About

Metabods caters to an specific segment of the erotic spectrum: erotic fantasies about and among men with enhanced and augmented bodies. The fantastically endowed, the transformed, the multilimbed...the denizens of Metabods are men born of a special kind of fantasy. Founded in 1997 and operated then to now by BRK (Brian Ramirez Kyle).

  • For policies and disclaimers, see the Policies page.
  • For more about what Metabods is, see the FAQ below on this page. (Last updated: 1 July 2016.)
  • For more about how it came to be, see the History of Metabods below on this page. (Last updated: 13 July 2016.)
  • For updates on what's happening with the site, go to the news page.
  • For a current list of stories, go to the story list page.
  • For current site statistics, go to the site statistics page.
  • To support or contribute financially to the site, go to the support page.
  • To submit your stories or feedback, go to the contact/submit page, or contact BRK via Twitter (@metabods) or Facebook.
  • To hear a radio interview with the webmaster about Metabods, click here (MP3 file, 16.7MB).

Metabods FAQ

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Thanks for visiting Metabods! Here are a few frequently asked questions. If you have a question here that's not answered here, please drop me a line.


Site history
Who runs this site, and since when?
Brian Ramirez Kyle is the chief cook and bottle-washer. He founded the site in 1997.
Where can I find out more about the history of the site?
Check out the History of Metabods below.
Has BRK ever talked about the site in other media?
Actually, yes. To hear a radio interview with BRK about Metabods, click here (MP3 file, 16.7MB).

Following, contacting, and submitting
How do I get updates on new stories and site-related announcements?
There's more information on the news page.
What are some of the ways I can send feedback, suggestions, and submissions?
All the best ways to contact me are on the contact page, plus a form you can use for both feeback and story submissions.
What other web presences does the site moderator, BRK, have?
That's on the contact page too.

Questions about recent changes
Whoa! What happened to the site in April 2016? Why did everything change?
(Posted 2 April 2016): So here’s the thing. For quite a while now, I’ve been getting very polite notes and hints from friends and visitors to the site that Metabods was not, when it came right down to it, tablet- and mobile-friendly. The frequency and directness of these nudges stepped up a notch after I did the site redesign in 2015. It’s been somewhat frustrating for me as I haven’t been able to get a really solid handle on the nature of the problem, since the site loaded acceptably enough on my own iPhone in Safari.
  Nonetheless I’ve grown increasingly uncomfortable with the fact that my website has had a black mark against it among those viewing on tablet and mobile platforms. In this day and age that’s tantamount to saying you have a broken website.
  One of the things that made migration daunting was that I was certain it was a bad idea to try to maul and manhandle the existing site, which is built on very complicated wiki code that I extensively modified over six years, into some brute semblance of mobile friendliness. The complexity of the site and code guaranteed that such half measures would fail, because something would be included somewhere along the way that would trip up cross-platform users. Even using the existing database and accessing the raw content via SQL was a dubious prospect, because the raw content was laced with wiki code and additional additives and by-products that could taint the process.
  What was necessary, therefore, was to recreate and rebuild the site on a widely used cross-platform framework, and set up the new site so that it was absolutely as simple and clean as possible in order to allow access by as many different users and platforms as possible.
  My plan was to work on setting up the new framework, which turned out to be the Bootstrap software recommended by one of our regulars, while still keeping a version of the old wiki/SQL site available in parallel until the migration was complete. Unfortunately, something I did in moving directories and files around in order to set up the new site somehow fatally crippled the wiki. I spent all of Friday trying to get it accessible again, so that the content would still be publically available during the transition, but persistent troubleshooting and reinstalling, accompanied by even more persistent swearing, was of no avail.
  Which brings us to where we’re at: I’m migrating the content to the new framework steadily but not fast enough to magically have the site fully up and running this weekend, which had been the original idea. I intend to keep at it, and have the full site up as soon as I can, but we’re at just shy of a thousand stories, and while I’ve set up a lot of automation to help me it’s still not instantaneous. (Also, it may suprise you to know I have a real life, though I plan on taking some time away from it to complete this project with the maximum possible alacrity, especially as this is, to quote Aragorn, a cleft stick of my own cutting.)
  All this is by way of apology that there’s a huge, echoing void where all the content is supposed to be. I still have it, it’s all packed away on my laptop, and I’m getting it up, if you’ll pardon the expression, as fast as I can. Please be patient, and watch the News page for regular updates on the migration. —BRK
  (9 Dec 2016) One further migration shifted the stories to a new database, changing the look a little bit one more time and opening up new possibilities for content and features.
Why were the image galleries removed? (Fall 2013)
I never really had any trouble over the image galleries, but they were also never as important to me as the stories. In the fall of 2012 someone who was the subject of a photograph that was later morphed (to show a larger bulge under his clothes) contacted me seeking information about the artist who created the morph. I could not tell him anything, as the photomanip was at least 15 years old and had, to the best of my recollection, come into my possession as part of a batch of submissions from a third party.
  Then a year later he contacted me again, threatening to sue me and the site to recover the name of the artist. I again told him I did not know, and he claims to have halted any actions against me, but the encounter revealed a potentially massive risk exposure to my financial soundness and ordinary life. Having the galleries up simply was not worth that risk, especially as they were always ancillary to the site's focus on erotic stories. I'm not so naïve as to be unaware it's still dangerous curating a story archive devoted to peculiar gay fantasy erotica, but that's one category of risk the less, anyway.

