A question for Candra Hope

Q: What’s the piece you’ve made that no one else thinks is as good as you do?

A: My favourite piece is a dragon I painted a few years ago. Non-artists seem to like it, but none of my peers do. I think its maybe not as technically proficient as it could be, but I loved painting it and it reflects those darker parts of my nature that most people don’t get to see, so it’s quite personal in that way. And well, I love dragons, so I don’t really care what my peers think, lol.

Candra Hope‘s image “Scraps” is the cover art for our April 2017 stories.Metaphorosis

About Juliet Kemp

Juliet Kemp lives in London, UK with her partners, kid, and dog. She is fortunate enough to be able to see the Thames out of her window when writing, which is either inspiring, distracting, or both. When she’s not writing or running round the house trying to keep up with the kid, she reads a lot, drinks too much tea, makes things out of yarn and fabric, and goes climbing a bit less often than she would like. She blogs intermittently at http://julietkemp.com and tweets at @julietk.

Juliet Kemp’s story “Scraps” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 7 April 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

It came from Benjamin C. Kinney

Benjamin C. Kinney’s story “Shiplight” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 9 September 2016. Shiplight grew out of a different story, written but long-abandoned. A story about humanity’s first and only interstellar vessel, shuttling back and forth between worlds called Earth and Sea. But on its sixth outbound trip, the Ship was full of marines, and a crew cut off from both worlds by decades of time dilation. First, I wrote about the crew, fighting …

A question for Damien Krsteski

Q: From where you do you draw inspiration for your characters?

A: It really depends on the character and the story, but I believe I can narrow it down to three sources. Some characters are based on, or are composites of, people I know. With others the characterization comes from mе, although in such cases I try to be very careful not to reduce them to mouthpieces for my own opinions or ideas: perhaps infuse the character with a trait of my own personality, make them react like I would in a similar situation, but then I’d veer right off, forcing our personalities to diverge. (Side-note: I especially enjoy writing in the first person about characters decidedly unlike myself.) The third situation is when another work of fiction affects me to the point where I think up characters in response, as if saying, “The kind of characters I like to read about would never do that.”

All that said, most of the time I feel like characterization just happens spontaneously, right then and there, when I’m writing the scene, or perhaps during the long walks beforehand. I may start off with an idea of what a character is broadly about, but the Aha! moments — when you truly understand why your character acted the way they did — come much later.

Damien Krsteski’s story “Lake Oreyd” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 24 March 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Candra Hope

Candra Hope is a freelance artist living and working in the north of Scotland. She specialises in fantasy, horror and science fiction illustration but also enjoys creating paintings inspired by her surroundings for galleries and exhibitions.


Metaphorosis April 2017
April 2017

Candra Hope‘s image “Scraps” is the cover art for our April 2017 stories.

About Timothy Mudie

Timothy Mudie has never been to Woodstock or been abducted by aliens. He lives with his wife outside of Boston, where he works as an editor for a general interest publishing house.

Timothy Mudie’s story “Sundown on the Hill” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 31 March 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.