Il Grande Libro Blasfemo

Necro Press’s anthology “The Big Book of Blasphemy” will be translated into Italian and released through Independent Legions in November of 2020. This is the first time I’ll see one of my stories translated.

Check out the cover!


Well, that axe-wielding priest gets my seal of approval.

My contribution to this anthology, “The Anatomical Christ,” is inspired by the medieval contemplative art pieces of the same name. There are less than ten in existence. They’re small crucifixes of wax, made with the same Belgian wax technique as the famous medical school models now housed in European museums. A miniature door in Christ’s torso hides tiny models of unrealistic-looking internal organs.

Art historians aren’t too sure who made these little fetishes, or why. Like the deeper questions asked by religion, they are a bit of a mystery.

Christ spent a lot of time hanging out with prostitutes, defending women from violence, and turning the law on its head in an almost feminist critique of the Hebrew patriarchy. On Eight Mile Road bordering Detroit, churches with exciting names are interspersed with elegant strip clubs, fly by night weed clinics, and XXX bookstores. Ergo, this seemed to me like the perfect setting for a medieval anatomical Christ to come to life and ask some questions about sexuality and gender.

I like to think if you could take Xtianity and crack it like an egg, my story is what would come dripping out.

Read it in English here: The Big Book of Blasphemy


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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