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 …

A question for Jonathan Louis Duckworth

Q: Duckbilled platypus – result of divine distraction, or alternate universe crossover?

A: The platypus is the result of a beaver scientist and a duck mathematician attempting to divide by zero. There is a small organ called an oxylitic ganglion adjacent to the left sinus, unique among mammals, which allows the platypus to process mineral-heavy water and use it to produce pure DMT. By the time you have finished fact-checking this, I will have already made my escape.


Jonathan Louis Duckworth’s story “Figlia della Neve
in Metaphorosis Friday, 1 May 2020.
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May 2020

MetaphorosisBeautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • Figlia della Neve — Jonathan Louis Duckworth
  • Regret’s Relief — Travis Wade Beaty
  • Pre-Triage — Joe Prosit
  • A Witch’s Guide to Mushrooms and Toadstools — Hannah Hulbert
  • Exhibit 57-B from the Trial of Alonzo Montalvo v. MoodFoods Incorporated — Douglas DiCicco

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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About Jonathan Louis Duckworth

Jonathan Louis Duckworth received his MFA in fiction from Florida International University. He is currently a PhD student at University of North Texas, studying poetry. He likes bending genres in his writing and has a deep passion for folklore and tall tales. His cat, Cheese, is very powerful and has an Instagram: @Misscheesevious


Jonathan Louis Duckworth’s story “Figlia della Neve
in Metaphorosis Friday, 1 May 2020.
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