Velocities: Stories

Shirley Jackson Award Winner, Bram Stoker Award Finalist!

Dark, disturbing, heartfelt, and utterly addictive!

From the award-winning author of The Cipher and Buddha Boy, comes Velocities: Stories, Kathe Koja's second electrifying collection of short fiction. Thirteen stories, two never before published, all flying at the speed of strange.

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About the Book

Recent Press & Endorsements

  • Booklist – “Koja’s stories are at their most superb where they study the strength in bodies perceived as delicate or fragile … Koja explores the misunderstood and the dark in twisting and often experimental prose.” – Full Review
  • Jeff VanderMeer, NYT-bestselling author of Dead Astronauts, Borne and the Southern Reach trilogy – “A modern genius of weird and dark fiction, Kathe Koja once again proves with Velocities that she’s adept at plunging the reader into strange and unexpected places. One of my favorite collections of the year.”
  • Gemma Files, award-winning author of Spectral Evidence – “Velocities is prime Kathe Koja, with all that that entails: supercharged, dense as hell, oblique, glorious. Every story is a lesson in how to write faster, more intensely, from angles other people never seem to think of: industrial poetry, word mosaics like insect eyes, multifoliate as the insides of flowers, every image a scattered, burrowing seed, spreading narrative like a disease. I’ve loved her work since long before I ever aspired to produce anything like it—in fact, I’m still not sure anyone else is capable of doing what she does, of coming close, let alone hitting the mark. But damn, it’s equally so much fun to admire the result as it is to even vaguely try.”
  • Douglas Clegg, award-winning author of Neverland and The Faces – Velocities is immersive, hypnotic, yet clear-eyed and accessible. These are dangerous, artful tales of mounting tension, impossible to put down. Koja’s fiction has never seemed more alive or daring.”
  • J.S. Breukelaar, author of Collision: Stories, Aletheia, and American Monster – “Short sharp speedballs of strange. Incantatory, funny, human – ranging from urban dread, to country nightmares, to bite-sized fables so baroque and twisted, you can taste the corruption on your tongue and in your dreams.”
  • Kirkus Reviews – “An impressive collection of stories unafraid to explore bleak topics like death and despondency.” – Full Review
  • NB Magazine (5 stars) – “The consistent thread which links the stories is the author’s eloquent and elegant prose. I loved the myriad ways in which she used language to create a variably-paced rhythmic cadence to her narrative, something which made reading feel like a seamless pleasure rather than something I needed to work hard at … each of them felt idiosyncratically imaginative, unsettling, thought-provoking and memorable.” Linda Hepworth, NB Magazine” – Full Review
  • Eugen Bacon, Aurealis Magazine – “Reading Velocities is a literary dégustation of dark fiction with speculative elements, rich narrative full of text that’s cunning, loaded with sentiment. You want to go back to a story, and you do, to recapture the moment, and you find it, still there, waiting, just for you. You can’t speak to this astounding collection without lingering on its author. Read Koja like you’re nibbling truffles, each bite a road to metamorphosis.”
  • Char’s Horror Corner – “VELOCITIES is a diverse, energetic and mysterious collection of stories by a woman who has mastered the art of storytelling … Kathe Koja uses language in such a way … it’s very special. Sometimes sharp and staccato-like, sometimes lush and luxurious. Either way, her writing is magical and I plan to eventually read everything she has written. My highest recommendation!” – Full Review
  • Signal Horizon – “A showcase not of the genre but of Koja’s gobsmacking talent as a stylist. For fans of The Cipher (and if I were pressed, I might call it my favorite novel, ever), this is a welcome return for Koja” – Full Review
  • – “In reading this collection, one thing becomes immediately clear: Koja is a master prose stylist. Like a fine restaurant, she provides an experience that is unlike any this reviewer has encountered. There is an urgent, restless, sometimes chaotic, energy to the writing that permeates every story, every sentence. Koja controls the experience with every word” – Full Review
  • – “Another grouping of classic, poetic horror fiction that could only been born in the darkly beautiful mind of one of our greatest creators, Kathe Koja.” – Full Review
  • Jessica Belmont’s Blog – “Velocities by Kathe Koja is a uniquely diverse and addicting collection of stories. Each spoke to me in a different way, yet had the commonality of beautiful writing … Highly recommended.” -Jessica Belmont’s Blog – Full Review
  • Curiosity Bought the Book – “In Velocities, Kathe Koja, delivers thirteen short stories that will have you turning the pages at high-speed.” – Full Review
  • Michelle Meng’s Book Blog – “It still amazes me on how much exquisiteness is packed into this one collection. The tales impact you heavily with Koja’s shockful, intense details.” – Full Review
  • – “An awesome collection of stories, some of them are like a steel trap, drawing you in until you realise that you’ve been reading something quite different from what you thought you were.” – Full Review
  • Books I Like Book Blog – “These stories are filled to the brim with humanity, love, loss and heartache. They will stay with you, because they are staying with me … Velocities is simply a flawless collection, Just perfect. So, do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of one of the most interesting releases this year” – Full Review
  • The Lineup – “17 Upcoming Horror Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2020” – Full Article
  • PaulSemel.comInterview
  • Tor Nightfire, Emily Hughes – “All the Horror Books We’re Excited About in 2020…Horror legend Koja returns with a collection of thirteen short, incredibly disturbing horror stories.” – Full Article
  • Litreactor – “The 20 Most Anticipated Horror Books of 2020.” – Full Article
  • Signal Horizon Magazine – “Our most anticipated horror and weird fiction.” – Full Article
  • Nightworms – “The Nightworms’ most anticipated 2020 releases.” – Full Article
  • High Fever Books – “14 Horror Books to Read in 2020.” – Full Article
  • Gizmodo – “io9’s Big List of Science Fiction and Fantasy” – Full Article
  • Johnny Compton – “Most Anticipated Horror Books of 2020” – Full Article
  • Unnerving Magazine Podcast – “EP072 – Talking Velocities:Stories With Kathe Koja” – Podcast
About the Author
Kathe Koja

Kathe Koja writes novels and short fiction, and creates and produces immersive fiction performances, both solo and with a rotating ensemble of artists. Her work crosses and combines genres, and her books have won awards, been multiply translated, and optioned for film and performance. She is based in Detroit and thinks globally. She can be found at