Gray is an exiled Scots creative director and journalist living in NYC. He works for a range of print and digital magazines and brands, and every night he climbs to the roof of his Brooklyn apartment building and squints at the Manhattan skyline, wondering how it might look in a century or few. Sometimes he thinks it will be a glittering gem, other times, a flooded ruin. Or maybe a bit of both.
It was the third one. The third ever, all in the same week. On the pipes, grainy handset video showed hulking masses, ungainly, asymmetrical, wobbling out of the sky. Tearing through level after level of the sprawling, towering city, girders screaming through showers of sparks. The first one on a Tuesday, a dozen commerce units over. Then another Friday, a little closer. And then on Saturday, just as the lights came on. Bang. Our zone.…
Metaphorosis: Best of 2017
Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.
The best stories from Metaphorosis magazine’s second year.
- Snow Queen – T. R. North
- Making the List – David Hammond
- A Nightingale’s Map of the City – Suzanne J. Willis
- The Questioning Bell – Jason Baltazar
- Lake Oreyd – Damien Krsteski
- The Illuminator Leaves – Molly Etta
- Sundown on the Hill – Timothy Mudie
- Notes Towards a New Fairytale – Patrick Doerksen
- The Lost Languages of Exiles – Laura E. Price
- HOPper – Charlotte H. Lee
- The Wife of Fabian Vitalik – Mariah Montoya
- Radical Abundance – Angie Lathrop
- The Snow Queen’s Daughter – Sean R. Robinson
Cover art by Kathryn Weaver.
On sale as of 1 February 2017 at Amazon and other retailers.
Karl Dandenell’s story “Papa Pedro’s Children” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 28 July 2017. “Papa Pedro’s Children” is one of those stories that took years to write. Literally. The situation came to me while I was sitting in a big, comfy rocking chair, giving my daughter a bottle. (She’s now in high school.) I wanted to explore the idea of a main character who was caring for a child that wasn’t his, so I…
Q: What kind of pieces are the most fun to write (action, lyrical, etc.)?
A: The human mind has an underrated capacity for acceptance. The pieces I find the most fun to write are those that arise from characters placed in unexpected, uncomfortable or even horrific situations and then watching them navigate their way through it. No matter how dark or bizarre the circumstances, the act of living always finds its own lyric beauty.
Mark David Adam lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia. When he is not foraging for edible and medicinal wild plants, playing funk guitar, or working at his day jobs, he writes short stories.