General questions about the site
What is Metabods?
It's a place that celebrates, um, metabods. You know.
No, I don't know. So what are metabods?
Metabods can be anything you want. Metabods are expressions of the desire to transform and improve the human (male) form. These improvements can take a variety of forms, but usually they involve the enhancement of whatever you find alluring about the male body.
The male body? Aren't there fantasies about women too?
Theoretically, yes. That is, there's material about female metabods out there, including things like multibreast fantasies, Amazon growth, etc. But, it's all guys here.
All guys, huh? So this is stuff is all gay, right?
No, not all of it. Many or most of our stories involve erotic encounters between male metabods, but not all.
Still, on the whole, it's pretty much gay?
Well, yeah.
Cool. So give me an example. What do you guys dream about?
It's all very individual. Muscle growth, in moderation or extreme, is one popular category. There's also replication (cloning, the growth of a second body, or "twinning", the splitting of a body into two exact forms), cock growth (increasing size a few inches or a few feet), macro (growth in size beyond the range possible for regular humans), micro (shrinking, which can be down to a few feet or a few inches or even smaller), body swapping (placing your mind in another body), centaur forms, and various kinds of extras (extra limbs, digits, cocks, even heads; twinning, which is basically extra bodies, falls into this too).
Are the stories all about the transformation into the fantasy form?
Some guys find the transformation process itself most engaging. Others are interested in envisioning people, or even societies, of guys who have metabods their whole lives.
What's multilimb? And what's a boytaur?
Multilimb describes guys with either extra arms, extra legs, or both. A boytaur describes a particular kind of multilimb: generally, a hot, muscular, randy young guy with four legs and at least two sets of genitals. The boytaur developed around the turn of the century as an outgrowth of centaur fantasy stories originally written by Josh Dugan. It turned out in these stories that, given how cumbersome a horse's body can be, it would be really cool to try human legs in place of the horse's legs, with a short or long human back in place of the horse's body. This became the humantaur. The boytaur is a sexed-up version of the humantaur, inspired in part by the teen musclegod drawings of Matt/HSMuscleBoy. Boytaurs had their own excellent web site, boytaur.net (defunct as of 2012, sadly), run by my friend and fellow author Spike. All the stories from that site are posted here at Metabods.
So how did Metabods start, anyway?
Funny story. Somewhere around 1996 I discovered Josh Dugan's multilimb stories on the net at Nifty, the comprehensive erotic story archive. I was entranced. It was like coming out all over again: I had always thought that I must be the only one who had fantasized about guys with extra arms (among other things). And here were these stories on the net for all the world to see! If there was another guy there had to be more. I was immediately inspired to write my first two multilimb stories ("Body Shop" and "Army Experiment"—still two of my personal favorites, as your firstborn often are <g>), which I submitted to Nifty. The Nifty Archivist duly posted my stories, but then sent me a note that suggested that perhaps one prolific author in this vein might be enough for his site. At first I was angry at being discouraged so soon after my revelation, but later I realized he was right in a way: The proportion of one writer to all the writers on Nifty is probably not dissimilar to the proportion of gay guys interested in multilimb stories in relation to the gay population. So, being a web developer, I started my own web site, sometime in 1997. Since then it's had several incarnations. But at root it's always been a story archive for "specialized" fantasies that are hard to find in generalist sites like Nifty. Originally there were very few such sites (and none featuring multilimbs); recently more have developed, as well as Yahoo groups and other forums.
