It came from Damien Krsteski

Damien Krsteski’s story “Esma’s Margaret” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 January 2021. “Esma’s Margaret” is a product of my overlapping interests in psychology, (artificial) intelligence, and the dynamics of capitalism in general and between corporations and their outsourced workers in particular. It is set in a fictionalized and near-future version of my hometown — specifically in its poorest neighborhood — with a precocious girl as main character, whose technological talents seem to have …

Another question for Damien Krsteski

Q: How do pets/children/significant others help/hinder your process?

A: My partner helps by giving me time and space to do my work. She helps by understanding how important writing is to me. And once, when I was stuck with a story, she dreamed about how I could finish it.

Damien Krsteski’s story “Esma’s Margaret
in Metaphorosis Friday, 29 January 2021.
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Metaphorosis: Best of 2017

Metaphorosis: Best of 2017

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

The best stories from Metaphorosis magazine’s second year.

Stories of snow queens and their daughters, of invisible giants and their vanished lovers, of curses and quests and searches for meaning.


  • Snow Queen – T. R. North
  • Making the List – David Hammond
  • A Nightingale’s Map of the City – Suzanne J. Willis
  • The Questioning Bell – Jason Baltazar
  • Lake Oreyd – Damien Krsteski
  • The Illuminator Leaves – Molly Etta
  • Sundown on the Hill – Timothy Mudie
  • Notes Towards a New Fairytale – Patrick Doerksen
  • The Lost Languages of Exiles – Laura E. Price
  • HOPper – Charlotte H. Lee
  • The Wife of Fabian Vitalik – Mariah Montoya
  • Radical Abundance – Angie Lathrop
  • The Snow Queen’s Daughter – Sean R. Robinson

Cover art by Kathryn Weaver.

On sale as of 1 February 2017 at Amazon and other retailers.

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