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The Excursionist of JCPenney – Chris Panatier

Lorraine sat in the passenger seat of the Buick with four flat tires, applying her usual shade of lipstick. The fact that the tires were flat was no bother; the car hadn’t moved since her mother died twenty years before. Even if Lorraine could afford to get it running again, it wouldn’t make any difference. She didn’t know how to drive.

Doing her face in the Buick had been the routine going back to when mom would give her a lift to her job and she saw no reason to stop just because mom was dead. So, every morning at seven forty-five, she emerged from the senior living studio condominium that had been Mom’s and was now hers, walked the fifteen steps to the petrified sedan, and eased herself into the passenger seat. Mom had been gone since Lorraine was forty-six, but their relationship remained complicated.

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It came from E.C. Fuller

E.C. Fuller’s story “The Heebie-Jeebie Beam” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 July 2022. When I wrote “The Heebie-Jeebie Beam”, I had no expectations for the story. One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to stop spending so much time on a single short story. It wasn’t uncommon to spend tens of hours writing and rewriting one, so my main goal was to take a short story from concept to accepted publication in under …

A question for Jacob Coffin

Q: Duckbilled platypus – result of divine distraction, or alternate universe crossover?

A: I can only hope for an alternative reality where the platypus is perfectly mundane; an entire ecosystem of egg-laying, bird-part-having, venomous mammals, where all the no doubt equally strange and venomous human-analogues are baffled by the humble Australian woodchuck or whatever we were supposed to get. I’d like to trade books and movies with that alternate dimension.

Jacob Coffin’s story “The Frozen Generation
in Metaphorosis Friday, 10 February 2023.
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About Cecelia Isaac

Cecelia Isaac is a fantasy author based in New Jersey. In her day job as a geospatial research specialist, she studies the decarbonization of the electrical grid. Her hobbies include being really bad at badminton. Besides fantasy, her favorite genre to read is mystery/thriller., @CeceliaIsaac

Cecelia Isaac’s story “The Numismatist
in Metaphorosis Friday, 17 February 2023.
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It came from L.D. Oxford

L.D. Oxford’s story “The Girl Who Drew the World” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 22 July 2022. I remember the exact moment when the seed of this story implanted in my brain. My husband and I were driving through western Montana on the way home from backpacking in Glacier National Park. Glacier is a primordial place; you can literally see the titanic forces that shaped the earth. I looked out the passenger window in …