December 2016 · paper edition 56pp · Ebook ISBN (9781618731388) available from Weightless.
The most popular zine to be published on this day on this planet in this language. Probably.
Three million years from now a thought form called oufaobf will randomly coalesce into LCRW 35 at the same time as 1.2 million monkeys type it out. Which means there will be 2 copies out there in that there far future galaxy. Will Nicole Kimberling’s recipe blow them away? Fiction by Danielle Mayabb or James Warner? Could be.
LCRW #35: 11 stories, 4 poems, a column. A zine. An occasional outburst.
Deadly serious about great weird literature and democracy.
History is written by the people who write.
These are not usual days.
These are not the usual times.
This is a time of grief.
This is a time of gloominess.
This is a time of anger.
This is a time of witnessing.
This is a time to stand up and be counted.
We will support the ACLU.
We will fight for equality, inclusiveness, for health care.
We will fight racism, misogyny, hatred, and intolerance.
We will write the history of our times together.
Gavin J. Grant
Table of Contents
Danielle Mayabb, “People Are Fragile Things You Should Know By Now”
James Warner, “The History of Harrabash”
Clinton Lawrence, “The Peach Orchard”
Kate Story, “The Ghost of the Cherry Blossom”
Jessy Randall, “Anonymized Orgies, Inc.”
Andrew Ervin, “Presently Engulfing the Mid-Atlantic States”
Jack Larsen, “The Equipoise with Lentils”
Diana M. Chien, “Maria Taglioni and the Highwayman”
S. E. Clark, “Genius Loci”
Henry Wessells, “Extended Range; or, The Accession Label”
Emily Jace McLaughlin, “Above the Line”
Nicole Kimberling, “Holiday Treats: Believe the Dream”
Catherine Fletcher, “Four Poems from Spook Speak, A Tale of Espionage”
Aatmaja Pandya, “A Wizard of Earthsea”
About the Authors
Diana M. Chien is a writer, scientist, and illustrator. Her poetry has appeared in journals including Tin House and Boulevard; this is her first published story. She holds a PhD in Microbiology from MIT, where she teaches and manages a science communication program.
S. E. Clark is a proud graduate of Lesley University’s Creative Writing MFA program. Her work has appeared in Rose Red Review, GeekForceFive, and the Drum Magazine. She lives in a small town outside of Boston, Massachusetts, where she collects local folklore and forages through old cemeteries for names.
Andrew Ervin is the author of the novel Burning Down George Orwell’s House and a collection of novellas, Extraordinary Renditions. His nonfiction Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed our World is forthcoming. He lives in Philadelphia.
Catherine Fletcher is a writer and artist based in New York City. Her poetry has appeared in The Offing, Poetry Wales, Bird’s Thumb, and New Contrast, among other publications, and she has performed at venues in the United States, Mexico, and India. She is an editor for Rattapallax magazine, a 2016 New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Su-Casa Artist-in-Residence, and a 2016-17 TWP Science and Religion Fellow.
Nicole Kimberling lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her wife, Dawn Kimberling. She is a professional cook and amateur life coach. Her first novel, Turnskin, won the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. She is also the author of the Bellingham Mystery Series.
Jack Larsen is a writer and student living in Wellington, New Zealand. At last count his cupboard contained fifty-one kinds of tea. This is his first story in print.
Clinton Lawrence’s fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Lore, and number of small press and electronic publications. For twenty years, he worked as an electrical engineer, designing and testing equipment for the cellular phone industry, but has never owned a cell phone. He now teaches high school science. He lives in Davis, California.
Danielle Mayabb is a web developer who lives in Reno, Nevada with her wife, four cats, and a rabbit. She spends her spare time on assorted geekery, reading, writing, and looking in dark corners for magical creatures. This is her first story in print.
Emily Jace McLaughlin is a graduate of the Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, where she won seven Hopwood awards for her novel, short stories, essays and play. Her short stories have appeared in VICE, Fiction, and Joyland, and she has written for the critically-acclaimed TV show Supernatural. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Michigan.
Aatmaja Pandya is a cartoonist and illustrator from New York. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2014 with a BFA Illustration degree. Her current project is Travelogue, a fantasy “diary” comic with a focus on worldbuilding. She likes drawing comics about wizards and video games and surly teens.
Jessy Randall’s stories, poems, and other things have appeared in Asimov’s, Flurb, and McSweeney’s. She has published two stories in LCRW: “You Don’t Even Have a Rabbit” and “The Hedon-Ex Anomaly”. She is a librarian at Colorado College and her website is bit.ly/JessyRandall.
Kate Story is a writer and performer. A Newfoundlander living in Ontario, Canada, her first novel Blasted received the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic’s honourable mention. She is a recipient of the Ontario Arts Foundation’s K. M. Hunter Award for her work in theatre. Recent publications include short stories in Carbide Tipped Pens, Gods, Memes, and Monsters, “Show and Tell” Playground of Lost Toys, Clockwork Canada, and Imaginarium: Best Canadian Speculative Writing 2015. Upcoming publications include Those Who Make Us and The Sum of Us.
Donald Trump lost the popular vote in the recent presidential election in the USA.
James Warner lives in San Francisco. His stories have appeared most recently in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, ZYZZYVA, and Santa Monica Review. He is also the author of the novel All Her Father’s Guns. He is working on more stories set in the world of Harrabash. You can find more information about him at www.jameswarner.net or follow him on Twitter at @jameshjwarner
Henry Wessells is a writer and antiquarian bookseller in New York City. He is author of Another green world and The Private Life of Books, and editor of several volumes by American fantasist Avram Davidson, including El Vilvoy de las Islas, The Wailing of the Gaulish Dead, and, with Grania Davis, The Other Nineteenth Century and Limekiller. His imprint, Temporary Culture, has published works by Michael Swanwick, Ellen Kushner, Don Webb, Gregory Feeley, and Judith Clute. He likes to walk around in the woods and in the dictionary.
Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 35 December 2016. ISSN 1544-7782. Ebook ISBN: 9781618731388. Text: Bodoni Book. Titles: Imprint MT Shadow. LCRW is usually published in June and November by Small Beer Press, 150 Pleasant St., #306, Easthampton, MA 01027 · [email protected] · smallbeerpress.com/lcrw. twitter.com/smallbeerpress · Subscriptions: $20/4 issues (see page 32 of the print edition for options). Please make checks to Small Beer Press. Library & institutional subscriptions are available through EBSCO. LCRW is available as a DRM-free ebook through weightlessbooks.com, &c. Contents © 2016 the authors. All rights reserved. “Extended Range; or, The Accession Label” Henry Wessells © 2015 Temporary Culture. First published with two etchings by Judith Clute on 17 December 2015. Thank you, lovely authors. Submissions, requests for guidelines, & all good things should be sent to the address above. Printed by quick and accurate people at Paradise Copies (paradisecopies.com), 21 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060. 413-585-0414.