July 2021

MetaphorosisBeautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • Singot — E.C. Fuller
  • Souls Like Sea Glass — Josie Smith
  • Free Hugs — Jennifer Shelby
  • The Art of Unpicking Stitches — Jennifer Hudak
  • The Nocturnals III — Mariah Montoya

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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Another question for Mariah Montoya

Q: If someone wanted to make an animated series out of your work, based on the title or recurring themes, what would it look like?

A: When I hear the term ‘animated series’, I tend to think of bright colors and loud noises (Why does Cocomelon come to mind? Help). I’m not a huge fan of that kind of eye-watering intensity, so I’d hope that an animated series based on “The Nocturnals” would depict darker, more subdued colors and sounds—like if the style of Game of Thrones and the tone of The Queen’s Gambit had a baby, only in animation form.


Mariah Montoya’s story “The Nocturnals I
in Metaphorosis Friday, 28 May 2021.
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More about Mariah Montoya

Mariah Montoya is a writer and new mother from Idaho. She loves watching movies and losing at chess games on cold, blustery days. On sunny ones, you can find her running with her husband and a stroller along the Boise river. You can’t convince her to use Twitter, but she’s sometimes on Instagram @mariah_author.


Mariah Montoya’s story “The Nocturnals I
in Metaphorosis Friday, 28 May 2021.
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It came from Mariah Montoya

Mariah Montoya’s story “The Wife of Fabian Vitalik” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 24 November 2017. I first started writing “The Wife of Fabian Vitalik” after hearing a few real-life stories about husbands or wives who left their spouse after several years of marriage (these were situations where the split seemed entirely one-sided). I wanted to explore the concept of separation – what makes someone leave? What makes someone stay? Of course, Fabian’s wife …