It came from Thomas Ha

Thomas Ha’s story “Where the Old Neighbors Go” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 11 September 2020. The idea for “Where the Old Neighbors Go” came from my experiences with several different neighbors I had over the years. They were all variations of the archetypal nosy neighbor: aggressive, intrusive, and trying, I think, to make the messiness of the world conform to some kind of imagined order. There was one neighbor in particular who became …

April 2021

April 2021

Table of Contents

  • The Big S — David Hammond
  • The Otherside of Memory — Kelly Sandoval
  • A Universe All to Himself — Ryan Priest
  • Autumn’s Come Undone — Sharmon Gazaway
  • A Compilation of Accounts Concerning the Distal Brook Flood — Thomas Ha

Cover art by Philip McCulloch-Downs.

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A question for Thomas Ha

Q: Do you make art other than prose? What kind, and how is it different?

A: I hesitate to call it art, but over the last few years I’ve developed an unexpected interest in video editing and digital music composition. My wife is a food writer and cookbook author who occasionally has to create video content for various reasons, so over time I began shooting her videos and composing short music pieces to accompany them. Something about trying to create a visual narrative that makes sense, and editing cuts so that your brain finds a sequence palatable, is a fun challenge that is reminiscent of, but still very different from, breaking out a plot sequence. Similarly, I’m a novice musician, but the thing I’ve enjoyed most about composing short pieces to go with those videos is trying to evoke a particular atmosphere that enhances whatever it goes with, without drawing too much attention to itself. In that way, it feels a little similar to building themes in short fiction that bolster the story without hitting reader over the head. Again, these are food videos, so it’s not like I’m making a feature film or anything. But what can I say? I get a real kick out of it.


Thomas Ha’s story “Where the Old Neighbors Go
in Metaphorosis Friday, 11 September 2020.
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About Thomas Ha

Thomas Ha is a former attorney turned stay-at-home father who enjoys writing speculative fiction during the rare moments when both of his children happen to be asleep at the same time.

@ThomasHaWrites


Thomas Ha’s story “Where the Old Neighbors Go
in Metaphorosis Friday, 11 September 2020.
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