Early history

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These posts were written in 2001 and 2004 and are republished here for housekeeping reasons rather than anything else. The links are mostly broken, sorry.

Tiny Magazines Everywhere: Or, Why Do We Still Publish a Zine?

In 2002 we published two books by Carol Emshwiller (a novel, The Mount, and Report to the Men’s Club and Other Stories), a favorite author with six previous books to her name. Last year our first two books (Kelly Link’s Stranger Things Happen and Ray Vukcevich’s Meet Me in the Moon Room) were well received. We are committed to publishing short story collections and novels by authors we feel are slipping through the cracks.

In 1996, long before I ever thought I’d publish any books, I started a small press zine, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (LCRW). Whenever I flipped through the magazines at Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop in Boston, MA, where I worked, I was frustrated that none seemed to have just the right mix (fiction, a spot of poetry, a flash of humor, maybe some art) that I thought would make the perfect magazine. Eleven issues and many long nights at the computer later, LCRW goes from strength to strength.

In 2000, we took our first real step toward publishing books when we published two chapbooks, 4 Stories by Kelly Link and Five
Forbidden Things
by Dora Knez. The chapbooks — deliberately designed as low-priced editions to introduce new writers and give them a step up between publishing stories and books — gave us confidence in our design and production capabilities. At about the same time
we set up a half-decent website (oddly enough, we still have a half-decent website, www.lcrw.net, but it’s larger now) and, with the advent of Paypal, our zine and the chapbooks were suddenly available to anyone . . . who had the urge to look us up.

LCRW and the chapbooks complement our books: they give readers a way to sample our authors without popping for the more expensive books — the zine is only $4, chapbooks $5, and the books $16 — and the zine and chapbook reach very different audiences than our books. Our books are carried by Ingram and Baker & Taylor — our biggest LCRW distributor is Last Gasp.

LCRW also gave us our entrance into the print world. We already had the bookseller’s and consumer’s point of view on books; LCRW showed us the world of bookselling from the supplier’s side. We learned the importance of being nice to busy people who don’t have much time for you, how important small things (ISBNs, design, distribution…!) are, and that a finely-judged persistence is necessary to bring your products to the right people’s attention.

Publishing LCRW taught us (in small affordable steps) marketing, distribution, design, how to work to deadlines, and most of all, the importance of professional proofreaders. In the last couple of years, we have actively encouraged many others to start their own micropublishing houses, and are very happy to report (and sometimes sell the results on our website) that
some few people have taken up the challenge.


The View of History from 2001

Thanks for checking out the Small Beer Press pages. Small Beer Press exists to publish good writing.

We do a twice-yearly small press zine, a couple of chapbooks a year, and in July 2001 we published our first two books, trade paperback
short fiction collections by Kelly Link (Stranger Things Happen) [reviews] and Ray Vukcevich (Meet Me in the Moon Room) [reviews].

Our books can be ordered directly from us but we encourage bookshops to order from distributors. Both titles are available from Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and Consortium, which means you can walk into any bookshop in the land and order them. The books are already listed at Amazon.com, bn.com, and Borders.com. We do hope that you will patronize local bookshops (you can find these online at Bookweb.org and BookSense.com), but, whatever floats your boat.

Kelly Link and Ray Vukcevich are both available for interviews. They can be contacted through us at [email protected]. We are a small press with all that entails (no foreign offices, no expense accounts (boo!), small ad budget, and a decent collection of CDs we actually had to pay for. We appreciate and encourage your interest in the small presses.

A long, blowzy, yet sober — much interrupted and definitely unfinished — look at the genesis and continuance of a small press:

Ray Vukcevich, Meet Me in the Moon RoomSmall Beer Press was begun under a different name in 1996, we renamed it to something that wasn’t a bad joke no one else thought funny in that year of changes, 2000. We intend to publish one or two quality books a year until our money runs out/we lose our day jobs/we get fed up of reading slush. We are mainly powered by Gavin J. Grant who can answer most of your questions.

