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The Sisters’ Line

My sister is posting me a train, piece by piece. She hides minute cogs in the adhesive between stamp and envelope; she traps switches in the envelope’s seal. Every letter is a game, a puzzle, a thing to be dissected. I spend hours unfolding and refolding the letters and the little origami cranes she slips […]

And Never Mind the Watching Ones

Aaron He is lying on the splintered, faded–gray wood of the dock, the fingers of one hand dangling in the slough and glitter frogs in his hair. His breath catches and he cups the back of Christian’s head. An airplane is flying far, far overhead. It sounds like the purring exhale of the frogs. Aaron […]

Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters

The days which bracketed hurricanes were painful in their clarity. Sharp–edged clouds, blue sky hard as a cop’s eyes, air so clear that every sound ground at the ear. If a person held still enough he would feel the slow, unreal descent as all the air for miles around scrape–slip–slid downhill into the whirlpool maw […]

A Riddler at Market

For Delia and Ellen You’ll know me by my walk between the market stalls, by my shambling gait and by my fur–gown of rust embroidered with nettle and seedpods of dandelion, buttoned in sweet clover from the riverbanks. I am a riddler in a pinecone crown, I speak honey, but don’t let the bees buzz […]

Find a Way Home

(Editors’ Note: This is a Middle–Grade story written for children of all ages. If you have come to Uncanny Magazine for the first time to read this story, please note that the rest of the stories, essays, and poems in Uncanny contain very adult elements.) Alan Thompson was used to looking at radar displays. He […]

Thank You, Kickstarter Backers

Uncanny Magazine would like to thank the following people for backing our Kickstarter. This magazine would not be possible without their support. @jwyl, @kcunning, @ofeenah, @solardepths, A. Fitzpatrick, A. M. Colwell, A. Alpert, A. T. Greenblatt, A.A. Lowe, Aaran Moon, Aaron J. Amendola, Aaron Vander Giessen, Abby Kraft, acwise, Adam Israel & Andrea Redman, Adam […]

The Uncanny Magazine Podcast Is a 2015 Parsec Award Finalist

Great news, Space Unicorns! The Uncanny Magazine Podcast is a Finalist for a 2015 Parsec Award in the Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast category! Congratulations to all of the finalists. We especially want to thank our phenomenal podcast staff: Producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky Readers Amal El-Mohtar and C. S. E. Cooney (Plus […]


The first time it happened, I was thirteen. I was in a bar, but not because I wanted to be in a bar. Because my Uncle Louis took us to a fancy restaurant in a fancy hotel that had a fancy bar stuck down in the middle of it like a freaking gauntlet you had […]

A Year and a Day In Old Theradane

1. Wizard Weather It was raining when Amarelle Parathis went out just after sunset to find a drink, and there was strange magic in the rain. It came down in pale lavenders and coppers and reds, soft lines like liquid dusk that turned to luminescent mist on the warm pavement. The air itself felt like […]

Ghost Champagne

1. Comedy You know what I wish? I wish I could just reach into someone’s chest and pull out their beating heart and show it to them, like a movie villain. (And then I would put it back and their chest would seal up and they would be fine. I’m not a monster!) But imagine […]