A question for Mark Rookyard

Q: Are you optimistic about the future of humanity?

A: I’d say I’m 50/50. There’s the excitement and wonder of new technology and where that can take us, but then I think there’s always humanity’s baser instincts holding us back from what we could truly achieve. I could never imagine humanity, with all its failings, will ever achieve a utopia.

Mark Rookyard’s story “Tides of Reflection” will be published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 6 May 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Brad Preslar

Brad Preslar writes from Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife Ellie and their dog Stella (named for his wife’s favorite cider.) He wrote unique selling propositions and concepts for ten years at ad agencies in NC and OH before going freelance to devote more time to writing fiction. Brad grew up in Winston-Salem, NC where he studied Communication at Wake Forest University. He also received a MFA in film production from the University of Miami.


Brad Preslar’s story “A Song Without a Voice” will be published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 13 May 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

Murder on the Adriana – James Ross


Go to sleep, both of you. Do you want a sad story, or a happy story? You’re right, I don’t know many happy stories. Did I ever tell you about the time I met Emily Davis on board the Adriana? It is a sad story, but there were some happy moments. No, this isn’t a war story, the Adriana was a cruise-liner. One of the very finest. This was just after the war. Hush now,…

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Blue Moon Over Thurman Street – Ursula K. Le Guin & Roger Dorband


A book of photographs and poems capturing Portland’s NW Thurman Street in the 1980s. Lots of neighbourhoods have books; my little coastal village has one. They’re collections of photos or sketches of houses and locales, accompanied by brief paragraphs of local history, favorite recipes, awkward poems. They’re interesting mainly to the people who grew up in or move into those neighbourhoods, who can see what it used to be like, or complain about how it’s…

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A question for Meryl Stenhouse

Q: What distracts you?

A: Oh, pretty much everything. I have to be very disciplined with myself to get anything done. At the moment I’m looking out the window of my study and noticing that the ginger needs cutting back and the front bed needs weeding. Or I’ll be in the dreaded middles of my current story is and I’ll get a New Shiny Idea and I’ll quickly jot down some notes and then find I’ve written several pages of draft. Or I’ll walk past the bookshelf and something will catch my eye and half an hour later I’ll have moved on to cleaning out the cupboards and will have completely forgotten what I’m supposed to be doing. What works best for me is an empty room and a locked door, and an endless supply of good tea.

Meryl Stenhouse’s story “Gathering Dust” will be published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 April 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.