It came from B. Morris Allen

B. Morris Allen’s story “Adaptations to Coastal Erosion” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 24 June 2016. This story started with literary theft. I was reading Jonathan Carroll’s After Silence, which includes a brief story-within-a-story about a woman who gets skinnier and skinnier, and eventually floats away from her husband. Carroll doesn’t do much more with it, but the idea intrigued me – the sudden and unexplained negation of physical laws for just one person.…

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It came from Phil Berry

Phil Berry’s story “Sheer” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 June 2016. Sheer – the eponymous and seemingly limitless vertical tower of rock, came from a desire to create a distinct ‘secondary’ world. I wanted to show how men and women would adapt to conditions that seem unbearable. Imagine never being able to sit or rest on a solid, horizontal structure. ‘Flat’ becomes myth, and those who tire of life spent on hessian ropes…

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It came from Vanessa Fogg

Vanessa Fogg’s story “In Dew and Frost and Flame” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 3 June 2016. This story was born from the wreckage of a different, failed story. I’d been trying to write a story about a wizard’s house. In this story, a house has been abandoned for years, is eventually taken over by the county for unpaid taxes, and a housecleaning crew is assigned to clean the place up for sale. Since…

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It came from Brad Preslar

Brad Preslar’s story “A Song Without a Voice” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 13 May 2016. The inspiration for “A Song Without a Voice” came to me one summer at an outdoor concert. In Nashville, everyone’s neighbors are in a band, ours included. Oddly enough, our neighbor’s band is Drew Holcombe and the Neighbors. My wife and I had gone to see them play an amphitheater show with several other bands from out of…

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It came from Meryl Stenhouse

Meryl Stenhouse’s story “Gathering Dust” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 April 2016. The beginning of this story came from a prompt from a writing course I did with Cat Rambo. The prompt was a picture of an old woman feeding the pigeons. In my head, the protagonist was a middle-aged man, recently divorced, just lost his job etc. He was watching the old woman as she picked up the pigeons, sprinkled them with…

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It came from L. Chan

L. Chan’s story “Whalesong” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 15 April 2016. “Whalesong” started out with a single prompt-like line: the 50 hertz whale is the hero. The 50 hertz whale, also known as the loneliest whale in the world, is a solitary whale who sings at a frequency that other whales can’t hear. The jury is still out on whether there’s truth to that particular factoid, but it formed the kernel of this…

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