Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 39

Fiction, poetry, a little nonfiction (including a lovely recipe for pickled kumquats), and an absurd amount of hope and despair.

This is the issue in which we promised your neighbor’s secrets would be exposed. Your secrets too. The secrets, they have been exposed. Check CNN or your news purveyor of choice right now. Or look under that thing at the back of your fridge. The list of neighborhood secrets should be there on a very small piece of paper we are proud to have folded 12 times. Some people find the 9th through 12th folds difficult, but these wristlets, they really make the difference.


". . . there is some fine work here. 'The Dynastic Arrangements of the Habsburgs, Washakie Branch' by Felix Kent is a really odd story set in hotel in which a number of (apparently) cloned samples of European royalty stay, for the entertainment of the paying guests. That doesn’t seem to be a smashing success financially, and it’s a pain for the narrator, who has to keep the Habsburgs and Hohenzollerns from causing too much trouble, and then deal with some guests who turn out to be plotting something awful . . . and who has her own personal past driving her. . . . but it’s quite original, and generally entertaining. There’s also a very short, quite effective, charming story by Eric Darby, 'The Parking Witch', about, well, a witch who can fix your parking problems." — Rich Horton, Locus

Table of Contents


Rosamund Lannin, The Lake House
Eliza Langhans, A Giant’s Heart
D. A. Xiaolin Spires, Fresh and Imminent Taste of Cucumbers
Anthony Ha, Late Train
Chloe N. Clark, Jumpers
Felix Kent, Dynastic Arrangements of the Habsburgs, Washakie Branch 38
Eric Darby, The Parking Witch
Jordan Taylor, Strange Engines
Audrey R. Hollis, How to be Afraid


Nicole Kimberling, Sugar-Salt Time: A Love Story
Gavin J. Grant Possum, Not Playing


A. B. Robinson, The Will and Testament of François Villon
Robert Cooperman As They Row to the Killing Ground, Plaxis Considers His Partner, Meres


Cynthia Yuen Cheng, "Gentrification"


"The execution is deceptively simple, and leaves echoes of myth and mystery and questions about the nature of man. It is an excellent story." — Vernacular Books on Eliza Langhans's story "A Giant’s Heart"


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About these Authors

Cynthia Yuan Cheng is a freelance cartoonist based in Los Angeles, CA. She strives to share hope and warmth through her illustrations and comics as she explores relationships, identity, and personal experience.

Chloe N. Clark’s work has appeared in Apex, Booth, Little Fiction, Uncanny, and more. She teaches multimodal communication, writes for Nerds of a Feather, and co-edits Cotton Xenomorph. Her chapbook The Science of Unvanishing Objects is available from Finishing Line Press and she can be found on Twitter @PintsNCupcakes.

Robert Cooperman’s latest collection is Draft Board Blues and his next, That Summer, is forthcoming. Cooperman won the Colorado Book Award for Poetry with In the Colorado Gold Fever Mountains. His work has appeared in The Sewanee Review, North American Review, and California Quarterly.

Eric Darby earned engineering degrees from the University of Detroit-Mercy and an MFA from Syracuse University. His writing has appeared in Sentence, Mid-American Review, and several spoken word anthologies. He is currently parked in San Francisco.

Anthony Ha writes about media and technology for the news site TechCrunch. Love Songs for Monsters, a chapbook of his short stories, was published by Youth in Decline in 2014. He lives in Brooklyn.

Audrey R. Hollis, 2018 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, is an MFA candidate at Purdue University. Her fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, the Los Angeles Review, and Daily Science Fiction, among other places. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @audreyrhollis.

Felix Kent lives in Northern California.

Nicole Kimberling lives in Washington state and is the publisher of Blind Eye Books. Her books include Lambda Literary Award winner
Turnskin. Her column has been running in LCRW since issue no. 27.

Eliza Langhans is a librarian and writer who lives in Western Massachusetts with her family.

The product of nine years in San Francisco and eight years in St. Paul, Rosamund Lannin has been reading and writing in Chicago for over a decade. These days, you can find her @rosamund most places on the Internet, co-hosting lady live lit show Miss Spoken, or in spirit anywhere magic and reality hold hands.

A. B. Robinson’s enthusiasms are for revolution and poetry, in that order. Their screaming Freudian id is François Villon, who also happens to be a French poet, thief, murderer, exile, grad student and miscreant, born on the day Jeanne d’Arc burned at the cross. A. B. Robinson’s life has not been nearly so exciting as Villon’s. Yet. They live in Holyoke with their dog. D. A. Xiaolin Spires steps into portals and reappears in sites such as Hawai’i, NY, various parts of Asia and elsewhere, with her keyboard appendage attached. Her work appears or is forthcoming in publications such as Clarkesworld, Analog, Strange Horizons, Nature, Terraform, Grievous Angel, Fireside, Galaxy’s Edge, StarShipSofa, Andromeda Spaceways (Year’s Best Issue), Diabolical Plots, Factor Four, Shoreline of Infinity, LONTAR, Mithila Review, Star*Line, Polu Texni, Eye to the Telescope, and numerous anthologies. Her stories are available or forthcoming in German, Vietnamese or Estonian translation. She can be found on Twitter: @spireswriter and on her website: Jordan Taylor has driven across the US three times, and lived in four different cities in as many years. She currently resides in Seattle, WA with her husband, their corgi, and too many books for one small apartment. Her short fiction has recently appeared in On Spec and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. You can follow her online at, or on Twitter @JordanRTaylor13.

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