It came from Will Gwaun

Will Gwaun’s story “Mission and Submission” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 11 March 2022. As with most of my stories, they seem to appear out of ideas sort of slamming together and producing a narrative. In the past these were usually pretty abstract and weird, (‘What about the medieval catholic idea of itemised penance per mile of pilgrimage, combined with the technical problems of robots creating maps of their environments!?’ is an example of …

A question for Elizabeth Rankin

Q: Do you live near where you were born? Have you traveled much? A: I actually live right down the road from the hospital where I was born! Not on purpose. I left the area for about 10 years, and didn’t intend to come back, but fate (a.k.a. the need for a job) intervened. I enjoy traveling and have been to Europe a few times, as well as Mexico and Canada. One of my life …

Something about Michael Gardner

Michael Gardner is a writer of fantasy and horror who masquerades as an economist by day. His work has appeared in Writers of the Future Volume 36, Aurealis, Bourbon Penn, and Metaphorosis. He is also a three-time finalist for the Aurealis Awards. You can find out more about Michael and his work at:

Michael Gardner’s story “Infinite Possibilities
in Metaphorosis Friday, 30 September 2022.
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It came from R.E. Dukalsky

R.E. Dukalsky’s story “Hope on the Vine” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 4 March 2022. “Hope on the Vine” grew from two very different seeds. In my non-writing professional life, I work on peace processes, political transitions, and rule of law, which means I spend a lot of time thinking about the aftermath of conflict. In my reading experience, speculative fiction tends to focus on how conflicts begin, how they are fought, or how …

Another question for Karl El-Koura

Q: What is your favorite word?

A: The word that immediately comes to mind is “onomatopoeia”. Boom! (When I first learned the word in high school, I thought it was the neatest thing—the way it looked, the way it sounded, even that there was a word to describe words that sound like themselves. Its only drawback is I always have to look up how to spell it.)

Karl El-Koura’s story “Her Last Will
in Metaphorosis Friday, 16 September 2022.
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About Elizabeth Rankin

Elizabeth Rankin is the daughter of a librarian and grew up telling stories in the stacks. She worked in publishing before transitioning to marketing, where she strictly enforces use of the Oxford comma. When not writing, she might be trying out new recipes, volunteering for more than she should, or playing with her dogs. She lives with her husband in their eventual dream house in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.


Elizabeth Rankin’s story “Portals and Other Lost Things
in Metaphorosis Friday, 23 September 2022.
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