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An Ocean the Color of Bruises

The budget hotel is empty and desolate, the lady behind the check–in counter drained of color. Her eyes are wide and fraught as she looks over our reservation form. “Two bedrooms with double beds?” We nod. Rich passes her his credit card. “Five keys?” We nod again. She hands the keys to Rich with a […]

Snow Day

22. Tea for Three Published 1934, Harem House Press, 128 pages Gudrun hated her name, her mother, and bad art. She loved her house, a wild turkey called Murray who had decided to live out his sunset years in her garden, and Cold Palace Brand No. 1 Silver Needle Tea, which, by the time the […]

The Words on My Skin

The traits that make me who I am are written on my skin. My biggest words are in my mother’s handwriting—smart, loving, resilient, organized. She wrote them on my back because there’s no way I’ll ever be able to reach that skin myself. Mother’s largest word is considerate, written in her father’s blocky letters, filling […]

A Hundred and Seventy Storms

This is the room where The Snow Like a Dancer dies, year by year and piece by piece. When they wheel in the cradle where she rests, she always thinks—for a bare, suspended moment—that it will be all right, that it will all end well—and then nausea tightens around her, and the white and stark […]

El Cantar of Rising Sun

On the Avenue Count the houses of worship: From Tyson Street to Tabor in Olney, you can walk a straight avenue of redemption, rising with the sun. Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopal, and Evangelical—every people to their house. Only I visit them all, as part of this mester de juglaría, this cycle of irregular meter and […]

Thank You, Patreon Supporters!

Uncanny Magazine would like to thank the following people for supporting us on Patreon. This magazine would not be possible without their support. Space Unicorn Ranger Corps COMMANDERS Adam Leff, Bliss Ehrlich, Dain Unicorn, Daniel Sales, David Mackie, Didi Chanoch, Hisham El–Far, Jayme Lundeen, Stanley Cupcake Space Unicorn Ranger Corps LIEUTENANTS Ai Lake, Amy, Besha […]

The Uncanny Valley

AIEE!! WHAT IS THAT BRIGHT HOT THING IN THE SKY!!! ARE WE ALL DOOMED?!?! Wait, no. It is finally summer in the Midwest! Flowers are blooming and allergies are trying to kill us! Our seven days of Illinois spring are over, bringing the heat, humidity, and mosquito swarms! So let’s stay inside and make a […]

Travels with the Snow Queen

Part of you is always traveling faster, always traveling ahead. Even when you are moving, it is never fast enough to satisfy that part of you. You enter the walls of the city early in the evening, when the cobblestones are a mottled pink with reflected light, and cold beneath the slap of your bare, […]

Interview: Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong is an exciting writer who burst onto the scene in 2014 with “The Fisher Queen,” a story that was nominated for the Nebula, Shirley Jackson, and World Fantasy Awards. Since then, her short fiction continues to captivate and challenge readers. She dances between fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and isn’t afraid to mix […]

The Drowning Line

To Anna–Maria, my roots, my strength It’s the satellite phone duct–taped around my left bicep that wakes me up. Not the late October noises in the deep night, nor the ice–cold water that cleaves my body in half at the abdomen. It’s the desperate ringing, muted under layers of plastic to keep it dry, and […]