A question for Joe Prosit

Q: Do you write with a particular audience in mind?

A: I don’t write for any particular reader in mind. I guess I’m self-serving in the way that, if I enjoy the story, if I think it’s creepy or compelling or speaks to me, then I write it. When other people connect, it makes it all the more satisfying because it’s natural and unforced. Nothing is contrived.


Joe Prosit’s story “Pre-Triage
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 May 2020.
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About Hannah Hulbert

Hannah Hulbert lives in urban Dorset, UK. She is on a permanent sabbatical from reality as she raises two children and devotes her scarce free time to visiting imaginary worlds, some of her own creation. She has a degree in Ancient and Medieval History and an obsession with man-made places in the process of being reclaimed by nature. She is probably tweeting or doodling at this very moment.

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Hannah Hulbert’s story “A Witch’s Guide to Mushrooms and Toadstools
in Metaphorosis Friday, 22 May 2020.
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It came from Yume Kitasei

Yume Kitasei’s story “Super” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 25 October 2019. Confession: once, when I was a teenager babysitting a toddler, I decided to try to tire him out by making him climb twelve flights of stairs. We’d been playing all morning, and I was hoping by the time we got to the top, he’d be all ready to nap until his parents came home. Mind you, this was a big baby. Big …

A question for Travis Wade Beaty

Q: Do you often include children in your stories? What role do they play?

A: I include children in my stories fairly often. Children are full of hope and are themselves a kind of manifestation of hope. So I like to see how cynical or hard-hearted adult characters might respond to being confronted with that kind of limitless optimism of a child.

There’s also that strong desire to protect children which can inspire a lot of fear. And letting a kid down can really haunt a person. So as a parent, I spend a lot of time thinking about that push and pull between hope and fear and all the doubts between.


Travis Wade Beaty’s story “Regret’s Relief
in Metaphorosis Friday, 8 May 2020.
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About Joe Prosit

Joe Prosit writes sci-fi, horror, and psycho fiction. He lives with his wife and kids in the Brainerd Lakes Area of northern Minnesota. If you’re an adept stalker, you can find him on one of the many lakes and rivers or lost deep inside the Great North Woods. Or you can just find him on the internet at JoeProsit.com and on Twitter.

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Joe Prosit’s story “Pre-Triage
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 May 2020.
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It came from Lisa Short

Lisa Short’s story “The Season of Withering” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 18 October 2019. I have the (probably peculiar) lifelong habit of making up bedtime stories and telling them to myself when I’m having trouble getting to sleep at night. A lot of the stories I end up writing have this exercise as their inspirational mechanism, and this particular one definitely originated as a “bedtime story.” I didn’t get much past the opening …