In publishing our first books we were led to many good decisions and stopped from making too many mistakes by our friend, the late Jenna A. Felice, who is missed more than words can say. Bryan Cholfin (of Crank! and St. Martin’s Press, not in that order) was another invaluable source of publishing and printing knowledge. Would we have found the wonderful people at Thomson-Shore without Jenna and Bryan? No. Would we have set the books in Centaur? Probably not. (Yes, we bought Centaur. You should buy a font too. Even if it’s just a fun, cheap one like Missive — which we bought
at the Paper Source in Cambridge, MA, and used to set the interior titles of Meet Me in the Moon Room.) Many other people answered questions and were generous with their time for which we are immensely grateful. The power in publishing is there for the taking and we encourage you to take it up. Buy an old copy of PageMaker or QuarkXpress on eBay and just go. Our first zines were made using Microsoft Word, it took a while and they aren’t the prettiest things, but we moved up and on. Everything finds its own level. Yours may be handwritten and photocopied, electronically distributed, or typeset by a professional. We say go for it.

Beginning in late 1996, with the publication of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet vol.1 no.1 (volume numbering later dropped for simplicity’s sake and the realization (or, when thinking about it in the UK, the realisation) that it was not appropriate), Small Beer Press has slowly grown from being distributed only within the boroughs of Boston to a small amount of international distribution, decent-selling chapbooks, and now books.

It felt like a well-paced and natural expansion. It is only the larger sums of money that get spent on producing the books that make it a
little more nerve-wracking. However, they are both of such high quality that we are quietly confident that we won’t take a complete bath (maybe a small summer shower) on them.

Stranger Things HappenFrom the very first issue we have tried to publish high quality fiction and we have been helped in our close association with the wonderful writer Kelly Link. Her cornerstone story from the first issue, “Travels with the Snow Queen” won the James Tiptree Jr. Award in 1997 and set the standard for future issues. Recently Ellen Klages story, “Flying Over Water,” from issue no. 7 was on the final Nebula ballot. A number of the stories by such authors as Dora Knez and Sten Westgard have been given honorable mentions in Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s The Year’s
Best Fantasy and Horror
series. Kelly Link’s story “Shoe and Marriage” from the chapbook 4
Stories
,
has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award.

Since we only publish twice a year we are very limited in what we can publish. Stories have come to us from authors we have solicited, from people we know, and people we don’t. We encourage people to read the LCRW before submitting because we have very limited space and we know what we want.

Although we had not published Ray Vukcevich before issue no. 8, we had enjoyed his stories in many magazines and anthologies. Then we realized (no ‘s’ this time) that he had been publishing great short fiction for more than ten years and no one had published a collection by him. We jumped at the chance. Seeing Rafal Olbinski’s art on the front just makes it a package we are incredibly proud of. We hope you will enjoy them too.

Questions? Email us and we will probably respond. We are a small, lightly-staffed publishing concern, so if it’s more than a day or two — and believe me if you’re writing from a book shop, paper, magazine, or zine, the answer will be a lot faster! — maybe we are just on vacation (ha! The thought of it!).

Reviews and press coverage

Basic information

Gavin J. Grant
Small Beer Press
150 Pleasant St., #306
Easthampton, MA 01027
413.203-1636

www.smallbeerpress.com



Broken Mirrors Press

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In the 1990s the world was blessed by the appearance of a damn fine magazine named Crank! Due to the usual reasons — ruinous distribution, incredibly high editorial and production standards, a serious lack of personal inherited wealth — it all came to an end with issue no. 8.

We managed to get our hands on some back issues and, being the generous folk we are, we’re offering them to yous folks. No overcharging, no handwringing, nothing but a damn fine read. $5 a pop (including shipping), any two for $9, any three for $13 (lucky for some…), etc., etc. If we can get the missing issues (No. 5 is sold out), we’ll put them up here, too. We’ll occasionally bring them to sell at book fairs or conventions, if that’s your thing.

