Reviews, Bones, Puzzles

You know that feeling when you need to update your blog? Whew, I sure do. The rest of the year will be packed with new stories, poems, and another dive into the terrifying (for me) waters of nonfiction. Here’s a taste.

My forthcoming story in Cosmic Horror Monthly’s anthology “Aseptic and Faintly Sadistic: An Anthology of Hysteria Fiction” was reviewed by author P.M. Mcmillan. I’m delighted and humbled that she chose my story and gave it a little shout out on her website. Not only does she say the anthology is one of her new favorites of all time, it’s a book with fantastic authors such as Hailey Piper, Kelsea Yu, Laura Blackwell, Tania Chen, Christi Nogle, M. Regan, and others I’ve yet to discover. I’ve peeked at my author proof and can confirm the other stories are powerful.

“”By Their Bones Ye Shall Know Them’ by Joe Koch is set in a different reality and spins the idea of forced birth on its head. Koch effectively builds a complex world and a cast of unique characters without interrupting the quick pacing of the tale. I can’t say too much more without spoiling anything so let me just say that Koch absolutely has a new fan.” – P.L. McMillan

Read the full review here: Aseptic and Faintly Sadistic Anthology Review

Pre-Order the book here: Cosmic Horror Monthly Store: Pre-order Aseptic and Faintly Sadistic

In another review, Locus Magazine made kind mention of my story in collaboration with Jonathan Louis Duckworth recently published in The Deadlands.

‘“L’homme de Houbigant” by Jonathan Louis Duckworth & Joe Koch is probably about an elderly mystery writer who has murdered her spouse looking back after her own death. Maybe. It bears another reading, which is not a bad thing.’ -Paula Guran

Yes, we think it’s a good thing to give the reader a puzzle to work out, contemplate, or go mad trying. Read the story in The Deadlands here: L’homme de Houbigant

Another forthcoming story I’m delighted to share is free to read for Trans Rights Readathon even though the book hasn’t been released yet. This is a temporary link, still active at the time of writing. My story “A Scream Lights Up The Sky” appears in Bound In Flesh, an anthology of trans body horror edited by “Maestro of Goop” Lor Gislason. Writing for Lor allowed me to open the floodgates and let the pregnancy fear dysphoria flow into the most sickening places.

Download the book while it’s free here: Bound In Flesh

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, an evil nemesis, or a local free library.

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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