It came from J. Tynan Burke

J. Tynan Burke’s story “The Unlucky Few Who Must Not Cast” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 19 November 2021. Addiction treatment focuses on sin—we have programs for alcohol, drugs, sex, overeating, gambling, and so forth. Overindulging in virtuous behavior, by contrast, is called heroism. But that can have negative outcomes, too, especially in speculative fiction—how many times have Marvel heroes wrecked Manhattan, to say nothing of their own bodies? Should people like that have …

It came from Matthew Gomez

Matthew Gomez’s story “Right Behind You” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 12 November 2021. I taught high school English for a number of years, and during that time I wrote a series of lessons based on a story in The Economist called “Fields of Tears.” The article describes the lengths migrant farm workers from Latin America go to in hopes of earning a better life for their families in the United States. Many of …

Another question for Chloe Smith

Q: Are you a Luddite? Or do you have the latest and greatest technology?

A: I’m a member of the Oregon Trail generationthe people who got the internet at home when they were children or teens, who know the sound of dial-up, might have gotten their first cell phone when they went off to college, and definitely had social media accounts by the time they graduated. As a result, although I remember life before everything was digitally connected, I’ve always had to adapt to evolving technology. I try to be comfortable with new platforms, media, and devices, but I also don’t value any of it for its own sake. Technology is really just a big umbrella term for an expanding set of tools. Like storytelling, the value is in how it’s used.

Chloe Smith’s story “Midnight’s Second Station
in Metaphorosis Friday, 27 May 2022.
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It came from A.J. Cunder

A.J. Cunder’s story “Treedom” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 5 November 2021. The concept for this piece emerged from my own struggles with “fitting in,” and finding acceptance as a member of the gay community. At first, Garold was meant to embody this transformation, while the children were mostly just observers—conduits between Garold and the town. But after a few rounds of edits, I realized (along with Morris) that the true heart of this …

A question for Elliott Gish

Q: Do you make art other than prose? What kind, and how is it different?

A: My attempts at art other than prose have not been successful. My drawings are bad, my poems are worse, and the less said about my attempts at songwriting, the better. However, I did once make my mother a beaded keychain in the shape of a gecko, and it came out splendidly.

Elliott Gish’s story “From a Mother to Her Daughter, on the Eve of Her Wedding
in Metaphorosis Friday, 20 May 2022.
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More about Chloe Smith

Chloe Smith teaches middle-school English and history, which means she had to completely reinvent her job in 2020. She’s very glad to be back in the classroom now, and spending much less time on Zoom. Besides teaching, she works as a proofreader for Locus and Fantasy magazines, and writes science fiction and fantasy stories whenever she can make the time. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she lived in Texas and Washington states, New York City, and rural France before coming back to California. Her short fiction has appeared in Metaphorosis, Three-Lobed Burning Eye, and Daily Science Fiction, among other places.


Chloe Smith’s story “Midnight’s Second Station
in Metaphorosis Friday, 27 May 2022.
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