Broken Mirrors Press also published a number of books. Again, these are the good stuff, high standards, good design, you’ll be more than happy. We think. We expect. We kind of hope. Anyway, browse away:

~ All prices include shipping. ~

 

Crank! No. 1

No. 1
$5

A.A. Attanasio
Michael Blumlein
Robert Devereaux
Gwyneth Jones
Garry Kilworth
Jonathan Lethem
Rosaleen Love
Carter Scholz

Gene Wolfe, Bibliomen
Gene Wolfe
Bibliomen

$20

Original edition 1985, this trade paperback edition with new material, 1995, 94pp, illustrated by Ian Miller. As new.

Crank! No. 2

No. 2
$5

David R. Bunch
Carol Emshwiller
Jonathan Lethem
Gerald B. Stephenson
Gene Wolfe


R. A. Lafferty
Sinbad: The 13th Voyage
$12Trade paperback, 158pp. As new.
“Lafferty is the ambassador dispatched to the Late 20th Century by Dr. Johnson and Benjamin Franklin, Socrates and St. Paul.”
– Gene Wolfe
Crank! No. 3

No. 3
$5

Brian Aldiss
Chan Davis
Ursula K. Le Guin
Jonathan Lethem
Katherine MacLean

Crank! No. 6
No. 4
$5
Terry Bisson
R.A. Lafferty
Lisa Tuttle
A.A. Attanasio
David R. Bunch
Jonathan Lethem
Crank! No. 6
No. 6
$5
James Blaylock
Karen Joy Fowler
Michael Kandel
Jonathan Lethem
Carter Scholz
Crank! No. 7
No. 7
$5
James Blaylock
A.M. Dellamonica
Eliot Fintushel
R.A. Lafferty


Crank! No. 6
No. 8
$5
James Blaylock
Eliot Fintushel
Carol Emshwiller

 

The Magic Spectacles: a novel by
James Blaylock. Appears in three parts in Crank 6, 7, & 8.

The Magic Spectacles
$13.50

How to get multiply cranky (remember to specify which issues you’d like):
Two issues of Crank! ($9)

Three issues of Crank! $13.50)

Four issues of Crank! ($17.50)

Five issues of Crank! ($21)

All prices include Media Mail shipping within the USA & Canada.



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Readings of Writings for Listenings

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John Kessel stories: The Baum Plan for Financial Independence [audio]
Every Angel is Terrifying Read by Gregory Frost
Pride and Prometheus [part 1 | part 2]

Jennifer Stevenson
Trash Sex Magic Chapter 1 · Ch. 2 · Ch. 3 · Ch. 4

Kelly Link stories:
The Hortlak KQED — The Writers’ Block
Catskin WNYC — Spinning
The Girl Detective Read by Alex Wilson.
Most of My Friends are Two-Thirds Water Read by Alex Wilson.
The Specialist’s Hat (40 minute MP3). Read by Jason Lundberg.

Tiny excerpt of Kelly reading “Monster” during a WNYC story
by Richard Hake on the Dirty Laundry Readings Series.
(Nov. 10, 2005)

Perpetual Motion Roadshow CD (7/04)
We made a CD. It’s not
for sale, but thanks to the generosity of all involved you
can make a copy yourself. The cover can be downloaded here.
Print and fold along the lines.

Stoddy Awchaw — Geoffrey H. Goodwin (fiction, LCRW 10, 7:28)

Stoddy Awchaw — Toby Goodwin (song, 2:32)

Paper — Gavin J. Grant (fiction, Broken Pencil 21, 2:06)

Fructify My Orange Suit – Gavin J. Grant (fiction, The Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives, 8:13)

Christmas in Yorkville — Liisa Ladouceur (poem. Each word taken
from a sign photographed in Yorkville, Toronto, Dec. 2003.
2:23)

100 Dead Workers– Liisa Ladouceur (poem. Each word taken from a plaque photographed at the 100 Workers monument honouring men and women killed on the job. Toronto, May 2004. 0:46)

Eruption – Liisa Ladouceur (poem. From the Teeth Poem series. 2002. 0:50)

Oh Register! Why Are You Crying? Audobon Park (Song from the CD Angry Bees Outside, These Bees Inside. audubonpark.blogspot.com)

