Joanna Koch

Author Joanna Koch writes literary horror and surrealist trash. They/Them/Joe


The Wingspan of Severed Hands – Three Women, One Battle

A world gone mad. Cities abandoned. Dreams invade waking minds. An invisible threat lures those who oppose its otherworldly violence to become acolytes of a nameless cult. As a teenage girl struggles for autonomy, a female weapons director in a secret research facility develops a living neuro-cognitive device that explodes into self-awareness. Discovering their hidden emotional bonds, all three women unveil a common enemy as their dissonant realities intertwine in a cosmic battle across hallucinatory dreamscapes.

Time is the winning predator, and every moment spirals deeper into the heart of the beast.

The Couvade – 2019 Shirley Jackson Award finalist in the best novelette category

Martin’s keeping a dangerous secret from his partner. He’s found love with Jerome, and a life happily estranged from the shape-shifting rituals of his past. But some secrets don’t die without a fight. As the past comes alive and lures him into a trap, Martin must choose whether to become hunter or prey.

Print Anthologies and Journals

The Revenge of Madeline Usher in the anthology “Not All Monsters” from Rooster Republic Press – A Gothic, incestuous tale from the pale lips of Madeline herself. “Madman! I tell you that she now stands without the door!”

Every Lucky Penny is Another Drop of Blood in the anthology “In Darkness Delight: Masters of Midnight” from Corpus Press –  Cinderella gets an extreme makeover, courtesy of the history of Detroit. There are no rats in a salt mine.

Paradisum Voluptatis in the anthology “Honey and Sulphur” from CarrionBlue555 and reprinted in “Year’s Best Hardcore Horror 5: Going Global” – An ekphrasis after Hieronymus Bosch, a hallucinatory triptych, a simultaneous stage: the disease of life demands the stars.

The Anatomical Christ in the anthology “The Big Book of Blasphemy” from Necro Press –  A striptease dance with divinity.

The Object Of Your Desire Comes Closer in “Synth #1: An Anthology of Dark SF” – Did the old gods of earth follow humanity into the void, or did they vanish with the death of the planet?

Offerings in the anthology “Doorbells at Dusk” from Corpus Press – Blaine’s wary about her new neighbors on Halloween, especially those odd children and their creepy caregiver. Candy can’t save her.

Mirror Grimoire in the anthology “Villains” from Iron Faerie Press – Snowie slips through the club like a glass splinter.

Iron Henry in the anthology “Fable” from Iron Faerie Press – Why do men get turned into frogs? Who gets left behind when everyone else lives happily ever after?

Mr. Sandman Scratches The Moon in “Sanitarium Magazine, Issue 2” – Devotion, obsession, and the death-origin stories of the Asian and African continents tie a knot in a lonely heart.

Silap Inua in the anthology “In The Air” from Transmundane Press – A searching tale in honor of snow queens and monstrous daughters.

Her Special Sauce in “FANGS” Aphotic Realm Magazine – Bad taste and get rich quick schemes give birth to a new species. When they’re little they’re cute.

Kiss Me In The Anodyne in “GRUESOME” Aphotic Realm Magazine – Vintage eighties mall horror. Just another punk rock kid battling swamp things at the arcade.

For The Angels, Unseen in the anthology “Shopping List 4” from Hellbound BooksDon’t let the sweet title fool you any more than Mack’s tidy uniform. A nasty bit of work.

The Girl Who Shouldn’t Have Been in the journal Pins & Needles, Volume 1 – (OOP) Red Riding Hood gorges on wolves and stepmothers. Yummy.

Infinite Recursion in the anthology “Game Fiction, Volume One” from Goldshader Press –  Can you kill karma with a double-barrel shotgun and unlock a new past?

Alt.Death in the anthology “Trump, Utopia or Dystopia?” from Dark Helix Press – The eternal autocrat proliferates its power without consent. Get ready for your shitty robot body.

Murder Pop-Up in the anthology “Unsplatterpunk! 3” from Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction – Quit your job, buy a van, get some power tools, and head down to DC with your gal pals to eliminate patriarchal parasites.

Flutter in the anthology “Death and Butterflies” from Suicide House – Beneficial insects help a young couple resolve their infertility problems. This is completely normal.

Ugly Sister in the anthology “Putrescent Poems” from Forty-Two Books – Fairy tale sisters, always chopping of toes.

Simeon and Me in the anthology “Not Just A Pretty Face” from Dead Light Publishing – It’s not really right to call Simeon my demon lover. Let me explain…

Online Fiction

Good Paper in Storgy Magazine

President Marilyn Monroe Devours Her Young winner of New Millennium Writing’s Fear contest

Veils in 101 Fiction, Issue 23: Pictures

Torsion in 101 Fiction, Issue 25: Time Travel

When Mona Lisa Speaks in Blood Tree Literature: Issue 6

Mr. Bones Puzzle Candy in Horror Sleaze Trash

Rogue in Speculative City: Issue 7: Horror

Bluebeard’s Cleanroom in The Sirens Call, The Sixth Annual Women in Horror Month Edition

Pasta Carbonara in Hello Horror Lit Volume 5, Issue 21

A Lady Does Her Job in The Mystery of the Mysterious Hospital That Was Scary

Hey There, Dollface in The Sirens Call, Issue 41

Sleepwatch in Coffin Bell 2.2

Bloodbath Academy in Hello Horror Lit Volume 7, Issue 27

Tathagata in Crystal Lake’s August 2019 flash fiction contest

Spectrophobia in Eldritch Lake: Issue Zero

Guest Posts: Writing About Writing

The Hunt for Transmundane Press

The Secret History of Detroit for Inkheist