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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Are original Abyss paperbacks of “The Cipher” a rarity? The Island of Dr. It was like reading facebook status updates of some people.

In that same vein, cilher hasn’t known girls whose boyfriends were invariably losers. Pure black and the sense of pulsation, especially kojw you look at it too closely, the sense of something not living but alive, not even something but some —process.

Some wonderfully macabre ideas in a complex outsider novel. This novel is both, and it is the only novel that I can truthfully describe as nightmare-inducing. But Koja is not your typical genre writer. She may love him. The ending was inevitable, but it didn’t explain what happened to Nicholas.

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Nicholas is reluctant, but he becomes an unwilling part of the mystery after a storage room mishap leads him to place his right arm into its abyss. It was a read you definitely had cipheg be committed to, but the idea really intrigued me so maybe I’ll have to check out Cipher too.


This is a wholly unsettling, and unique, read. The collaborative schemes of these two damaged souls will be the destruction of not just themselves but many, many others.

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Nicholas ,athe Nakota, the central characters in The Cipher mathe, are made for each other. View all 4 comments. Mar 04, Robert rated it liked it Kahte There are lots of fights, drifting in and out of consciousness, and then more fights.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. She mixes in puns, jokes, allusions, barbs, philosophical asides, and in general convinces the reader that our inept hero Nicholas may have failed in his calling as poet, but still has a way with words as narrator of his personal horror story. Written in poetic and hallucinogenic prose, this is the dirty, raw unraveling of the human psyche. Just more of the same, world without end.

It gradually builds tension, beginning with a bit of an interest in the hole, eventually turning into a full-blown obsession. Maybe the house in House of Leaves, or the videotape in Koji Suzuki’s The Ring also published in – great minds think alikein how a lump of plastic embodies inescapable, remorseless evil.

However, I felt the story never really went anywhere. I think this author is awesome and I know almost nothing about her. So, this was a nasty tge dark book of fun.


Nicholas, our narrator, is a down-on-his-luck video store clerk. It’s an unrelentingly bleak tale of what happens to two young semi-destitutes Nicholas and Nakota after they discover a hole in the floor of Nick’s apartment’s storage closet. Richard BleilerEd. Thanks for reading, guys. Pure black and the sense of pulsation, especially when you look at it too closely, the sense of something not living but alive.

It’s Not Good Bad, I She is jealous of his relationship with the Funhole. It creates its own claustrophobic world so convincingly that it comes as a shock when you learn that some characters have to leave for work or visit their mothers.

I was thoroughly sickened, Yet I was still completely obsessed and enthralled all the cipherr to the end. G host Stories of an Antiquary By M.

I sort of identified with the insular characters and their existential plight wh Truly one of my favorite horror novels of all time. This page was last edited on 25 Januaryat To purchase, click on image. Nicholas eventually becomes the unwitting instrument of the Funhole.