Ash City Stomp — Richard Butner (fiction, Trampoline / Horses Blow Up Dog City, 32:17)



Views of Small Beer Press

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Books | Chapbooks | LCRW

Reviews and press coverage
Early history

2009
– Gavin J Grant & Kelly Link receive a World Fantasy Award for Small Beer Press & Big Mouth House
Bookseller Pens Mystery About Book HoundPW, Sept. 1
Small Beer Press Big into e-Books, PW, Aug. 17

2008
Small Beer, for ChildrenPW, Sept. 15
– Small Beer Offers Free Downloads of New Collection, Publishers Weekly (April 18)
“In some ways, the evolution of their publishing endeavors can be described as two people working with greater and greater amounts of paper”
Is Greater Than, March 24
LCRW and The Best of LCRW are Locus Award finalists

2007 — “They have a knack for putting out books that are different from just about everything else.”– MassLive, May 19
– Ellen Kushner’s The Privilege of the Sword wins a Locus Award.
LCRW is nominated for a Hugo.

2006 Alan DeNiro’s Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead Longlisted for the Second Annual Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.
– Kate Wilhelm’s Storyteller wins the Hugo and Locus Awards.
–”Make it Weird,” Boston Globe, October 8

2005
– Nominated for the World Fantasy Award
– “The Book People,” The Valley Advocate, July 28

2004
– Nominated for the World Fantasy Award
– Small Beer on the Rise, Publishers Weekly, June
Interview, Emerald City, June
– “Small Beer Press doesn’t put out as many books each year as the bigger houses, but the average quality is remarkable. This remains one of the genre publishing stories of recent years.”
– Richard Horton, Internet Review of Science Fiction, November

2003
– Nominated for the World Fantasy Award
– An Omnibus Review at Green Man Review, July
– Interview in Broken Pencil issue 21 (not online)
– Feature article: Matrix: the news magazine of the BSFA, Jan./Feb.
– Small interview (on the Wheel of Time mania page), January 10

2002
– Feature article in Poets & Writers, Sept./Oct.
– An interview about Small Beer with Gavin J. Grant on RevolutionSF, July

2001
– A review of Stranger Things Happen and Meet Me in the Moon Room in Canada’s January Magazine, Aug. 21
Bookweb/Bookselling This Week, “Small Beer Press Makes a Heady Debut“, July 19

Water Logic
Laurie J. Marks

  • Tiptree Honor List
  • Booklist starred review

Endless Things
John Crowley

  • Locus Award finalist

Interfictions
Edited by Delia Sherman & Theodora Goss
published for the Interstitial Arts Foundation

  • Tiptree Honor List

Generation Loss
Elizabeth Hand

  • Believer Book Award Finalist
  • Shirley Jackson Award Finalist

Howard Who?
Howard Waldrop

The Privilege of the Sword
Ellen Kushner

  • Locus Award Winner
  • Tiptree Honor List
  • Nebula & World Fantasy Award finalist
  • Romantic Times Epic Fantasy Novel Revewers Choice Award finalist

Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead
Alan DeNiro

Magic for Beginners
Kelly Link

Reviews

  • Best of the Year: Time Magazine, Salon, Village Voice, San Francisco Chronicle, Locus, Capital Times, PopMatters
  • Book Sense pick
  • Locus Award Winner
  • World Fantasy, Stoker, International Horror Guild Award finalist

Mothers & Other MonstersMothers & Other Monsters
Maureen F. McHugh

Reviews

  • Finalist for The Story Prize
  • Book Sense Notable Book

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Storyteller
Kate Wilhelm

  • Hugo Award Winner
  • Locus Award Winner

Travel Light
Naomi Mitchison

Mockingbird
Sean Stewart

Perfect Circle
Sean Stewart

Reviews

  • Excerpted on Salon.com
  • Book Sense Notable Book
  • Starred review in Booklist
  • World Fantasy & Nebula Award finalist
  • “Clearly one of the best fantasy novels of the year.”
    – Richard Horton, Internet Review of Science Fiction

Trash Sex Magic
Jennifer Stevenson

Reviews

  • “A strong first novel, a wild book, well-imagined and well-written, with absorbing characters.”
    – Richard Horton, Internet Review of Science Fiction

Kalpa Imperial: the greatest empire that never was
Angélica Gorodischer
translated by Ursula K. Le Guin

Reviews

Trampoline
Kelly Link, ed.

