The Wingspan of Severed Hands (Book Review)

My thanks to Grant for reading and for writing such a thoughtful review. It is very cool to see the book working its way out into the world, gaining a slow but steady momentum, and (hopefully) invading the collective unconscious.

Spontaneous Combustion

I heard a lot of hype surrounding The Wingspan of Severed Hands by Joe Koch via twitter and the writing circles I move in so of course I had to cop the book and see for myself. I started reading it late last year, but didn’t finish this book until earlier this month and I will tell you, it definitely lives up to the hype.

There’s not much that can prepare you for the book. It’s cosmic horror and tied into Robert M. Chamber’s Yellow Sign Universe (a personal favorite of mine). The evocative prose style is dripping with purple lush prose. I smoked some weed a few times before cracking this book open and I got lost in the sensory experience which only added to my high. The rush of words were almost over-stimulating at times like a rich slice of cheesecake that I wanted to devour but had…

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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 and on Twitter @horrorsong.

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