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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Thanks for the shout-out, Will. Her work crosses and combines and plays with genres, from YA to contemporary to historical to horror. Dark Forces, edited by Koia McCauley Koja has managed to write a splatterpunk book that transcends the genre.

Because it has already seared his flesh, infected his soul, and koaj him on a journey of obsession – through its soothing, blank darkness into the blinding core of terror Jerking too-slow pullback and the whole face came into view, a woman, a girl, the surface of her skin no skin at all but a million mouths: Seldom has language been so visceral and so right.

The tone was off putting at first, and I hardly consider myself a prude.

Childhood’s End Clarke, Arthur C. Are original Abyss paperbacks of “The Cipher” a rarity? A camcorder — this was written in — brings back a deeply disturbing video that can never be described in detail because no two people see the same thing twice.

My Thoughts Horror is rarely poetry.

The Cipher

No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Newer Post Older Post Home. Joe, you should be able to find a copy of Oathe Cipher pretty easily online. Just don’t expect any explanations or a tidy ending.

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Yet no matter what the audience sees, the experience of watching the video turns into a compulsive ritual for those exposed to it. Koja conjures words and phrases that are at turns poetic and grotesque. I don’t like to lay down edicts about horror, since the great strength of the genre is how much freedom it provides. Your Koma in Oblivion is Secure.

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Koja stated in a recent This is Horror interview that these time restraints helped shape her into a more disciplined writer. Nicholas works in a video store, and is an aspiring poet who no longer aspires.

Jul 03, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was ok Shelves: Who really wants to find out how tight the sling is, for your own very personal ass, who wants to know how deep the shit will really be? Dick Award and won a Locus Award. I felt the growing sense of dread, and it slowly turned into a disgusting pit in my stomach that could not be coaxed. Nicholas is frightened by the strange powers of the Funhole, but Nakota is obsessed with discovering what goes on inside its abyss.

Aug 03, Jill rated it really liked it. As it is, I’m a few decades late to the party, but The Cipher has lost none of its power.

The Cipher is a horror novel, but also a novel of human fhe like Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, and also a mystery that reminded me strongly of Murakami’s Dance Dance Dance.

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Track down a copy if kqthe looking for weird, challenging, unique horror that owes nothing to the boring bestsellers of its day! However, I felt the story never really went anywhere. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

That cipjer, a lot of the story seemed repetitive as it went in circles dealing with the soul-sucking relationship of lovers Nicholas and Nakota—a truly despicable self-centered, nasty, foul-mouthed user of a girl—and the annoying, odd hangers-on art students and brutes who found out about The Hole and hung around puzzling its existence.