Where did the word "metabods" come from?
My first site was on a UNIX server and I needed a site account name that was eight characters or less.
Brian Ramirez Kyle is a funny name. Is it real?
Um, the name is real, it exists in reality...
I guess I mean, is it your real name?
Well, no. It's my pen name. Trying to keep a scrap of anonymity here, you know, in case I run for President someday.
How do you feel about people that laugh at you because your fetish is so bizarre?
“Lalalala, not listening...”
But does it bother you that people think you're a freak?
I wear the name freak with pride. Normal people are boring, conformist, and stupid.
Some stories I've seen elsewhere with similar content involve violence, humiliation, BDSM, etc. There's not much of that here. What gives?
Well, when it comes down to it my interest is not in making this site an exhaustive survey of the entire breadth of the gay fantasy literature, as useful and as fascinating as that might be. Metabods is still the outgrowth of the kind of fantasy writing I'm interested in to varying degrees, and I'm just not quite as interested in reading about enlarging a guy's muscles and then beating the shit out of him (for example) as I am in other things. There are lots of subgenres that are underrepresented here, partly because I haven't spent a lot of time on them and partly because I'm not as interested. For example, a significant subsubgenre of the macro/micro (growth/shrinking) category involves vore (eating people that are a lot smaller than you are). Some shrinking stories intrigue me, but not ones involving vore. No judgments, it's just not me, and at the end of the day this is still just a overgrown personal site.
What about furry?
No, not a lot of furry (anthropomorphic animal/human transformations) here either. Out of habit I've left that genre alone, though I may start adding some at some point. But there are lots of furry resources on the web, so I don't think I'm doing the furry community a disservice by not including it here yet.
Do you advocate promiscuous, unprotected sex?
No. There's this thing called AIDS, you know, not to mention all the rest of it.
But some of these stories feature wild sex without condoms.
Some of these stories also feature eight-foot-tall guys with 80-inch chests and 30-inch waists. I proceed on the assumption, which I'm convinced is valid, that our readers know that this is fantasy, and that they're not stupid enough to think that sex in a fantasy story has anything to do with sex in real life. Guys who read Superman comic books don't generally follow them up by jumping off buildings, and guys who read fantasy porn know that they can't do what our supermen do, either. But here's a reminder, guys: Only idiots practice unsafe sex. And if you're dating an idiot, it's your job to remember not to be stupid.
I want to submit a story.
Awesome. Please do. Check out the submissions page for more information.
I want to tell you what I think of your site.
Awesome. Please do. Check out the feedback page for more information.
I want you to turn me into this (or this, or this).
Great. Sit back and close your eyes. You should feel something tingly in a few minutes. If not, go get a Gatorade and try it again. It won't work if your electrolytes are low.

