B. Morris Allen’s story “Some Sun and Delilah” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 6 September 2019.
I wanted to write a story in the style of Richard Cowper (John Murry), and was specifically inspired by his novelette “Incident at Huacaloc”, about a couple who visit an old temple with troubling results. I stole those elements and some of the feel of the story, though the rest is quite different. I don’t remember now whether I already had the title lying around or it came along with the idea. I seldom address sex in my stories, but here I made it central to the narrator’s sense of self. Details of the temple itself are invented, but the general location draws vaguely from a wonderful trip to the Seychelles many years ago when we lived in central Africa and figured it was as close as we’d ever get. Sadly, the vegetarian food wasn’t as good as in the story. And I don’t recall the coco de mer having any effect. But the snorkeling was beautiful.
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