It came from Filip Wiltgren

Filip Wiltgren’s story “One Divided by Eternity” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 23 June 2017. There’s a small theater company in the town where I live, specializing in plays for kids and teens. I attended one of their openings, a fantasy play about a group of teenagers and their daydreams. Before the play, cast members walked around asking people “what would your best ending be?” Just like that, I heard Chilli’s voice in my …

It came from Molly Etta (again)

Molly Etta’s story “The Illuminator Leaves” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 June 2017. This story has a couple of different points of origin: The first one goes quite a ways back. I was a sophomore in college, getting interested in medieval texts and manuscript culture, and I thought I’d like to write something about a mute illuminator, who could only communicate through images. I imagined her as a kind of Scheherazade figure who …

It came from Christopher Cervelloni

Christopher Cervelloni’s story “Trucks in Reverse” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 9 June 2017. “Trucks in Reverse” started with a simple question: Can bad people in one context be great people in another? I have always loved speculative fiction and found it to be the right place to explore this question. Through many drafts, I stayed focused on the idea that people sometimes must do bad things to protect and care for the ones …

It came from Michelle Ann King

Michelle Ann King’s story “Light Winds With a Chance of Velociraptors” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 2 June 2017. Like Harry, I also once read a piece about the ‘what happens is what you believe’ theory, and decided it could create a different, and interesting kind of apocalypse. I love end-of-the-world stories, but so often the characters who fix it are soldiers, scientists and superheroes — and they’re almost always young, fit and gorgeous. …

It came from Jason Baltazar

Jason Baltazar’s story “The Questioning Bell” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 26 May 2017. Most of my stories start with an image, in this case a boy looking down onto a narrow, abandoned city street. It seemed so lonely. I started to explore the idea– who was this, what kept them at the window, why were the streets empty? I’d recently read about the yellow fever outbreak in Philadelphia in 1793, and so the …

It came from Karolina Fedyk

Karolina Fedyk’s story “The Early History of the Moon” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 19 May 2017. Growing up in Poland, I couldn’t shake off the impression that we’re sort of guests and strangers in our own home—a place lost and regained over and over again. I am, of course, hardly the first to write about where such feelings come from; but in the national narrative, the history of partitions and the Duchy of …