New Anthologies And A Big Tease

I have some incredibly exciting news to share — or hint at — but first, so many anthology releases for the month of September! Look!

This has been a great year for finding homes for stories. First up is “Schroedinger’s Head” In the Corpus Press anthology In Darkness Delight: Fear The Future. Visit a near future workplace that’s a little bit Kafka, a little bit Ligotti, and one hundred percent Koch.

In Darkness, Delight: Fear the Future by [Penn Jillette, Lisa Morton, Max Booth III, Michael Laimo, Eric J. Guignard, Tim Curran, William Miekle, Joanna Koch, Evans Light, Andrew Lennon]

Next, read my love letter to Cornell Woolrich entitled “I Married A Dead Man” in What One Wouldn’t Do: An Anthology On The Lengths One Might Go To, edited by Scott J. Moses. The book is currently ranked #1 in new horror anthologies. Yes, of course I took a screenshot! I get excited about this stuff!

What One Wouldn't Do: An Anthology on the Lengths One Might Go To by [Scott J. Moses, J.A.W. McCarthy, Joanna Koch, Eric LaRocca, Hailey Piper, Christi Nogle, Cheri Kamei, Daniel Barnett, Eric Raglin, Laurel Hightower]

Third, I’m incredibly honored to share a table of contents with a roster of talented authors I admire greatly such as Gwendolyn Kiste, Michael Wehunt, Kristi Demeester, and Kelli Owen to name only a few. As a beginning writer, you dream of sharing pages with people like these. I’m thrilled Kevin Lucia reached out to me for a story and so pleased for you to meet “Reverend Crow” in Liminal Spaces: An Anthology of Dark Speculative Fiction.

“The word ‘liminal’ comes from the Latin root limen. It means ‘threshold.’ A liminal space is a ‘crossing over’ space–a space where you have left something behind, yet you are not fully in something else. It’s a transition space.

“This is my favorite kind of horror and speculative fiction. Fiction which takes place in that ‘crossing over’ space. Stories about characters who have–wittingly or unwittingly–crossed a threshold. Those who have left something behind, yet are not quite somewhere or something else. They are in-between, and are neither one thing, nor another. Classic anthologies like Shadows, edited by Charles L. Grant epitomize these kinds of stories, as did Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, the work of Charles Beaumont and T. M Wright, Joyce Carol Oates, Shirley Jackson, and the ‘strange stories’ of Robert Aickman.”

Kevin Lucia, Editor

Liminal Spaces: An Anthology of Dark Speculative Fiction by [Kevin Lucia, Gwendolyn Kiste, Kelli Owen, Michael Wehunt, Todd Keisling, Kristi DeMeester, Richard Thomas, Robert Ford, Joshua Palmatier, Chad Lutzke]

If you’re still reading, I’m ready to share the big news, even though it’s admittedly still a bit of a tease:

I’ve signed a contract with a publisher to release my first fiction collection in 2022!

We’re working out a publication date (early to mid 2022) and getting started on cover art (with an artist I’m delighted by), and I am truly thrilled to soon be able to offer you a collection of my best previously published stories.

The pieces are connected by themes of gender, religion, abuse, and sexuality. They span from 2018 to the present, covering this interesting time in my life when I decided to try writing and soon after understood myself as trans nonbinary. The stories I’ve chosen are packed with gorgeous and terrifying imagery. Reading them together instead of scattered and interspersed with other writer’s works really makes them shine.

I can’t wait to share more.

Alas, for the moment, that’s all I can say!

Published by: Joe

Joanna 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 over fifty short stories in anthologies and journals. Find Joe on Twitter @horrorsong. He/They/Joe.

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