Metabods History

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Metabods was originally created in 1997, and the site has changed its look a lot over the years.


1997: Origins

Here's the origin story for the site, as told in the FAQ:

“Somewhere around 1996 I discovered Josh Dugan's multilimb stories on the net at Nifty, the comprehensive erotic story archive. I was entranced. It was like coming out all over again: I had always thought that I must be the only one who had fantasized about guys with extra arms (among other things). And here were these stories on the net for all the world to see! If there was another guy there had to be more. I was immediately inspired to write my first two multilimb stories (“The body shop” and “Army experiment”—still two of my personal favorites, as your firstborn often are <g>, which I submitted to Nifty. The Nifty Archivist duly posted my stories, but then sent me a note that suggested that perhaps one prolific author in this vein might be enough for his site.”

“At first I was angry at being discouraged so soon after my revelation, but later I realized he was right in a way: The proportion of one writer to all the writers on Nifty is probably not dissimilar to the proportion of gay guys interested in multilimb stories in relation to the gay population. So, being a web developer, I started my own web site, sometime in 1997.”

Why "Metabods"? “My first site was on a UNIX server and I needed a site account name that was eight characters or less.”

I honestly have no idea at this point what the site looked like back in the 20th century. Wayback Machine has archived the site as far back as 2001, but before that there are no vestiges that I can find, and two hard drive failures in the early 2000s pretty thoroughly rid me of any local copies of my earliest efforts. (At one point early on I remember having had to reconstruct my story database from what was already posted online.)

I do seem to recall that the original logo was half Greek, half Roman, in lowercase—much like the Big Mu logo I briefly used at the end of 2006.


2001-2003: Greekish Text

I'm not sure exactly when this logo came into service, but it was in use for a few years up through 2003. The main inspiration was to do something that continued the original idea of honoring the "meta" in Metabods by deriving the logo partially from Greek text (but this time, because I was working in all caps rather than in lowercase as before, stupidly using a sigma in place of an E, despite knowing better). I also wanted to develop a theme in warm colors revolving around dark red and rich shades of orange (but with supporting tones in pinks and lavenders for some reason).

MB logo 2001-2003

The original idea for the motif was that the brick red would wrap around the top and left sides of the page, framing the content, but that went by the wayside in favor of a more open look, as you can see from the April 2003 snapshot (via Wayback Machine). At this point the number of stories posted was 296.

Snapshot 20032003 story

You'll notice on the story page I had a comments feature at one point. It existed on the site in 2002 and 2003, but did not last. Up until my switch to a Wiki environment in 2009, all the code and database architecture on the site was designed by me—originally using Active Server Pages and a Microsoft Access database back end. This allowed me to create my own commenting feature and, later, my own voting feature. But I had to drop both of them eventually because I couldn't keep up with abuses by malicious users and spammers. The comments were lost in the hosting switch following the Great FlashHost Disaster of Feb. 2004, and the voting was disabled a few years later. I rescued the comments into the new phpBB forum I installed in 2006, but there's a big difference between commenting on a story at the bottom of the same page, and doing so all the way over in a separate forum, so, yeah.

This incarnation lasted until the end of 2003. In December of that year I took down the site for a while. In the wake of acrimonious debate in other, muscle-growth-related forums (primarily Evolution Forum) regarding underage characters, I received notes from several contributors requesting me to review their material and remove certain kinds of content. This essentially came to mean that I had to review the entire site for certain characters and references. I took the site down until I had time to start doing this.

I overhauled the site's visual and database design in January, prepared for a fresh start. Then in February 2004—well, let's just say the first page I posted when I had to rebuild the site all over again was an angry rant page called "Please don't use FlashHost."


2004: Motorcycle and Road Sign

My 2004 (re)relaunch of the site involved a number of considerations. I wanted a splash screen, creating a slight sense of entry into a new space from out of the internet. But I wanted the image itself to be relatively innocuous, while still suggestive of a journey into a place that exists on its own terms. I had also recently come across a new and elegant version of the standard American highway font, which I wanted very much to use in some future graphics project.

The result was the road sign and motorcycle splash page and header that remained in use through all of 2004 and most of 2005. I loved it a lot and held onto it for a good eighteen months. (I chose this picture as a base partly because I liked it, and partly as a hint that the road ahead was, well, "twisty.")

Splash 2004

I called this relaunch "version 8" at the time—these "versions" doubtless referring changes in the back-end architecture, the visual design, or both. The January 2004 redesign that was wiped out when FlashHost changed servers (and brought over the 6-week-old backups instead of the live site) was therefore version 7, and the red Greekish text design must have been version 6 of the site. What the first 5 versions looked like is lost to time and memory, though I suspect that the design that immediately preceded version 6 was in blues rather than reds.

Snapshot 2004

Number of stories as of mid-2004: 372. This was the version of the site with a 5-star rating system.

A couple of milestones: In May, sex pundit Dan Savage mentioned the now-defunct boytaur.net site in his syndicated column. In September I did an audio interview with Dr. J of the Changesurfer podcast, which you can listen to here.

In December I upgraded the image galleries, concentrating on work by featured artists like Merboy, Atomic Muscle, and HSMusclBoy. I didn't use any gallery software, instead doing the whole thing using my own laboriously written code. Seemed like a great idea at the time.


