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Allison Epstein’s story “Pandemonium” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 18 November 2016. For a mild-mannered, not-religious Midwesterner, I have a slightly offbeat fascination with demons. I often find my brain circling back to them when I sit down to write, like water circling the drain of a vaguely hellish shower. The reluctant Miltonic demon has always fascinated me: the world-weary nine-to-fiver, beaten down by the daily grind of damnation, yet still pathetically hopeful things…

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Pandemonium – Allison Epstein

Belial sighed as the Brown Line clattered overhead, sending aftershock tremors through the tracks to the pavement. He kicked a stray chip of gravel ahead of him as he walked, his hands pressed deep in his pockets. “I hate this city,” he muttered, mostly to fill the nearly deserted street with the sound of his own voice. “Too much fucking iron.” The woman walking behind him slackened her pace, widening the distance between them. He…

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A question for Allison Epstein

Q: Do you use critique groups or other resources to polish your writing?

A: I swear by critique groups—my writing output would probably decrease by half without them. When you’re writing by yourself, it’s easy to get discouraged and think no one’s ever going to read your work-in-progress. But when you know your critique group is going to read it, plus it has to be ready in three days, it’s serious motivation to get off Twitter and back to work. I belong to a stellar writing group in my neighborhood, where writers of various backgrounds and genres meet up weekly to talk craft, navigate plot holes, and drink too much wine. I’m also notorious for running story ideas past friends with no invitation whatsoever. My friends are used to getting phone calls that open with “Hi, so, question: octopus-people. Yea / nay?” I have very patient friends.


Allison Epstein’s story “Pandemonium” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 18 November 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Allison Epstein

Allison Epstein is a writer, editor, marketer, and words person living in Chicago. She studied creative writing at the University of Michigan, and currently writes both historical fiction and what could be called urban fantasy if you squint. She is the grammar nerd your high school English teacher warned you about.

allisonepstein.contently.com


Allison Epstein’s story “Pandemonium” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 18 November 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.