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Last Gasp

No. 13
November 2003

Gavin J. Grant. Cake is love.
Kelly Link. Cake is cake.
Diane Kelly, Vanessa Scott. Interns is interns.

Contents

Fiction

LCRW 13David J. Schwartz -- The Ichthymancer Writes His Friend with an Account of the Yeti's Birthday Party
Eliot Fintushel -- Kukla Boogie Moon
Leslie What -- The Changeling
Richard Polney -- The Faith of Metal in Ghosts
M. Thomas -- The Poor Man's Wife
Tim Pratt -- Rowboats, Sacks of Gold
E.L. Chen -- White Rabbit Triptych
Philip Brewer -- Salesman
F. Brett Cox -- Legacy
Veronica Schanoes -- Serpents
Karina Sumner-Smith -- A Last Taste of Sweetness
Hannah Bowen -- Pinned
Sarah Monette -- Sidhe Tigers
Geoffrey H. Goodwin -- The Magnificent Dachshund
K.Z. Perry -- Mama's Special Rice Tin
Spencer Keralis -- The Meat and the Mushrooms

Nonfiction

Gavin J. Grant -- Home and Security
-- Zine Reviews
Gwenda Bond -- Dear Aunt Gwenda
Lucy Snyder -- The Guest Film Column: The Salton Sea

Poetics

Mario Milosevic -- Lunar Fate
Jason Stewart -- The Greebles
David Blair -- Four Poems

Art

Mieke Zuiderweg -- Anticipation (Cover)
James Campbell -- Untitled

Contributors

David Blair's poems have appeared in AGNI, The Greensboro Review, International Poetry Review, and Chicago Review.

Gwenda Bond is not a senior administration official.She writes screenplays and fiction, usually in the environs of lovely downtown Lexington, Kentucky, though not usually set there. Her scripts have placed in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and Austin Heart of Screenwriting competitions, and her fiction has been published in The Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives and ...is this a cat? She co-edits the magazine Say... with writer Christopher Rowe.

Hannah Wolf Bowen is a Philosophy major, an assistant editor for the Fortean Bureau, and the person of an ungrateful (yet adorable) horse and a neurotic (yet adorable) dog. Some of her stories have found homes. Others have not. These things happen.

Philip Brewer has a day job as a software engineer, but his work is writing science fiction and fantasy stories. He speaks Esperanto and uses it to communicate with people all over the world. He graduated from Clarion in 2001.

James Campbell writes and draws somewhere to the west of this magazine.

E.L. Chen works hard for the money, so you'd better treat her right. She has been previously published in On Spec and Challenging Destiny. Everything else that she doesn't mind you knowing can be found here.

F. Brett Cox's fiction has been published Century, Black Gate, The North Carolina Literary Review, Indigenous Fiction, Carriage House Review, Say..., and elsewhere. His essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The New England Quarterly, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Paradoxa, Science Fiction Studies, Locus Online, The Robert Frost Encyclopedia, and Science Fiction Weekly. He is co-editor, with Andy Duncan, of Crossroads: Southern Stories of the Fantastic (Tor, 2004). Brett has served as a juror for the Theodore Sturgeon Award and as a member of the advisory board for the current edition of Contemporary Novelists. He holds an M.A. in English with emphasis in creative writing from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in English with emphasis in American literature from Duke University. A native of North Carolina, Brett is Assistant Professor of English at Norwich University in Northfield,Vermont. He lives in Northfield with his wife, the playwright Jeanne Beckwith.

Eliot Fintushel is an itinerant showman now living in Santa Rosa, CA, hard by the fairgrounds and between the transmission shops and the horse stalls. He has written many stories, mostly published in Asimov's. His work has been nominated for the Nebula and Sturgeon Awards. He has twice received the NEA Solo Performer Award. His current touring show, employing masks and ancient music in the original tongues, is Apocalypse, a solo performance comprising the entire Book of Revelation word for word in the translation commissioned by King James in 1611!

Geoffrey Goodwin is a generous man who works in a bookshop outside Boston, MA. This is his second story for LCRW. He is not worried by this.

