A question for Marilee Dahlman

Q: What kind of pieces are the most fun to write (action, lyrical, etc.)?

A: If the piece is fun to write, hopefully it will be fun to read! I enjoy writing stories where ‘stuff happens,’ preferably action that’s in some way funny or disturbing. I like flawed characters making poor life choices. Strange situations we’ve never actually experienced but can all relate to. Of course, stories where people wear dark capes or cloaks are always fun to write. When I hear ‘lyrical,’ I think poetry. I enjoy reading it, but haven’t been brave enough to tackle writing poetry myself. Maybe someday when I’ve run out of ideas for stories about Mars.

Marilee Dahlman’s story “Las Vegas Museum of Space Exploration
in Metaphorosis Friday, 21 June 2019.
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About Fabio Lastrucci

Fabio Lastrucci was born in Naples, Italy in 1962. Fabio is both a sculptor and illustrator and has worked for the main national television networks, operatic and prose theatre.

In Italy he draws comics for indie magazines Ronin and Sherazade. As a writer he has published comical and murder mystery novels, a fantasy saga and several essays. His last works include an essay on weird fiction, “Com’era Weird la Mia Valle” – “How Weird Was My Valley” (Milena edizioni 2018) which he wrote with Vincenzo Barone Lumaga.

morbidiapprodi.wordpress.com, @lastruccik

Fabio Lastrucci‘s image “Full Load” is the cover art for our July 2019 stories.Metaphorosis

Something about L’Erin Ogle

L’Erin is a writer, mother, and ER/Trauma Nurse from Lawrence, Kansas. She has stories at Metaphorosis, Syntax&Salt, and forthcoming from Pseudopod, as well as various other publications. She’s hard at work saving lives, working on a novel, writing more stories, and resisting the Trump administration and all that it stands for.


L’Erin Ogle’s story “The Girls Who Come Back Are Made of Metal and Glass
in Metaphorosis Friday, 28 June 2019.
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It came from Arlen Feldman

Arlen Feldman’s story “Graveyard” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 30 November 2018. Graveyards always make me wistful. You see an old, pitted grave and you get a name and a date, possibly a quote, and that’s about it. Unless it’s of someone famous, you’ll almost never know anything else about the person—how did they die? How did they live? There may be a few clues in the graveyard—how expensive the stone, where it is …

A question for Pablo Valcárcel

Q: What are you reading now?

A: Currently, I’m reading Gareth Hanrahan’s excellent debut The Gutter Prayer. It feels very fresh to me, and kind of reminds me of the first time I read China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station. Both are urban fantasy tales set in labyrinthine cities, and both have some really fascinating worldbuilding behind them. Other fresh reads in my mind are Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris. The Night Circus was a delightful read. It offered plenty of dreamlike, romantic vistas wrapped up in exquisite prose. Lem’s Solaris, on the other hand, ended being up a much harder read for me, but at the same time, the power of its imagery and its philosophical ideas made the journey completely worth it.

Pablo Valcárcel’s story “The Thousand Revolutions of Kronstadt
in Metaphorosis Friday, 14 June 2019.
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About Marilee Dahlman

Marilee grew up in the Midwest and studied English at the University of Minnesota. She spent ten years studying and practicing law in New York. She currently lives in Washington, DC, and when she’s not working or writing, she’s hiking, cooking soups from scratch, or seeing movies the old-fashioned way—in the theater.

Marilee Dahlman’s story “Las Vegas Museum of Space Exploration
in Metaphorosis Friday, 21 June 2019.
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