Home and Security

Sat 1 Nov 2003 - Filed under: Chuntering On, Free Stuff to Read| Posted by: intern

Homeland Security
Gavin J. Grant

With thousands of like-minded others, I went to the big peace rally in New York City on February 15th, 2003. It was a cold day, and my wife and I walked up Third Avenue from 32nd to 68th Street before we could cut over to First Avenue and join the rally. Which was really a slow march, but since the city government wouldn’t give us a permit to march, let’s call it a rally.

What do we want?
So many things.
When do want them?
It doesn’t seem possible, but now, please.

…March 5th, 2003, Local News: Writer and editor Gavin J. Grant, 33, (picture) of Northampton, Mass., is believed to be one of hundreds of detainees held after police and other government agencies moved in to calm a noisy and potentially-violent peace rally in New York City’s Washington Square Park….

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Other Cities

Sat 1 Nov 2003 - Filed under: Books, Chapbooks| Posted by: intern

First printing, November 2003, 48 pp.

No.6 in the Small Beer Press chapbook series is Benjamin Rosenbaum’s Other Cities. Twelve of the stories in Other Cities were previously published as a weekly series on Strange Horizons. The entire series is presented here for the first time and each story is illustrated with the art of Boston artist and architect Peter Reiss.

The author requested that instead of a royalty, his payment for Other Cities be sent to the Grameen Foundation USA (see below). So on publication we sent along a check for $625 and we are still passing on payments on, thank you. If you would like to donate more to the Grameen Foundation when you buy Other Cities please use this link here and fill in the amount (including $6 for the chapbook). Thank you!

Quiz: Which “Other City” Should You Live In?

Cities are seemingly inevitable, seductive, depressing, and inebriating. In his Other Cities series Benjamin Rosenbaum takes us on a tour of fourteen imaginary cities:

  • from “The White City” — where two sisters fight one another and their fate — to Bellur — which celebrates its censors —
  • from Ponge — that’s already enough about that — to Zvlotsk — where by 1912 detective work accounted for a third of the economy
  • from Jouiselle-aux-Chantes — the city of erotic forgetting — to Stin — the city for those who are tired of other cities —

Rosenbaum’s stories illuminate the hidden corners of the world the train rider suspects exist at the stop after theirs, the tourist knows the locals will never reveal, and the mapmakers keep for themselves.

“Rosenbaum’s fertile sense of invention and his sly humor (“Ponge, as its inhabitants will tell you, is a thoroughly unattractive city. ‘Well,’ they always say at the mention of any horrible news, ‘we do live in Ponge.'”) make these parables a real treat.”
— Asimov’s

“Throughout Other Cities, compressed insight and wonder are compressed into but a handful of words. This small book’s crisp design and illustrations mirror the elegance of the writing: recommended.”
— Xerography Debt

— Locus

“I enthusiastically urge you to get a copy and enjoy the exciting and odd metropolises in Other Cities.
Washington Science Fiction Association The WSFA Journal Dec. 2003

“And though the stories are tiny, they do not disappoint as a result of their brevity. When you leave one fantastic destination behind, there is another city right around the corner.”
— Tangent Online

The White City
The City of Peace
Amea Amaau
Ylla’s Choice
New (n) Pernch
Penelar of the Reefs
The Cities of Myrkhyr

Other Cities by Ben Rosenbaum is a collection of fourteen gems, expertly cut and highly polished. Each contains, within its myriad facets, a metropolis, brimming with mystery, insight and wonder.”
— Jeffrey Ford (The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant)

“Rosenbaum’s little book of cities is like a box of very good chocolates, picked out by a dear friend with an intimate understanding of both confectionary and you. These vignettes are urbane without being arch, sweet without being maudlin, mysterious without being cryptic. Cities are the pinnacle of human acheivment: if you have any doubt, read this.”
— Cory Doctorow (Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and A Place So Foreign and Eight More)

“Benjamin Rosenbaum’s miniature stories are like tiny arrows aimed straight at the heart of Mystery.”
— Walter Jon Williams (Dread Empire’s Fall: The Praxis)

“The eloquence and poignancy of each of these stories astonished me. “The City of Peace,” alone, is enough to make one weep. But when read as a whole, Other Cities is not only harrowing, but exhilarating. It’s a fearless exploration into both the heart of darkness and the soul of hope. Here, despair and joy are neither opposites nor antagonists — but husband and wife, brother and sister, yin and yang. In these Cities of Humanity, you won’t meet one without meeting the other.”
— Bradley Denton (One Day Closer to Death: Eight Stabs at Immortality)

(Want to see the rest of Bradley Denton’s quote?)

