William Condon’s story “Of Hair and Beanstalks” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 7 December 2018.
“Of Hair and Beanstalks” merged three ideas I’d been pondering for a while. First, I’d been playing with the idea of a dragon who wanted to join society – how would people treat him? What kind of person would he be to do that? Then, I’d been wondering how the villains in fairy tales might try to justify themselves to their supporters. And, finally, I love the history of science and how it’s dramatically changed the world over the last centuries. When I decided Antrodemos joined society because of that, almost everything fell into place for the story.
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