Joanna Koch

Author Joanna Koch writes literary horror and surrealist trash. She’s an artist, counselor, and a fan of folklore, fairy tales, and anthropology, all of which inform her work. Her short stories have been published in journals and anthologies, both in print and online.

Joanna holds an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University where she participated in the last continuous Maitri Space Awareness program, and studied sanity and mental illness within the context of a therapeutic community. She failed to bond with her meditation instructor until they ran away from the isolated Rocky Mountain retreat center and rented a VHS of The Evil Dead to show the rest of the class. Reactions were mixed.

Joanna practiced as a women’s advocate for sixteen years in metro Detroit, where she still lives, writes and works. In the near or distant future, she may or may not finish writing Flesheaters Anonymous, a novel about a twelve step group for recovering zombies.


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

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

The Girl Who Shouldn’t Have Been in Pins & Needles, Volume 1

Hey There, Dollface in The Sirens Call, Issue 41

Sleepwatch in Coffin Bell 2.2

Tathagata in Crystal Lake’s August flash contest


Print Anthologies and Journals

Iron Henry in the anthology “Fable” from Iron Faerie Press – Why do men get turned into frogs? What do you lose and who gets left behind when other people live 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 intertwine.

Every Lucky Penny is Another Drop of Blood in “In Darkness Delight: Masters of Midnight” –  Cinderella gets an extreme makeover. There are no rats in a salt mine.

Paradisum Voluptatis in “Honey and Sulphur” – An ekphrasis after Hieronymus Bosch, a hallucinatory triptych, a simultaneous stage: the disease of life demands the stars.

The Object Of Your Desire Comes Closer in “Synth #1: An Anthology of Dark SF” – Did the gods of earth follow us into the void, or die with our planet?

Offerings in “Doorbells at Dusk” – Blaine’s wary about her new neighborhood this Halloween, especially those odd children and their creepy caregiver.

Silap Inua in “In The Air” – A searching tale.

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

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

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

Alt.Death in “Trump, Utopia or Dystopia?” – Always trust the autocrat to uphold family values and keep your best interests at heart.


They’re coming to get you, Barbara! (Coming Soon)

The Couvade a short novel about love, shame, and family secrets.

The Revenge of Madeline Usher in the anthology “Not All Monsters” from Strangehouse Books

The Anatomical Christ in the anthology “Blasphemous Rumors” from Necro Publications

Simeon And Me in the anthology “Not Just A Pretty Face” from Dead Light Publishing

Bloodbath Academy in Hello Horror Lit online

Murder Pop-Up in the anthology “Unsplatterpunk! 3” from Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction

When Mona Lisa Speaks in the journal Blood Tree Literature

For The Angels, Unseen in the anthology Shopping List 4 from Hellbound Books

Ugly Sister in the anthology “Putrescent Poems” from Forty-Two Books

Flutter in the anthology Death and Butterflies