Joy (Unplugged) – B.C. van Tol

A reddish moon clung to the horizon like a faded blood stain that wouldn’t wash out. Joy shivered, looking at the moon’s human-like face from her attic window, wishing she could pull him to her. Together, they could agonize in this lonely house atop the hill. From afar, his mouth hung agape, as though wailing in silent operatic sorrow. The silence pervaded the dark, motionless town nestled in the valley below. From Joy’s vantage point, …

A question for B.C. van Tol

Q: What kind of non-fiction do you like to read and how does it affect the fiction you write?

A: I was an English major in college, but for pure love of science, I also took a wide range of science courses—everything from biochemistry to physics. To this day, I prefer to start my mornings by reading about the latest scientific research and discoveries. While I’ll read just about anything under that umbrella, I’m particularly interested in immunology, anthropology, astronomy, and technological innovations in medicine. I suppose it comes as no surprise, then, that I tend to weave elements of science and technology into my fiction writing. What I enjoy most is using science as a jumping-off point to explore the human experience and the human psyche in a fictional context.

B.C. van Tol’s story “Joy (Unplugged)
in Metaphorosis Friday, 28 August 2020.
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About B.C. van Tol

B.C. van Tol was grown in the Garden State. In her spare time–when she’s not writing–she avidly consumes science fiction and fantasy in all forms. She also enjoys dabbling in watercolors and hiking with her husband and rescue dog., @bcvantol

B.C. van Tol’s story “Joy (Unplugged)
in Metaphorosis Friday, 28 August 2020.
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August 2020

MetaphorosisTable of Contents

  • Calling Me Home — Spencer Nitkey
  • Devilish Calliope and the Ungrooviest Apocalypse — Evan Marcroft
  • All That Remains — Michael Gardner
  • Joy (Unplugged) — B.C. van Tol

Cover art by Melissa Kojima.

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