Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome


Three Men #1 Three men and a dog take a boat vacation on England’s waterways, with amusing results. I’ve always confused Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat with the nursery rhyme “rub a dub dub, three men in a tub”. Knowing little of either, it took me years to realize they were different things. I thought I should make the effort to actually read the novel, once I realized there was one. The…

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Showtime – Jamie Brindle

Week One The adverts are compelling, but you tell yourself you only watch the show because Mary wants to. Your wife has always loved reality TV. So on day one you tune in like half the nation, and you are hooked. The ten contestants are pretty awful, they always are on these things. But it’s different this time. When this show ends, only one of these people will survive. Though of course, sims aren’t classed…

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A question for Ekaterinya Vladinakova

Q: What is the first/most recent book that you lost sleep reading/thinking about?

A: Aubrey De Grey’s book Ending Aging – The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime. An amazingly detailed and highly credible book as far as how we would go about reversing the aging proccess; the horrible process that kills 100,000 people every day, and is responsible for untold amount of human suffering in the form of age related ill health & diseases and costing the global economy trillions in healthcare-related costs.

Ekaterinya Vladinakova‘s image “Siruveil” is the cover art for our October 2016 stories.Metaphorosis

A question for Allison Wall

Q: What is the scariest or most disturbing story you’ve ever read?

A: There are several in the running for most disturbing. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is the first story I remember being seriously disturbed by. Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People” and “Revelation” are up there, along with Joy Williams’s “Traveling to Pridesup.”  As far as scary, Jeff VanderMeer’s “The Third Bear” plain terrified me–I didn’t have the guts to read the rest of his collection afterwards.

Allison Wall’s story “Flann Brónach and the King’s Champion” will be published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 30 September 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

Stuffed Head

Stuffed Head

The Vrekli had charged him a small fortune for the gene-tailored symbiotes, and it had taken weeks for him to get used to the squirming feeling in his nasal passages, but it was worth it to be at long last rid of the allergies that had made his life a misery since childhood. The tiny slime worms reliably devoured every speck of pollen, every fragment of dust-mite, every molecule of each airborne allergen that had plagued him in the past, before they could cause the vestige of a reaction.

What he shouldn’t have done was to spring for the recreational-hallucinogen nanobot inhaler on Chur’r. There seemed to be a struggle for supremacy going on inside his sinuses—some kind of hierarchical dispute—and even though he was zoned to the gills, he had now been sneezing nonstop for at least two hours. The spasms were simultaneously a delightful metaphor for a pervasive sense of oneness with the universe, and absolutely unbearable.

from the notebooks of F. J. Bergmann