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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 […]

Midnight Hour

The Nameless Queen sipped her port, rolling the blood–dark liquid in her mouth. The night’s rain pattered against the tall leaded glass windows of her sitting room in a gentle susurration. On the mantel, the clock ticked four minutes until midnight. The door burst open, bouncing against the paneled wall. “… must be planted in […]

Woman at Exhibition

Because it was the only decoration on the cracked white walls of the apartment, Estelle found herself gazing for the fiftieth time at the faded print of Nighthawks that had survived Luke’s college years with its corners thumbtacked to lace. Her attention drifted from the counterboy’s white cap and shoulders to the gleaming coffee urns […]

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 Rainbow Flame

For C. S. E. Cooney, whetstone Wiping sweat from her forehead before it could spill into her eyes, Rupali stirred a large iron cauldron over a searing fire. Swirls of silver, shards of sky, and the thorny notes of a forgotten folk melody all danced through the boiling beeswax. It was different every time, like […]

Writing Queerly: Three Snapshots

As part of Uncanny Magazine’s Kickstarter campaign, I offered to blog about the subject of a contributor’s choice. D Franklin took me up on it and asked for an essay on the topic of “writing queerly.” In response, I’ve taken three snapshots of works that approach the idea of writing queerly in different ways. I […]

Three Voices

Andre Irving was pissed off about going to the Adams Ave Street Fair. Bethanny tricked him by saying they were only having espresso at Lestat’s Coffee shop to talk. He wanted to discuss their off–again–on–again–now off again relationship. He was trying to turn it back on. Bethanny wasn’t trying to hear him on it. Once […]

I Don’t Care About Your MFA: On Writing vs. Storytelling

In the eighth grade, I was awarded the Excellence in Language Arts Award from my English teacher at our tiny school assembly. This was not entirely unexpected—I not only wrote novels and short stories that I regularly shared with friends, but also got into a bit of trouble publishing The Gossip Grappler, a newsletter that […]

Young Woman in a Garden

Beauvoisin (1839–1898) Edouard Beauvoisin was expected to follow in the footsteps of his father, a provincial doctor. When he demonstrated a talent for drawing, however, his mother saw to it that he was provided with formal training. In 1856, Beauvoisin went to Paris, where he worked at the Académie Suisse and associated with the young […]

In Libres

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ―Jorge Luis Borges Euclavia glared down at the sweaty slip of paper crumpled in her left fist. She had managed to shut the door of her tutor’s office quietly behind her, managed to walk with soft steps all the way down the hall […]