An Interview With Mother Horror

Sadie Hartmann tells a story about another avid horror fan looking up to her for recommendations with such admiration and respect that she dubbed Sadie “Mother Horror.” The name stuck. It’s the perfect title for Sadie as a reader, reviewer, and promoter of great literary horror, and as the owner of the horror book subscription service Nightworms, who’s motto is “Horror is Our Happy Place.”

I’m honored Sadie took the time to speak with me on Lit Reactor! I managed to talk her ears off about artsy things, garden things, the death of the author, and my new collection CONVULSIVE which is out tomorrow!

Is this wisdom? I hope so:

“It’s been a rough year or two, and while I’ve kept up on short story goals and book publishing goals with the new collection, I’m also trying to respect my need to grieve and recover from the pandemic and some other personal losses. I’m all for crushing goals when it pleases your soul, but I do think we’re brainwashed a bit too much to push the creative organism overboard and cultivate burnout. My ultimate goal is to write well and write better, and treating myself like a machine that makes content is not the way to accomplish that.”

Read the full interview here: Dark Horrorsong: An Interview With Joe Koch

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Published by: Joe

Joe Koch (he/they) writes literary horror and surrealist trash. Formerly published as Joanna Koch. A Shirley Jackson Award finalist, Joe is the author of The Wingspan of Severed Hands, The Couvade, Convulsive, and over fifty short stories in anthologies and journals. Find Joe on Twitter @horrorsong.

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