It came from Kyle Kirrin

Kyle Kirrin’s story “The Soul Farmer’s Daughters” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 February 2019. I really love time attack runs in video games (though I’m not particularly good at them), so I wanted to write a story where a character would be living—and reliving—a singular loop of events for an extended period of their life. Originally, my plan was for the character to get better and better at the loop as time went …

A question for Simone Kern

Q: What’s the story no one else thinks is as good as you do?

A: Twin Study by Stacey Richter is a whole book of short stories that was critically well-received but never became the best-seller it deserved to be. This is the kind of book you shouldn’t read on an airplane, because you’ll creep out everyone around you by alternately gasping and crying and laughing out loud. I’m still haunted by sentences from this book that are so good, they’ll give me imposter syndrome forever.

In college, my fiction professor, Dan Chaon, was a big fan of Richter’s, and that’s how I came across Twin Studies. At the time, Richter maintained a Q&A on her website, and my roommate and I, both aspiring 19-year-old writers obsessed with Twin Study, would frequently come home late at night and send her drunken questions about writing or dating, which she always answered with pithy brilliance. A decade later, I was teaching English IV to a class suffering from a particularly bad case of senioritis and, after failing to interest them in Hemingway and Hamlet, assigned some stories out of Twin Study. Kids who hadn’t done the reading all year were busting with opinions on “The Cavemen in the Hedges”, and probably the single most important class discussion of my teaching career came from talking about date rape after reading the story “Blackout”. Every story in Twin Study is a treasure, and Richter should rank alongside Kelly Link, Karen Russell, and A. M. Homes as one of the best living short story writers. Go read it and thank me later!


Simone Kern’s story “The Propagator
in Metaphorosis Friday, 23 August 2019.
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About Cindy Fan

Cindy Fan was born in Sichuan, China. She immigrated to Canada with her parents when she was 6 and has grown up in and around the Toronto area. She studied illustration at OCAD University and graduated with a Bachelors of Design. Currently, she is working freelance as an illustrator. Her hobbies include writing poetry, hiking and having an awful sleep schedule.


Cindy Fan‘s image “A Final Resting Place” is the cover art for our September 2019 stories.Metaphorosis

It came from Amelia Dee Mueller

Amelia Dee Mueller’s story “The Lightkeeper’s Wife” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 1 February 2019. I wrote “The Lightkeeper’s Wife” for a workshop I took under Blake Kimzey in Dallas. I had nothing to turn in for our second assigned story, so I was brainstorming an idea. I’ve always been a mythology nerd, and I knew I wanted to write about some kind of mythological creature. I was flipping through a book on famous …

A question for Dawn Lloyd

Q: Are you optimistic about the future of humanity?

A: I am optimistic about the future of humanity because I refuse to be pessimistic. Humanity has overcome everything from the ice age to the black death, not to mention attempted wars, genocides, and a plethora of other things that would be nice to learn how to avoid. None of them have destroyed us entirely, and many of them have made us stronger. I don’t know how we’ll overcome our current problems, what the next round of problems will be, or what humanity will look like after. I do, however, fully believe that we will survive and continue.


Dawn Lloyd’s story “The Last Duty
in Metaphorosis Friday, 16 August 2019.
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