It came from Michael Gardner

Michael Gardner’s story “All That Remains” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 August 2020. Despite current events, this story wasn’t inspired by the coronavirus. I wrote this a good six months before COVID-19 broke out. I’d been reading a number of dystopian fantasy and horror stories at the time. I began wondering what might happen to a doomsday prepper who hid away from the end of the world, only to find out years later …

All That Remains – Michael Gardner

The boy doesn’t have a name, but Father calls him Progeny. He was born underground, and grew up in near darkness. In the tunnels. Walking the spaces between compact earthen walls, buttressed intermittently with wooden beams, glow worms the only luminescence. His eyes are good. He sees shapes where Father sees shadows. He sees shadows where Father sees nothing. He walks now, very quietly. Now is the quiet time. It is a rule. He hunches …

An additional question for Michael Gardner

Q: Can beautiful things be funny?

A: I think funny moments can be beautiful, so beautiful things must be funny.

As an example, I was trying not to laugh at my daughter the other day who was doing her best to avoid going to bed. I failed in my attempt to be stern, and ended up laughing at her antics, which made her laugh in return. I was wondering where she got her cheeky sense of humour. And in that moment, I realised she was growing up in front of me, becoming her own, unique person. I couldn’t help but think that sharing such a moment in her life was beautiful. As well as being funny.


Michael Gardner’s story “All That Remains
in Metaphorosis Friday, 21 August 2020.
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Further about Michael Gardner

Michael Gardner is an economist by day, a writer of fantasy and horror by night. He lives in Canberra, Australia, with his patient wife and two wonderful kids. The experience of fatherhood continues to find its way into his stories. His work has appeared in Writers of the Future Volume 36, Aurealis, and of course, Metaphorosis. He is also a two-time finalist for the Aurealis Awards. You can find out more about Michael and his work at www.michael-s-gardner.com.


Michael Gardner’s story “All That Remains
in Metaphorosis Friday, 21 August 2020.
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It came from Michael Gardner (yet again)

Michael Gardner’s story “Nana Naoko’s Garden” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 12 October 2018. My own Nana is a fantastic gardener. The garden she had when I was a kid was amazing. A huge, sprawling garden filled with trees, shrubs, flowers and neatly manicured lawns. It had so many elements that seemed magical, including a fernery along the back of her house, a small bridge and goldfish pond, vegetable patches that my Papa tended …