Michael Sherrin developed his preference for fiction when he learned reality didn’t include a real Spider-Man. He has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where he learned to write riveting Excel formulas, though the solutions were often predictable. By day, he works with complex analytical algorithms, and by night he works on short stories and his novel. Michael lives outside Boston with his husband, dog, and several thousand action figures.
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 …
Q: What kind of pieces are the most fun to write (action, lyrical, etc.)?
A: If the piece is fun to write, hopefully it will be fun to read! I enjoy writing stories where ‘stuff happens,’ preferably action that’s in some way funny or disturbing. I like flawed characters making poor life choices. Strange situations we’ve never actually experienced but can all relate to. Of course, stories where people wear dark capes or cloaks are always fun to write. When I hear ‘lyrical,’ I think poetry. I enjoy reading it, but haven’t been brave enough to tackle writing poetry myself. Maybe someday when I’ve run out of ideas for stories about Mars.
Fabio Lastrucci was born in Naples, Italy in 1962. Fabio is both a sculptor and illustrator and has worked for the main national television networks, operatic and prose theatre.
In Italy he draws comics for indie magazines Ronin and Sherazade. As a writer he has published comical and murder mystery novels, a fantasy saga and several essays. His last works include an essay on weird fiction, “Com’era Weird la Mia Valle” – “How Weird Was My Valley” (Milena edizioni 2018) which he wrote with Vincenzo Barone Lumaga.
Fabio Lastrucci‘s image “Full Load” is the cover art for our July 2019 stories.
L’Erin is a writer, mother, and ER/Trauma Nurse from Lawrence, Kansas. She has stories at Metaphorosis, Syntax&Salt, and forthcoming from Pseudopod, as well as various other publications. She’s hard at work saving lives, working on a novel, writing more stories, and resisting the Trump administration and all that it stands for.
L’Erin Ogle’s story “The Girls Who Come Back Are Made of Metal and Glass”
in Metaphorosis Friday, 28 June 2019.
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Arlen Feldman’s story “Graveyard” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 30 November 2018. Graveyards always make me wistful. You see an old, pitted grave and you get a name and a date, possibly a quote, and that’s about it. Unless it’s of someone famous, you’ll almost never know anything else about the person—how did they die? How did they live? There may be a few clues in the graveyard—how expensive the stone, where it is …