About the author:

Benjamin Rosenbaum is troubled but hopeful. He used to live near Basel, Switzerland, but now he is moving back to the tangled superhighways of Northern Virginia, with his wife Esther, his daughter Aviva, and Aviva’s imaginary friends: Kiko, Makke, and the Happy Boy. He is the author of the collection The Ant King and Other Stories and his stories can be found in Asimov’s, Harper’s, Argosy, F&SF, Strange Horizons, Vestal Review, McSweeney’s, The Infinite Matrix,and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet 11.

About the artist:

Peter Reiss was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended The Cooper Union in New York City; Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy; and the University of Virginia School of Architecture. His artwork focuses on paintings of urban landscapes and abstracted aerial views. He now lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, his sons, and his cats.

About the Grameen Foundation USA:

25% of the gross revenues from the sales of this book go to the Grameen Foundation USA, which fights poverty all over the world by establishing banks that loan very small amounts to very poor people to start businesses, and helping them to coordinate and pool their resources. The effect of microcredit loans is transformative rather than palliative: every year Grameen-style loans lift hundreds of thousands of people above the poverty line. Because of the high repayment rate (typically over 95%), money donated to Grameen is highly leveraged: each dollar donated will be loaned again and again, they can also use services as nation21loans.com-payday loans lenders to get even more money into their businesses. As borrowers become successful in their businesses and begin saving, a Grameen-style bank becomes independent of donations. The original Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, which loans $3.8 billion dollars to 2.54 million very poor people, is now self-sufficient.

You can find out more on their website.

Some of the stories in Other Cities were previously published in the following places:

Bellur, Ponge, Ahavah, Amea Amaau, Ylla’s Choice, Zvlotsk, New (n) Pernch, Maxis, Jouiselle-Aux-Chantes, Penelar of the Reefs, The Cities of Myrkhyr, & Stin, Strange Horizons; The White City, The Vestal Review. The City of Peace appears here for the first time.

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 13

Sat 1 Nov 2003 - Filed under: LCRW| Posted by: intern

Gavin J. Grant. Cake is love.
Kelly Link. Cake is cake.
Diane Kelly, Vanessa Scott. Interns is interns.



David J. Schwartz — The Ichthymancer Writes His Friend with an Account of the Yeti’s Birthday Party
Eliot Fintushel — Kukla Boogie Moon
Leslie What — The Changeling
Richard Polney — The Faith of Metal in Ghosts
M. Thomas — The Poor Man’s Wife
Tim Pratt — Rowboats, Sacks of Gold
E.L. Chen — White Rabbit Triptych
Philip Brewer — Salesman
F. Brett Cox — Legacy
Veronica Schanoes — Serpents
Karina Sumner-Smith — A Last Taste of Sweetness
Hannah Bowen — Pinned
Sarah Monette — Sidhe Tigers
Geoffrey H. Goodwin — The Magnificent Dachshund
K.Z. Perry — Mama’s Special Rice Tin
Spencer Keralis — The Meat and the Mushrooms


Gavin J. Grant — Home and Security
— Zine Reviews
Gwenda Bond — Dear Aunt Gwenda
Lucy Snyder — The Guest Film Column: The Salton Sea


Mario Milosevic — Lunar Fate
Jason Stewart — The Greebles
David Blair — Four Poems


Mieke Zuiderweg — Anticipation (Cover)
James Campbell — Untitled


David Blair‘s poems have appeared in AGNI, The Greensboro Review, International Poetry Review, and Chicago Review.

Gwenda Bond is not a senior administration official.She writes screenplays and fiction, usually in the environs of lovely downtown Lexington, Kentucky, though not usually set there. Her scripts have placed in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and Austin Heart of Screenwriting competitions, and her fiction has been published in The Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives and …is this a cat? She co-edits the magazine Say… with writer Christopher Rowe.

Hannah Wolf Bowen is a Philosophy major, an assistant editor for the Fortean Bureau, and the person of an ungrateful (yet adorable) horse and a neurotic (yet adorable) dog. Some of her stories have found homes. Others have not. These things happen.

Philip Brewer has a day job as a software engineer, but his work is writing science fiction and fantasy stories. He speaks Esperanto and uses it to communicate with people all over the world. He graduated from Clarion in 2001.

James Campbell writes and draws somewhere to the west of this magazine.

E.L. Chen works hard for the money, so you’d better treat her right. She has been previously published in On Spec and Challenging Destiny. Everything else that she doesn’t mind you knowing can be found here.

F. Brett Cox‘s fiction has been published Century, Black Gate, The North Carolina Literary Review, Indigenous Fiction, Carriage House Review, Say…, and elsewhere. His essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The New England Quarterly, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Paradoxa, Science Fiction Studies, Locus Online, The Robert Frost Encyclopedia, and Science Fiction Weekly. He is co-editor, with Andy Duncan, ofCrossroads: Southern Stories of the Fantastic (Tor, 2004). Brett has served as a juror for the Theodore Sturgeon Award and as a member of the advisory board for the current edition of Contemporary Novelists. He holds an M.A. in English with emphasis in creative writing from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in English with emphasis in American literature from Duke University. A native of North Carolina, Brett is Assistant Professor of English at Norwich University in Northfield,Vermont. He lives in Northfield with his wife, the playwright Jeanne Beckwith.

