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…
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…
Mari 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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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…