Reviews

  • Greer Gilman’s novella “A Crowd of Bone” won World Fantasy Award.
  • Alex Irvine’s short story “Gus Dreams of Biting the Mailman” and the anthology were both nominated.
  • Richard Butner’s “Ash City Stomp” received an Honorable Mention from the new Fountain Award.
  • Susan Mosser’s “Bumpship” will be reprinted in The Year’s Best SF.
  • Christopher Barzak’s Dead Boy Found” will be reprinted in The Best New Horror.
  • Karen Joy Fowler’s “King Rat” and Richard Butner’s “Ash City Stomp” are reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. [paperback] [ hardcover]

The Mount
Carol Emshwiller

Reviews

  • Philip K. Dick Award Winner
  • Impac Award Nominee
  • Nebula Award Nominee
  • Starred review in Publishers Weekly
  • Reprinted by Firebird

Report to the Men’s Club and Other Stories
Carol Emshwiller

  • “Creature” won the Nebula Award for Short Story

Stranger Things Happen
Kelly Link

reviews

  • Firecracker Award Nominee
  • “Louise’s Ghost” won the Nebula Award for Novelette
  • “The Specialist’s Hat” won the World Fantasy Award
  • “Travels with the Snow Queen” won the James Tiptree, Jr., Memorial Award

Ray Vukcevich, Meet Me in the Moon RoomMeet Me in the Moon Room
Ray Vukcevich

ReviewsPublisher’s Weekly, Booklist
Also: Locus, F&SF, Science Fiction Chronicle, Tangent Online, January Magazine

  • Philip K. Dick Award Nominee

Chapbooks

The Rose in Twelve Petals
Theodora Goss

  • The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror XVIII (Datlow, Grant, & Link, eds.) honorable mentions: “Her Mother’s Ghosts” & “The Bear’s Daughter.”
  • Fantasy Book Spot
  • “Theodora Goss is one of the most exciting new writers to appear in this
    century.”
    – Richard Horton, Internet Review of Science Fiction

Horses Blow Up Dog City
Richard Butner

  • “Butner picks up the absurdities of high-speed America and throws them back in its face, reveling in the wild, wonderful mess he creates.”
    New Pages
  • The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror XVIII (Datlow, Grant, & Link, eds.) honorable mention: “The Rules of Gambling.”
  • “Wry, caustic, calculated, impulsive…. Gems of gorgeous weirdness.”
    Asimovs
  • “Richard Butner has rather quietly published some interesting stories over
    the past several years…. Good stuff—the foundation of a fine career,
    I hope.”
    – Richard Horton, Internet Review of Science Fiction

Bittersweet Creek and Other Stories
Christopher Rowe

  • “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

Other Cities
Benjamin Rosenbaum

  • “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
  • “Charming…”
    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

Foreigners, and Other Familiar Faces
Mark Rich

Lord Stink and Other Stories
Judith Berman

Rossetti Song: Four Stories
Alex Irvine

Five Forbidden Things
Dora Knez

  • SF Site
  • “a fine burgeoning talent.” Asimov’s
  • “…one admires Knez’s gift for language. It should come as no surprise that three poems of impeccable craftsmanship follow the five narrative prose works…”
    Star*Line
  • 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)

4 Stories
Kelly Link

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet

No. 22

No. 21

  • “An accomplished magazine. There’s no shortage of ambition amongst the writing on show, and even those stories criticised here have obvious qualities and are the work of demonstrably capable writers. The standard throughout is high and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet is neither as fey nor as hard to approach as its esoteric name might suggest. This issue contained a number of genuinely memorable stories and some excellent writing. It is a read that is certainly worth your while.”
    The Fix
  • Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet is a different kind of magazine.”
    SF Revu

No. 20

  • Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet is a different kind of magazine.”
    SF Revu

No. 19

  • Reviews?

