“This is bleak, serious horror”

Some authors avoid reading their reviews, or react (and worse, overreact) to them. I find reviews instructive. They reveal how the weird worlds inside my head have played out in someone else’s head. I note variations in response when assessing reviews. At times, reactions vary so widely, it’s as if people read several different stories.

Since writing “Every Lucky Penny Is Another Drop Of Blood,” I’ve thought a few times that I held back too much, didn’t get dark enough, and had too much fun instead of going for the throat. Or groin.

Maybe not.

Here’s a review from Haunted by Deadlines of the Corpus Press anthology “In Darkness Delight: Masters of Midnight.” I’m thrilled to be named a favorite author (who, me?) and love the quote: “Your heart will ache and your jaw will drop just from the pure desolation and ruthlessness of these gems.”

Haunted by Deadlines “In Darkness Delight: Masters Of Midnight” Book Review

If you want to jump straight in to the book itself, here’s a link:


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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