Paradisum Voluptatis

Come take a trip on the Paradisum Voluptatis, the manic vessel destined for the stars.  Is it a drug? A disease? A deity? Paradisum Voluptatis is the Latin Vulgate for Eden and the title of my offering in Honey & Sulphur, an anthology of ekphrastic works fomented from the Garden of Earthly Delights triptych of Hieronymus Bosch.

As an outsider artist, Bosch depicted the death-throes of the literary and cosmic fantasies of sixteenth-century Europe’s fetishization of the unexplored world. By the time Bosch’s triptych was complete, the world was mapped, its edges folded and un-monstered. Trade and exploitation of the exotic inhabitants of Paradise had begun, and the simultaneous stage of intersecting anatomies birthed new monsters in microbial flora.

“The disease of life demands the stars.”


Honey & Sulphur is available for pre-order with a release date planned for February 12, 2019.

Published by: Joe

Joe Koch writes literary horror and surrealist trash. A Shirley Jackson Award finalist, Joe is the author of The Wingspan of Severed Hands, The Couvade, and Convulsive. Their short fiction appears in publications such as Vastarien, Southwest Review, Pseudopod, and Children of the New Flesh. He’s been a flash fiction judge for Cemetery Gates Media as well as co-editing the art horror anthology Stories of the Eye from Weirdpunk Books. Find Joe (he/they) online at and on Twitter @horrorsong.

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