2005: Dancing Boys

Partway through 2005 I succumbed to the nagging doubts I had about the motorcycle/road sign motif. I loved it, but it wasn't really directly indicative of the content of the site. I still wanted a splash screen and header that wasn't pornographic or even erotic, since random people were still going to stumble across it, but I wanted to at least convey that the site is about “guys.“

The result was the Dancing Boys motif. I'm ... not really sure why I went with this, to be honest. I suspect I was unduly influenced by the opening credits of (the American version of) Queer as Folk, which featured go-go boys in the first two seasons, and the cast members dancing and hanging out against a white background in the remaining three.

I sort of like the logo itself, at least, and the color palette is kinda nice.

Splash 2005

At least they're not spelling out Metabods, YMCA-style.

That summer I was ambitious enough to stage a story contest, complete with an actual prize (a gift certificate at Amazon, I believe). The winner was “Uncle Matt's farm” by StevePwrBear, and some of my favorite stories came out of the contest submissions, including “The Hydrean dagger”.

Snapshot 2005

The story contest was intended to be a regular thing, and I've always meant to resurrect it—though these days the increasing diversification of the site content has meant that the site is no longer divided into the "zones" that provided easy contest categories back then. But I will definitely bring the thing back at some point.

Number of stories posted by the end of 2005: 470.


2006: Alpha Tim

It didn't take me too long to twig that the Dancing Boys were (a) silly and (b) not much more indicative of the site's content than the previous motif. For the 2006 redesign I got permission from the artist known as Matt, aka HSMusclBoy, to use his artwork on the front page. I figured I could parlay that into some Metabods merchandise featuring G-rated versions of his drawings, with proceeds to be split halfsies, but there's never really been much (read: any) demand for Metabods merch.

The new logo was again half-Greek but with a capital M this time and the Greek in sans-serif Lucida bold rather than Symbol font. This version of the logo always dropped out in white from whatever graphic was behind it.

Splash 2006

My News page announcement at the time of the relaunch: "Welcome to the new version of Metabods! I've done some redesigning, I've fixed some code, I've finally fixed the galleries, and I've even replaced the clunky old forum with a brand new phpBB forum. Happy new year everyone!" I may have promised everyone I'd finally fixed the galleries, oh, seven or eight times over the years.

For the interior page I set up a scheme to randomize a rotating set of banners reflecting the different kinds of stories and images the site carried. The color palette was green and ochre.

Screenshots 2006

Story count as of the end of 2006: 516.


Late 2006: The Big Mu

At the end of 2006 I planned a big revamp keyed to the site's upcoming tenth anniversary in 2007, so I closed the site for renovations and started in on a whole rethink of Metabods's design and structure.

I got as far as a new logo, again calling back to the half-Greek concept from the earliest site designs, and dropped it onto a splash screen with "coming soon" under it. It was supposed to revolve, but the javascript I set up to make it do that didn't pan out and I dropped the idea.

2007 logo


2007-2008: Alpha Tim Is Asleep

By the time the beginning of 2007 rolled around I already hated the new logo and the theme ideas I'd had to go with it. Instead I went back to the original Alpha Tim design to go with a much more low-key return than planned in 2007, with no anniversary activity at all.

In fact there was pretty much no activity of any sort for the next two years. The site lay essentially dormant in 2007 and 2008, as my attention was elsewhere and I didn't have the time or energy to undertake the major architectural overhaul that was obviously necessary, or the design revamp that should go with it. That all finally changed at the end of 2008.


2009: The Pectoral M

At the end of 2008 I began the design revamp first, starting with the logo. I decided to move away from the half-Greek idea and develop an actual logo that could work as an avatar and as a favicon in address bars and bookmarks. So I built a new, more modular logo around a beveled capital M in slate blue, set into a rounded rectangle reminiscent of the shape of a pectoral muscle. (Yes, that's what that is.) The font is called Scout.

2009 logo

I retained the same logo up to the very end of 2015 (though it shifted to orange on mid-2015, as you can see below), which makes it the longest-serving Metabods logo. There was only a slight modification for the 15th anniversary year.

2012 logo

At first I kept the same code and the same idea of rotating banners, making up new rather more abstract ones, centered on features of the male body, in the new slate-blue color scheme. For example:

Screenshots 2008

In February, forced into repairs by a server migration that had rendered my old SQL code partially unworkable, I rewrote the story retrieval apparatus and started adding contributors' stories again for the first time since 2006. By April I had the old site, with the new design, working reliably. By July I was posting my own stories again, including favorites like “The dudes”.

