Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 42

August 2020

November 17, 2020. 60 pages. Ebook ISBN: 9781618731791

LCRW 42. After all this time, here’s the answer?

Or: a fabulous and topical new novella from Sarah Langan with a few more delights added.

This is the latest issue of our twice-annual zine — 25% of subscribers (not too many in warmer climes) choose the chocolate version — in which we have fictions, poetries, a cooking column (extra useful in these times), and sometimes a few odd other things.



Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet has been one of my favorite magazines for a long time, always publishing work unlike anything you’ll read else­where. The November issue is largely given over to a novella from Sarah Langan, ‘You Have the Prettiest Mask’. . . . sometimes horrific, sometimes traditional YA, and in the end striking and moving. This issue also has a fine piece from Stewart Moore, ‘Madeline’s Wings’. . . . Another unexpectedly charming piece is ‘Bright and Shabby Buses’, by Jack Larsen.”
— Rich Horton, Locus

“Sarah Langan’s novella ‘You Have the Perfect Mask’ in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #42 is a showstopper. Set among the elite of a near-future New York City, it’s both a thoughtful tale of conscience and an examina­tion of the sociocultural world of 12-year-old/turning-13 girls. Mean Girls meets Socrates, but so much more. The latest pandemic, the Y-Plague, has gruesomely killed 20 million worldwide. Both women of childbearing age and men contract the disease, but only men die from it. The virus is now mostly controlled, but only by various levels (depending on national custom, convention, and, subsequently, law) of female containment. It is now the law – and a celebrated part of popular culture – in the US for girls age 13 and above to wear face masks, even though pubescent girls have been proven to not be carriers. Three girls resolve to resist. That description doesn’t do justice to a nuanced story that is as immersively entertaining as it is reflective. In other words: you have to read it.
“Of the four remaining stories in LCRW, ‘Mad­eline’s Wings’ by Stewart Moore should also be noted. Madeline makes wings. Gregory, an old man, commissions her to fabricate some very special dragon wings. He repays her in coin of the realm and in a much more wondrous way. It’s a delightful little tale.” — Paula Guran, Locus

“Read it slowly and savor the language.” — Sam Tamaino, SF Revu

Table of Contents


Sarah Langan, “You Have the Prettiest Mask” [read an excerpt on Lit Hub]
Vandana Singh, “Sticky Man”
Stewart Moore, “Madeline’s Wings”
Jack Larsen, “Bright and Shabby Buses”
Kristin Yuan Roybal, “Separation Theory”


Holly Day, Two Poems


Nicole Kimberling, Cooking Column: “The Stories We Tell”

Made by

Gavin J. Grant
& Kelly Link
Proofreader: Franchesca Viaud


Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet issue number 42, September 2020. ISSN 1544-7782. Ebook ISBN: 9781618731791. 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] · · Printed at Paradise Copies ( · 413-585-0414). Subscriptions: $20/4 issues (see page 43 of this issue — or go here — 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, &c. Contents © 2020 the authors. All rights reserved. Cover illustration “Janus-headed bottle,” ca. 1760, Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory, Gold Anchor Period, 1759–69, ( Thank you authors, artists, and readers. In reasons to celebrate an LCRW story will be reprinted in Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2020 Edition; Sarah Pinsker’s collection Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea: Stories is a World Fantasy Award finalist. Please send submissions (we are always especially seeking weird and interesting work from women writers and writers of color), guideline requests, &c. to the address above. No Justice: No Peace.

About these Authors

Joe Biden is the President Elect of the USA. What a relief to have a competent person in this office. Inevitably he will disappoint and make mistakes but I don’t expect him to be corrupt and live a life of daily lies.

Holly Day’s newest poetry collections are A Perfect Day for Semaphore (Finishing Line Press), In This Place, She Is Her Own (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press), A Wall to Protect Your Eyes (Pski’s Porch Publishing), I’m in a Place Where Reason Went Missing (Main Street Rag Publishing Co.), The Yellow Dot of a Daisy (Alien Buddha Press), Folios of Dried Flowers and Pressed Birds (, and Where We Went Wrong (Clare Songbirds Publishing).

Kamala Harris is the Vice President Elect of the USA and the present and future face of the country. What a contrast to the disastrous Pence.

Nicole Kimberling is a writer, creator of the “Lauren Proves Magic is Real!” audio drama podcast and the editor of Blind Eye Books. Her first publication was in the Letters to the Editor section of the Rocky Mountain News. Her first play was staged in a barn by the members of a 4-H Club. She once won the Lambda Literary Award. Her younger sister was born while she attending her sixth birthday party, which was hosted at Shakey’s Pizza by her Aunt Lynette because her mom couldn’t be there.

Sarah Langan holds an MS in Environmental Toxicology from NYU and an MFA from Columbia University, and is a three-time recipient of the Bram Stoker Award. She’s the author of three previous novels, including The Keeper, a New York Times Editor’s Pick, and Good Neighbors, forthcoming from Atria in 2021.

Jack Larsen is a writer and student living in Wellington, New Zealand. His short fiction has appeared in a previous issue of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Saint Jerome watches over him, and so do various mammals.

Stewart Moore has published a nonfiction book, Jewish Ethnic Identity and Relations in Hellenistic Egypt (Brill, 2014), and has published short fiction in anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow (The Beastly Bride) and Paula Guran (Halloween), as well as in Mysterion, Diabolical Plots, and Pseudopod (forthcoming). He lives in New Jersey with his wife, daughter, mother-in-law and an odd number of cats.

Kristin Yuan Roybal (she/they) is most likely somewhere along the West Coast where there are redwoods, possibly Northern California or Oregon. Their work has been featured in places such as Mojo, M-BRANE SF, Subtopian Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail, Jersey Devil Press, and The Gateway Review, and their debut novel, The Rise of Saint Fox and The Independence, was released in 2018 by Unsolicited Press under the pen name Corin Reyburn. They earned an MFA from Oregon State University, during which they were fiction editor of 45th Parallel magazine from 2019-20. Kristin co-produces the speculative fiction podcast SubverCity Transmit. She enjoys transmuting cosmic energy and the use of unconventional instruments in rock n’ roll music, and of course owns a cat—a chubby Siamese named Isis.

Vandana Singh was born and raised mostly in New Delhi, India and currently lives in the United States near Boston, where she professes physics and writes. Her short stories have appeared in numerous venues and several Best of Year anthologies including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy and she is a recipient of the Carl Brandon Parallax award. She is the author of the ALA Notable book Younguncle Comes to Town and the short story collections The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories and Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories.