Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 5

November 1999

volume 3, number 2

Poetry, Fictions, Essays, Art and so on and so forth, the usual mix of eclectica.

Introduction

In the underworld there are places that are dark, scary, some few resemble tales in this zine. None of them resemble Hiroshima or Nagasaki in August 1945. None of them are bright with the light of breaking atoms, light that lasts a thousand, a hundred thousand years and more. We hear that you want to ban the tests of nuclear weapons and we are glad. The rumble upsets our dillathropes, the animal we like the most. They allow us to ride on their backs if we read aloud as we go. But this is another story.

I must think more about this atom cracking you will not stop. It cannot be politics. Whenever we speak to you – many of us visit, you have such nice chocolate and where else can we get fresh tomatoes in winter?

Again, I digress. It is difficult to concentrate on such a thing. When I have spoken to you, more want to stop the tests than keep them going. Even those working in the field (or rather, the factory, the office). It cannot be politics, because it is a subversion of the will of the people of the republic, so how could a party of the republic play with the people’s will? I must needs step outside and think more on this. My head spins as it is.
Dreaming of green and peaceful lands, in the over and underworlds.
Contents

Fiction
A Mad Tea Party – Chris Barzak
Other Agents – Richard Butner
The Dictator’s Wife – Kelly Link
Hydrophilia – Tim Emswiler
A Preference for Silence – Lucy Snyder

Poetry
Genji – Margaret Muirhead
Lady Shonagon’s Hateful Things
Overnight
Faust is Lounging Openly – Brian Morrison
The Amish Time Travellers
John Wayne, A Novel
Nadanadanada – Robert Frazier
Queen of the Lines
The Anorexic Observes the Hemophiliac

Essays
Y2K Wishlist
A Slow Way To Riches
Male Blonding
Book Reviews
Music Notes
Bob’s Big Boy Words

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Dangling Participants – Contributors

Christopher Barzak attended the Clarion Workshop last year. He lives in Michigan, but grew up in rural Ohio. Is he a villager? Ask him.

Richard Butner lives in a triangle in the path of hurricanes. He also plays music.

Tim Emswiler rides a bike, writes dark fiction and publishes Weird Times. Maybe in that order.

Robert Frazier lives on an island connected to us by a few bridges, some concrete, some words. His forthcoming collection The Daily Chernobyl and Other Poems won the 1999 Anamnesis Poetry Chapbook Award.

Gavin J. Grant would like his bike back.

Kelly Link‘s stories “Travels with the Snow Queen” and “The Specialist’s Hat” are nominees for the World Fantasy Award and were reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. “The Girl Detective” can be read here.

Brian Morrison works in the best used book shop in Somerville: M&M. Not Murrie & Mars, but MacIntyre & Moore.

Margaret Muirhead‘s favorite word is daggy. She lives in a dry town.

Mark Rich has had stories in many magazines, but his cover art is his first appearance here. Maybe next time he’ll write a story for us.

Lucy Snyder runs the Dark Planet web site as well as writing in many genres.

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