The Record Collector – Nathaniel Williams

The first time the house yells at them, it sounds like her husband. Eileen Ulmstead-Barris springs up in bed and looks at Preston lying next to her, motionless in his favored sleeping position—on his back, with his head buried under a pillow that should have smothered any sounds rising from his mouth. The shouts become louder and louder, then stop. Moments later, another cry fills the room. He must be having an awful nightmare, she …

A question for Nathaniel Williams

Q: Do you have a garden? Have you ever grown your own food?

A: No. I’m ill-suited to nurture plants. I can barely keep children and pets alive, and they at least tell you when they’re hungry.


Nathaniel Williams’s story “The Record Collector
in Metaphorosis Friday, 5 June 2020.
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June 2020

June 2020

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • The Record Collector — Nathaniel Williams
  • Zsezzyn, Who Is Not a God — Jennifer Shelby
  • The Woman Who Brought Love to Death — Kathryn Yelinek
  • Time and Grace — Joseph Halden

Cover art by Max Pitchkites.

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About Nathaniel Williams

Nathaniel Williams was born in Kansas City and currently teaches technical writing and journalism at the University of California, Davis. He’s worked as a radio announcer, grant writer, and musician, and has spent the past decade or so researching rare American science fiction in dime novels from the nineteenth century. He is a graduate of the Writers Workshop at the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction.

www.nathanielwms.com, @nathanielwms


Nathaniel Williams’s story “The Record Collector
in Metaphorosis Friday, 5 June 2020.
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