My newest flash story blends body horror and speculative thoughts about alien abduction memories through the sharply condensed life story of a medium. Both body horror and alien contact were themes for editor Joe Sullivan’s latest installment of the Campfire Macabre series and true to form, I couldn’t pick just one. Read Five Visitations in “Campfire Macabre 2” from Cemetery Gates Media.
In other news, The Pensive Quill reviewed my collection “Convulsive” today, concluding:
“The ambition on display is immense. However, due to this inventive stylistic mix of enigmatic and (dare I say) classical writing, Convulsive is a book that might be overwhelming to the average reader upon first picking it up. However, said reader will quickly find a groove that will allow them access to Koch’s world. Simply put, a triumph.” -Christopher Owens
It’s wonderful to see people connecting with the stories and a good reminder that compromising or talking down to readers doesn’t pay off. I’m not sure what an “average reader” is, because we all have different moods and needs in the moment, don’t we?
I talked at great length about reading and writing horror with the delightful Andy Davidson for Southwest Review recently. In fact, we traded interviews, and my turn taking the wheel and digging into Andy’s new book “The Hollow Kind” will appear soon. For now, you can read the first installment of these conversations between two admittedly very different types of horror writers: “Held Hostage by Truth: A Conversation with Joe Koch” by Andy Davidson.
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