It came from Rajiv Moté

Rajiv Moté’s story “L’Appel du Vide” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 22 March 2019. “L’Appel du Vide,” French for “the call of the void,” is a phenomenon where a person standing at a precipice has the unreasonable, outrageous urge to step out into the abyss. Psychologists have studied this, and found that the urge isn’t suicidal, but an act of imagination that sparks the awareness of being alive. I wrote this story for a …

Another question for Kathryn Weaver

Q: Do you make art other than prose? What kind, and how is it different?

A: I do! I’m also a freelance illustrator – I mostly work on pieces for various speculative fiction venues, but in addition to private commissions, I’ve also done print magazine covers, interior illustrations, and spot editorials. I’ve even contributed environmental art for a forthcoming mobile game.

I studied intaglio printmaking, oil painting, and drawing, not to mention my forays into paper sculpture, but currently I work mostly on digital paintings. In fact, I’m a more confident visual artist than writer – writing is far more personal to me. There’s a sturdier boundary between myself and illustration work. While I love creating art, of course, I’m less emotionally attached to any specific piece. I’m more easily able to brainstorm – I can let things be sketchy, incomprehensible thumbnails before I polish them. When I started bringing that approach to my fiction, it improved immensely.

Kathryn Weaver’s story “Darling
in Metaphorosis Friday, 4 October 2019.
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More about Erik Goldsmith

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.

Erik Goldsmith’s story “Misalignment
in Metaphorosis Friday, 11 October 2019.
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It came from Vaya Pseftaki

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 …

A question for Carly Racklin

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.

Carly Racklin’s story “The Guardian of Werifest Park
in Metaphorosis Friday, 27 September 2019.
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More about Kathryn Weaver

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., @anoteinpink

Kathryn Weaver’s story “Darling
in Metaphorosis Friday, 4 October 2019.
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