It came from Nathaniel Williams

Nathaniel Williams’s story “The Record Collector” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 5 June 2020. I went to college with a ton of Saint Louis folks and over the years heard many vignettes about the area. The stuff in my story about the Exorcist hospital and the Lake Chesterfield sinkhole is all true. Saint Louis is also the home of Beatle Bob, the nationally known music superfan who attends concerts almost nightly, always decked in …

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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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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