It came from William Condon

William Condon’s story “Of Hair and Beanstalks” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 7 December 2018. “Of Hair and Beanstalks” merged three ideas I’d been pondering for a while. First, I’d been playing with the idea of a dragon who wanted to join society – how would people treat him? What kind of person would he be to do that? Then, I’d been wondering how the villains in fairy tales might try to justify themselves …

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 …

It came from L’Erin Ogle (yet again)

L’Erin Ogle’s story “Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, and I Love You” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 23 November 2018. “Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, and I Love You” was about grief. It started as in idea—what would you do to gain a moment to say goodbye, to explain to someone what they meant, and why you weren’t able to convey that when they left you? What would a person do, to gain a moment in time to …

It came from Tris Matthews

Tris Matthews’s story “When the Last Friend is Gone” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 November 2018. I did cognitive science at university and became fascinated with what consciousness and cognition are, how they emerge in animals, how we will achieve this in robots, and the possibilities this will open, such as the solution to currently unimaginable questions and the shift to a hive mind society with utterly different desires and goals. Along the …

It came from Filip Wiltgren (yet again)

Filip Wiltgren’s story “A House on the Volga” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 9 November 2018. “A House on the Volga” came by as part of the Codex Writers Workshop “Weekend Warrior” flash fiction challenge. The challenge is simple: on Friday, you get a set of prompts. By Sunday, you need to submit your story (big nods to Warrior admin Vylar Kaftan and all the great people partaking in the challenge.) The prompt was …

It came from Evan Marcroft

Evan Marcroft’s story “The Little G-d of Łódź” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 2 November 2018. This story came out of two weird bellies. It was born initially out of a long-standing fascination with the difference between a good ending and a happy ending. A happy ending, in my definition, is one where conflicts are resolved in a way that is satisfying to the reader. The prince slays the dragon, the robot wins his …