Her Special Sauce

Bad taste can be so good.

How can anyone NOT LOVE this cover?

Behold “FANGS” from Aphotic Realm Magazine, featuring fun and games with rabies, rats, wolves, and other wild beasties. Plus a generous slathering of poison, injected for good measure.

In “Her Special Sauce,” a working class couple’s get-rich-quick scheme with bootleg CRISPR technology takes an unexpected toll on their relationship. As a side note, CRISPR enzymes and equipment are quite affordable and easy to obtain. The only reason we aren’t all mutating genes in our basements is because it takes so much specialized training and expertise to utilize CRISPR.

B-movies and camp culture never let reality get in the way of a nifty story: thus, I beg the indulgence of hard science folks for my tacky little tale of technology gone wrong, a relationship on the rocks, and the accidental discovery of a rather special sauce.

Read “Her Special Sauce” in the March 2019 issue of Aphotic Realm Magazine: FANGS!

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 horrorsong.blog and on Twitter @horrorsong.

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