The first issue of Uncanny Magazine in 2019 was a bit of a disappointment. When reviewing short fiction I am only going to mention the things I enjoyed, as I don’t think a critical review of a short story is doing anyone any favors, and short fiction is extremely subjective. Nothing was bad, just some things didn’t excite me.
“The Willows” by Delilah S. Dawson – This gothic southern horror story had a fantastic atmosphere that just sucked me right in. A musician couple goes to a southern farm to get away and write their music for their upcoming album. The only problem is that the longer they stay there, the more they are becoming like the deceased owners from 60 years ago.
“Nothing to Fear, Nothing to Fear” by Senna Ahmad – Two Indian Muslim sisters move to the coast near Amelia Earhart’s old home. One of the sisters is very tech savy and is creating her own mysterious device. Their mother is having a hard time being away from India because her own sister is dying. This is a story about belief and family bonds.
“The Duke of Riverside” by Ellen Kushner – Reprint – This reprint of Kushner’s story of how Richard and Alec meet was my favorite story in this issue and also my first run in with Kushner. I definitely want to read more of her work now.
The nonfiction was really good. I especially liked Elsa Sjunneson-Henry’s experience being a deafblind woman, how people treat her, and how she deals with it.