The Yellow Queen

It’s a glorious day when author’s copies arrive in the mail! Yesterday THE WINGSPAN OF SEVERED HANDS landed on my doorstep in an unassuming cardboard box. I’m struck with awe by the way the books glow with numinous light. The strangeness of the yellow tone is difficult to transmit via photo. Have a look:

Beneath this piercing golden ray, there’s a disconcerting sense of greenish hues — not so much a color as an impression, a subtle warning, a sickly hint that this beauty is not averse to ugliness. That you, the reader, will be asked to embrace both, for this is what The Yellow Queen requires of you if you wish to survive her myth.

Time is the winning predator,

and every moment spirals deeper into

the heart of the beast.”


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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