Changes to the Metaphorosis feedback process

As I’ve long feared, my sins are catching up with me. Stripped of metaphor, what this means is that submissions have increased, and changes to our editorial feedback are required. I’ve long worked by three rules: Rapid response. Feedback to all authors who want it. I read all stories to the end. Alas, there are simply too many submissions to keep all this up. In response, I’m starting to break some of my rules, starting …

The Bear Wife – Catherine George

The bear wife took the cub to mommy and me yoga. She didn’t look much like a bear without her fur, but somehow the other mothers seemed to sense it; when she came in carrying the cub they shifted away, drifting on their yoga mats closer to the windows, to each other. She was left alone in the middle like a stone dropped into a lake, each woman a wave rippling outward. In tree pose she …

It came from Mads Alvey

Mads Alvey’s story “Upon the Fallen Leaves of the Gingko Tree” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 August 2018. Many of my story ideas start with a single line—usually the first line in the final draft—which repeats over and over in my mind. “Upon the Fallen Leaves of the Ginkgo Tree” was one of these stories. When I began the story, my walk to school every day involved going through a neighborhood which was …

An additional question for L’Erin Ogle

Q: What is the scariest or most disturbing story you’ve ever read?

A: I read a short story by Sunny Moraine in Shimmer titled “Come MyLove and I’ll Tell You a Tale.” It’s narrated by someone grieving the end of the world and their lover. What shook me to the core was the beautiful prose describing the life before, then shifting to the events that ended the world as it was known, to the narrator now. I won’t ruin the story for anyone, but the way the narrator was forced to adapt, the things that had to be done to survive, and the knowledge of before and after, the splitting of thesoul, never quite left my head or my heart.

And for a novel, Mark Z Danielewski’s House of Leaves broke my heart, turned me into an insomniac listening for the shift of a house at night, and wrote about regret, heartbreak, loss, and an evil that wasn’t defeated. There is a page where the words “I’m sorry” are written spiraling out of control, into an event, that I will never forget. It’s an experience, to read that book. It never left me either.

L’Erin Ogle’s story “Mean Streak
in Metaphorosis Friday, 22 February 2019.
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About Carolyn Lenz

Carolyn Lenz is a scientist, writer, and badass from Hamilton, Ontario. She has written speculative fiction for eight years, mostly for fun and sometimes for profit, using her knowledge of science and unique way of looking at the world to create strange characters and places. By day, she wears a lab coat and works with unsettling amounts of human blood.


Carolyn Lenz’s story “Pleasing the Giants
in Metaphorosis Friday, 1 March 2019.
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