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.

Contents:

  • 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.


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It came from Molly Etta (again)

Molly Etta’s story “The Illuminator Leaves” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 June 2017. This story has a couple of different points of origin: The first one goes quite a ways back. I was a sophomore in college, getting interested in medieval texts and manuscript culture, and I thought I’d like to write something about a mute illuminator, who could only communicate through images. I imagined her as a kind of Scheherazade figure who …

The Illuminator Leaves – Molly Etta

When the Fata first found me, I was very small, and I had lost my voice. Nevertheless, she took me in, and proved both kind and cruel thereafter. I used to gesture pleas, begging for the return of my voice. But she never seemed to understand why I would want such a burdensome thing back. She gave me colors — gold leaf, ultramarine blue, vermillion — so that I could draw and paint instead of …

Another question for Molly Etta

Q: What inspires you?

A: I’m an academic and I spend a lot of time reading very old and remarkable texts full of strange images and language. So, ample inspiration there. And echoes of these texts have a tendency to pop up in unexpected places. I’m constantly amazed by the ways in which storytelling practices have changed over the centuries, and how the same basic narrative or idea can come to mean something entirely different in a new context.


Molly Etta’s story “The Illuminator Leaves” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 June 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

More about Molly Etta

Molly Etta is a graduate student in Comparative Literature, currently studying feverishly for her PhD exams while writing short fiction on the side. Her work is featured in Metaphorosis: Best of 2016 and has appeared recently in Literary Orphans as well.


Molly Etta’s story “The Illuminator Leaves” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 June 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

June 2017

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Cover art by Kaos Nest.

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