“Everything is unheimlich that ought to have remained secret and hidden but has come to light.” Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
THE UNCANNY VALLEY
Francesca Lia Block
When I was born my parents tried to kill me.
They put me in a bucket to see perchance if I would drown.
They put me in a bag and left me out overnight on a hill to see if I would suffocate.
They put me in the fireplace to see if I would burn.
Three times I refused to die. Iggy says I have a lust for life, to quote his nick-namesake, Mr. Pop. He says I must have known I had to survive so I could meet him and we could escape, someday, to the Uncanny Valley.
Because my face looked wizened, wild and pale, my teeth were sharp and my hair grew in robin’s egg blue dread locks, my parents believed I was an old faerie swapped for their perfect human child.Continue reading