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About Pauline Yates
Pauline Yates writes horror and dark fiction. She’s an Australian Shadows Awards short fiction finalist and is translated in the Mondi Incantati series, published by Riflessi di Luce Lunare (RiLL), Italy.
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Vampires, djinns, spirits, werewolves, trolls, banshees, elves, mummies, skeletons, carnivorous jack-o'-lanterns, evil-seeking clowns, Halloween purges, sexy-but-hungry succubi, genius loci scarecrows voraciously guarding their pumpkin patches, revenge of the Hallowe'en candies.
But don't worry, bwteen 100-word gory bites you'll have a moment to catch your breath before the next soul-eating creature climbs out of the grave...
We all have a fascination for things that scare us—the thrill, the heart-stopping jump scares, the terrifying suspense. From the youngest age, we’re fascinated by the fiendish and furry, the creepiest critters, the naughty and the nasty. Horror is all around us, from the clowns who hide under our bed, to the things we might drag up from the brook at the bottom of the garden, and the zombies who crawl our streets.
As author, Megan Feehley, so beautifully says; there is beauty just before the terror…a silken breath taken before the spill of righteousness…the warmth of a licking flame preceding the scald.
So, close the drapes, check the locks, turn on all the lights and get comfortable. But don’t close your eyes…
Never close your eyes...
Steampunk, cyberpunk, biopunk, dieselpunk.
Dark stories from twisted, creative minds. From fairies to ill-fated steampunk inventors, futuristic gravboarders, and vampiric dystopias. Adjust your ocular-mods as twenty-seven authors bring you their take on the theme, in fifty-seven gritty chunks of prose.
- Veronique Aglat
- Karen Bayly
- Maggie D. Brace
- Brianna Bullen
- Christopher T. Dabrowski
- John H. Dromey
- Birgit K. Gaiser
- Xavier Garcia
- Jameson Grey
- Joachim Heijndermans
- Liam Hogan
- Justin Hunter
- Katie Kent
- Andrew Kurtz
- Steven Lord
- L.J. McLeod
- Alex Minns
- Rachel Reeves
- Kimberly Rei
- Nathan Slemp
- Jay Sykes
- B.J. Thrower
- D.J. Tyrer
- Dawn Vogel
- Jasiah Witkofsky
- Pauline Yates
The Lost Librarian's Grave runs the gamut of horror and weird fiction, from a mutant in Chernobyl to a living monstrosity in India, from lethal curses in Japan and Greece to advice how to become a successful zombie, from an exorcist far stranger than the demons he dispatches to a civilized battle between polite sorcerers in New York City, and much more.
So What's Inside?
Witches, Magicians, and Sorcery
- “Medusa’s Mirror” by Paul L. Bates
- “Snake and Sinew, Flame and Bone” by Amanda Cecelia Lang
- “The Artist” by Mike Murphy
- “The Clearing” by Helen Power
- “The Maze of Moonlight and Mirrors” by Gerri Leen (poem)
The Dead, the Mad, and the Terrified
- “Rathbone” by Zach Ellenberger
- “The Glorious Protection of Angels” by Michelle Ann King
- “The Jump” by Pauline Yates
- “Three Bad Things” by Kathy Kingston
Ancient Days and Apocalypse Now
- “Butterflies of the Longest Night” by Russell Hammell
- “Death, and the Scent of Tea” by Cheryl Zaidan
- “The Day in Gold” by Adele Gardner
- “The Savage Night” by Pedro Iniguez
- “Valhalla is a Lie” by Benjamin Thomas
Strange Adventures and Weird Journeys
- “Among Stars and Stones” by Brandon Barrows
- “Mother Winter” by Matthew Chabin
- “He Gets Hungry Sometimes” by Carol Gyzander
- “The Little People” by Kurt Newton
- “They Never Left” by Matthew McKiernan
A Murder of Gargoyles
- “Gargoyle of the World, Unite!” by Mary Jo Rabe
- “Odd Job Tom” by Eddie Generous
- “The Grotesque” by Rhonda Parrish (poem)
The Scientific Method
- “Aegir’s Son” by Edward Ahern
- “Bottled Rage” by Owen Auch
- "Voyage of the PFV-4" by David Rose
Ghosts and the Grave
- “Good Boy Anyway” Briana McGuckin
- “The Infinity of Worse” by Ken Hueler
- “The Problem with Bottling Troublesome Spirits” by Juleigh Howard-Hobson
- “A Bed Both Long and Narrow” by Sipora Coffelt
- “Blooms of Darkness” by Melissa Miles
- “Face to Face” by Tom Leveen
An Eye for an Eye
- “Inside a Refrigerator” by Adrian Ludens
- “Ocular” by Nidheesh Samant
- “Penance” by J.V. Gachs
- “The Binding of Chrysanthoula” by Angeliki Radou
End of the Line
- “Devil’s Oak” by Mary Leoson
- “Nature versus Nurture” by Gerri Leen (poem)
- “The Ocean’s Misfortune” by Alison McBain
- “The Woman in th
We also uncover a host of other writers whose dark thoughts have been dragged, kicking and screaming, into the light.
