It came from Devin Miller

Devin Miller’s story “A Lie in the Sand” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 4 February 2022. My girlfriend, also a writer, is much more musical than I am, and she has a tendency to get story ideas from songs. This habit seems to be catching, as the seed of this story was Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man”. The setting and mood of the story originated in the song, especially drawing on the lines, “Far …

A question for Mia Ram

Q: What hero (of any gender) would you name your child after, if we lived in a society with names like that?

A: Moon Knight. It’s a name that commands attention, both from peers and from ancient Egyptian gods. Moon Knight is a great namesake because he’s a hero whose identity is in perpetual flux. He becomes whatever he needs to be in the moment, and that’s the kind of philosophy I’d like to impart to the next generation. Fancy gadgets and super strength are all well and good, but true power is the power to adapt and change.


Mia Ram’s story “The Crystal Pyramid
in Metaphorosis Friday, 19 August 2022.
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It came from J.A. Prentice

J.A. Prentice’s story “Shades of the Sea” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 28 January 2022. “Shades of the Sea,” at its core, is a story about a changeling—even though the word is never used. For centuries, humans have told stories of possessions and changelings. It was the concept of changelings that particularly stuck with me: the child that isn’t a child but rather an inhuman creature. Many scholars believe these stories were told originally …

A question for Ian Donnell Arbuckle

Q: What’s easier for you — imagining a happier world, or a darker one?

A: It’s much easier for me to imagine a darker world. I think that’s for a couple of reasons. For one, I have depression and anxiety and my brain is somewhat predisposed to see the negatives in things. But it’s also more interesting for me, as a writer, to imagine dark worlds because their conflicts provide the necessary soil to nourish a story. I suppose a happy world isn’t necessarily free of conflict, but I’ll confess that my ideal has less of it. So, imagining a darker world is easier, but when it comes to putting in the work, I’ll gladly make the effort to bring about a happier one.


Ian Donnell Arbuckle’s story “The Hissing Trees
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 August 2022.
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It came from J.S. DiStefano

J.S. DiStefano’s story “Silo” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 January 2022. The main science fiction concepts in this story were inspired by the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy by Liu Cixin. I tried to keep the story short and the language concise to emulate my favorite writing. During the development of the story I was reading a lot, authors like Emily St. John Mandel, Colson Whitehead, George Saunders, Pierce Brown, and others. I …