Bound In Flesh

Chum Lor Gislason is editing the new anthology Bound In Flesh from Ghoulish Books and I have the great honor of sharing a new story in it. It’s called “A Scream Lights Up The Sky.” I was working with some feelings about pregnancy as a trans person while writing it. I hope it hits home for a few other folks. Lor is known for their goopy body horror, so I tried to bring my stickiest, sloppiest, fluid-soaked A game to the task of writing for them.

Here’s the exciting cover reveal at The Line Up! I think the scissors really make it for me. It’s all so pink and slimy. Check it out:

It’s a great table of contents. I couldn’t be prouder to be among the ranks of such talented known and new trans writers. I don’t want to make a career out of my identity and I don’t think you need to be trans to enjoy my work, but it’s good to be out and open in a world where this book can happen, where trans voices can speak loudly and be heard.

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 and on Twitter @horrorsong.

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