A question for Sharmon Gazaway

Q: What is your favorite word?

A: That’s a tough one. If I’m going on the meaning of words, I guess it would have to be love, since there is no point to life without it. But I have a deep affection for the English language, love words for their sound and feel in the mouth. Words that sound like what they mean, such as undulate, haunting, sassy, poignant, and vicious are favorites. Poetically invented words like one I used in my story, moonshadowed, are always fun. I like ugly words that fit just right too, like muck or gutta-percha. Right now corvid (not to be confused with Covid!) is probably my favorite—I’ve written a string of poems, a short and a flash on crows and birds of the corvid family.


Sharmon Gazaway’s story “Autumn’s Come Undone
in Metaphorosis Friday, 23 April 2021.
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May 2021

May 2021

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

All the stories from the month, plus author biographies, interviews, and story origins.

Table of Contents

  • Vertical Flight — Laura Duerr
  • The Song of the Moohee — Emmett Swan
  • Leiprenese 101 — Jason A. Bartles
  • The Nocturnals I — Mariah Montoya

Cover art by Danos Philopoulos.

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It came from M. Douglas White

M. Douglas White’s story “Good Boy” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 2 October 2020. I was first inspired to write “Good Boy” thanks to my dog, Luna. She was sitting on the couch with my wife and me as we all enjoyed a television program about a fictional robot uprising. Luna is quiet by nature. But that evening, she softly growled and grunted at the screen during a few scenes, usually when a human …

A question for Ryan Priest

Q: Have you ever consciously written a ‘message’ story? Was it easier or harder than usual?

A: One of my favorite aspects of writing is the serendipity of a story developing a message or deeper meaning while in the process of writing. Even when started from a blank page, a story will develop its own ideas. Now, when you flip it, choose the message before the story, it can be a very difficult task to get right. I’ve had to rewrite a story from the ground up three or four times when going in with a prescribed message. Sometimes the telling, no matter how good, doesn’t lend itself to the desired ideal. When finally you do chart the trail that leads to the correct message, delivered in just the right way, that is a magic all its own. It’s calling order out of chaos and it’s beautiful.


Ryan Priest’s story “A Universe All to Himself
in Metaphorosis Friday, 16 April 2021.
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