November 2007 · $5
LCRW 21 is the latest iteration of the eleven-dimensional being known as LCRW. Although it has always been there, it began protruding into our space time consciousness in November of 2007 as a sixty-page stapled zine with a lovely creamy cover.
Humans cannot perceive the other seven dimensions of LCRW, but if they put it against the top of their head while jumping off a small box of caramels, they can get a hint of what they are missing.
“I very much enjoyed reading LCRW #21; it’s primarily fiction but also includes poetry, nonfiction, and comics. The layout and design is impeccable: crisp, clean, beautifully formatted. Carol Emshwiller is a regular contributor and the material itself covers a wide range, from odd boarding schools to a strange co-worker writing code (I don’t want to say much more for fear of giving it away), and there isn’t a single wrong note in here. Literary zines are sometimes a tough sell, but this one shouldn’t be–it’s well worth the time and money. (And there are even subscription options which include chocolate…)”
“If there’s an overarching theme to this issue it might be the assumption that the reader will accept the worlds and situations written here as they are–there is little or no explanation offered. All these stories have an other-worldly quality, like the stream-of-consciousness writing of a syntactical genius. These stories are a catalogue of madnesses, all carrying with them a sense of dread that never finds resolution, only the respite offered by the story’s end. That’s not to say that there isn’t humour here. Probably one of the greatest lines appears in the first story “The Night and Day War.” It’s a truth we’ve always known, but may not have had spelled out: “Vampires are made to wear clothing well and whale on people.” Even the ads aren’t a disruption to the mood: rather than an interruption, they seem to make a community out of what initially seems like a group of terminal navel-gazers. The overall effect is the feeling that you’ve been sucked into a fully-functioning surrealist society. Perhaps some of their stories are a touch long, and the last story in the collection is so cruel that it felt like a kick in the teeth, but these are definitely authors you want to spend some time with.”
—J. Blackmore, Broken Pencil
Made in the Autumn of 2007 by:
Gavin J. Grant · Kelly Link
Jedediah Berry · Michael Deluca · Annabel Link
Alice Sola Kim, The Night and Day War
Adam Ares, The Curmudgeon
Matthew Cheney, The Lake
Stephanie Brady Tharpe, On a Dark and Featureless Plain
Jeannette Westwood, Two Variations
Kirstin Allio, Clay
Brian Conn, The Postern Gate
Benjamin Parzybok, The Coder
Corie Ralston, Maps to God
Carol Emshwiller, Sanctuary
Lauren Bartel, Two Poems
Gwenda Bond, Dear Aunt Gwenda
Mamoru Masuda, A Primer on New Wave and Speculative Fiction in Japan
Suzanne Baumann, The Blokes of Ball Point
Abby Denson, The Mysterious Mr. M.
Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, No.21 November 2007. ISSN 1544-7782 Text in Bodoni Book. Titles in Imprint MT Shadow. Since 1996 LCRW has usually appeared in June and November from Small Beer Press, 150 Pleasant St., #306, Easthampton, MA 01027 (Please note that’s a new address.) · [email protected] · smallbeerpress.com/lcrw $5 per single issue or $20/4. Contents © the authors. All rights reserved. Submissions, requests for guidelines, & all good things should be sent to the address above. No SASE: no reply. Thanks for reading. This zine is printed by Paradise Copies, 30 Craft Ave., Northampton, MA 01060 413-585-0414
About the authors
Today’s Writers Today
Kirstin Allio‘s novel Garner (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award for First Fiction. She has recently been selected one of “5 Under 35″ writers to watch (and hopefully read) by the National Book Foundation. She lives in Providence, RI with her husband and sons.
Adam Ares enjoys staring at blank word processor documents, reading books in languages that he doesn’t really understand, and Galaga. Perhaps, in the future, he will put adamares.com to some better use than he does now.
Trained in yoga, baking and phlebotomy, Lauren Bartel lives in Minneapolis where she is currently involved with the newborn book publishing efforts of Whistling Shade Press, contributing to various food-related publications, and planting tomatoes.
Suzanne Baumann has been making minicomics for over a dozen years and plans to make many more. She feels most at ease in places where there are lots of pens and scraps of paper lying around.
Gwenda Bond is writing young adult novels while keeping her pets in line and her books close by.
Matthew Cheney has published fiction and nonfiction in Rabid Transit, Locus, Pindeldyboz, Strange Horizons, Failbetter.com, Rain Taxi, English Journal, and other venues of questionable taste. He is the series editor for Best American Fantasy. He teaches high school in New Jersey.
Brian Conn grew up in a forest where it often rained on Christmas Eve. His work has also appeared in GUD and Sybil’s Garage. He is an MFA student at Brown and a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. He lives in Providence, and the only thing that can make him laugh these days is Beckett.
Abby Denson is the creator of Tough Love: High School Confidential, Dolltopia, and Night Club. She has scripted Powerpuff Girls Comics, Simpsons Comics, and comics for Nickelodeon Magazine. She rocks out with her bands Abbymatic and The Saturday Night Things. She loves New York, container gardening, and her cat, Slinky.
Carol Emshwiller‘s most recent books are a novel, The Secret City, a young adult novel, Mr. Boots, and a collection, I Live with You. Small Beer published her novel The Mount and her collection, Report to the Men’s Club as well as reprinting her first novel, Carmen Dog.Recent awards include a couple of Nebulas for short stories, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. She lives in New York City.
Alice Sola Kim lives in San Francisco and works at a strange startup. Most recently, her job has involved gossiping about Nicole Richie eating a Kit Kat bar. Her work has appeared in Rabid Transit: Long Voyages, Great Lies, and is forthcoming in Strange Horizons.
Benjamin Parzybok is the publisher of Gumball Poetry, a literary journal published into gumball machines. He founded the Black Magic Insurance Agency which runs a city-wide mystery/treasure hunt called Operation Peachblow. He lives in Portland, OR, with the writer Laura Moulton and their son. He has two novels ready to go: Couch, in which three social misfits carry a couch from Oregon to South America and A Body of Water where a 20-something isn’t sure whether to help his brother commit euthanasia.
Corie Ralston is a scientist by profession, although sometimes she wonders what on earth possessed her to go to graduate school. She writes in the spare nanoseconds of her life, in all the transitions, wishing always that there was more time. She has been published in Strange Horizons and a variety of other venues. She is absolutely determined to finish her novel. And she does not need utensils to hear her mother.
Stephanie Brady Tharpe is a lifelong resident of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. She spends her time writing, raising her fifteen-year-old daughter, and teaching English and Creatiove Writing at Skyline High School. Her poetry appears in multiple volumes of The Poet’s Domain. This is her first fiction publication.
The Best of LCRW is doing fine, thanks for asking. How are you? Did Aunt Gwenda’s answer help?
Jeannette Westwood still lives in California. Her newest hobby is stenciling and painting T-shirts.