It came from Michael Gardner (again)

Michael Gardner’s story “This Side of the Wall” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 19 January 2018. I read an amazing short story called ‘The Wombly’ by K. L. Morris (Shimmer Magazine, Issue 32). Womblys are strange things that attach themselves to people, turning those people into soap, or metal, or glass, depending on the type of Wombly. A Wombly can be passed to someone else to bear and, once they are, they can’t be…

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It came from Michael Gardner

Michael Gardner’s story “Renewal” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 15 September 2017. Before writing “Renewal”, I’d read a short story about an immortal couple who were both hundreds of years old. This got me thinking about common fantasy depictions of immortals – vampires, Highlander – where they don’t age, they live forever, and every once in a while they change their identities so they can continue their lives without raising suspicions. Of all the…

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This Side of the Wall – Michael Gardner

Today was my day to choose a disease. “Fennel,” Mama called up from the kitchen. “Breakfast’s near ready.” “Coming, Mama,” I yelled back as I pulled a simple, blue dress over my head. I tied my hair back tight, laced up my shoes and then ran down the stairs to the kitchen. Mama was heavily pregnant again. She was stirring a large pot that bubbled away on the stove, filling the air with the aroma…

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Another question for Michael Gardner

Q: Do you write things other than speculative fiction?

A: No, not really. Whenever I start developing a story thinking it might not be speculative, at some point my imagination runs away with me and the finished product ends up including something supernatural, or strange, or weird.

It’s what I enjoy reading, and it’s what I enjoy writing. I love great characters, and reading about interesting people. But I think characters react in even more fascinating ways when you throw them into a speculative world, or you have them face some fantastic or horrifying scenario.


Michael Gardner’s story “This Side of the Wall” was
published on Friday, 19 January 2018.

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More about Michael Gardner

Michael Gardner is a public servant and economist living in Canberra, Australia with his wife and two kids. He loves contemporary fantasy and horror – really anything strange or weird. And he has a very patient wife who puts up with his taste in TV shows and movies, and lets him spend more time writing then he probably should.


Michael Gardner’s story “This Side of the Wall” was
published on Friday, 19 January 2018.

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