Metaphorosis Books

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Metaphorosis Books

Metaphorosis Books

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Plant Based Press

Imprints

Metaphorosis Books operates a number of imprints. These include:

  • Verdage – science fiction and fantasy anthologies, often with an innovative approach to the creative process.
  • Metaphorosis Magazine – monthly issues of the magazine, along with annual Best of and Complete compilations.
  • plant based press – vegan-friendly science fiction and fantasy, including annual Best of Vegan SFF anthologies.
  • Driftwyrd – self-published books by authors who have appeared in Metaphorosis Magazine.
  • Vestige – science fiction and fantasy from authors previously published in Metaphorosis Magazine

December 2022

December 2022

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • The Dragon’s Due — Christopher Warden
  • Through the Middle — J.B. Kish
  • Love, Death, and the Electric Soul — Alexandra Peel
  • Snowman — Han Whiteoak
  • Infinite Possibilities IV — Michael Gardner

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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Available as a pocket-sized (4″x6″) paperback and an e-book.

November 2022

November 2022

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • If Gold Runs Red — Gordon Grice
  • Bas Relief — Joshua Grasso
  • An Hour in the City of Lightning — A.D. Guzman
  • Infinite Possibilities III — Michael Gardner

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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Available as a pocket-sized (4″x6″) paperback and an e-book.

October 2022

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine. All the stories from the month, plus author biographies, interviews, and story origins. Table of Contents Problems of the Flesh — Hamilton Perez A Xenothanatologist’s Guidebook to Death Practices Among the Sapient Species of the Outer Perseus Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy …

September 2022

September 2022

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

    • To the Wild Sea — B. Morris Allen
    • For the Love of Wild Things — Mande Matthews
    • Her Last Will — Karl El-Koura
    • Portals and Other Lost Things — Elizabeth Rankin
    • Infinite Possibilities — Michael Gardner

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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Available as a pocket-sized (4″x6″) paperback and an e-book.

August 2022

August 2022

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • Queen of Crows — Rachel Ayers
  • The Hissing Trees — Ian Donnell Arbuckle
  • The Crystal Pyramid — Mia Ram
  • Frozen in Glass — Hope Davies

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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Available as a pocket-sized (4″x6″) paperback and an e-book.

Reading 5X5 x3: Changes

Reading 5X5 x3

How do SFF stories move from ‘maybe’ to published?

What’s needed to take a story from interesting to publishable? What changes during the editorial process?

Reading 5X5 x3 presents 15 case studies of stories published in Metaphorosis magazine. For each story, the anthology includes:

  • Final version – the published version of the story
  • Revision notes – the editor’s initial feedback on the submitted version; the author’s intent for the piece; and notes from both author and editor about the editorial process: what surprised, pleased, or disappointed them about the process and the result.
  • Original version – the version of the story originally submitted.

There’s also an extensive list of common writing flaws, suggestions on how to address them, and examples of stories from the anthology that faced those issues.

Reading 5X5 x3 offers not only a selection of great science fiction and fantasy stories, but a terrific learning tool for writers.

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to get a story published, here’s the answer for 15 stories from Metaphorosis.

Available as an e-book, paperback, and hardcover.

July 2022

MetaphorosisBeautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • The Eye of the Goddess — Samuel Parr
  • The Lost Library — Mahmud El Sayed
  • By the Scars Shall You Know — Daniel Ausema
  • The Girl Who Drew the World — L.D. Oxford
  • The Heebie-Jeebie Beam — E.C. Fuller

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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Available as a pocket-sized (4″x6″) paperback and an e-book.

June 2022

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • Since We Don’t Have Wings — Gwen Whiting
  • Time, Wolf, Emit, Flow — Anna Madden
  • Her Spirit Animal — L.A.W. Butler
  • Tashala’s Hair — Richard Strachan

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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Available as a pocket-sized (4″x6″) paperback and an e-book.

May 2022

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • Indicative of Future Results — C.H. Rosenberg
  • Medusa Rising — Christine Lucas
  • From a Mother to Her Daughter, on the Eve of Her Wedding — Elliott Gish
  • Midnight’s Second Station — Chloe Smith

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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Available as a pocket-sized (4″x6″) paperback and an e-book.

Chambers of the Heart – B. Morris Allen

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Chambers of the Heart

Stories with bite and heart

Recommended by Kirkus, BookLife, and others and labeled a ‘must-read story collection’, reviewers have called Allen’s writing ‘beautifully crafted’, ‘gorgeous’, ‘memorable’, ‘thoughtful’ and ‘haunting’.

