Fur and Feathers – Jess Koch

Dad was the first in our family to change. It was slow in the beginning: one morning he woke to find the skin on the back of his hand had hardened and darkened overnight. When I asked about it, he told me it was just dry skin, and I believed him because I was only twelve at the time and didn’t know what I know now. As weeks passed, the dark patch grew. It spread …

A question for Jess Koch

Q: Why do you write speculative rather than realistic fiction?

A: Speculative fiction work can, and often does, examine the same questions that realistic fiction poses but it’s allowed to find answers in ways that are unbound by the limitations of reality. I find that to be quite creatively freeing. And while I love and appreciate all genres of writing, I’ve found my home in the strange and liminal world of speculative fiction.


Jess Koch’s story “Fur and Feathers
in Metaphorosis Friday, 22 November 2019.
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About Jess Koch

Jess Koch is a speculative fiction writer and graduate student at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program. She works professionally as a software engineer in the animal healthcare industry and lives in Portland, Maine.

jesskoch.com, @jesskochwrites


Jess Koch’s story “Fur and Feathers
in Metaphorosis Friday, 22 November 2019.
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