It came from Yume Kitasei

Yume Kitasei’s story “Super” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 25 October 2019. Confession: once, when I was a teenager babysitting a toddler, I decided to try to tire him out by making him climb twelve flights of stairs. We’d been playing all morning, and I was hoping by the time we got to the top, he’d be all ready to nap until his parents came home. Mind you, this was a big baby. Big …

A question for Travis Wade Beaty

Q: Do you often include children in your stories? What role do they play?

A: I include children in my stories fairly often. Children are full of hope and are themselves a kind of manifestation of hope. So I like to see how cynical or hard-hearted adult characters might respond to being confronted with that kind of limitless optimism of a child.

There’s also that strong desire to protect children which can inspire a lot of fear. And letting a kid down can really haunt a person. So as a parent, I spend a lot of time thinking about that push and pull between hope and fear and all the doubts between.


Travis Wade Beaty’s story “Regret’s Relief
in Metaphorosis Friday, 8 May 2020.
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About Joe Prosit

Joe Prosit writes sci-fi, horror, and psycho fiction. He lives with his wife and kids in the Brainerd Lakes Area of northern Minnesota. If you’re an adept stalker, you can find him on one of the many lakes and rivers or lost deep inside the Great North Woods. Or you can just find him on the internet at JoeProsit.com and on Twitter.

@JoeProsit


Joe Prosit’s story “Pre-Triage
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 May 2020.
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Donald Q. Haute, Gentleman Inquisitator, and the Peril of the Pythogator – David A. Hewitt

Inquisitator’s Log: July 11, 20—; 11:53 pm The Donald Q. Haute residence, Springstump Township The electromail came in the night, heralded by a ping from my desktop computing-box. My Inquisitator’s training snapped me instantly from deepest REM to full wakefulness, and I leapt, puma-fashion, from the bed. To: DQHInquisit8@squiggle.web From: Ballyhoo495371475@orgcom.net Subject: Porthos lost! Please help! A foreboding fell upon me. This Porthos: a priceless diamondjade idol of ancient Mesopocambria? A white-bearded guru-monk who’d discovered …

It came from Lisa Short

Lisa Short’s story “The Season of Withering” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 18 October 2019. I have the (probably peculiar) lifelong habit of making up bedtime stories and telling them to myself when I’m having trouble getting to sleep at night. A lot of the stories I end up writing have this exercise as their inspirational mechanism, and this particular one definitely originated as a “bedtime story.” I didn’t get much past the opening …

A question for Jonathan Louis Duckworth

Q: Duckbilled platypus – result of divine distraction, or alternate universe crossover?

A: The platypus is the result of a beaver scientist and a duck mathematician attempting to divide by zero. There is a small organ called an oxylitic ganglion adjacent to the left sinus, unique among mammals, which allows the platypus to process mineral-heavy water and use it to produce pure DMT. By the time you have finished fact-checking this, I will have already made my escape.


Jonathan Louis Duckworth’s story “Figlia della Neve
in Metaphorosis Friday, 1 May 2020.
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