Today I have a new short story featured in Shortwave magazine online. It’s free to read. I hope you’ll take a moment to check it out.

Part corporate horror, part identity horror, Given is part of my recent experimentation with more simplified language. I’m not giving up on purple prose and wild flights of fanciful obscure language; but having pushed that envelope further than many readers could tolerate, I wanted to explore something more direct, streamlined, and yet just as intricately made.

“This is my design.”

Read “Given” in Shortwave Magazine.

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.

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s