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30 Oct There’s nothing at the center of Kathe Koja’s novel The Cipher. Cipher. A vaguely-defined, but ominous figure shows up in the Funhole video. Kathe Koja (born ) is an American writer. She was initially known for her intense Koja’s first novel, The Cipher, was originally entitled The Funhole. 13 May I still don’t think there’s been anything in horror quite like Kathe Koja’s debut novel, The Cipher (Feb , Dell/Abyss). These days she writes.

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Kathe Koja is a novelist, playwright, director and independent producer.

Their general fucked-upness is what they have in common. The covers were punk rock, in your face. I started reading this book and I believe it made me sick. Amazing front cover, but the story, not so much.

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And the funhole is wasted, seriously, no one falls down it? In that same vein, who hasn’t known girls whose boyfriends were invariably losers. This is an excellent genre novel that shows that sometimes the material can transcend the labels that may be suggested by the subject matter.

Recall that science fiction and fantasy tales evolved out of travel literature. But i was driven, just like the characters, to find out karhe the Funhole is and how it could possibly all end.

Unlike them, I felt no obsession to this book, and finishing it was a chore. Sep 02, Thom rated it did not like it Shelves: In terms of quality, production, and plain old story-telling reliability that’s kahhe bottom line, isn’t itDell’s new line is amazingly satisfying Two Decades of Extreme Horror. But what did it all mean? Recalling those gone times, old memories lit by fhe fire of the new, I did not this time wonder how long it would last; I was too smart for icpher now.


Take Edward Lee for instance. By the end ofit was finally finished. Resurrection Dreams by Richard Laymon If you like being scared, you will like this. The consequences of trafficking in such a realm head towards the Cronenbergian, and beyond. I didn’t expect it to hold my interest, but its fast pace had me flipping the pages.

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This book is physical and metaphysical in its terror. First, she put Nicholas is a would-be poet and video-store clerk with a weeping hole in his hand – weeping not blood, but a plasma of tears This is no ghost or demon that can be dealt with by the usual professionals.

If evil, by definition, collapses into a nullity, its most terrifying manifestation must be some kind of black hole.

You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. After having searched trying to get a copy of this book I was super excited to get it and start reading it. Perhaps you could tell that just by glancing at cihper bio, which notes that she previously worked as a “bonsai lumberjack, an oyster cowboy, and a freelance criminologist.

Koja lives near Detroit, Michiganand is married to the illustrator Rick Lieder, who often does her book jackets.

Maybe a foot in diameter, maybe a little more. A human hand borrowed from a med student crawls back up the rope they’ve hung it from.

To any reader that can handle it, koia. View all 5 comments. Nakota, also known as Shrike and whose real name is something like Diane, is manipulative and just downright m Just about everyone has known at least one guy who always hooked up rhe crazy girlfriends. I think it would have worked better as a novella. As the narrative shifts to Nicholas’s internal monologue on the pros and cons of his Funhole-centric life, and his morphing physiology, Koja turns increasingly to stream-of-consciousness techniques.


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The video makes Nakota obsessive and she almost dives into the Funhole, being saved by Nicholas who inadvertently plunges his hand into the hole. Burroughs, possesses a writing style unmatched by anyone else in the business. The Cabin at the End of the World. Item s unavailable for purchase. All text except quotes is the property of Will Errickson and should not be reproduced in whole or in part without permission from the author.

The first offering from the Abyss imprint was an uncompromising work of dark fiction, the debut novel from Kathe Koja b.

Are original Abyss paperbacks of “The Cipher” a rarity? Nakota has a friend named Randy, who’s an aspiring punk artist, and Randy has a girlfriend, a strangely rational girl known as Vanese. None of these creatures returns unscathed from their journey, but instead suffer strange mutations, akin to what you might find after a few core meltdowns and several generations of genetic anarchy.

Tje Slippers, Golden Tears.

A few duds, but always entertaining and sometimes some truly amazing things. But to become your disease?