It came from Matt Hornsby

Matt Hornsby’s story “The Draining” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 20 March 2020. The story really came from a single, simple image – of a ship marooned on the ocean floor, with the ocean nowhere to be seen. It seemed like a powerful image of environmental catastrophe, and I added the idea of the ship being a hunting-ship, whose business is exploiting nature in the form of the ‘serpents’, to bring that element out. …

It came from Rhema Sayers

Rhema Sayers’s story “The Wicked Stepmother” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 13 March 2020. I love fairy tales and fantasy and always have. When I was a little girl, my favorite story was The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I always wanted to be a princess. When I got older, I wanted to be a queen. I had to settle for being boss of an ER for a 12 hour shift. But my experiences in the …

It came from Chris Panatier

Chris Panatier’s story “The Eighth Fathom” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 6 March 2020. I am a huge science fan, and so find myself reading any number of articles that I half understand. A year or so back, there was a rash of reports dealing with cephalopod DNA/RNA and how much of it seems to fall outside the typical evolutionary scheme for Earth-based animals. My natural conclusion was, “Well, look at them. They’re obviously …

It came from Jo Miles

Jo Miles’s story “Grow, Divide, Sacrifice, Thrive” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 February 2020. When I was in college, my good friend was the caretaker for a portion of her family’s heirloom sourdough starter. It blew my mind that this starter had been passed down through multiple generations of her family, and I loved the idea of a living, growing family heirloom. (That you could turn it into delicious bread, even better.) Passing …

It came from Chris Cornetto

Chris Cornetto’s story “Heart of Stone” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 February 2020. It’s my dream to one day publish a fantasy novel. While writing one, I excavated something strange from a sand-filled well – a little golem like no other, with a spark of curiosity and the face of a child. I was instantly fascinated by him. Who was he? How did he get there? I had to know. So, I wrote …

It came from Antony Paschos

Antony Paschos’s story “Pyrrha” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 7 February 2020. The story in “Pyrrha” was inspired by the actual events that took place in Drama, Greece in 1941. The blowing up of the power plant by the guerilla fighters triggered a failed revolution that resulted in grave consequences. While researching for my third book, I realized that I’d like to write a story about that particular event. Then, I read a short …