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The Secret of NIMH

(Editors’ Note: This essay is a side-step to Mari Ness’s exquisite Disney Read-Watch series of essays on Don Bluth entered Disney in 1955 with high hopes. As a child, he had been mesmerized by Disney films and shorts, later telling interviewers that he spent hours copying Disney comic books. To his delight, he was […]

Monitoring My Mind: MST3K and Me

(Content note: This essay contains descriptions of child abuse.) Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) was, for those who don’t know, a show that aired in the 80s and 90s. It aired on a lot of different channels: first on local Minneapolis television, then on the Comedy Channel, and when that channel merged with Ha the […]

The First Witch of Damansara

Vivian’s late grandmother was a witch—which is just a way of saying she was a woman of unusual insight. Vivian, in contrast, had a mind like a hi-tech blender. She was sharp and purposeful, but she did not understand magic. This used to be a problem. Magic ran in the family. Even her mother’s second […]

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, Alan J. Zimmerman, Avery Flinders, Bliss Ehrlich, Christian Valencia-Neihart, Claire Rousseau, Dain Unicorn, Daniel Sales, David Mackie, Devin & Stephanie Ganger, Didi Chanoch, Edmund Schweppe, […]

The Uncanny Valley

I love beginnings. I’m writing this editorial on Oregon Street in Urbana, Illinois, in our new house (but in the same squishy leather chair where I wrote my last editorial). This is the street where my journey in publishing began. A few blocks west is a nearly unchanged Espresso Royale coffeehouse. Twenty-five years ago, you […]

Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 18B

Welcome to Episode 18B of the 2016 Hugo Award-winning, 2017 Hugo Award-winning, & 2016 Parsec Award-winning Uncanny Magazine Podcast! In Episode 18B you will hear: Editors’ Introduction: Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas Short Story: Down and Out in R’lyeh by Catherynne M. Valente, as read by Heath Miller Poem: A Lovesong From Frankenstein’s Monster by Ali Trotta, as read by Amal […]

Down and Out in R’lyeh

In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu farts in his sleep. If you’re dank like me, you gibber up the Old Fuck’s brainspout, crouch in there full gargoyle on his raggedy roof, wrap your gash around the slime-lung chimney, and huff that vast and loathsome shit like the space-curdled milk of your mama’s million terror-tits. […]

Changeable Skins, Consummate Catchphrases

I usually find outrage columns super easy to write, and as an older woman who didn’t start writing in speculative fiction until 50, I have a deep well of indignities to draw upon. Did I recently read a review that “unrecommended” a book because the older characters in it dared *shudder* to have sex? Check. Have […]

Resistance 101: Basics of Community Organizing for SF/F Creators and Consumers— Volume Four: “Don’t Let Him Catch You With Your Work Undone”—Activism for the Long Haul

My so-called qualifications: I’ve been a community organizer for fifteen years. I’ve helped organize hundreds of direct actions, ranging from tame sidewalk rallies to occupations of government office building lobbies to tent cities on vacant bank-owned properties. I’ve gotten arrested in Central Park at a midnight protest; I’ve been illegally barred from public legislative hearings; […]

Ghost Town

1. October 31, 11:57 p.m. McKenzie shows up at the Spruce Street Guest House a few minutes before midnight, dressed all in black as if she’s some kind of ninja. She’s even got a black stocking cap pulled over her blond hair, which is sticking out from the bottom in a luminous sheet and ruining […]