It came from Elise Kim

Elise Kim’s story “The Three Thousand” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 11 December 2020. I was reading Herodotus’ Histories one summer when I found the initial inspiration for “The Three Thousand”. Herodotus is a great author to consult for ideas. I like to imagine him as an intrepid but easily distracted explorer, more focused on what would make a good story than what is actually factual history. He writes this of the religious beliefs …

It came from Chris Panatier

Chris Panatier’s story “The Skin of Aquila Cadens” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 4 December 2020. While I doubt humankind will ever send crewed missions beyond our solar system, I’m intrigued by the fantasy of it. My head is full of all sorts of world-building and terraforming ideas from things I’ve read. In most of these stories, the terraforming either succeeds or fails, or “succeeds” but with catastrophic consequences. I saw the opportunity to …

A question for Maud Woolf

Q: What would your animal totem be?

A: I don’t know if I would call them an animal totem, but I’ve always felt a strong affinity with magpies. I remember my grandmother teaching me to use them as omens (one for sorrow, two for joy) and even now, when I see them, I start counting. They may be known as thieves, but to me to me the act of writing often feels like thievery. Shiny objects are like good stories, to be looked out for and hoarded jealously.


Maud Woolf’s story “The Stranding
in Metaphorosis Friday, 18 June 2021.
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A question for Abhijato Sensarma

Q: What kind of non-fiction do you like to read and how does it affect the fiction you write?

A: I’ve always believed that fiction reflects reality in between its lines. The recognition of fundamental truths is what connects the author and the reader beyond the scope of a story’s immediate facts. My favourite kind of non-fiction is sports writing. I’ve always been a cricket fan, and it’s another medium where human stories shine through amidst all its unnecessary grandeur. I’ve learnt a great deal from the likes of writers like Jarrod Kimber, Andrew Fidel Fernando, and Andrew Miller. The biggest lesson has been that telling a story is the primary job of all forms of writing, no matter what its purpose. This realisation has had quite an effect on me, and changed the way I deal with my craft.


Abhijato Sensarma’s story “Satyajit Ray’s Beard or the Lack Thereof
in Metaphorosis Friday, 11 June 2021.
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About Maud Woolf

Maud Woolf is Scottish writer with a particular interest in speculative fiction. Currently working towards an MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, most of her free time is spent either writing in the library or searching for a way into the city’s abandoned network of underground tunnels.

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Maud Woolf’s story “The Stranding
in Metaphorosis Friday, 18 June 2021.
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