It came from K. G. Anderson

K. G. Anderson’s story “Rowboat” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 12 February 2016. I’ve often wanted to rewrite parts of my own life story, so it was natural that I’d write fiction about a character who attempts it. Fiction is filled with characters who reinvent themselves. This used to be true in real life, as well — people who emerged from war zones, or who turned up on the frontier, where no one could…

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It came from Elise Forier Edie

Elise Forier Edie’s story “Heard” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 5 February 2016. “Heard” began as an experiment in trying to write shorter fiction. I tend to write long pieces, and it’s really a challenge for me to keep things in the 3,500-word range. For “Heard,” I set the super tight goal of about 1,000 words, and it was very tough going, for quite some time. I kept wanting to delve deeply into character…

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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

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…

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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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