Radical Abundance – Angie Lathrop

Something woke me. A sound. I rolled to my back. Sand and rock ground into my shoulders and my skin hurt everywhere and my lungs seemed too dry to work properly. But for a moment I forgot all that, because when I looked up, there was a silver bowl over the still landscape. The sky mirrored the desert and the desert mirrored the sky and everything was pale and beautiful. Dawn was like that in…

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It came from Damien Krsteski

Damien Krsteski’s story “Lake Oreyd” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 24 March 2017. The relationship between faith and science interests me as a social phenomenon: I won’t deny I’ve enjoyed following the rhetorical tug-of-war, rooting from the sidelines for one camp, then, in equal measure and in eager anticipation, for their opponent, scrambling in the ensuing fray for every nutritional nugget of food-for-thought among the verbal chaff. But metaphysical debating aside, the subject attracts…

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A question for David Hammond

Q: Do you ever feel bad for what you put your characters through?

A: No, I don’t feel bad. The main reason is that I don’t generally put my characters through anything that horrible. The worst experiences in my stories tend to be things that I have experienced myself: alienation, intense embarrassment, unrequited love. To pity my characters would be to pity myself, and I’m not about to do that. Instead I always try to leaven things with humor, which is my own best coping mechanism.

David Hammond’s story “Making the List” was published on Friday, 6 October 2017.
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About Rob Francis

Rob Francis is an academic ecologist and writer based in London. He spends his days researching urban ecosystems and lecturing students on whatever thoughts happen to arrive in his head during class. On the train to work, he writes fantasy and horror stories.

Rob Francis’s story “Beneath the Sea of Glass” was published on Friday, 13 October 2017.
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A question for Kathryn Hammond

Q: What’s better: illustrating or having illustrated?

A: I think both are very important. I love the process of painting, creating, trying new things. Having illustrated is also very critical, because looking back at your old work and learning from it is one of the most valuable parts of art. I wish to continue drawing and painting all my life, expanding my repertoire and learning new techniques. A wonderful part of the illustration portion of creating is that I can translate my emotions onto paper, express my feelings and ideas. Once something is drawn, I look back at it from time to time to see how much I have grown, both as a person as an artist and remember the emotions I felt while drawing. Drawings get old really fast for me, as something I drew yesterday I can already draw better today. Moving on and just constantly practicing is what I enjoy most about art. So I guess my answer is both.

Kathryn Hammond‘s image “Fire” is the cover art for our October 2017 stories.Metaphorosis

What the Darkness Is – Simon Kewin

The howls of the gore-hounds filled the night air. Vanda stopped to catch her breath. Sounds echoed off the trees, throwing noises at her from odd angles. Her pursuers were close. When they caught her it would be the end. She peeped at the precious cargo she carried, strapped across her chest in the sling she’d fashioned from an old shawl. The night was dark – of course – but there was just enough starlight…

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