Darling – Kathryn Weaver

The damned shadows did me in. They should have been blue. Yellowish light should cast blue or violet shadows, every artist learned that. While disregard for basic colour principles was new and exciting in paint, in life it was awful. This evening, the gallery’s shadows were an unsavory shade of red, somewhere between wine vomited down the balustrade and the bloodstains I tried to suck out of my only silk waistcoat. Worse, no two of …

Another question for Kathryn Weaver

Q: Do you make art other than prose? What kind, and how is it different?

A: I do! I’m also a freelance illustrator – I mostly work on pieces for various speculative fiction venues, but in addition to private commissions, I’ve also done print magazine covers, interior illustrations, and spot editorials. I’ve even contributed environmental art for a forthcoming mobile game.

I studied intaglio printmaking, oil painting, and drawing, not to mention my forays into paper sculpture, but currently I work mostly on digital paintings. In fact, I’m a more confident visual artist than writer – writing is far more personal to me. There’s a sturdier boundary between myself and illustration work. While I love creating art, of course, I’m less emotionally attached to any specific piece. I’m more easily able to brainstorm – I can let things be sketchy, incomprehensible thumbnails before I polish them. When I started bringing that approach to my fiction, it improved immensely.

Kathryn Weaver’s story “Darling
in Metaphorosis Friday, 4 October 2019.
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More about Kathryn Weaver

Kathryn (Kat) Weaver is a writer and illustrator whose written work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Apex Magazine, Lackington’s, and Timeworn Lit. She lives in Minneapolis with her wife and their two birds.

kathrynmweaver.com, @anoteinpink

Kathryn Weaver’s story “Darling
in Metaphorosis Friday, 4 October 2019.
Subscribe now for e-mail updates!

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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