About Hannah Costelle

Hannah Costelle is a mystery and fantasy writer who strives to bring humor and intricate plot twists into her work. On a typical day you can find her reading books of every genre or hiking in the Kentucky woods.

Hannah Costelle’s story “Cactus and Lizard
in Metaphorosis Friday, 9 October 2020.
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Pages Missing From the Diary of Samuel Pepys, Esq. – David Berger

It is well-known that there are several pages missing from Samuel Pepys’ famous diary: pages, moreover, that he himself seems to have removed before the various volumes were bound under his direction. Two years ago, the following excerpt was found at Christ’s College Library inside a bible that was known to have been owned by Pepys. By a happy coincidence, the discoverer of the pages is Mr. John Rawlinson, a fellow of Cambridge College and …

It came from Rhema Sayers

Rhema Sayers’s story “The Wicked Stepmother” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 13 March 2020. I love fairy tales and fantasy and always have. When I was a little girl, my favorite story was The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I always wanted to be a princess. When I got older, I wanted to be a queen. I had to settle for being boss of an ER for a 12 hour shift. But my experiences in the …

Another question for Yaroslav Barsukov

Q: What is your favourite part of writing?

A: Dreaming. Definitely dreaming. Before putting down the first sentence, I see certain scenes in my head, hear music—that’s when the genesis happens. Those pictures stay with me throughout the process, I keep seeing them, and the prospect of writing them motivates me when temptation and sleep deprivation come knocking. Getting there across words and pages may sometimes be a chore, but oh boy is the destination worth it.

Yaroslav Barsukov’s story “Tower of Mud and Straw I: The Duchy
in Metaphorosis Friday, 25 September 2020.
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October 2020


Table of Contents

  • Good Boy — M. Douglas White
  • Cactus and Lizard — Hannah Costelle
  • Lingua Franca — Amelia Fisher
  • Holding — John Adams
  • Tower of Mud and Straw II: The Adversary — Yaroslav Barsukov

Cover art by Caleb Costelle.

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About M. Douglas White

M. Douglas White is a former sports journalist and magazine editor, and a current marketing professional. But he’s always preferred getting lost in tales of speculative fiction to any regular job. He holds degrees in English and History, as well as an MBA with an emphasis on business writing. An avid outdoors enthusiast, he lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, a new baby that will probably have been born by the time you read this, and a dog named Luna.

mdouglaswhite.com, @mdouglaswhite

M. Douglas White’s story “Good Boy
in Metaphorosis Friday, 2 October 2020.
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