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The Cipher reviewed by Aurealis Magazine

Aurealis Magazine reviewer, Clare Rhoden, weighed in on the reissue of Kathe Koja’s horror cult-classic, THE CIPHER, back in print after almost 30 years! A superb review from a superb magazine!

This is engrossing suburban horror that demands the reader’s attention. It spins a web of
fascination as strong as the destructive miasma of the Funhole itself.

Clare Rhoden, Aurealis Magazine, ISSUE 134

Aurealis #134

It has been ages since I have sat in the editorial chair here at Aurealis. Has much been happening? It is ok, I promise I am not going to go on and on about the pandemic. We all know the disruption it has caused, economically, socially and in a welfare sense.

The Cipher

The Cipher

Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and Locus Awards, finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award, and named one of io9.com's "Top 10 Debut Science Fiction Novels That Took the World By Storm." With a new afterword by Maryse Meijer, author of Heartbreaker and Rag.

"Black. Pure black and the sense of pulsation, especially when you look at it too closely, the sense of something not living but alive." When a strange hole materializes in a storage room, would-be poet Nicholas and his feral lover Nakota allow their curiosity to lead them into the depths of terror. "Wouldn't it be wild to go down there?" says Nakota. Nicholas says, "We're not." But no one is in control, and their experiments lead to obsession, violence, and a very final transformation for everyone who gets too close to the Funhole.

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Beast Heart

2020 Awards Shortlisters, Longlisters so far!

It is that time of the year and we are already blown away at the showing from our 2020 catalog! We have had Bram Stoker Award Nominee (VELOCITIES, Kathe Koja) & Prelim Ballot (THE ATTIC TRAGEDY, J. Ashley-Smith), BSFA Award Longlist (“THE ROAD TO WOOP WOOP”, Eugen Bacon), Locus Award Prelim Ballot (VELOCITIES, Kathe Koja & THE ROAD TO WOOP WOOP, Eugen Bacon), and Foreword Indies Best Book of the Year finalists (DEPRIVATION, Roy, Freirich; BEAST HEART, Kyle Richardson; ROAD SEVEN, Keith Rosson & THE ROAD TO WOOP WOOP, Eugen Bacon). We loved these books from the start and that’s why we published them, so it warms our heart to see these amazing authors’ babies getting the attention they deserve. We hope you’ll check them out if you haven’t already.

2020 Awards – Shortlisters & Longlisters

Previous Award Winners, Shortlisters, Longlisters

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The Road to Woop Woop & Other Stories
The Cipher
Road Seven
The Attic Tragedy
Velocities: Stories
Beast Heart
Deprivation

Into Bones Like Oil

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Into Bones Like Oil
Carpe Glitter

Claiming T-Mo

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Claiming T-Mo

Collision: Stories

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Collision: Stories

Missing Signal

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Missing Signal

Meet Me in the Strange

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Meet Me in the Strange

Smoke City

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Smoke City
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Kathe Koja

2021 Summer Scares Reading List: The Cipher by Kathe Koja & More

In celebration of National Library Lover’s Day, the Horror Writers Association (HWA), in partnership with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Booklist, announced their third annual Summer Scares Reading List, which includes titles selected by a panel of authors and librarians and is designed to promote horror as a great reading option for all ages, during any time of the year. This year Kathe Koja’s classic Bram Stoker Award winning THE CIPHER is on the list in the adult category!

The Cipher

The Cipher

Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and Locus Awards, finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award, and named one of io9.com's "Top 10 Debut Science Fiction Novels That Took the World By Storm." With a new afterword by Maryse Meijer, author of Heartbreaker and Rag.

"Black. Pure black and the sense of pulsation, especially when you look at it too closely, the sense of something not living but alive." When a strange hole materializes in a storage room, would-be poet Nicholas and his feral lover Nakota allow their curiosity to lead them into the depths of terror. "Wouldn't it be wild to go down there?" says Nakota. Nicholas says, "We're not." But no one is in control, and their experiments lead to obsession, violence, and a very final transformation for everyone who gets too close to the Funhole.

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Paula Guran Reviews Velocities by Kathe Koja for Locus Magazine

Paula Guran at Locus Magazine reviewed Kathe Koja’s Velocities in the November issue of the magazine. Locus magazine is definitely worth checking out if you aren’t already subscribed.

The stories are exquisitely written … An excellent assemblage by a virtuoso writer.

LOCUS MAGAZINE | PAULA GURAN
Velocities: Stories

Velocities: Stories

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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