New Stories & “The Couvade” by Joe Koch

Exciting news! My 2019 Shirley Jackson Award nominated novelette “The Couvade” has been updated to show my correct name and biographical information! Making these changes took a bit more work than the publisher anticipated, and they were absolutely gracious about the whole process. They even made sure the (very good) reviews wouldn’t drop from the book’s page.

Look at this beauty!

If you’re into queer werewolves and quick reads, buy it here: The Couvade by Joe Koch

Additionally, three new stories of mine are out in three new anthologies. Here’s the details:

Laws of Contraction in the anthology “Monstroddities” from Sliced Up Press – Two imaginary friends meet in the men’s room to deal with an unusual growth. My table-of-contents pal Basile Lebret, whose first published story appears in this anthology, said they found it comic. I’ll admit creative glee makes me grin to myself at the most unlikely writing moments, but they probably aren’t the ones you think.

Vertigo Autopsy in the anthology “The Dead Inside” from Dark Dispatch – An homage to Hitchcock’s film written in screenplay format exposing performative femininity and suicidal ideation. Abstracting the text to format it as a performance and adding the various speakers revealed a much different story than I initially thought I was writing. I hope it feels circular and sends you through a vortex of history and identity along with some intriguing ideas about the film.

Bride Of The White Rat – in the anthology “Antifa Splatterpunk” from Cursed Morsels Press – A layered vampiric text meant to be read with a cage of rats strapped to your face. Honestly, you just have to read it.

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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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