Demon with a foot fetish?
Stoners versus bear?
Man haunted by breasts?
Yeah. We went there.
Contains additiojnal stories by Dale Sprule, Mark Wheaton, Donald McCarthy, Justin Zipprich, Russel Carlton, Curtis McIntyre, Casey Campbell, Mark Locke, Wade Hunter, Adam Breckenridge, SJ Townsend, Mark Watson, Geoff Hart, MS Gardner and Ishbelle Bee.
Score is an anthology of varied stories arranged to follow an emotional score from the heights of joy to the depths of despair - but always with a little hope shining through.
“Homecoming” — A.C. Worth
“Tree and Flame” — Rob Francis
“The Trader” — Damien Krsteski
“Faux Ami” — A. Martine
“Raising Mira” — Pauline Yates
“Universe of Ghosts” — Samuel Chapman
“The Humblebract Expedition” — B. Morris Allen
“Selkie’s Song” — Mariah Montoya
“Fountainhead” — B. Morris Allen
“The Interrogation of Kelstrom Nor” — T.B. McKenzie
“Orl, His Master, and the Egg” — Adan Berkowitz
“Obliteration” — Caleb Warner
“Naves Autem Vacuo” — Thom Connors
“The Factory” — Michael Gardner
“That Moment You Realize” — David Hammond
“Shiver Soft Feathers” — L’Erin Ogle
“The Bully Pulpit” — Ian Rennie
“The Bureau of Sinful and Emotional Gods” — David A. Gray
“The Silence of Mother” — Gerald Warfield
“Potential” — Felicity Drake
Cover art by Carol Wellart
How 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.
All the stories from the month, plus author biographies, interviews, and story origins.
Table of Contents
Shadows on Glass – Jamie Lackey
What Have You Done to Be Happy Today? – Kimberly Kaufman
Oven Game – Paul A. Hamilton
An Aftertaste of Earth – Pauline Yates
Cover art by Candra Hope.
E. Mery Blake
Maggie D. Brace
Vonnie Winslow Crist
Sarah Jane Justice
Ngo Binh Anh Khoa
Shawn M. Klimek
John C. Mannone
S. Jade Path
Dorian J. Sinnott
Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.
Forty-nine great science fiction and fantasy stories and an equally great serialized novella. All the stories we published in 2021.
From the Editor
- Superbloom — Lynne Peskoe-Yang
- All We Ever Look For — Cécile Cristofari
- Unifiers — Edward Ashton
- Not All Rot Is Ruin — E.A. Petricone
- Esma's Margaret — Damien Krsteski
- Vacation Gnomes — Aaron DaMommio
- Rock-Adda's World — Chloe Smith
- Endless — Ted S. Bushman
- Reach for Your Ocean Heart — C.M. Fields
- Spells for Going Forth by Day — V.G. Campen
- Going Home — Martin Westlake
- Sanctuary — Chris Cornetto
- Siberia in Four Dimensions — Esem Junior
- 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
- Vertical Flight — Laura Duerr
- The Song of the Moohee — Emmett Swan
- Leiprenese 101 — Jason A. Bartles
- The Nocturnals I — Mariah Montoya
- The Secret Keeper — Pauline Yates
- Satyajit Ray's Beard or the Lack Thereof — Abhijato Sensarma
- The Stranding — Maud Woolf
- The Nocturnals II — Mariah Montoya
- Singot — E.C. Fuller
- Souls Like Sea Glass — Josie Smith
- Free Hugs — Jennifer Shelby
- The Art of Unpicking Stitches — Jennifer Hudak
- The Nocturnals III — Mariah Montoya
- A Wizard Comes to Shorehaven — L.J. Wetherby
- The Waves In Which We Drown — Rubella Dithers
- Rapunzel Dreams of Elephants — Rachel Delaney Craft
- The Nocturnals IV — Mariah Montoya
- Tumbler — B. Morris Allen
- Till All the Hundred Summers Pass — J.A. Legg
- A Seedling in the Dark — Eleanor R. Wood
- The Nocturnals V — Mariah Montoya
- Ennui Tea — Ivy Grimes
- The Tick of the Clock — J.C. Pillard
- Genesis — Lisa Short
- Tell the Crows I'm Home — Laurel Beckley
- The Azurian Shield — Karl El-Koura
- Treedom — A.J. Cunder
- Right Behind You — Matthew Gomez
- The Unlucky Few Who Must Not Cast — J.