No. 18

  • “Primarily fiction with some non-fiction and poetry. Literary journal/small press quality; very polished writing. A two-page play I didn’t get, a magic realist piece about souls blowing loose from their bodies on windy days that makes a comment on being on the fringe; a dreamy piece about lost girls and a witch’s garden; something about a train I didn’t get; a darkly funny zombie story about consumer guilt; and poetry I actually understood. That’s just the first half. Well worth the price.”
    Zine World #24
  • Tangent

No. 17

  • John Brown’s “Bright Waters” reprinted in Best of the Rest 4.
  • Deborah Roggie’s “The Mushroom Duchess” was on the Fountain Award short list and was reprinted in The Year’s best Fantasy & Horror: 2006, 19th Annual Edition (Gavin Grant, Kelly Link, & Ellen Datlow, eds.)
  • “Number 17 is one of the best issues I’ve seen of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.Hightlights include Philip Raines & Harvey Welles’s “All the Things She Wanted”, set in a much changed Washington DC, where everyone seems to have (at least potentially) a personal map of a different city. A woman buys a potion that gives her what she wants, at a certain price (first one’s free!) — only to find that the things she wants keep changing. Deborah Roggie’s “The Mushroom Duchess” is a pleasant depiction of a quite monstrous Duchess, whose experiments with mushrooms extend to using them to control her unwanted daughter-in-law in a nasty way. John Brown’s “Bright Waters” is a fine, long story, only barely fantastical, of a rather ugly trader in pre-Revolution America whose efforts to find a wife among the local Indians meets with little success. But things change when he meets a feisty English immigrant, and also gets some magical help from an Indian medicine woman.”
    —Rich Horton, Locus, 2/06
  • “A feast of mystery, novelty, and desire.” — Zine World 23
  • Tangent

No. 16

  • “Three Urban Folk Tales” by Eric Schaller reprinted in Best of the Rest 4. and recommended by Rich Horton in Locus (“Impressive…. The three stories intertwine in surprising ways — lovely stuff.”)
  • Tangent

No. 15

  • “Successively bridges the literary and genre worlds with strange, off-beat tales that venture into the fantastic while somehow remaining grounded in the real world. This really is a magazine worth checking out, regardless of whether you favour genre or literary fiction.”
    Kara Kellar Bell on the Laura Hird site
  • “LCRW never ceases to amaze me. It is always a beatiful zine, but the caliber of the writing in it is stunning.”
    Xerography Debt, 17

No. 14

  • Douglas Lain’s story “Music Lessons” received an honorable mention from the Fountain Award.
  • Deborah Roggie’s story “The Enchanted Trousseau” from has been picked by Jonathan Strahan and Karen Haber for their anthology, Fantasy: The Best of 2004.
  • The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror XVIII (Datlow, Grant, & Link, eds.) honorable mentions: James Sallis’s “The Museum of Last Week,” Deborah Roggie’s “The Enchanted Trousseau,” and David Blair’s poem Diamond”
  • Tangent
  • “Old as Methuselah in small-press years, LCRW shows no signs of hardening of the arteries.”
    Asimovs

No. 13

  • SF Site
  • “If you enjoy short fiction and essays this one comes highly recommended.”
    Xerography Debt
  • As usual, the editorial dynamic duo, Grant and Link, has put together an assortment of sly, bizarre, funny, and haunting stories by writers both familiar and unfamiliar. …[Which] amuses, enthralls, mystifies, and moves me. It’s always a wonder to me that Grant and Link can continually bring us such fresh, idiosyncratic talents.”
    Tangent

