2021 Award Eligible Published Works

I’m shocked! It’s almost the end of the year. People read my 2020 novella, The Wingspan of Severed Hands, and gave it great reviews. I have a collection coming out in April 2022 that brings together fifteen of my best thematically linked stories from 2018 to the present entitled CONVULSIVE.

Despite some big challenges this year, I kept on writing.

In no particular order, here’s all 16 (count ’em-sixteen!) of my award eligible published stories for 2021.

Schroedinger’s Head in “In Darkness Delight: Fear the Future” from Corpus Press – Visit a near future workplace that’s a little bit Kafka, a little bit Ligotti, and one hundred percent Koch.

Aristotle’s Lantern in the anthology “Stitched Lips” from Dragons Roost Press – On silence, an experiment in found footage writing, using the snuff film to question our complicity.

Swanmord in the anthology “Beautiful/Grotesque” from Weirdpunk Books – King Hera slaps the ground and another zoo sutures through the concrete.

Peaveman’s Lament in the anthology “ProleSCARYet: Tales of Horror and Class Warfare” from Rad Flesh Press – The unbearable mundane cracks open in the midst of a typical work day.

Blood Calumny in “Bodies Full of Burning” from Sliced Up Press – Maybe he’s born with it, maybe it’s hysteria: a wandering womb stops at nothing to avenge its host.

How To Fillet Angels in “Isolation Is Safety” from Filthy Loot – Are you prepared to lose everything for the sake of art?

I Married A Dead Man in “What One Wouldn’t Do: An Anthology On The Lengths One Might Go To” from Scott J. Moses – A love letter to Cornell Woolrich.

We Have Always Lived In The Soil – in the anthology “Field Notes from a Nightmare: An Anthology of Ecological Horror” from Dread Stone Press – Did you say cordyceps or spore sex?

Convulsive, Or Not At All in the anthology “In The Shadow Of The Horns: A Black Metal Horror Anthology” from Castaigne Publishing – Breton said beauty must be convulsive, or not at all.

Studies After The Human Figure in the anthology “Ceci n’est pas une histoire d’horreur” (“This is Not a Horror Story”) from Night Terror Novels – Joel Peter Witkin said the mark is the primal gesture.

Reverend Crow in “Liminal Spaces: An Anthology of Dark Speculative Fiction” from Cemetery Gates Media – What memories will you save for the afterlife?

Rust Belt Requiescat in the anthology “Paranormal Contact: A Quiet Horror Confessional” from Cemetery Gates Media – a sulfurous dive into alchemy and French history in the bowels of Detroit.

Free To Read Online:

The Yellow Leaves in Issue 1 of Tales From Between

Man of The Cloth winner of Cemetery Gates Society’s March Flash Fiction Contest

Pigman, Pigman winner of  Cemetery Gates Society’s Halloween Flash Fiction Contest

The Buried King in Black Telephone Magazine

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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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