(This analysis was first published in issue 52 of SPAG.)
Metamorphoses is instantly recognisable as a work by Emily Short. Many of her fictional worlds, including that of Metamorphoses, are distant and slightly surreal, described to us as if seen through a veil. These worlds are not our own; they are not even for fantastic or science-fictional version of our world: they follow different rules. What rules? The rules of the symbol, of order, of a totality of meaning.
Objects and people in these worlds do not appear in their individuality: they act as symbols of ideas and principles. And it are these ideas and principles, rather than the objects and people themselves, that dictate what will, can or must happen. There are no brute contingencies; the metaphysical reigns supreme, while the physical and the psychological are relegated to a purely supportive function.