About Caleb Costelle

Caleb Costelle is a graphic designer and illustrator who lives with his wife in Berea, Kentucky. He loves high fantasy, vintage design, and board games. He has a deep appreciation for fantasy and science fiction storytelling.


Caleb Costelle‘s image “Cactus & Lizard” is the cover art for our October 2020 stories.Metaphorosis

Where the Old Neighbors Go – Thomas Ha

The man standing on the porch that night seemed like an ordinary gentrifier at first glance: young and tall and artfully unshaven. His jeans were tattered, but strangely crisp, and his shirt was loose and tight in all the wrong places. He had the appearance of someone vaguely famous, like his face could have been in a magazine ad or on the side of a bus. And to anyone other than Mary Walker, he would …

It came from Chris Panatier

Chris Panatier’s story “The Eighth Fathom” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 6 March 2020. I am a huge science fan, and so find myself reading any number of articles that I half understand. A year or so back, there was a rash of reports dealing with cephalopod DNA/RNA and how much of it seems to fall outside the typical evolutionary scheme for Earth-based animals. My natural conclusion was, “Well, look at them. They’re obviously …

A question for David Berger

Q: What was your favorite children’s book?

A: I want to answer this question in two ways: My favorite book when I was a child, and my favorite children’s book.

As a kid, my favorite book was Treasure Island. After seeing the 1950 movie, (“Arrrh!”), I insisted that my Mom get me a copy. She did, and I read it myself in about a week. (I was six.)

My favorite book for kids is The Once and Future King. I read it to my own sons.

I believe that the “classic” children’s stories an fairy tales have a heft to them that kids like and need.

David Berger’s story “Pages Missing From the Diary of Samuel Pepys, Esq.
in Metaphorosis Friday, 18 September 2020.
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More about Yaroslav Barsukov

After leaving his ball and chain at the workplace, Yaroslav Barsukov goes on to write stories that deal with things he himself, thankfully, doesn’t have to deal with. He’s a software engineer and a connoisseur of strong alcoholic beverages—but also, surprisingly, a member of SFWA and Codex (how did that happen?). At some point in his life, he’s left one former empire only to settle in another.

www.barsukov.com, @YBarsukov

Yaroslav Barsukov’s story “Tower of Mud and Straw I: The Duchy
in Metaphorosis Friday, 25 September 2020.
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Fetch – B. Morris Allen

She had died from overheating. It was an unlikely death, in the star-spark darkness beyond the atmosphere, where the outside temperature measured in single digits Kelvin. Yet temperature in space flight was a tricky thing. In Laika’s case, a part of the ship had failed to separate. Torn insulation and a compromised control system had cooperated to simulate an intolerable summer day. She had died in hours.