.[1] The work is Straub's first novel to deal with the supernatural and was published through Coward, McCann & Geoghegan.[2] Julia was later adapted into the 1977 film The Haunting of Julia (occasionally referred to as Full Circle) starring Mia Farrow.[3]

The work is Straub's third novel and his second published novel, as Under Venus was not officially published until 1984.[4] Straub began writing Julia at the advice of his literary agent after Under Venus was rejected by his publishers, as his agent recommended that he try writing a gothic novel.[5]


Julia Lofting has just purchased a large house in London as a means of escaping her overbearing husband, Magnus, and to start her life over following the death of her nine-year-old daughter, Kate. But she begins to suspect that she is not alone, and after a seance is held at her home she comes to fear that a malevolent supernatural presence is stalking her.


  1. ^ King, Stephen (2010). Danse Macabre (reprint ed.). Gallery Books. p. 267. ISBN 9781439170984. 
  2. ^ Joshi, S.T. (2001). The Modern Weird Tale: A Critique of Horror Fiction. McFarland. pp. 202–205. ISBN 9780786409860. 
  3. ^ Howison, Del. "Dark Deals: Peter Straub's Options". Fearnet. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Berry, Michael. "AN INTERVIEW WITH PETER STRAUB". SFF.net. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Eberhart, John Mark (November 4, 2004). "Novelist Peter Straub plays with narrative _ and plays on common fears, too". Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service (subscription required). Retrieved 24 May 2014.