Devilish Calliope and the Ungrooviest Apocalypse – Evan Marcroft

I’d just worked the handcuffs loose when my phone started vibrating in my pocket. Even hanging by my ankles above impending doom, I knew I’d be in real shit if I didn’t pick up. I made a sort of cup out of my hand and pressed the phone to my ear. “This is Devilish urgently speaking.” “Devilish. It’s me. Are you free to talk?” I glanced up, or rather down, into the flame-rimmed iris over …

Yet another question for Evan Marcroft

Q: What happens when you hit writer’s block head on?

A: When I hit writer’s block head on, I usually realize that what I’m writing is boring. Not the entire story necessarily, but typically an event in that story, which is playing out too straightforwardly to spark my interest, a scene of transportation from one location to another, for example. I find that my writing surges when I’m describing something unusual, or depicting something commonplace from an uncommon angle. If I’m finding it hard to proceed, my go-to trick is to make it harder for myself. Rather than drive us to the new location from our protagonist’s perspective, I can hop into the perspective of a bird watching our hero drive through the narrow streets below, or from the point of view of the city beneath him, wincing as he steers his car through the folds of its asphalt brain. Sometimes the smoothest route towards what I want to accomplish is the more roundabout one.


Evan Marcroft’s story “Devilish Calliope and the Ungrooviest Apocalypse
in Metaphorosis Friday, 14 August 2020.
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Even more about Evan Marcroft

Evan Marcroft is a speculative fiction writer from California currently residing in Chicago with his wife. Evan uses his expensive degree in literary criticism to do menial data entry, and dreams of writing for video games, but will settle for literature instead. His works of science fiction, fantasy, and spine-curdling horror can be found in a variety of venues across the internet, such as Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and multiple times in Metaphorosis.

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Evan Marcroft’s story “Devilish Calliope and the Ungrooviest Apocalypse
in Metaphorosis Friday, 14 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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