A question for Caleb Costelle

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

A: Martian Manhunter!

Caleb Costelle‘s image “Cactus & Lizard” is the cover art for our October 2020 stories.Metaphorosis

Another question for Yaroslav Barsukov

Q: What is your favourite part of writing?

A: Dreaming. Definitely dreaming. Before putting down the first sentence, I see certain scenes in my head, hear music—that’s when the genesis happens. Those pictures stay with me throughout the process, I keep seeing them, and the prospect of writing them motivates me when temptation and sleep deprivation come knocking. Getting there across words and pages may sometimes be a chore, but oh boy is the destination worth it.

Yaroslav Barsukov’s story “Tower of Mud and Straw I: The Duchy
in Metaphorosis Friday, 25 September 2020.
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A question for David Berger

Q: What was your favorite children’s book?

A: I want to answer this question in two ways: My favorite book when I was a child, and my favorite children’s book.

As a kid, my favorite book was Treasure Island. After seeing the 1950 movie, (“Arrrh!”), I insisted that my Mom get me a copy. She did, and I read it myself in about a week. (I was six.)

My favorite book for kids is The Once and Future King. I read it to my own sons.

I believe that the “classic” children’s stories an fairy tales have a heft to them that kids like and need.

David Berger’s story “Pages Missing From the Diary of Samuel Pepys, Esq.
in Metaphorosis Friday, 18 September 2020.
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A question for Thomas Ha

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

A: I hesitate to call it art, but over the last few years I’ve developed an unexpected interest in video editing and digital music composition. My wife is a food writer and cookbook author who occasionally has to create video content for various reasons, so over time I began shooting her videos and composing short music pieces to accompany them. Something about trying to create a visual narrative that makes sense, and editing cuts so that your brain finds a sequence palatable, is a fun challenge that is reminiscent of, but still very different from, breaking out a plot sequence. Similarly, I’m a novice musician, but the thing I’ve enjoyed most about composing short pieces to go with those videos is trying to evoke a particular atmosphere that enhances whatever it goes with, without drawing too much attention to itself. In that way, it feels a little similar to building themes in short fiction that bolster the story without hitting reader over the head. Again, these are food videos, so it’s not like I’m making a feature film or anything. But what can I say? I get a real kick out of it.

Thomas Ha’s story “Where the Old Neighbors Go
in Metaphorosis Friday, 11 September 2020.
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A question for B.C. van Tol

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

A: I was an English major in college, but for pure love of science, I also took a wide range of science courses—everything from biochemistry to physics. To this day, I prefer to start my mornings by reading about the latest scientific research and discoveries. While I’ll read just about anything under that umbrella, I’m particularly interested in immunology, anthropology, astronomy, and technological innovations in medicine. I suppose it comes as no surprise, then, that I tend to weave elements of science and technology into my fiction writing. What I enjoy most is using science as a jumping-off point to explore the human experience and the human psyche in a fictional context.

B.C. van Tol’s story “Joy (Unplugged)
in Metaphorosis Friday, 28 August 2020.
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