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The Nocturnals V – Mariah Montoya

September 2021

In a world where each day and night lasts thirty years, Joah, Misla, and Damien have traveled into the Eternal Night to make contact with the humanoid creatures who live there—the Nocturnals, a people they used to fear. Now that they know the Nocturnals’ terrible secret, they must warn their nomadic community of a planned massacre lying ahead.

To get back to sunset in time, Joah and the others travel deep underground to find fuel for Queen Usai’s ancient starship. Deadly traps, a prisoner’s betrayal, and a mysterious Leather Skin lurking underground threaten to tear them apart, but through it all, the three must persevere.

It’s time to return to daylight. It’s time to tell the Sunsetters the truth about the Nocturnals. It’s time to destroy the real darkness once and for all, before the sun leaves them behind forever.

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It came from Chris Cornetto

Chris Cornetto’s story “Sanctuary” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 19 March 2021. One reason I write short stories is to flesh out the world of the novels I one day hope to publish. “Sanctuary” began as an exploration of certain characters’ roots (Abby’s child among them), but it quickly became a philosophical exercise. To write this story, I had to consider how a totalitarian society controls its citizens. There are certain obvious techniques we …

A question for Ivy Grimes

Q: What other writers inspire you?

A: I’m probably most inspired by writers who cling really stubbornly to their own vision and let themselves be weird and free…like Haruki Murakami, David Lynch, Shirley Jackson, Toni Morrison, Leonora Carrington, Ralph Ellison, and so on. I also love the creepy, moving fairy tales of Helen Oyeyemi and the tragic mysteries of Tana French and the mundane humor of Barbara Pym. For “Ennui Tea”, I might have been inspired by a favorite tale of retail life, Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman, which is about a woman who loves her work at a convenience store and rejects a traditional career or family; whoever you are, you’ll love it. I’m inspired by too many writers to list, though.


Ivy Grimes’s story “Ennui Tea
in Metaphorosis Friday, 1 October 2021.
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About J.C. Pillard

J.C. Pillard’s parents read her The Hobbit when she was six, and she was hooked on fantasy from that point on. When she’s not reading or writing speculative fiction, J.C. spends time knitting and running far too many D&D games. She lives at the foot of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and their sweet dog.

www.jcpillard.com, @JCPillard


J.C. Pillard’s story “The Tick of the Clock
in Metaphorosis Friday, 8 October 2021.
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It came from Martin Westlake

Martin Westlake’s story “Going Home” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 12 March 2021. In the first place, ‘Going Home’ is drawn from, and is a conflation of, a number of lived experiences and/or curiosities that have fascinated me over the years. The strange tale of the Ekranoplan, developed in Soviet Russian times and then abandoned; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8Nu94khHoo The howl of the Avro Vulcan bomber – once heard as a child and never forgotten; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1igQoRqpBA The …