Erik lives in San Antonio with his wife and kids. His short fiction can be found in Argot magazine, Wavelength’s Anthology, and Dragon’s Roost publications among others.
Vaya Pseftaki’s story “The Noise Inside” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 15 March 2019. The idea of a strange noise emanating from someone emerged as I was struggling with Julia Kristeva’s Powers of Horror. Around that time, I was also playing in a D&D campaign based on Fritz Leiber’s Lankhmar books. This unholy combination produced the character of Sheyen, who, in the process of the story, mutated and bloomed. Kristeva’s theory of Abjection played …
Q: Whence you do you draw inspiration for your characters?
A: My characters almost always come from little sparks of inspiration – a song, a line of dialogue that pops into my head as I’m trying to fall asleep, a picture I see while scrolling through Twitter. And of course they all carry little pieces of me in them. I think that’s the spell that usually results in a character: something from me, and some bit of magic I snatch out of the world.
Kathryn (Kat) Weaver is a writer and illustrator whose written work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Apex Magazine, Lackington’s, and Timeworn Lit. She lives in Minneapolis with her wife and their two birds.
Amman Sabet’s story “Absurd of a Feather” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 March 2019. This story was directly inspired by “Black Hole” By Charles Burns and “Uzumaki” by Junji Ito. However, I am sure there were many subconscious elements at play. when I wrote “Absurd of a Feather”, I was interested in the beauty and intimacy of what it feels like to find someone who is like you, contrasting that with the fear …
Q: Aliens. Are they out there?
A: I’ve never been able to decide on this, but at the moment I am leaning towards yes, although quite possibly in some format that we would find quite disappointing or incomprehensible. Certainly no Klingons or beautiful green women. Arthur C. Clarke said, either we are alone in the universe or we are not, and either way the answer is terrifying – but it’s also quite amazing.