Author Joanna Koch (Joe) writes literary horror and surrealist trash. He/They/Joe
Time is the winning predator, and every moment spirals deeper into the heart of the beast.
“I’m awestruck by Joanna Koch’s nonstop spellbinding, almost paralyzingly inventive and yet propulsive, ultra-focused prose. The Wingspan of Severed Hands is a truly amazing find.” — DENNIS COOPER (THE MARBLED SWARM, THE SLUTS)
“Koch’s latest novella is what might have happened if Robert W. Chambers had been a surrealist with a penchant for body horror. A strange trip to Carcosa offered in thickly evocative language, The Wingspan of Severed Hands is a highly original hallucination.” — BRIAN EVENSON (SONG FOR THE UNRAVELING OF THE WORLD, A COLLAPSE OF HORSES)
“Joanna Koch is a stunning and talented writer, and their new book, The Wingspan of Severed Hands, is a horror story that opens new vistas in the genre.” — JACK ZIPES (LITERATURE AND LITERARY THEORY: FAIRY TALES AND THE ART OF SUBVERSION)
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2019 Shirley Jackson Award finalist in the best novelette category
“It’s a love story; it’s horror. It’s about abuse and legacy. We’re drawn into the headspace of the past and a morphing reality that feels like a dream both horrifying and beautiful. My head was swimming in emotion by the end. I wish I could pick apart every detail, but the more said, the more spoiled in such a short tale. Follow the strange men to the basement yourself and see what Joanna Koch has created.” – HAILEY PIPER (THE WORM AND HIS KINGS, BENNY ROSE:THE CANNIBAL KING)
“The ending is phenomenal, brutal and devastating. I loved how the folklore reared its fanged head and then was delivered succinctly and efficiently – like the cold killers portrayed within…this is easily one of my personal favourites.” – STEVE STRED (THE WINDOW IN THE GROUND, RITUAL, OF WITCHES)
“Moments of prose that are transcendently beautiful and navigating darkness in a way that left me with a sense of hope and healing.” – MICHAEL TICHY (SMILING SISYPHUS REVIEWS)
Print Anthologies and Journals
Paradisum Voluptatis in the anthology “Honey and Sulphur” from CarrionBlue555. 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 Revenge of Madeline Usher in the Bram Stoker nominated 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!”
The Anatomical Christ in the Splatterpunk Award nominated anthology “The Big Book of Blasphemy” from Necro Press – A striptease dance with divinity doused in body horror.
Schroedinger’s Head in “In Darkness Delight: Fear the Future” from Corpus Press – Visit a near future workplace that’s a little bit Kafka, a little bit Ligotti, and one hundred percent Koch.
Reverend Crow in “Liminal Spaces: An Anthology of Dark Speculative Fiction” from Cemetery Gates Media – A drifter down on his luck finds an unsettling solution to facing life’s challenges when he revisits the past.
I Married A Dead Man in “What One Wouldn’t Do: An Anthology On The Lengths One Might Go To” from Scott J. Moses – My love letter to Cornell Woolrich. Just don’t let him know my love is toxic.
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 the salt mine.
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.
Aristotle’s Lantern in the anthology “Stitched Lips” from Dragons Roost Press – On silence, an experiment in found footage writing, using the snuff film to question our complicity.
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?
Blood Calumny in “Bodies Full of Burning” from Sliced Up Press – Maybe he’s born with it, maybe it’s hysteria: a wandering womb stops at nothing to avenge its host.
How To Fillet Angels in “Isolation Is Safety” from Filthy Loot – Are you prepared to lose everything for the sake of art?
Peaveman’s Lament in the anthology “ProleSCARYet: Tales of Horror and Class Warfare” from Rad Flesh Press – The unbearable mundane cracks open in the midst of a typical work day.
Rust Belt Requiescat in the anthology “Paranormal Contact: A Quiet Horror Confessional” from Cemetery Gates Media – a sulfurous dive into alchemy and French history igniting romance in the bowels of the Rust Belt.
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 the perfect couple 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. They’re cute when they’re little .
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 Books – Don’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.
Broken in the anthology “The Toilet Zone II” from Hellbound Books – fecal demons sent to wreak revenge on a rival cult leader have unexpected culinary and romantic effects.
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…
Swanmord in the anthology “Beautiful/Grotesque” from Weirdpunk Books – “King Hera slaps the ground and another zoo sutures through the concrete.”
Pigman, Pigman winner of Cemetery Gates Society’s Halloween Flash Fiction Contest
Good Paper in Storgy Magazine
The Buried King in Black Telephone Magazine
Man of The Cloth winner of Cemetery Gates Society’s March Flash Fiction Contest
Veils in 101 Fiction, Issue 23: Pictures
Torsion in 101 Fiction, Issue 25: Time Travel
Santa’s Eyeball at Meghan’s House of Books
President Marilyn Monroe Devours Her Young winner of New Millennium Writing’s Fear contest
When Mona Lisa Speaks in Blood Tree Literature: Issue 6
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
Mr. Bones Puzzle Candy in Horror Sleaze Trash
Guest Posts: Writing About Writing
The Hunt for Transmundane Press
The Secret History of Detroit for Inkheist
Joanna Koch Chats With Gregor Xane for Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews