A question for Nathaniel Williams

Q: Do you have a garden? Have you ever grown your own food?

A: No. I’m ill-suited to nurture plants. I can barely keep children and pets alive, and they at least tell you when they’re hungry.


Nathaniel Williams’s story “The Record Collector
in Metaphorosis Friday, 5 June 2020.
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A question for Max Pitchkites

Q: What work of art has been the most inspiring for you?

A: The piece of art that has provided the most inspiration to me is The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch.


Max Pitchkites‘s image “The Woman Who Brought Love to Death” is the cover art for our June 2020 issue.Metaphorosis

About Jennifer Shelby

Jennifer Shelby hunts for stories in the beetle undergrowth of fairy-infested forests. She fishes for them in the dark space between the stars. Zsezzyn, Who is Not a God’s publication in Metaphorosis is part of her ongoing catch-and-release program. You can learn more at jennifershelby.blog or on Twitter @jenniferdshelby


Jennifer Shelby’s story “Zsezzyn, Who Is Not a God
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 June 2020.
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A Witch’s Guide to Mushrooms and Toadstools – Hannah Hulbert

I kick my way through the decomposing leaves and they cling to my skirts. Others flit around me on the dying breath of summer, adding to the carpet that already comes up to my ankle. The only sound is the titter of thrushes and the distant drone of cattle. The track lies far behind me. I remind myself that I like being alone. That the forest is my ally. But I shiver anyway and quicken …

It came from Lisa Fox

Lisa Fox’s story “A Time for Understanding” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 15 November 2019. This story is a deeply personal one. I originally wrote this as a 1,000 word flash fiction piece four days before my mother died. She’d been in the hospital for weeks, declining steadily, though we had no idea why. Her last days were spent on a bi-pap breathing machine – the mask was basically keeping her alive – and …

A question for Douglas DiCicco

Q: Is there a specific environment you find most conducive to writing, and is it different for different kinds of scenes?

A: I do almost all of my writing in my home office. I’ve tried writing in book stores, coffee shops, and at writer meetups in the past, but I’ve found I’m less productive with other people around.

The physical location is the same no matter what I’m writing, but I do change what I’m listening to. When I need calm focus I either listen to the sounds of rain or just have complete silence. When I’m looking for a more energetic mood, I switch to music.


Douglas DiCicco’s story “Exhibit 57-B from the Trial of Alonzo Montalvo v. MoodFoods Incorporated
in Metaphorosis Friday, 29 May 2020.
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