2022 Awards Eligible Published Works

Here it is, the obligatory awards season list of eligible works! I thought I was very lazy. Compiling this list informed me I had about 20 things published so far, with a couple more to come before the year ends.

First and foremost CONVULSIVE came out. My collection! My heart!

If you’re having any trouble finding a copy of CONVULSIVE, let me know. You can use the contact form here or send a DM on Twitter where I’m often available at @horrorsong and post frequent updates, photos, and share my random thoughts.

THE BLEEDING TREE in Dark Recesses Press Magazine. Akin to a fairy tale, it’s a story about kids, roadkill, and the strange places we look for love.

A TRANSMASCULINE HORROR WRITER LOOKS AT LOVECRAFT for Deep Cuts In A Lovecraftian Vein is a nonfiction essay that takes a brief dip into the infinitely complex psychology at work in and after Lovecraft’s fiction. It’s my very subjective response as a modern writer to this influential forefather of the weird fiction genre.

EATING BEES FROM THE ASS OF GOD in Seize The Press is a mash-up with some poetry by Joseph Bouthiette Jr. that I asked him to provide with no prompt other than the title. I’ve borrowed some of his language and beekeeping knowledge, and added a hymenopteran conspiracy against oppressor bipeds.

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.

VERTIGO AUTOPSY in the anthology “The Dead Inside” from Dark Dispatch – An homage to Hitchcock’s film (a personal favorite) written in screenplay format linking performative femininity and suicidal ideation.

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.

OAKMOSS AND AMBERGRIS in Issue 35 of Three-Lobed Burning Eye. Maria Haskins said, “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.”

ECLIPSE, EMBRACE in the anthology “Let The Weirdness In: A Tribute To Kate Bush” from Heads Dance Press – Exploring geology and the strange shapes love takes through the lens of the longest hug in pop history.

LEVIATHAN’S KNOT in the anthology “Into The Crypts Of Rays: A Black Metal Horror Anthology, Volume II” from Castaigne Publishing – an erotic journey through the grave and back again.

INVAGINIES in the anthology “Children Of The New Flesh: The Early Work And Pervasive Influence Of David Cronenberg” from 11:11 Press. David Fitzgerald calls the story “a tightly compacted ball of Cronenbergian runoff waste rendered ferociously corporeal by the ravages of its own journey toward sentience.”

CHIRONOPLASTY in the anthology “Your Body Is Not Your Body” from Tenebrous Press – in a mathematically impossible city, a centaur seeks illicit surgery in an alien body modification club.

THE LOVE THAT WHIRLS in “The Queer Book of Saints” – Imagining the early lost film by Kenneth Anger and inquiring into the strange spiral-shaped muscles that form the human heart.

FUGUE in Vastarien is a quiet, introspective piece about lost connections and longing.

WELCOME TO THE SINKHOLE is a hostile piece of fiction in Bear Creek Gazette.

MORE WEIGHT in the anthology “Shredded: A Sports and Fitness Body Horror Anthology” from Cursed Morsels Press – in collaboration with Michael Tichy, a visit to the surrealist gym, a power-lifting witch trial with the bros framed within DuMaurier’s “Rebecca.”

CAN OPENER on Dose of Dread, because you knew the architecture was out to get you all along.

FIVE VISITATIONS in “Campfire Macabre 2” from Cemetery Gates blends body horror and speculative thoughts about alien abduction memories through the sharply condensed life story of a murderous medium.

ALL THE RAPES IN THE MUSEUM in “Stories of the Eye” summarizes many of my mixed feelings about colonialism and angel fucking. (Confession: I’m also co-editor of the anthology.)

CONELAND in Shortwave Magazine employs a series of mysterious images to ponder the difference between a weapon and a toy.

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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 eighty short stories in anthologies and journals. Find Joe on Twitter @horrorsong.

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