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Uncanny Issue 2 Cover & Table of Contents!

Coming January 6, THE SECOND ISSUE OF UNCANNY!!! All of the content will be available in the eBook version on the day of release. The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on February 3. Don’t forget that eBook Subscriptions to Uncanny Magazine are available on Weightless […]

The Wishing Pool

Joy nearly got lost on the root-knotted red dirt path off of Highway 99, losing sight of the gaps between the live oaks and Spanish moss that fanned across her hood and windows like fingertips. Driving back to her family’s cabin twenty years later reminded her that the woods had rarely been restful for her. […]

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 RECRUITS Katie Sinkoski, Jennifer Hisrich, Jenny Barber, ml cohen, Danielle, a pair of enchanted gloves, Mr. Robin White, Andrew Gregg, Nadine Noll, Amit Gupta, Anitra Heiberg Lykke, […]

Diamond Cuts

The stars were diamond-hard. I reached up and plucked one from the sky. It spat white-hot sparks against my fingertips. I placed it in my mouth and scraped my tongue against its burning edges—it rattled against my teeth. I tasted ozone, iron, blood. I bit down. As it broke, it thrummed both its agony and […]

Heart Shine

For Anna-Marie McLemore, a true lantern heart   June in Buffalo was Komal’s favorite time, particularly early June after twilight. The gloaming, she’d read once, a fancy word for the mysterious time when day merged with night. That was when the fireflies came out. Late one such evening when she was thirteen, she sneaked downstairs, […]

Interview: Shveta Thakrar

Shveta Thakrar is a part-time nagini and full-time believer in magic. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies including Enchanted Living, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, and Toil & Trouble. Her debut young adult fantasy novel, Star Daughter, is a finalist for the 2021 Andre Norton Nebula Award. When not spinning […]

The Hungry Ones

Content Note: Violence Against Women and Misogynistic Slurs   The Shadow-moon was full and dark and eating a black crescent into the face of the Sun on the day Aey sought the Hungry Ones. It was mid-afternoon when he left his faithless wife tending her hives and stole away towards town, a basket of Elle’s […]

More Than Meets the Eye: Transformers as Trans Fantasy

I learned about Transformers from my sister in sixth grade. Her English class had watched part of the first live-action movie, and she identified, correctly, that I would love it. I remember sitting across from her at the kitchen table and demanding for the umpteenth time she describe each robot again: what they looked like, […]

River, Clap Your Hands

Night All night long, the weary sound of water dripped from the roof into the bucket below, eroding her dreams. Ava woke from a sleep which bore her like an ocean, her mind still filled with the raindrop drum. The moon had veiled its face so that the stars could not see her cry. She […]

Thirteen of the Secrets in My Purse

One: My lipstick. The shade is Heart’s Blood. Morbid, if you ask me. I wanted to know if it was really the color of heart’s blood so I bought beef heart and tried dabbing my lips. Close enough. I emailed to congratulate the lipstick company on their realism. They did not respond. Two: My wallet. […]