Perpetual Motion

Sun 1 Oct 2000 - Filed under: Free Stuff to Read, Short Stories | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

from the chapbook Five Forbidden Things

Malfi arrived in the middle toilet stall of the men’s room. The Saurians had chosen it as the best way of concealing him initially, though it was not ideal. But he was lucky: the only other man there was locked into a cubicle of his own. Malfi had plenty of time to check his appearance in the mirror and make sure he had the beeper and the ticket mock-up before entering the airport proper.

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Five Forbidden Things

Sun 1 Oct 2000 - Filed under: Books, Chapbooks | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

No.2 in the Small Beer Press chapbook is by Canadian writer Dora Knez. Previously Dora has been published in Tesseracts and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. She attended the Clarion Writers’ Workshop in 1995. The five cross-genre stories and three poems here represent a writer with a deft touch and a sure eye. The (almost) title story, “The One Forbidden Thing” and “Vaster Than Empires” received honorable mentions in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror (vols. XIII & XIV, respectively).

“a fine burgeoning talent.”
— Asimov’s

“…one admires Knez’s gift for language. It should come as no surprise that three poems of impeccable craftmanship follow the five narrative prose works…”
— Star*Line

Read a review here.


The Good Housekeeper
The One Forbidden Thing
Vaster Than Empires
HumanitAid, Inc.
Perpetual Motionread it here

The Retreat of Glaciers/Kettle Pond
If I Had Wings
Stick Man

“Dora Knez shows us those small magics by which people survive. Her prose is nimble; her voice, subtle; her heroines, unforgettable. Dora! Dora! Dora!”
— Karen Joy Fowler

“Dora Knez brews a physic for the wondrous everyday pains and sorrows. Her writing is, purely and simply, magic: gentle as the touch of a child’s hands on its parent’s face; quiet as a lullabye whispered into the ear; and sometimes, fearsome as the squalling changeling who has replaced the babe you love.”
— Nalo Hopkinson

“I put Dora Knez and the short fiction and poetry collected in this chapbook in the same category as Jeffrey Steingarten’s The Man Who Ate Everything, Holes by Louis Sachar, Tove Jansson, Carol Emshwiller, Dylan Horrocks, the poetry of Carol Anne Duffy, Christine Garren, Erica Funkhauser: I want to recommend Knez to strangers and give her to friends. Dora Knez’s writing is sturdy, generous, lively and intricate. She’s a writer I think other readers should know about.”
— Kelly Link

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 6

Sat 6 May 2000 - Filed under: LCRW | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin


The sixth issue of this work contains no substantial revisions. Certain typographical errors have been corrected and the bibliography of Heidegger’s works (including English translations) updated, but otherwise the text and supplementary apparatus have remained unchanged.*

It’s an interesting month. LCRW is moving the whole office (building and staff) to Gotham City’s sister, Brooklyn, where, appropriately enough, we will reside above an old print shop. We are also publishing our first chapbook, 4 Stories, by Kelly Link. More may follow. We reserve the right to vary our activities with the summer heat.
This issue is strong on fiction: a new short story from James Sallis; first North American publication of a Karen Joy Fowler story; and the third part of Kelly’s “Shoe and Marriage.”

The head spins, dear reader. Perhaps if Mr. Heidegger can’t help, Mr. Bok (page 31) will.

Mine are the errors, the discords and the burnt edges on the toast. Your letters and opinions are, as always, welcome.

*Richardson, William J., S.J. HEIDEGGER: Through Phenomenology to Thought., 3rd edition, 1974



Second Thoughts – James Sallis
The Glass Slipper – Kelly Link
Heartland – Karen Joy Fowler


Interview with Nalo Hopkinson
The Rule of Three
Ocean – Lucy Snyder
A Thesaurian Exploration
Food vs. Realitocity – Dan Cashman


Zines, Books, Club Passim Benefit
Cards – Your Uncle Willy

Full Disclosure

Contributors Notes (getting more serious each time)


Dan Cashman puts out the zine ‘Clown Fantasies’ where this piece first appeared.

Karen Joy Fowler This is the first US publication of “Heartland.” It originally appeared in Interzone 24 and the 3rd Interzone Anthology. Karen’s second short fiction collection, Black Glass, won the 1999 World Fantasy Award. Her third novel will be published next year.

Gavin J. Grant failed scissors class.

Nalo Hopkinson’s second novel Midnight Robber is in all good book shops now. She’s working on an anthology, her next novel and maybe a few short stories in the spaces between.

Kelly Link won the World Fantasy Award for ‘The Specialist’s Hat” in 1999. She won the James Tiptree Junior Award in 1997 for “Travels with the Snow Queen.” She is currently working on a novel about cellos, werewolves, and the color green.

James Sallis will publish 10 books this year ranging from poetry through fiction to biography, translation and a book of essays. Perhaps the most well known are his Lew Griffin series of mysteries beginning with The Long-Legged Fly.

Sir Walter Scott — like most 19th century writers — died a long time ago.

Lucy Snyder runs the Dark Planet web site which can be found at

Your Uncle Willy is not usually this rude.

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 6, May 2000. LCRW is supposed to be published twice a year by Small Beer Press. [email protected] — Cost is $5 per issue, subscriptions are $16/4 issues. Contents are copyright the authors, please don’t reprint without permission. All rights reserved. Send submissions, checks, books, zines, music, chocolate, caffeinated and/or alcoholic beverages to the address above. Guidelines can be got there too. As always, include an SAE-or at least an email address-for replies. Occurrences later than 6.48 am May 20th, 2000 are not recorded.