April 2019

April 2019

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • A Yellow Landscape — Sarah McGill
  • Forever and a Life — Daniel Roy
  • With Eyes Half Open — Frances Pauli
  • A Sacrifice for the Queen — Luke Murphy

Cover art by Kathryn Weaver.

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A. Martine (“Faux Ami”) – Curiosity + Respect

Interviewer: In “Faux Ami”, your two assigned emotions, curiosity and respect, both involve a certain level of sophistication. When Moira discovers the Scarlett Inn, curiosity trumps her fear, for “The impulse [to run away] was nevertheless muffled by a more potent inclination, that which had made her follow the two …

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Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine. Fifty-two great science fiction and fantasy stories. All the stories we published in 2018. Contents From the Editor January The Seer at Sunset Hills Shopping Plaza — Katherine Perdue Jewel/Gem Offering — Emily McIntyre This Side of the Wall — Michael Gardner Memory …

L’Erin Ogle (“Shiver Soft Feathers”) – Despair + Trepidation

Interviewer: In “Shiver Soft Feathers,” the only glimmer of hope derives from darkness: “There’s hope in the huntress stalking the night. There’s none in the daylight.” After being assigned ‘despair’ and ‘trepidation,’ what did your writing process look like? How did you arrive at the idea of “The Spotted Girl” …

Samuel Chapman (“Universe of Ghosts”) – Joy + Friendship

Interviewer: In “Universe of Ghosts”, Esther understands that “Without a friend, the joy I’ve tried to rebuild slips farther and farther away.” Why did you choose the peculiar (yet fascinating!) friendship between an AI and a ghost to articulate the meaning of joy? Samuel Chapman: I’ve always been partial to …

Adan Berkowitz (“Orl, His Master, and the Egg”) – Respect + Disgust

Interviewer: As Orl tells his pupil at the end of “Orl, His Master, and the Egg”, “One day, when your respect for me is matched with disgust, you will understand.” During the writing process, how did you construct your characters in order to properly convey this relationship between respect and …

Ian Rennie (“The Bully Pulpit”) – Fear + Detachment

Interviewer: In “The Bully Pulpit,” Seth is both detached from Senator Dillard’s campaign and the source of increasing fear among his audience. He later reveals that “Anywhere a man drew a blade against another, I was there. Anywhere a daughter shed tears on hearing her father’s fate, I was there. …

T.B. McKenzie (“The Interrogation of Kelstrom Nor”) – Interest + Dislike

Interviewer: The relationship between Kelstrom Nor and his young interrogator is certainly fraught with both dislike and interest on both sides. How did that twist ending amplify or expand these emotions for you as both a writer and a reader of your own story? T.B. McKenzie: Interest was an easy …