The Season of Withering – Lisa Short

Tamasin, called Abhasvar, watched from the concealing folds of her hood as the Riever and his men strode into the great hall. For a long, fearful moment she thought the Riever wouldn’t stop, would mount the dais alongside Piro and throw a too-jovial arm around his neck (and perhaps break it). But the Riever did stop at the foot of the dais, bracing his legs wide apart, teeth bared in a broad grin. He’d brought …

It came from Daniel Roy

Daniel Roy’s story “Forever and a Life” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 12 April 2019. One of the paradoxes of aging is that the less life we have left ahead of us, the more we obsess about extending this time. Death-defying acts of rebellion have almost always been led by the young, after all. It led to me wonder: how fearful of death could someone be if they could theoretically live forever? What would …

A question for Yume Kitasei

Q: Where do you write?

A: Where I write is really a factor of when I write. My job can keep me busy, so I have to seize the fifteen to thirty-minute chunks whenever I can. In fact, I get some of my best writing done on the subway standing up, wedged between one person’s pointy elbow and another ’s backpack (oof, dude), tap-tapping away with two thumbs. I’ll start in the early morning on my laptop on a small green table in my bedroom while eating breakfast, email my work in progress to myself so I can continue on my phone on the way to work, and then end my day sprawled on the living room couch to finish it out for the night.

So short answer: everywhere, anywhen.

Yume Kitasei’s story “Super
in Metaphorosis Friday, 25 October 2019.
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November 2019

November 2019

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

All the stories from the month, plus author biographies, interviews, and story origins.

Table of Contents

    • Rooks on Sundays — Jack Neel Waddell
    • Via Dolorosa — Christine Lucas
    • A Time for Understanding — Lisa Fox
    • Fur and Feathers — Jess Koch
    • The Lonely King — Gunnar De Winter


Cover art by Danos Philopoulos.

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Misalignment – Erik Goldsmith

When Levy Green awoke, he looked around for a few blinking moments, and did not try to remember. He was alone. Through an open window, he could see it was day. Something, somewhere was beeping. An ache began to throb in his forehead and, after a bit of searching, he discovered an unfamiliar incision just below his hairline. The words What if I came into his mind. What if I what? he asked himself and …