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Pages Missing From the Diary of Samuel Pepys, Esq. – David Berger


It is well-known that there are several pages missing from Samuel Pepys’ famous diary: pages, moreover, that he himself seems to have removed before the various volumes were bound under his direction. Two years ago, the following excerpt was found at Christ’s College Library inside a bible that was known to have been owned by Pepys. By a happy coincidence, the discoverer of the pages is Mr. John Rawlinson, a fellow of Cambridge College and a collateral descendant of the Rawlinson mentioned in this excerpt.

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Pages Missing From the Diary of Samuel Pepys, Esq. – David Berger
It is well-known that there are several pages missing from Samuel Pepys’ famous diary: pages, moreover, that he himself seems to have removed before the various volumes were bound under his direction. Two years ago, the following excerpt was found at Christ’s College Library inside a bible that was known to have been owned by Pepys. By a happy coincidence, the discoverer of the pages is Mr. John Rawlinson, a fellow of Cambridge College and …
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Where the Old Neighbors Go – Thomas Ha
The man standing on the porch that night seemed like an ordinary gentrifier at first glance: young and tall and artfully unshaven. His jeans were tattered, but strangely crisp, and his shirt was loose and tight in all the wrong places. He had the appearance of someone vaguely famous, like his face could have been in a magazine ad or on the side of a bus. And to anyone other than Mary Walker, he would …
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Fetch – B. Morris Allen
She had died from overheating. It was an unlikely death, in the star-spark darkness beyond the atmosphere, where the outside temperature measured in single digits Kelvin. Yet temperature in space flight was a tricky thing. In Laika’s case, a part of the ship had failed to separate. Torn insulation and a compromised control system had cooperated to simulate an intolerable summer day. She had died in hours.
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Joy (Unplugged) – B.C. van Tol
A reddish moon clung to the horizon like a faded blood stain that wouldn’t wash out. Joy shivered, looking at the moon’s human-like face from her attic window, wishing she could pull him to her. Together, they could agonize in this lonely house atop the hill. From afar, his mouth hung agape, as though wailing in silent operatic sorrow. The silence pervaded the dark, motionless town nestled in the valley below. From Joy’s vantage point, …
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It came from Matt Hornsby

Matt Hornsby’s story “The Draining” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 20 March 2020. The story really came from a single, simple image – of a ship marooned on the ocean floor, with the ocean nowhere to be seen. It seemed like a powerful image of environmental catastrophe, and I added the idea of the ship being a hunting-ship, whose business is exploiting nature in the form of the ‘serpents’, to bring that element out. …

A question for M. Douglas White

Q: How has your writing evolved over time?

A: I believe every author’s writing evolves over time, whether that’s through purposeful practice or simply as a reflection of one’s life experiences. I’ve always been a voracious reader, and some of my earliest memories involve sitting down on the floor with a pile of children’s picture books and flipping through the pages until I fall asleep from exhaustion. As a child, I’d tell my own stories to family and friends, mimicking the books I enjoyed. As an adult, my reading interests have expanded, and, like everyone, I’ve also collected quite a few life experiences from which to draw inspiration.

I feel that the biggest evolution of my writing over the years has been considering the audience more with each project I start. Whereas in the past I’d write a story simply to describe an interesting plot, these days I try to actively put myself in the reader’s shoes and attempt to understand what message or emotion they may receive. How can I make the plot more interesting? How can I make the reader care more about a certain character? How can I clarify the action, theme, and tone more effectively?

Seeking to improve clarity has not only improved my fictional stories, it’s also proved to be a beneficial exercise in communicating with others in my work life and personal life, too. I’ll forever be a student of writing, because it’s a craft that one can continually improve throughout their life. That’s what I love most about it—it’s always evolving.


M. Douglas White’s story “Good Boy
in Metaphorosis Friday, 2 October 2020.
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A question for Caleb Costelle

Q: What hero (of any gender) would you name your child after, if we lived in a society with names like that?

A: Martian Manhunter!


Caleb Costelle‘s image “Cactus & Lizard” is the cover art for our October 2020 stories.Metaphorosis

About Hannah Costelle

Hannah Costelle is a mystery and fantasy writer who strives to bring humor and intricate plot twists into her work. On a typical day you can find her reading books of every genre or hiking in the Kentucky woods.


Hannah Costelle’s story “Cactus and Lizard
in Metaphorosis Friday, 9 October 2020.
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Pages Missing From the Diary of Samuel Pepys, Esq. – David Berger

It is well-known that there are several pages missing from Samuel Pepys’ famous diary: pages, moreover, that he himself seems to have removed before the various volumes were bound under his direction. Two years ago, the following excerpt was found at Christ’s College Library inside a bible that was known to have been owned by Pepys. By a happy coincidence, the discoverer of the pages is Mr. John Rawlinson, a fellow of Cambridge College and …

It came from Rhema Sayers

Rhema Sayers’s story “The Wicked Stepmother” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 13 March 2020. I love fairy tales and fantasy and always have. When I was a little girl, my favorite story was The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I always wanted to be a princess. When I got older, I wanted to be a queen. I had to settle for being boss of an ER for a 12 hour shift. But my experiences in the …