It came from Samuel Chapman

Samuel Chapman’s story “The Foaling Season” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 1 June 2018. I came up with the world of Locksgrove during a worldbuilding exercise with friends. It’s based on revolutionary Haiti, with Dominic L’Escalier a stand-in for Toussaint L’Overture. Reynard aux Chatillon was a later addition, partially based on Jiro Horikoshi, the Japanese aircraft engineer whose dilemma is chronicled in Hayao Miyazaki’s film The Wind Rises. Reynard and Jiro share the same …

The Foaling Season – Samuel Chapman

Reynard aux Chatillon delivers a gryphon foal the morning Lucia Camoreux comes to visit. It comes out squealing, eyes shut and wings folded, sticky with placenta. Within an hour its wings open, beating softly, as it stands to take food from its mother’s beak. Reynard sees Lucia as he returns from leading the foal and mare into a paddock isolated from the pasture. The mare cannot be kept from flying, of course, but she will …

A question for Samuel Chapman

Q: What is your favourite short story?

A: “Night Meeting” by Ray Bradbury from The Martian Chronicles. Nothing much happens in it–just a guy driving to a party and meeting a Martian on the way. During their conversation, however, Earthling and Martian realize they cannot tell the difference between future and past, and that therefore the only thing we can count on is the beauty of the present. Bradbury uses simple images to immensely moving effect. The whole book is great, but this is the one I can read over and over.

Honorable mentions: “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar, “Idle Days on the Yann” by Lord Dunsany, “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” by M.R. James.


Samuel Chapman’s story “The Foaling Season” was
published on Friday, 1 June 2018.

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About Samuel Chapman

Samuel Chapman was born in Minnesota and raised in Wales. He lives in Walla Walla, WA, where he writes novels and short stories, fences at a classical salle, and works in water rights. In past jobs he’s been a land steward, tour guide, writing tutor, bookstore clerk, and crew on a tall ship.

www.samuelpchapman.wordpress.com


Samuel Chapman’s story “The Foaling Season” was
published on Friday, 1 June 2018.

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