William Joseph Froehlich, better known as Joey Froehlich (and sometimes credited as Joey Froelich, with the dropped 'h'), is a poet and occassional short story writer. Froehlich was born 1954 in Honolulu, Hawaii, but soon after his family moved to Owensboro, Kentucky. In his twenties, he moved to Frankfort, Kentucky where he still calls home.
He has appeared in several pro-market publications since the late 70s.
In the mid-90s, he was approached by Stephen King to do a collection of his poems. He promised to write him an introduction. That promise was fulfilled in 1996, when Froehlich released a chapbook titled The Fuel of Tender Years through Gothic Press. King wrote the forward and artist, Rodger Gerberding created several art pieces for the collection.
Froehlich teamed up with Ralph Stephen Harding on occassion and co-wrote under the psuedonym W.J. Stephens.
He has appeared in several magazines and anthologies with writers such as Ray Bradbury, Gary A. Braunbeck, Ramsey Campbell, Orson Scott Card, Simon Clark, Dennis Etchison, Brian Lumley, Graham Masterton, Kim Newman, William F. Nolan, Dan Simmons, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Chet Williamson.
Froehlich's poetry and stories have appeared in the following anthologies.
- Darker Masques
- Fleshcreepers: Startling New Works of Horror and the Supernatural
- Masques III: All-New Works of Horror and the Supernatural
- Poems of the Divided Self
- Psychos: An Anthology of Psychological Horror in Verse
- Swords Against Darkness IV
- The Year's Best Horror XIX
- The Year's Best Horror XXII
- Toe Tags 2: Blood and Bizarro
The following are magazine titles that Froehlich's poetry and stories have appeared in. Only the title of the magazine is listed, not the individual volumes.
- Amanita Brandy
- Amazing Stories
- Amazing Science Fiction Stories
- Dead of Night
- Dreams & Nightmares
- Eerie Country
- Eldritch Tales
- IAN II
- Last Tango in the Twilight Zone
- Midnight Graffiti
- Minnesota Fantasy Review
- Night Songs
- Palace Corbie
- Poets of the Fantastic
- Scavenger's Newsletter
- Space and Time
- SPWAO Newsletter
- SPWAO Showcase
- Supernatural Poetry
- The Argonaut
- Thin Ice
- Whispered Legends
The Fuel of Tender Years
At one time, Froehlich regularly corresponded with writers Robert Bloch and Stephen King. At one point in the mid-90s, King offered to write an introduction to a collection of poetry, if Froehlich were willing to do one.
In 1996, Froehlich was able to publish his collection in a chapbook through Gothic Press. Artist, Rodger Gerberding, created some dark artwork that appeared throughout. King followed through and wrote the introduction.
Now out of print, Froehlich's The Fuel of Tender Years commands high prices through sellers on Amazon.com.