Madeline will never become a woman. William will never become a man. Does June deserve to be human? Does Lilith deserve a heart?
If imperfection is crucial to a society’s survival, what makes a monster?
Seventeen stories. Seventeen tales of terror.
Metamorphosis is a collection of short horror stories by Australian author Claire Fitzpatrick and, oh boy, what a gruesome body of work it is.
Each story tackles a different theme, from science fiction to zombie nightmares, some more shocking than others in their brutality, some simply heartbreaking. Fitzpatrick takes her reader on a journey through a range of gruelling situations and makes certain there’s something for a horror fiction fan in this flinch-inducing anthology.
Standouts include: ‘Eat’, a zombie tale with bite; ‘Mechanical Garden’, a radiation disaster with a sinister twist; ‘Transplant’, a much-needed medical intervention with dire consequences; ‘The Dog’, with the plight of a simple dog that leaves you in tears. Each story is a journey into another world, one you’ll wish you never entered. All stories are guaranteed to stir emotions within you.
Fitzpatrick opens this book with what appears to be a simple introduction but, as you read on, the sheer honesty of her words gives you a rare insight into her life and writing. This sets pace with the rest of the book, and you can tell Fitzpatrick has meticulously researched each story, polishing it to perfection.
“Her words are simple and easy to follow. A wicked joy to read—even if she’s short of inflicting any kind of joy on her characters. Her stories deliver. This anthology is a must read, a welcome addition to any horror lover’s library.
~ Belinda Brady
About Claire Fitzpatrick
Claire Fitzpatrick is an award-winning author of speculative fiction and non-fiction. She won the 2017 Rocky Wood Award for Non-Fiction and Criticism. Called ‘Australia’s Queen Of Body Horror’ and ‘Australia’s Body Horror Specialist,’ she enjoys writing about anatomy and the darker side of humanity. Her debut collection ‘Metamorphosis’ is out now from IFWG Publishing.
Visit Claire Fitzpatrick’s website.