It came from Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson’s story “Luminaria” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 July 2016. My original plan for this story was for a kind of Borgesian pirate yarn – magic realism meets boys-own adventure, or something along those lines. I’m not sure I succeeded, but the concept of a metaphysical shipboard mutiny I’d finally arrived at stayed with me. I adapted a shorter, abandoned story I had lurking in the ‘trunk’ and it turned out to…

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Luminaria – Matt Thompson

It’s a cold, hopeless wind that blows across the Southern Seas on these winter nights. Blade-edge gusts skim the waves; paper lanterns swing from the rigging, and the merchandise below decks strains against the swells: statues of boars and elephants, carvings of crocodiles and dung beetles, their marbled visages mocking the dreams of those who bear their burden of passage. On such a night one might remember the deserts of home, rocky outcrops on the…

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A question for Matt Thompson

Q: What was your favorite children’s book?

A: Clearly there are too many to choose just one. If pushed, though, I’ll go for ‘The Truck On The Track’ by Janet Burroway, wherein a fantastical circus troupe attempt to free their vehicle before it’s mown down by a train. Inevitably, they fail. The final orgy of destruction was always my favourite part as a child. The story has the quality of the best children’s (or adult) fiction, in that it’s entirely deranged; the cumulative rhyming form just adds to the weirdness. And there’s a yak involved. Tragically it seems to be out of print nowadays.


Matt Thompson’s story “Luminaria” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 July 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson is a London-based writer of oddball fantastical fiction. He has also released upwards of twenty records over the course of a two decade-plus musical career. When not trying to emulate Jorge Luis Borges or Richard Pinhas he likes to pretend he can cook Japanese vegetarian cuisine.

He can be found online at matt-thompson.com.


Matt Thompson’s story “Luminaria” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 July 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.