Amy Hannum is an interior designer based in New London, CT. She is the subject and the artist of the cover photo, "Anticipation," by Mieke Zuiderweg.

Spencer Keralis grew up in Wyoming but now lives in Minneapolis, which is colder. His written work has appeared in The Dry Crik Review of Contemporary Cowboy Poetry, The Owen Wister Review, stet Magazine, and The Plastic Tower, among others. In another life he co-authored a textbook on Asynchronous Transfer Mode circuits now in use at a major telecommunications corporation, but that's a long story and really not very interesting. (Also: see Zine Reviews.)

Mario Milosevic's poems and stories have appeared in dozens of magazines and in the anthology Poets Against the War. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, novelist Kim Antieau.

Sarah Monette collects ghosts in books, pressing them between the leaves like dried flowers. She has sold stories to LCRW, Alchemy, Tales of the Unanticipated, All Hallows, and Lovecraft's Weird Mysteries. Her story "Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland," from LCRW 11, won the 2003 Gaylactic Spectrum Award.

K.Z. Perry's stories have recently appeared in MOTA 3: Courage, Talebones, Book of More Flesh, The Urban Bizarre, and Problem Child. She lives in New York.

Rick Polney is an adjunct professor of English and Humanities, a former Army officer, a sometimes performance artist, and an unrepentant risk-taker. He is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction Writing Workshop and studied writing under Chip Delany at Temple University. He has been published in TurboCharged Fortune Cookie and Schuylkill.

Tim Pratt lives in Oakland, California, where he works as an assistant editor for Locus magazine. His stories have appeared in Realms of Fantasy, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Strange Horizons, and other nice places, and he has work upcoming in The Third Alternative and The Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives. His first collection, Little Gods, was published by Prime Books in September 2003. With his fiancee Heather Shaw he co-edits a zine called Flytrap.

Veronica Schanoes is from New York City. She won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Prize from the Academy of American Poets. This is her first non-academic publication. She's very, very pleased.

David J. Schwartz is the reincarnation of a famous dancing bear who once entertained thousands of Bolivian mine workers. He is indigenous to the Midwestern United States, and traces of his spoor have appeared in On Spec and Flashquake.org. He is a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop and prefers tea, thank you. He keeps a reading journal and he would be humbly pleased if you would read it.

Lucy A. Snyder lives in Columbus, OH. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Chiaroscuro, Snow Monkey, Strange Horizons, The Midnighters' Club and Cumberland House's Guardian Angels anthology. More information about her can be found here.

Jason Stewart lives between the toes of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. With his two cats, he watches a tiny door in his living room which he has never opened, for fear of finding greebles. When he's not consumed by these fears, he spends his time at Colorado University where he works in the library and is finishing his BA in English. His work has appeared in Almagre, Riverrun, and BLAH.

Karina Sumner-Smith is a student, a writer, a Clarion grad and an adventure racing fanatic. She listens to others' conversations on the bus without hesitation or regret, worries over pennies and scribbles stories on the back of in-class handouts. She is irritated that she must wear her glasses to read signs at distances or distinguish the faces of friends from strangers in a faraway crowd; is it too much to ask to retain one's vision at the age of 22? She lives in Toronto.

M. Thomas is a writer and teacher in Austin, Texas. She is a short story editor and contributor for the ezine Deep Magic. Her fiction has previously appeared in Deep Magic, Abyss & Apex, and Strange Horizons. She dabbles in magic realism, humor, and young adult fantasy. She maintains a website for writers, and welcomes your visit.

Leslie What is a Jell-O artist and writer from Oregon. Her writing has won awards for drama, nonfiction, and fiction, including a Nebula Award for short story. Her comic novel Olympic Games will be published in 2004. Bigger Better Bio.

Mieke M. Zuiderweg is a photojournalist in Western Massachusetts who is trying to work up the courage to walk away from taking pictures of angry mourners and burning buildings to pursue a career soley based on her photo illustrations and picture experiments. She resides in Northampton but is originally from the Netherlands. Hence the unpronounceable name. "Anticipation" is a photograph of the work of interior designer Amy Hannum.

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