A question for Michelle Ann King

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

A: Dark Matter, by Michelle Paver — a tense and incredibly creepy story set in the Arctic Circle in the 1930s. It’s beautifully written, with gorgeous descriptions of both the physical Arctic landscape and the narrator’s psychological landscape. The format — journal entries — is perfect: appropriately old-fashioned and allowing the reader to see the gradual deterioration of the main character’s mental state and letting him function as a semi-unreliable narrator, since he’s both telling what happened and commenting on his own words. It captures the isolation and claustrophobia wonderfully, and creates a deeply unsettling atmosphere of menace throughout. The supernatural elements are of the very subtle, caught-out-of-the-corner-of-the-eye variety, and all the more terrifying for it. Reading this made me feel ill, which is just about the highest praise for a horror story I can give 🙂


Michelle Ann King’s story “Light Winds With a Chance of Velociraptors” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 2 June 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

It came from Eugene Morgulis

Eugene Morgulis’s story “My Last Summer at Camp Unterlaken” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 11 November 2016. The setting of the story is based on Camp Interlaken in Northern Wisconsin, which I attended every summer as a boy. The lake was freezing, so the counselors would joke that there were motion activated heating coils beneath the surface, and we had to jump in so they could warm up the water. The story takes that…

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A question for Jason Baltazar

Q: What do you think makes for a good story?

A: I think a good story has to engage us on multiple levels. When a writer is able to keep me spellbound with language or compelling images, makes me care about their characters, and provides an interesting plot to boot, this adds up to a story I won’t soon forget. Even better if we get a sense there is a driving force that unifies all of these elements. Most of all, I think a good story somehow shows its reader that it is honest.


Jason Baltazar’s story “The Questioning Bell” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 26 May 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Michelle Ann King

Michelle Ann King was born in East London and now lives in Essex, where she writes short stories in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. Her favourite author is Stephen King (sadly, no relation), and she also loves zombies, Las Vegas, and good Scotch whisky.

www.transientcactus.co.uk


Michelle Ann King’s story “Light Winds With a Chance of Velociraptors” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 2 June 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

It came from Caleb Warner

Caleb Warner’s story “The Cartographer” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 4 November 2016. This story really first came into being as a prose poem that I wrote for an introductory poetry class I took years ago. The primary image I began with was that of a little girl looking up at a telephone pole. I had no other context in my head other than just that image. A lot of my ideas start this…

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