Hailed as a successor to James Tiptree, B. Morris Allen selects his 16 most moving and heartfelt stories. Drawing on sources as distinct as poet Walt Whitman, the Soviet space program, and red-dirt musician Jimmy Le Fave, these lyrical, poignant stories take the reader on a tour of space, dragons, and deep emotion.

With stories from F&SF, Aurealis, Capricious, Cast of Wonders, and other magazines, this provocative and subtle collection will challenge your view of humanity with intelligent dialogue, quirky settings, and difficult decisions. Some stories will warm your heart, some will break it.

Stories

  • Chambers of the Heart – when someone else’s heart is your home
  • Building on Sand – how to choose between children
  • Blush – when everyone else wears a mask, what’s it like to bare your face?
  • Minstrel Boy Howling at the Moon – magic, music, and … buffalo?
  • Fetch – she may be a simulation, but out on the edge, she’s one man’s best friend
  • The Humblebract Expedition – an uplifting story of a play date for a dying child
  • When Dooryards First in the Lilac Bloomed – a doorway to opportunity and change, if only they can understand it
  • Some Sun and Delilah – a sunny island, an abandoned temple, and thou
  • Crying in the Salt House – the house is built from tears, or so they say
  • Full of Stars – jar half empty, jar half full
  • Memory and Faded Ink – the aliens are perfectly human … and just as flawed
  • Fountainhead – arranged pairings never work, especially with different species
  • Adaptations to Coastal Erosion – what to do when your love literally falls away
  • Outburst – Earth is dead, and the rest is up to a handful of teens in a broken orbital
  • The Irrigation Ditch – they came to hide, but didn’t realize it was from each other
  • Dragons I Have Slain – take hope where you find it

Cover art by Bonnie Leeman.

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Reviews

“Throughout this collection, Allen adroitly employs a combination of whimsy and wide-ranging imagination, filling his tales with both bite and heart. … these stories squarely into the literary lineage of James Tiptree and Algis Budrys, the territory where mythmaking and SF intersect. … Often these narrative strengths combine in remarkably effective stories… A marvelously varied and heart-tugging collection of tales.”
Kirkus Reviews, RECOMMENDED

“… explores our natural world and the surreal in surprising ways. … all [stories] are unsettling, joyous, or fantastical. … Each story is a marvel that regards the simple and the grand in beautiful, haunting fashion. … Allen is highly imaginative, engaging his audience into the otherworldly, and one never knows where the stories lead to or quite what to expect.”
Dylan Ward, US Review of Books, RECOMMENDED

“… the writing really felt lyrical in its approach to the story, and each story’s featured characters were the chorus of the symphony of emotions that the author subtly delved into, creating a truly moving collection of speculative fiction. … Hauntingly beautiful, engaging, and thoughtful in its approach, author B. Morris Allen’s Chambers of the Heart: speculative stories is a must-read short story collection of 2022. Thought-provoking narratives which challenge the readers understanding of reality and the emotional character traits to keep the reader invested in each story make this a one-of-a-kind collection that comes along once in a great while.
Jack Chambers, Pacific Book Review, STARRED

An accomplished speculative fiction collection.
BookLife, EDITOR’S PICK

Poignant, heartfelt, and beautifully crafted, Chambers of the Heart is an amazing collection of magical and thought-provoking speculative short-stories worthy of savoring and re-reading. … What I loved most about this book was it’s multi-layered elements of meaning and how they intertwined with emotions … To successfully incorporate such meaningful depth to the reader in abstract storytelling such as this…. is nothing short of genius. … Every story in this book is equally memorable. … I think this book would spark many conversations among readers and would make a great selection for book group discussions.”
BookeryBliss

“Some stories are lyrical and beautiful and others gave me Edgar Allen Poe vibes. I adored the diversity throughout the stories and they’re all very quick to read.”
Danae, Goodreads

“One of the most unusual and inspiring books I have ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed Chambers of the Heart. Author B. Morris Allen has an especially unusual and descriptive writing style. The array of earthly and alien characters carries each story forward with beautifully written dialogue. … Chambers of the Heart is a book for everyone.
Natalie Soine, Readers’ Favorite

“[T]he author has hit every emotion and done so in such a unique way that I felt as if some stories were pure, factual, truth. … [A] visual, beautiful, heartfelt book that makes you think. … These stories are powerful and extremely memorable.”
Amy Lignor, Reader Views

beautifully nuanced … unique and imaginative … gorgeous prose.”
Asher Sayed, Readers’ Favorite

“simultaneously brilliant and devastating … I loved it with all my heart, and if you only pick up one short story collection this year, make sure it’s this one.
Writing Werewolf

I ended up really loving this collection. It was poignant, heartfelt, and wonderfully crafted.
K0pratic, The Fantasy Inn