Amman Sabet is a design strategist and author living and working in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Clarion, an autodidact, avid poké connoisseur, and enjoys the discovery in trial and error.
Mads Alvey’s story “Upon the Fallen Leaves of the Gingko Tree” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 August 2018. Many of my story ideas start with a single line—usually the first line in the final draft—which repeats over and over in my mind. “Upon the Fallen Leaves of the Ginkgo Tree” was one of these stories. When I began the story, my walk to school every day involved going through a neighborhood which was …
Q: What is the scariest or most disturbing story you’ve ever read?
A: I read a short story by Sunny Moraine in Shimmer titled “Come MyLove and I’ll Tell You a Tale.” It’s narrated by someone grieving the end of the world and their lover. What shook me to the core was the beautiful prose describing the life before, then shifting to the events that ended the world as it was known, to the narrator now. I won’t ruin the story for anyone, but the way the narrator was forced to adapt, the things that had to be done to survive, and the knowledge of before and after, the splitting of thesoul, never quite left my head or my heart.
And for a novel, Mark Z Danielewski’s House of Leaves broke my heart, turned me into an insomniac listening for the shift of a house at night, and wrote about regret, heartbreak, loss, and an evil that wasn’t defeated. There is a page where the words “I’m sorry” are written spiraling out of control, into an event, that I will never forget. It’s an experience, to read that book. It never left me either.
Carolyn Lenz is a scientist, writer, and badass from Hamilton, Ontario. She has written speculative fiction for eight years, mostly for fun and sometimes for profit, using her knowledge of science and unique way of looking at the world to create strange characters and places. By day, she wears a lab coat and works with unsettling amounts of human blood.
J. Tynan Burke’s story “The Bagel Shop Owner’s Nephew” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 3 August 2018. Late last year, an acquaintance recommended the documentary ‘Obit,’ about the obituary department at the New York Times. I was struck by the frazzled archivist who runs the clippings morgue. At the same time, I was flipping through Borges’s ‘Book of Imaginary Beings,’ and found an entry on the Tzadikim Nistarim (which Borges called ‘Lamed Wufniks’). So …
Q: What would your characters say about you?
A: I like to think that Sara, the bear wife, would want to be part of my parent friend group, but I suspect she would tease me for my city-bred ways and middling outdoor survival skills. (Like Aaron, her husband, I enjoy trail running, but unlike him I’ve never seen a grizzly while running – just black bears.) She would probably also note that I’m really, really bad at yoga, whether with a baby or without.