This Sunday’s guest: author Kathe Koja

In case you missed the announcement: My guest this Sunday is author Kathe Koja.  If you want to read one of her books before then, The Cipher (one of my favorites) is available on Kindle, and so is Skin.

In my opinion, Kathe Koja’s books exemplify Weird Fiction.

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The Cipher: Kathe Koja’s classic, award-winning horror novel is finally available as an ebook.  Nicholas, a would-be poet, and Nakota, his feral lover, discover a strange hole in the storage room floor down the hall – “Black. Pure black and the sense of pulsation, especially when you look at it too closely, the sense of something not living but alive.” It begins with curiosity, a joke – the Funhole down the hall. But then the experiments begin. “Wouldn’t it be wild to go down there?” says Nakota. Nicholas says “We’re not.” But they’re not in control, not from the first moment, as those experiments lead to obsession, violence, and a very final transformation for everyone who gets too close to the Funhole.  THE CIPHER was the winner of the 1991 Bram Stoker Award, and was recently named one of’s Top 10 Debut Science Fiction Novels That Took the World By Storm. Long out-of-print and much sought-after, it is finally available as an ebook, with a new foreword by the author.

SkinTess welds metal. Bibi molds flesh. Together, they make art that moves,dances, burns, and bleeds, and the Surgeons of the Demolition become the hottest ticket in town. But Bibi wants more, always more, no matter who gets hurt. And Tess needs to burn, no matter what.  Thirty years ago, SKIN changed the landscape of dark fiction forever. And now the girls are back in town.

Explore more Kathe Koja books here.

One response to “This Sunday’s guest: author Kathe Koja

  1. Hello! Quite a curious lead into the book authored by Kathe Koja THE CIPHER, and the review worked well. But I question, where in the world did Ms. Koja get her idea for the development of the dark, black hole as a entrance into the other world of weird writings. Is it from the BLACK HOLES in space, Jules Verne, HG Wells. Oh yes, LOVECRAFTIAN origin. That this book is scary to me frightens me even more since I have looked at holes in old buildings, into basements, cellers and cold storages.
    My husband lived in a house that was built in the 14th Century in The Netherlands. The house had two basements, approached through different means. He said the basement used during WWII was scary and hard to enter, but the other basement held very old furniture and machines. It was so dark and cold. In one part of the house, the boys could peek into the basement through a hole.
    The reviewer uses unusual leads and the leads are terrifically well written. Thanks! I am going to read the book by Koja, scared but glad we do not have a basement or hole into the ground from our home. Thanks! ATK


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