Eliot Fintushel is an itinerant showman now living in Santa Rosa, CA, hard by the fairgrounds and between the transmission shops and the horse stalls. He has written many stories, mostly published in Asimov’s. His work has been nominated for the Nebula and Sturgeon Awards. He has twice received the NEA Solo Performer Award. His current touring show, employing masks and ancient music in the original tongues, is Apocalypse, a solo performance comprising the entire Book of Revelation word for word in the translation commissioned by King James in 1611!

Geoffrey Goodwin is a generous man who works in a bookshop outside Boston, MA. This is his second story for LCRW. He is not worried by this.

Amy Hannum is an interior designer based in New London, CT. She is the subject and the artist of the cover photo, “Anticipation,” by Mieke Zuiderweg.

Spencer Keralis grew up in Wyoming but now lives in Minneapolis, which is colder. His written work has appeared in The Dry Crik Review of Contemporary Cowboy Poetry, The Owen Wister Review, stet Magazine, and The Plastic Tower, among others. In another life he co-authored a textbook on Asynchronous Transfer Mode circuits now in use at a major telecommunications corporation, but that’s a long story and really not very interesting. (Also: see Zine Reviews.)

Mario Milosevic‘s poems and stories have appeared in dozens of magazines and in the anthologyPoets Against the War. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, novelist Kim Antieau.

Sarah Monette collects ghosts in books, pressing them between the leaves like dried flowers. She has sold stories to LCRW, Alchemy, Tales of the Unanticipated, All Hallows, and Lovecraft’s Weird Mysteries. Her story “Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland,” from LCRW 11, won the 2003 Gaylactic Spectrum Award.

K.Z. Perry‘s stories have recently appeared in MOTA 3: Courage, Talebones, Book of More Flesh, The Urban Bizarre, and Problem Child. She lives in New York.

Rick Polney is an adjunct professor of English and Humanities, a former Army officer, a sometimes performance artist, and an unrepentant risk-taker. He is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction Writing Workshop and studied writing under Chip Delany at Temple University. He has been published in TurboCharged Fortune Cookie and Schuylkill.

Tim Pratt lives in Oakland, California, where he works as an assistant editor for Locusmagazine. His stories have appeared in Realms of Fantasy, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Strange Horizons, and other nice places, and he has work upcoming in The Third Alternativeand The Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives. His first collection, Little Gods, was published by Prime Books in September 2003. With his fiancee Heather Shaw he co-edits a zine calledFlytrap.

Veronica Schanoes is from New York City. She won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Prize from the Academy of American Poets. This is her first non-academic publication. She’s very, very pleased.

David J. Schwartz is the reincarnation of a famous dancing bear who once entertained thousands of Bolivian mine workers. He is indigenous to the Midwestern United States, and traces of his spoor have appeared in On Spec and Flashquake.org. He is a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop and prefers tea, thank you. He keeps a reading journal and he would be humbly pleased if you would read it.

Lucy A. Snyder lives in Columbus, OH. Her writing has appeared in publications such asChiaroscuro, Snow Monkey, Strange Horizons, The Midnighters’ Club and Cumberland House’sGuardian Angels anthology. More information about her can be found here.

Jason Stewart lives between the toes of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. With his two cats, he watches a tiny door in his living room which he has never opened, for fear of finding greebles. When he’s not consumed by these fears, he spends his time at Colorado University where he works in the library and is finishing his BA in English. His work has appeared inAlmagre, Riverrun, and BLAH.

Karina Sumner-Smith is a student, a writer, a Clarion grad and an adventure racing fanatic. She listens to others’ conversations on the bus without hesitation or regret, worries over pennies and scribbles stories on the back of in-class handouts. She is irritated that she must wear her glasses to read signs at distances or distinguish the faces of friends from strangers in a faraway crowd; is it too much to ask to retain one’s vision at the age of 22? She lives in Toronto.

M. Thomas is a writer and teacher in Austin, Texas. She is a short story editor and contributor for the ezine Deep Magic. Her fiction has previously appeared in Deep Magic, Abyss & Apex,and Strange Horizons. She dabbles in magic realism, humor, and young adult fantasy. She maintains a website for writers, and welcomes your visit.

Leslie What is a Jell-O artist and writer from Oregon. Her writing has won awards for drama, nonfiction, and fiction, including a Nebula Award for short story. Her comic novel Olympic Games will be published in 2004. Bigger Better Bio.

