June 2020

June 2020

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • The Record Collector — Nathaniel Williams
  • Zsezzyn, Who Is Not a God — Jennifer Shelby
  • The Woman Who Brought Love to Death — Kathryn Yelinek
  • Time and Grace — Joseph Halden

Cover art by Max Pitchkites.

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About Nathaniel Williams

Nathaniel Williams was born in Kansas City and currently teaches technical writing and journalism at the University of California, Davis. He’s worked as a radio announcer, grant writer, and musician, and has spent the past decade or so researching rare American science fiction in dime novels from the nineteenth century. He is a graduate of the Writers Workshop at the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction.

www.nathanielwms.com, @nathanielwms

Nathaniel Williams’s story “The Record Collector
in Metaphorosis Friday, 5 June 2020.
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Pre-Triage – Joe Prosit

As of today, I’m a human crumple-zone. I saw to that myself. The highway network will see my car and label me the perfect impact absorber. There was a time I thought I had things all figured out. I had a good job. I had plans. Ambitions. Goals. A house of cards sent toppling down when they pulled my job out from underneath me. My severance package, nothing more than a handshake and an escort …

It came from Christine Lucas

Christine Lucas’s story “Via Dolorosa” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 November 2019. “Via Dolorosa” is a story in a series of stories dealing with the Unseen. In my worldview, the Unseen includes elements from the speculatively obvious, that most people cannot see (ghosts, undead, mythic creatures) along with everything a lot of people choose not to see, like abuse. It also draws a lot from personal experience, from growing up in a household …

A question for Hannah Hulbert

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?

A: One ability I always fancied was the Fool’s skill-tipped fingers from Robin Hobb’s ‘Realm of the Elderlings’. The ability to know something intimately and completely by touching it. To know its past and future, its properties and potential. And the fact that such an ability can be turned off by simply wearing a glove. A low-key power with few responsibilities attached and hardly any chance of me becoming the target of a maniacal villain.

Hannah Hulbert’s story “A Witch’s Guide to Mushrooms and Toadstools
in Metaphorosis Friday, 22 May 2020.
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About Max Pitchkites

Max Pitchkites has independently pursued work both as a fine artist and as an illustrator for science fiction and fantasy stories, including those of his own writing. In 2009 he was commissioned to provide 28 illustrations for an art exhibition in Chicago based on every chapter of the fantasy novel The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy. He has continues to create illustrations, write novels, and direct films in Bloomington, Indiana. Max Pitchkites‘s image “The …