Jennifer Shelby hunts for stories in the beetle undergrowth of fairy-infested forests. She fishes for them in the dark space between the stars. Zsezzyn, Who is Not a God’s publication in Metaphorosis is part of her ongoing catch-and-release program. You can learn more at jennifershelby.blog or on Twitter @jenniferdshelby
I kick my way through the decomposing leaves and they cling to my skirts. Others flit around me on the dying breath of summer, adding to the carpet that already comes up to my ankle. The only sound is the titter of thrushes and the distant drone of cattle. The track lies far behind me. I remind myself that I like being alone. That the forest is my ally. But I shiver anyway and quicken …
Lisa Fox’s story “A Time for Understanding” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 15 November 2019. This story is a deeply personal one. I originally wrote this as a 1,000 word flash fiction piece four days before my mother died. She’d been in the hospital for weeks, declining steadily, though we had no idea why. Her last days were spent on a bi-pap breathing machine – the mask was basically keeping her alive – and …
Q: Is there a specific environment you find most conducive to writing, and is it different for different kinds of scenes?
A: I do almost all of my writing in my home office. I’ve tried writing in book stores, coffee shops, and at writer meetups in the past, but I’ve found I’m less productive with other people around.
The physical location is the same no matter what I’m writing, but I do change what I’m listening to. When I need calm focus I either listen to the sounds of rain or just have complete silence. When I’m looking for a more energetic mood, I switch to music.
Douglas DiCicco’s story “Exhibit 57-B from the Trial of Alonzo Montalvo v. MoodFoods Incorporated”
in Metaphorosis Friday, 29 May 2020.
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Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.
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Table of Contents
- The Record Collector — Nathaniel Williams
- Zsezzyn, Who Is Not a God — Jennifer Shelby
- The Woman Who Brought Love to Death — Kathryn Yelinek
- Time and Grace — Joseph Halden
Cover art by Max Pitchkites.
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Nathaniel Williams was born in Kansas City and currently teaches technical writing and journalism at the University of California, Davis. He’s worked as a radio announcer, grant writer, and musician, and has spent the past decade or so researching rare American science fiction in dime novels from the nineteenth century. He is a graduate of the Writers Workshop at the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction.