Something to dive into. Sneaked out into the world in July 2018. New fave stories by new fave writers.
In LCRW 39 your neighbor’s secrets are exposed. Yours too, sorry. Whereas in LCRW 38 it is the pure fictive product poured upon the page, dried in the sun, and brought to you by the lovely people at your local indie bookstore.
A. B. Young’s story “Vain Beasts” is one of 12 winners of the $2,000 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. The prize includes publication in The PEN America Best Debut Short Stories anthology published by Catapult.
“I was very impressed the last time I saw a Joanna Ruocco story in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and her latest such, “Stone, Paper, Stone”, in #38, does not disappoint, either. . . . Also in LCRW is S. Woodson’s first sale, “Lime and the One Human”, and it’s rather a delight. . . .”
— Rich Horton, Locus
“Read it slowly and savor the language. . . . The fiction concludes with “Lime and the One Human” by S. Woodson -+- Lime is a fairy who ruins a plant in the garden of a human named A.E. Erskine so that she could make herself a dress. He captures her and asks her to grant him a wish (mainly to restore the plant). She is defiant at first. But as she gets to know Erskine things change. This was a delightful little ‘fairy story’ which was a lot of fun to read. This is S. Woodson’s first story in print. It’s so good, I will put her on my short list for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer next year.” — SF Revu
Table and Chairs of Contents
Ellen Rhudy, “The Remaining”
James L. Cambias, “René Descartes and the Cross of Blood”
Emily B. Cataneo, “Bears at Parties”
A. B. Young, “Vain Beasts”
Sarah Monette, “The Oracle of Abbey Road (Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night)”
Joanna Ruocco, “Stone, Paper, Stone”
S. Woodson, “Lime and the One Human”
Nicole Kimberling, “Comfort Food”
About the Authors
Neile Graham, “About God(s)(desses), Parts 1 & 2”
Joamette Gill, “Metsona”
This is Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet issue number 38, July 2018. ISSN 1544-7782. Ebook ISBN: 9781618731487. 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 · smallbeerpress @ gmail.com · smallbeerpress.com/lcrw. twitter.com/smallbeerpress · Printed at Paradise Copies (paradisecopies.com · 413-585-0414). Subscriptions: $20/4 issues (see page 45 of the print issue 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.
This issue is the first to be available at Moon Palace Books (3032 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis MN 55406 · moonpalacebooks.com) yay & thanks, mighty indie booksellers!
Contents © 2018 the authors. All rights reserved. Cover illustration “Metsona” © 2018 by Joamette Gill (joamettegil.com). Thank you, generous authors and artists.
In among these dark days we celebrate Juan Martinez’s Best Worst American: Stories winning the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Debut Award for Speculative Fiction. Yay! Also: Jeffrey Ford’s A Natural History of Hell: Stories was a finalist for the Ohioana Award and Sofia Samatar’s Tender: Stories is a finalist for the British Fantasy Award.
Please send submissions (we are always especially seeking weird and interesting work from women and writers of color), guideline requests, &c. to the address above. Peace.
About these Authors
James L. Cambias is a science fiction writer and game designer. Originally from New Orleans, he was educated at the University of Chicago and lives in western Massachusetts. His novels include A Darkling Sea, Corsair, and the forthcoming Arkad’s World. His short stories have appeared in Nature, F&SF, and several anthologies. He is a partner in Zygote Games and his most recent game (for Pinnacle) is Weird War I.
Emily B. Cataneo is a writer and freelance journalist currently based in Raleigh, NC. Her fiction has appeared in magazines such as Nightmare Magazine, The Dark, and Interfictions. She has reported for venues NPR and the Financial Times on three different continents. She is graduate of the Odyssey and Clarion Writers Workshops, and is currently pursuing her MFA at North Carolina State University. She likes hats, crafts, history, and dogs.
Joamette Gil is a queer Afro-Cuban cartoonist best known for her work as P&M Press, publisher of Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology, Power & Magic: Immortal Souls, and Heartwood: Non-binary Tales of Sylvan Fantasy.
Neile Graham has a trophy (which came attached to a World Fantasy Award) for her work writer-wrangling for the Clarion West Writers Workshop. She also has a well-autographed Meritorious 2nd Banana from the Locus Awards. In addition to collecting these objects, she has two new poetry collections coming out in 2019: The Walk She Takes and Cedar and Stone. She is ecstatic about all of these things and delighted to be here in LCRW.
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 Award and she is also the author of the Bellingham Mystery Series.
Sarah Monette and Katherine Addison are the same person. She grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the three secret cities of the Manhattan Project. She has a B.A. from Case Western Reserve and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Despite being summa cum laude, none of her degrees is of the slightest use to her in either her day job or her writing, which she feels is an object lesson for us all. She currently lives near Madison, Wisconsin. Her novels include Melusine, The Virtu, The Mirador, Corambis, and Locus Award winner The Goblin Emperor (published as Katherine Addison). She has two short story collections, The Bone Key and Somewhere Beneath Those Waves, and has co-written three novels and a number of short stories with Elizabeth Bear, the most recent of which is An Apprentice to Elves. Twitter: @pennyvixen; Patreon: pennyvixen
Ellen Rhudy (ellenrhudy.com | @ilifi) lives in Philadelphia, where she works as an instructional designer. If you ever happen to be in Eastern Europe she recommends you visit Mavrovo—it is a town of real charm and not easily forgotten. Her work has previously appeared in LCRW no. 15 and is forthcoming in cream city review.
Joanna Ruocco is the author of several books, including, most recently, Dan, The Week, and Field Glass, written with Joanna Howard. She is an assistant professor in the English Department at Wake Forest University.
S. Woodson lives in Virginia and is a graduate of the Hollins University M.A. in Children’s Literature program. She’s written a handful of Twine games, but this is her first story in print. You can find her on Twitter @Citrushistrix.
A. B. Young learned to tell stories from playing with Barbies. She learned to tell stories well at California College of the Arts. She now teaches kids how to read stories and write essays about them as a high school Media and English teacher. This is her first published story.