It came from Henry Szabranski

Henry Szabranski’s story “In the Belly of the Angel” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 January 2016. I’m a visual thinker. The inspiration for “In the Belly of the Angel” came from a single, sudden, unbidden image: of a large orangutan-like ape, squatting atop a pile of human bones, its wispy hair stirred by a strong breeze as it contemplated an opening in the floor of a vast, bird-filled chamber floating far above the…

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It came from Rhoads Brazos

Rhoads Brazos’s story “… and now He erases” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 15 January 2016. With “and now He erases . . .” I was striving for the ultimate apocalypse, one in which the whole world quite literally crumbles away. It turned out to be a rather bittersweet tale, though still amusing in small parts. The aforementioned “He” is never named, and his demise isn’t explained. The main character, clearly Evel Knievel, isn’t…

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It came from Mari Ness

Metaphorosis_2016-01_1kMari Ness’s story “Cat Play” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 January 2016.

I don’t really remember much about the actual writing of this story, but I suspect that I wrote it in part because although one of the cats that I live with seems convinced that I too am a cat, just a rather overlarge and clumsy one. (The other cat is well aware that I am a deeply inferior creature who can in no way claim to any of the glory and beauty that she can.) And because I once had a dog who could not quite grasp the difference between “people” and “dog,” but seemed pretty sure he was people – which made some sense, given how terrified he was of dogs.

What if my cat and dog were right – that is, I am, on some level, part cat, and the dog was, on some level, part people?

That was part of it. The other part was that if my Excel spreadsheet is correct, I wrote the story during a period when I was sick, and bored, and considering choices, and possibilities, all of which I can now see bled through the story. Along with those thoughts about cats and dogs.


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It came from Joshua Phillip Johnson

Joshua Phillip Johnson’s story “The Demon in the Page” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 1 January 2016. The idea for “The Demon in the Page” showed up at the most inopportune time. My graduate program in English-Literature required me to pass a foreign language translation exam; it consisted of a relatively short passage in your chosen language (German for me), a bilingual dictionary, and a time limit (an hour or so, I think). To…

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