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 Maitri Space Awareness program and studied within the context of a therapeutic community. She failed to bond with her meditation instructor until they absconded from the isolated Rocky Mountain retreat center and rented a VHS of The Evil Dead to share with 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 plans to 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

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


Print Anthologies and Journals

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 the demise of our planet?

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

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.

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 hold your best interests at heart.


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

Every Lucky Penny is Another Drop of Blood in the anthology “In Darkness Delight: Masters of Midnight” from Corpus Press

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

Mr. Sandman Scratches the Moon in Sanitarium Quarterly

Silap Inua in the anthology “In The Air” from Transmundane Press

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

Iron Henry in the anthology “Fable” from Iron Faerie Press

Bloodbath Academy in Hello Horror Lit online