Mieke M. Zuiderweg is a photojournalist in Western Massachusetts who is trying to work up the courage to walk away from taking pictures of angry mourners and burning buildings to pursue a career soley based on her photo illustrations and picture experiments. She resides in Northampton but is originally from the Netherlands. Hence the unpronounceable name. “Anticipation” is a photograph of the work of interior designer Amy Hannum.

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, No.13 November 2003. ISSN 1544-7782 Text in Bodoni Book. Titles in Imprint MT Shadow. Since 1996 LCRW has usually appeared twice a year. As of 2004, there will be three issues per year: April, July, & November. LCRW springs forth from Small Beer Press, 176 Prospect Ave., Northampton, MA 01060 [email protected] www.lcrw.net/lcrw $4 per single issue or $16/4. Except, as the sharp-eyed observer may have noticed, this issue is $5. This is an experiment (look at that art! look at that binding!) and may or may not be a good idea.

Contents © the authors. All rights reserved. Submissions, requests for guidelines, &c. should be sent to the address above. No SASE: no reply. If there were torpedoes, we’d have to build a dam. As it is, how about a new ship of state?


Bittersweet Creek and Other Stories

Sat 1 Nov 2003 - Filed under: Chapbooks| Posted by: intern

No.7in the Small Beer Press chapbook series is author and publisher Christopher Rowe’s Bittersweet Creek, with a cover illustration by the wonderful Shelley Jackson.

Rowe takes his storytelling seriously and, if he can, with a generous bourbon on the side. (His readings are not to be missed.) Rowe’s recent stories, including “The Force Acting on the Displaced Body” (the lead story in the anthology Trampoline) and “The Voluntary State”, have taken him into new, deep, and exciting literary territory and have brought him many new and appreciative readers. Bittersweet Creek gathers together some of his best stories from recent years and solidifies his reputation as one of the up and coming writers in the speculative fiction field.


“Rowe’s work might remind you of that of Andy Duncan. Both exemplify an archetypically Southern viewpoint on life’s mysteries, a worldview that admits marvels in the most common of circumstances and narrates those unreal intrusions in a kind of downhome manner that belies real sophistication.”
— Asimov’s

“As smooth and heady as good Kentucky bourbon”
— Locus

“‘Men of Renown’ is a herald of what Rowe can do best: deal with time and place without limits.”
Tangent Online

Baptism on Bittersweet Creek
Sally Harpe
The Dreaming Mountains
Kin to Crows
Men of Renown

What is This?

This smart, sleek, scary little book is all about strange arrivals: girls coming up out of their graves, giants from their junkyards, dragons from their river beds. Add Rowe himself– striding out of the Kentucky hills into the sunlight of literature’s regard. And he looks good doing it.
— Terry Bisson (The Pickup Artist)

Christopher Rowe’s stories are the kind of thing you want on a cold, winter’s night when the fire starts burning low. They dance through godfearing communities in the deep country with the unerring steps of a shaman’s rite to show that the division between Biblical and primal deities is a perilous conceit. Reverent and irreverent in the same breath, chilling and funny by turns, they deliver the full measure required of short story tellers the world over; entertainment plus x, where x is a measure of internal vertigo caused by a sudden glimpse of a sheer drop. Terrific.
Justina Robson (Natural History)

Christopher Rowe was a fine writer when he was one of my students back at Clarion West, in 1996; and he has only gotten better. Much better. And as good as he is now, he’ll keep getting better. Read these excellent stories, and see what I mean.
–Jack Womack (Going, Going, Gone)

About the Author:

Rowe’s story, “The Force Acting on the Displaced Body”, is the lead story in the anthology Trampoline — for which he answered these questions. He lives in Lexington, KY. His fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in Realms of Fantasy, JPPN, Pulp Eternity, The Dead Mule, and the anthologies Beyond the Last Star and Swan Sister: Fairy Tales Retold.

Rowe’s poem “Our Prize Patrol Will Find You” was published in LCRW 9. He is the editor and publisher (with Gwenda Bond) of the magazine Say….

Earlier this year Ideomancer posted an interview and three of Rowe’s stories: Horsethieves and PreachermenKin to Crows, and VFD Adventures. Here’s another short story.

This is not him.

This is his new blog.

About the Artist:

Shelley Jackson lives in a dark hole in a dark, dark hole in a dark, dark, dark hole.

Some of the stories in Bittersweet Creek originally appeared, in somewhat different form, in the following places:

“Baptism on Bittersweet Creek,” Realms of Fantasy, 1999; “Sally Harpe,” Realms of Fantasy,1999; “The Dreaming Mountains,” Ideomancer Unbound, 2002; “Kin to Crows,” Realms of Fantasy, 1998. “Men of Renown” appears here for the first time.