The Nature of Glass – Sandi Leibowitz

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Whispers from the Jewish quarter about the raising of a golem. A clock where every hour Death pursued sins and set them quaking. Astronomy, botany, art. Bohemia in the days of Rudolf II was famed for many things. Among them was the making of glass. Zoja was a master glassblower who lived in the outskirts of Prague. In her youth she had married Jozef, learned his trade and worked alongside him. What greater happiness than…

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It came from Vanessa Fogg

Vanessa Fogg’s story “In Dew and Frost and Flame” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 3 June 2016. This story was born from the wreckage of a different, failed story. I’d been trying to write a story about a wizard’s house. In this story, a house has been abandoned for years, is eventually taken over by the county for unpaid taxes, and a housecleaning crew is assigned to clean the place up for sale. Since…

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A question for Simon Kewin

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?

A: The ability to travel instantaneously to any point in the universe. Despite all its riches, the Earth is obviously only a tiny, tiny portion of reality. What other wonders are out there? I’d love to be able to find out…


Simon Kewin’s story “The Stars are Tiny Lights on a Perfect Black Dome” will be published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 December 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Taylor Hornig

Taylor Hornig is a speculative fiction writer based in New Hampshire. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing video games, and hanging out with her very fuzzy dogs.


Taylor Hornig’s story “The Doctor’s Mask” will be published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 23 December 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

The World’s Secret Heartbeat – Aatif Rashid

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Blake tried once again to start his car, a mustard-yellow vintage two-door from back when companies still made gasoline cars — but the engine only sputtered and groaned. It sounded to Khalid like a dying person, coughing and wheezing through its final moments of life with a few last and naive gasps of ill-conceived hope. “I told you we should have taken the electric,” Khalid said. “Don’t worry!” Blake called from the driver’s seat. “It’ll…

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A question for Sandi Leibowitz

Q: What is your favourite part of writing?

A: My favorite part of writing is polishing.  I do love the initial fervor of the onset of idea–but I struggle (usually) with working out the whole story.  That’s where the hard labor comes in.  But once I have my “skeleton draft,” as I call it, I love to see how the story fleshes itself out, often in ways I never dreamed.  And I love to edit, but especially the part beyond mere copy editing, which is where the metaphors turn more apt, or interesting names are conjured up, etc.  Then the story ceases to be just a skeleton, even a fleshed out one, and gains a personality, maybe even a soul.


Sandi Leibowitz’s story “The Nature of Glass” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 9 December 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.