The Cipher (Paperback)

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It feels like something you'd find in the dirty slush and snow. Like you took it home and rinsed off its opalescent oil slick coating, like you scratched at the hard parts with a safety pin until you got to the hurting red wet tender underneath. This nasty, sexy, violent fright of a book. It's pretty, too.

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Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and Locus Awards, finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award, and named one of'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.

About the Author

Kathe Koja writes novels and short fiction, and creates and produces immersive fiction performances, both solo and with a rotating ensemble of artists.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781946154330
ISBN-10: 1946154334
Publisher: Meerkat Press
Publication Date: September 15th, 2020
Pages: 260
Language: English