My short story “Gisla and the Three Favours” is now out in issue #43 of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (available in print and e-formats).
The story is about promises and gambles and memorable dresses. It began as a landscape illustration experiment for Light Grey Art Lab, and then turned back into a fairy tale (for clarity: this story is not illustrated in the magazine!).
As Gisla’s mother lay dying, she called her daughter to her.
“When you were only a hope and a happiness, Gisla, I begged three favours of three ladies. I have not lived to repay them. This you must do for me, else when I die, Gisla, my soul will fly up out of my body, as all souls do, and it will beat against the windows of heaven, but it will not get in…”
Here is the full table of contents of the issue, which is available from Small Beer Press:
- Alisa Alering, “The Night Farmers’ Museum”
- Erica Clashe, “The Shine of Green Floors”
- Leah Bobet, “The Mysteries”
- Joanne Rixon, “Wires from the Same Spool”
- Quinn Ramsay , “The House of the Gutter-Prince”
- Jim Marino, “Acting Tips for Remaining Unknown”
- Zack Moss, “If You Had Been Me Then What Would I Have Been?”
- Kathleen Jennings, “Gisla and the Three Favours”
- Gillian Daniels, “King Moon’s Tithe to Hell”
- Anne Sheldon, “Three Poems”
- Jessy Randall, “Four Poems”
- Ayşe Papatya Bucak, “Half-Papatya”
- Nicole Kimberling, “Time Travel Self-Care System”
- Catherine Byun, Cover & Interior Monkeys