And then in December, just as Metabods seemed to be tentatively sailing into a renaissance, the trusty old back-end Access database finally became so superannuated that it was no longer compatible with the internet software around it. This happened at the same time as five other real-life crises, so the site shut down until I could rebuild it from scratch.


2010-2016: The Pectoral M in Wikiworld

Faced with the prospect of not just redesigning but recoding the entire site, I looked for alternatives. By this point in the history of the internet most site design problems were starting to be met with widely available open-source solutions, and for sites with a large number of articles that would all be similarly formatted, the natural solution was to build a wiki. The only thing about a wiki that was a poor fit was that wikis are designed to be editable by their readerships, but as I didn't want that I just set up my wiki with one and only one editor: me. The setup for the new site began on Christmas day, 2009.

2010 screenshot

It took me through September of 2010 to finish transferring the stories from the old database, partly because I was busy and partly because I was "reacquainting myself" with them as I went. In the meantime I was also adding new stories by contributors and writing stuff too (reaching 100 BRK stories by the end of 2012), so that the site content grew steadily.

In mid-2012 I rebooted the image section, which had been all but empty since the move to wiki (the wiki's image thumbnailing wasn't working). I started with a pile of galleries and kept adding them sporadically until the fall of 2013, when, in response to a legal scare (see the FAQ above), I took them down for good.

Apart from that both design and structure remained constant, the main addition being an effort starting in late 2013 to tie the site in more directly with social media through the addition of updates on Facebook and Twitter and via RSS, and little amenities like most-popular lists in individual categories and overall for the site. The missing element was voting, but all the Wiki extensions that are used for content voting were incompatible with my version of MediaWiki, and I couldb’t upgrade my version of MediaWiki because when I tried that last time the later version turned out to be incompatible with the hosting provider’s setup and I had to revert to the earlier version.

Reader donations ensured that 2013 was the first year I didn't have to pay hosting and bandwidth expenses out of pocket.

In mid 2015 I got tired of the look of the wiki site and revised the color scheme from blue to orange-red, and the fonts to an embedded Adobe Garamond.

2015 orange motif

This lasted until the end of the year, when I very briefly installed a stripped, white and green theme and a new, green version of the logo. I’m not going to show that here, because it’s even more embarrassing that the Dancing Boys design. The one good element of this particular overhaul: Starting 31 December 2015, I began a practice of regular biweekly updates. Updates had been sporadic again in 2015, and I wanted people to know they could count on receiving regular, reliable updates with new content from me and and other writers.


2016: Migration to Bootstrap

In response to complaints that the site was not mobile and tablet friendly, in April 2016 I began a laborious migration to an ultra-simple cross-platform environment based on Bootstrap. THe migration was completed at the beginning of May, and included the return of voting alongside the Disqus commenting that had been previously introduced on the wiki site.

With the completion of the migration at the start of May 2016 and the first new stories update on 11 May also saw the passing of another milestone: the Metabods archive now had over 1,000 stories.

As the site progressed from there there were tweaks and polishes (notably, things like routing strips for each tag, so that you can browse within tags and authors, an advanced search function implemented in July, and so on), but the overriding goal was to make sure the site is as clean and simple, and cross-platform and device friendly, as possible so that as few visitors will experience problems as possible.

2016 screenshot

That also meant a new cholor scheme (back to blue, this time the base being a more muted slate blue), and a new logo, of course. I even changed the "M" branding bug and favicon for the first time (they had always been the original 2009 blue "M"):

2016 logo2016 branding bug


2017: Twentieth Anniversary

For the site's 20th anniversay, the main change so far is a slightly modified logo with an understated allusion to the site's longevity:

This has, of course, come with tweaks to the design and a lot of minor new features.

For the future, I intend to keep building Metabods, looking for ways to make sure this is the best repository of enhanced and augmented gay male erotica I can make it, while still keeping it an amateur site in the original, Latin sense of the word, built and grown for the sheer fun of it.

For the most recent news, see the News page. To send me feedback on the site, go to the contact/submissions page. And thanks for stopping by.