Another question for Jonathan Louis Duckworth

Q: What’s an idea you’re dying to write but haven’t, and why?

A: I don’t know there are any ideas I’m “dying” to write that I haven’t attempted already, but for quite some time I’ve had an idea for a story where a young apprentice wizard is sent to a tidal pool to kill a giant mollusc so that he can use its conical shell as his smelly wizard hat, but instead of killing it he forms a partnership with the mollusc, who sits on his head and helps him with his magic. I’ve attempted it once already but it wasn’t quite coming together (mostly the question of, what next?). Maybe I’ll try again in the future.


Jonathan Louis Duckworth’s story “The Last Doctor
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 April 2022.
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More about Jonathan Louis Duckworth

Jonathan Louis Duckworth is a completely normal, entirely human person with the right number of heads and everything. He received his MFA from Florida International University. His speculative fiction work appears in Pseudopod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Southwest Review, Tales to Terrify, Flash Fiction Online, and elsewhere. He is a PhD student at University of North Texas and an active HWA member.

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Jonathan Louis Duckworth’s story “The Last Doctor
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 April 2022.
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April 2022

April 2022

Table of Contents

  • The Dragon and the Unicorn — Wade Dargin
  • The Ghosts of Daughters Possible — Amman Sabet
  • The Last Doctor — Jonathan Louis Duckworth
  • The Spinster and the Sea — J.C. Pillard
  • Sturm und Clang — Sara Kate Ellis

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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It came from Jonathan Louis Duckworth

Jonathan Louis Duckworth’s story “Figlia della Neve” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 1 May 2020. This story began from two sources: first, my reading of Angela Carter’s fabulous collection The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, and second, listening to a song from American power metal band Symphony X called “Lady of the Snow”. The evidence of Carter’s influence should be plain to anyone who’s ever read her work. As for the song, it gave …

Figlia della Neve – Jonathan Louis Duckworth

The wife’s eyes are closed, but there is no flutter of dream under her lids, and when her name escapes like a shy moth from the husband’s tongue, she says, “Go on, I’m listening.” The husband begins his story. The young man set out early one winter morning in search of the fabled Cold Lady. After hours of searching, he found her gliding through the silvered lindens and fell utterly in love. Her limbs were …