Dirt Teaching & Three Anthologies

Once again, I’m a bit late to adding and announcing new published stories here. I’ve mentioned “A Scream Lights Up The Sky” in the anthology Bound In Flesh before when the publisher made it free to read for Trans Day of Visibility. That link should remain active in the interest of accessibility, if you want to read and can’t afford it. (Another way to read free is to ask your local library to order it!) It’s a wild anthology of trans body horror that I’m proud to be a part of, and as of official release a few days ago, it’s in the top 100 LGBTQ+ Horror Fiction.

Read “A Scream Lights Up The Sky” in Bound In Flesh: An Anthology of Trans Body Horror

Another great anthology I’m in just came out from Cemetery Gates Media, who it’s always a pleasure to work with. I may have mentioned this one already, so forgive me if I’m repeating myself! My very nearly true story “Once You See It” takes place in a drug addled backwater town that will remain nameless, where death is visible, waiting, and beginning to get impatient. Most of the contributions in this book are folklore and nonfiction. It’s a real delight if you’re into local legends and cryptids.

How much and which parts of my story are true? I’ll never tell.

Read “Once You See It” in A Compendium of Creeps: World Folklore, Haunted Locales, and Original Fiction

I’m a fan of poet Avra Margariti, so when they announced editing a FUNGI issue of speculative poetry magazine Eye To The Telescope, I knew I had to get my hands dirty even though I’m not often inclined to write poetry.

Issue 48 includes my poem “Dirt Teaching” as well as contributions by Tiffany Morris, M. Lopes da Silva, Priya Chand, and Grace R. Reynolds, to name just a few favorites.

Read “Dirt Teaching” in Eye To The Telescope

Lastly, what a riot to be part of Leigham Shardlow’s tribute to Nic Cage! I took what you might call a method acting approach to writing about this energetic and unpredictable cultural figure, and that includes very much writing in the moment. So much so that with all my projects, and with the time it took to hit the shelves, for a few months I actually forgot I wrote this one. The result is appropriately unhinged.

Read “Eggman Sceptic Colony” in His Soul’s Still Dancing: A Nicolas Cage Inspired Fiction Anthology

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 horrorsong.blog and on Twitter @horrorsong.

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