About Elizabeth Raphael

Elizabeth Raphael enjoys arranging letters in pleasing patterns. She is most at peace in libraries and bookstores, where she whittles away many moments gazing wordlessly uponst ink on pages. In writing as in reading she dabbles in many genres, but speculative fiction has her heart.


Elizabeth Raphael’s story “The Conch Shell
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 May 2023.
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It came from P.G. Streeter

P.G. Streeter’s story “A Xenothanatologist’s Guidebook to Death Practices Among the Sapient Species of the Outer Perseus Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 October 2022. A friend of mine recently earned a degree in the field of thanatology—the study of death. I was fascinated to learn about this discipline, and I even imagined that if I were to go back in time to repeat my own years in …

About Ramez Yoakeim

Born in Egypt, raised in Australia, and now living with his husband in the United States, Ramez Yoakeim spent his whole life adapting. A one-time engineer and educator, Ramez’s work favors the darker side of SFF but mostly he writes about hope.

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Ramez Yoakeim’s story “The Diamond Noose
in Metaphorosis Friday, 5 May 2023.
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It came from Hamilton Perez

Hamilton Perez’s story “Problems of the Flesh” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 7 October 2022. I started this story around 2015 as a sort of final goodbye to the religious faith of my early adulthood. I thought it would be interesting if the Second Coming occurred, but rather than Christ returning in glory, he was weak or ill (though still supernatural). I didn’t want to make the story about Christianity (or any particular religion), …

A question for R. Gatwood

Q: What’s an idea you’re dying to write but haven’t, and why?

A: I’ve long wanted to write a cyberpunk story about racial injustice, but my efforts have dissatisfied me. In the story, a bug in neuro implant software would leave people losing touch with the physical world and behaving like sleepwalkers, leading them to be mistaken for zombies by panicky gun owners and police officers. Sometimes the writer who has the idea isn’t the right person to write it. Perhaps someone else will.

R. Gatwood’s story “Heart Moon
in Metaphorosis Friday, 21 April 2023.
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It came from Michael Gardner

Michael Gardner’s story “Infinite Possibilities” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 30 September 2022. Before I wrote “Infinite Possibilities”, I’d read a horror short story that told its tale by describing a series of strange videos. While horror involving videos or photos is not new, I thought the way the story had been done was quite fresh. It was set up as a weird, ambiguous mystery. That got me thinking of my own mystery video, …