No. 12

  • Harvey Welles and Philip Raines’s “The Fishie” received an Honorable Mention from the new Fountain Award.
  • Harvey Welles and Philip Raines’s “The Fishie” reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror.
  • Home and Security” by Gavin J. Grant was reprinted in the Zine Yearbook Vol. 8
  • “There’s something for everyone within these pages, which include fiction, poetry, non-fiction, a book review, a film review, a few zine reviews, and even a piece that could pass for a visual poem. If anything, you could argue that the zine is a little too eclectic because it doesn’t cohere under any one theme or mood. But these days, who needs coherence?… Many of the stories, like Jan Lars Jensen’s “Happier Days”, at first seem perfect for a lazy, hung-over Sunday afternoon when you may be more receptive to a bit of gold old nostalgia, but then take a weird and welcome twist. Cara Spindler offers some poetic mid-zine relief with her delightful lyricism, and Richard Butner instructs on how to make a proper martini. (There is no such thing as a Choco-Banana Martini.) … This is a good zine to keep in your bag during daily travels.
    Broken Pencil, 23
  • “Rich in elegant prose and startling literary perspectives, Richard Parks demonstrates anew his talent for oriental fables…[with] a medieval-Japanese ghost story with a shock in reserve; Ursula Pflug intones a heartfelt love song to mythic Ireland…; Jan Lars Jensen…haunts his characters with much more recent legends, to alarming effect; and Jennifer Rachel Baumer writes with superb lyricism of very subtle phantoms…. But best of all is “Bay” by David Erik Nelson, a recontextualization of ghosts that is authentically surprising, genuinely horrifying — an extraordinary achievement in a hackneyed subgenre.”
    –Nick Gevers, Locus
  • “A highbrow literary zine that presents fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with beautiful layout and spare but attractive graphics.”
    A Reader’s Guide to the Underground Press, no. 20
  • “Had LCRW #12 been a sheaf of blank pages around “The Fishie,” I still would have felt compelled to give it a good review. But with its usual assortment of quietly compelling fiction hovering somewhere around the nexus of ghost story, fairy tale, folklore, fantasy, and magical realism, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet continues to define-and redefine-for me why we read, write, and take risks on new writers, new ideas, and new ways. Quality.”
    Tangent

No. 11

  • Sarah Monette’s story “Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland” won the 2003 Gaylactic Spectrum Award
  • Nan Fry’s poem “The Wolf’s Story” was reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror XVI (Datlow & Windling, eds.).
  • The following stories & poem received honorable mentions:
  • Theodora Goss — The Rapid Advance of Sorrow
  • Sarah Monette — Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland
  • Kathryn Cramer — The Mourners
  • “I particularly enjoyed Sarah Monette’s fey eroticism in “Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland.”
    Asimov’s
  • “Oil and Greece” by Gavin J. Grant reprinted in the Zine Yearbook Vol.7
  • “Smart, accessible… If you’re looking to spend some quality time with a lit zine, this is a must have.”
    A Reader’s Guide to the Underground Press, no. 18 — supplement
  • Locus, Jan. 2003, “a very strong outing.” Especially recommended: Minsoo Kang’s “Three Stories”
  • Locus, Feb. 2003 Recommended Reading: Sarah Monette’s “Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland”
  • Tangent

No. 10

LCRW 9No. 9

No. 8

No. 7

No. 6

  • SF Site review
  • “Intriguingly surreal fiction” — Asimov’s
  • The Hotsy-Totsy Club review
  • Nice mention in the “Zines with a Literary Bent” section of the shouldn’t-be-missed Xerox Debt
  • The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror XIII, (Datlow & Windling, eds.) nod: Kelly Link’s “The Dictator’s Wife”

No.5 (v3,n2) —

No. 4

  • A Reader’s Guide to the Underground Press, no. 12
    “The fiction by Nalo Hopkinson and a hilarious short story by Kelly Link about beauty queens are impressive. The poetry ranges from good to fair, but the zine has some interesting nonfiction pieces as well. Naoko Takahashi’s observations on Japan’s culture and media are fascinating. A debate about the death penalty by Gavin J. Grant is excellent. Fiction and zine reviews, too. Nicely presented.”

Press releases

August 22, ’01, “A play based on a Kelly Link short story”

Seems like we don’t really do these after all.

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