It came from B. Morris Allen

It came from B. Morris Allen

B. Morris Allen’s story “Adaptations to Coastal Erosion” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 24 June 2016.

Metaphorosis June 2016
June 2016

This story started with literary theft. I was reading Jonathan Carroll’s After Silence, which includes a brief story-within-a-story about a woman who gets skinnier and skinnier, and eventually floats away from her husband. Carroll doesn’t do much more with it, but the idea intrigued me – the sudden and unexplained negation of physical laws for just one person.

I didn’t tread too far from Carroll’s original idea – my woman sinks instead of floating, which I thought allowed more opportunity for mystery and exploration. But while Carroll’s story is a metaphor for marriage, mine is a stand-in for age-induced mental deterioration, with two women torn apart as one embarks on what seems to her a new adventure.

The story is set in a little coastal village where I spent many of my childhood summers, and now live full time. The house in question was once occupied by a lovely old woman who bears no other relation to the characters, and certainly didn’t sink away into the sand.

I usually find titles easy, but this was an exception. I tried or considered almost a dozen before settling on this one.


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