Another question for Karl El-Koura

Q: What is your favorite word?

A: The word that immediately comes to mind is “onomatopoeia”. Boom! (When I first learned the word in high school, I thought it was the neatest thing—the way it looked, the way it sounded, even that there was a word to describe words that sound like themselves. Its only drawback is I always have to look up how to spell it.)


Karl El-Koura’s story “Her Last Will
in Metaphorosis Friday, 16 September 2022.
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More about Karl El-Koura

Karl El-Koura lives with his family in Canada’s capital city, holds a second-degree black belt in Okinawan Goju Ryu karate, and works a regular job in daylight while writing fiction at night. “Her Last Will” is his second appearance in Metaphorosis. His fantasy short story “The Azurian Shield” was published in October 2021.


Karl El-Koura’s story “Her Last Will
in Metaphorosis Friday, 16 September 2022.
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September 2022

MetaphorosisBeautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • To the Wild Sea — B. Morris Allen
  • For the Love of Wild Things — Mande Matthews
  • Her Last Will — Karl El-Koura
  • Portals and Other Lost Things — Elizabeth Rankin
  • Infinite Possibilities — Michael Gardner

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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It came from Karl El-Koura

Karl El-Koura’s story “The Azurian Shield” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 October 2021. Some time ago, an image popped into my head of a soldier on a horse in a field, facing a cracking dome from the inside. I was so excited by the idea that I started writing the story almost right away (often, though not always, a mistake). I wrote about a thousand words of the soldier trying to hold the …