Oakmoss and Ambergris

Last month my first short story to be available online in audio format came out in Issue 35 of Three-Lobed Burning Eye Magazine. I met a new friend by putting out the call for a narrator when the talented Rain Corbyn responded, and a week or two later learned I would also share a table of contents with them in a charity anthology to benefit transgender youth in Texas! More news about that soon.

Rain is an author as well as a voice actor and was the perfect choice to read “Oakmoss and Ambergris.” I’m so pleased with the result.

The esteemed Maria Haskins reviewed “Oakmoss and Ambergris” in her monthly round up here, saying:

“This story is filled with heady scents and beguiling perfumes, and it’s set in a future where there is an interplanetary smuggling business involving various rare and expensive compounds that are valued specifically for their scent. Laden, the protagonist, has been working as a mule, smuggling such substances inside their body, for years, but the work has changed them (and has taken a toll) in more ways than one. This is an emotionally and erotically charged story of love and desire, greed and lust and transformation. It’s science fiction with a carnal, hungry vibe and I adore every bit of it.”

Read or listen to “Oakmoss and Ambergris” in Issue 35 of Three-Lobed Burning Eye.

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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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