The Demon in the Page – Joshua Phillip Johnson

“Ochre!” Mahj’s tired shout was the crunch of autumn leaves underfoot, and the densely packed tomes of the library devoured the sound. “Ochre!” She tried again, her voice straining, tempting another coughing fit. Running from place to place was a student’s game. “Coming!” came the faint reply, wafting through the archives like a shallow breath. While Ochre’s footsteps grew from light pats to insistent thumps, Mahj looked again at the open journal in front of …

We launch tomorrow!

Welcome to Metaphorosis, a new speculative fiction magazine. We launch on 1 January 2016 – tomorrow! Come back and check out our first story, by Joshua Phillip Johnson. You can already read about him here and here. We’ll have new stories every week, with Mari Ness, Rhoads Brazos, Julia Warner, and Henry Szabranski all coming up in the first month. Keep coming back. Remember to sign up for our weekly e-mail down at the bottom …

Survey of December 2015

Preliminary results The survey was too long. I grant that, and appreciate the time respondents took to fill it out. Demographic data were similar to the first survey, and broadly people preferred the current feedback style, so future surveys will likely concentrate on a few key questions. A few specifics Anonymity – while a few submitters strongly preferred anonymity, most didn’t care. We’ll drop this requirement for the following reasons: anonymizing requires more work from …

A question for Mari Ness

Q: Are titles easy or hard for you? Do you start with the title or the story?

A: I hate writing titles, primarily because I am just terrible at it. It’s always the very last part of the process for me. I can’t even imagine the idea of starting with a title and writing a story, although I realize others do just this.


Mari Ness’s story “Cat Play” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 January 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Rhoads Brazos

Rhoads has written stories across the entire spectrum of speculative fiction, from light fantasy to the most decrepit tales of horror to quirky sci-fi. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife and son.


Rhoads Brazos’s story “… and now He erases” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 15 January 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.