Brave New Weird

What a huge honor to find my short story “Blood Calumny” nominated for Tenebrous Press’s forthcoming BRAVE NEW WEIRD. It’s a very personal story about being a dude with a uterus (a duderus?) and I may have murdered JKR much too subtly in it by reducing her to a clog of blonde hair in a drain.

“Blood Calumny” was originally published by Sliced Up Press in the anthology BODIES FULL OF BURNING and it now appears in my collection CONVULSIVE.

Tenebrous Press received over 700 stories and I can say I’m freaking thrilled to make the shortlist of about 60 chosen from some of the most talented writers in horror. There’s too many to mention here. I recommend bookmarking this list as a nice little curated guide to weird horror in case you’ve missed any of the authors. I’m excited to read those who are new to me.

Check out the announcement for Tenebrous Press’s BRAVE NEW WEIRD

Thank you for reading! If you enjoy my work, please follow this blog for updates. Consider supporting my continued creativity and existence by picking up a copy of CONVULSIVE or THE WINGSPAN OF SEVERED HANDS for yourself, a friend, or an evil nemesis.

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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