Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet – No. 36 – Early Autumn 2017
Edited by Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link
Cover Artist: kAt Philbin
Review by Sam Tomaino
Small Beer Press Magazine (print/digital) ISBN/ITEM#: 1544-7782
Date: 28 October 2017
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Here is the latest issue of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet and again I say it: read it slowly and savor the language. This is issue #36, with eight new stories.
The issue begins with "Children of Air" by Gabriela Santiago. -+- The "you" of this story rides her bicycle up a steep hill in St. Paul to find a fountain and park dedicated to the children of St. Paul. She brings the Children of the Air back home with her for a brief sleepover all the while being given advice by the guardians of the Children. Wonderfully strange.
"The Crane Alphabet" by L.M. Davenport -+- Marin, one of the nuns in a convent is convinced that the new novitiate is going to turn into a bird. But that does not happen. A good short tale.
"The Secret History of the Original Line" by T.L. Rodebaugh -+- Our narrator is part of a survey team in Colonial America charged with determining the border between Virginia and Carolina. They encounter a hermit and his wife who are both naked. The hermit says some strange things that sound to us prophetic. A tragic event results in one of the company being left behind when they travel south. Our narrator finds something disturbing when they return. Well-written. Atmospheric. Sounds like it could have been written hundreds of years ago.
"Evidence of a Storm" by Mollie Chandler -+- Our narrator lives in a second-floor apartment and dreams that it's a ship lost at sea. That dream becomes reality in a very odd way. Another bizarre tale.
"Watching You Without Me" by Todd Summar -+- Sylvia has died leaving behind her little boy, Carter, and her estranged husband, David. She hovers near them seeing them at various times both in the past and future. How can she move on? Another beautifully written, bittersweet tale.
"Cunning" by Laurel Lathrop -+- Marguerite's mother died in childbirth and her father was alone for twelve years. Then, he brings home Yseult whom he saved from drowning. She is actually a witch but she helps Marguerite when she starts to bleed. Then, she helps her in another way. A different kind of fairy tale, but a good one.
"The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future" by Christi Nogle -+- Our narrator is a teenage girl living with her mother in the summer when she turns eighteen. Owen, who is her uncle's stepson, has come to live with them. Over time, they get very close. But Owen fears something and will not leave the house When her mother marries and leaves the house, the story comes to its climax. Good buildup of unease. Nicely written.
"Windhorse" by Zhao Haihong -+- Our narrator is a woman, mourning a lover who died. She has journeyed to a Tibetan city in Sichuan province. She seeks out a temple and in tribute to the God of the Mountains has released paper images of the Windhorse, a local mascot of blessing. She receives a great blessing. Beautiful and perfect.
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