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Kathe Koja

Autor(a) de The Cipher

55+ Works 2,774 Membros 133 Críticas 6 Favorited

About the Author

Kathe Koja was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1960. Her first novel, The Cipher, won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 1992 and the Locus Award. She also won a Deathrealm Award for Strange Angels. Her other adult novels include Bad Brains, Skin, Kink, and Under the Poppy. She also writes mostrar mais young adult novels including Straydog, Buddha Boy, The Blue Mirror, and Going Under. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Inclui os nomes: Kathe Koja, By Kathe Koja

Image credit: Kathe Koja (left) with Walter Jon Williams, 2005 [credit: Cory Doctorow]


Obras por Kathe Koja

The Cipher (1991) 617 exemplares
Buddha Boy (2003) 365 exemplares
Skin (1993) 246 exemplares
Under the Poppy (2010) 231 exemplares
The Blue Mirror (2004) 150 exemplares
Bad Brains (1992) 137 exemplares
Strange Angels (1994) 131 exemplares
Kissing the Bee (2007) 119 exemplares
Talk (2005) 104 exemplares
Straydog (2002) 104 exemplares
Extremities (1998) 98 exemplares
Kink (1996) 83 exemplares
Headlong (2008) 62 exemplares
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 2 (2015) — Editor — 59 exemplares
Going Under (2006) 56 exemplares
Velocities: Stories (2020) 49 exemplares
Dark Factory (2022) 38 exemplares
The Mercury Waltz (2014) 17 exemplares
The Bastards' Paradise (2015) 10 exemplares
Six Stories 10 exemplares
Angels in Love [short story] (1991) 9 exemplares
Dark Park (2023) 8 exemplares
Christopher Wild (2017) 7 exemplares
Distances [short fiction] (1988) 6 exemplares
Skin Deep [short story] (1989) 4 exemplares
Teratisms [short story] (1991) 4 exemplares
Waking the Prince [short story] (1995) 3 exemplares
Ari's Dream (2022) 2 exemplares
Awake 2 exemplares
Leavings [short story] (1993) 2 exemplares
Pas de Deux [short story] (1995) 2 exemplares
At Eventide [short story] (2000) 2 exemplares
Catherine the Ghost (2024) 1 exemplar
Anna Lee 1 exemplar
Lady Lazarus 1 exemplar
Road Trip 1 exemplar
Baby [short story] 1 exemplar
True Colors 1 exemplar
Bondage [short story] (1998) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Snow White, Blood Red (1993) — Contribuidor — 1,758 exemplares
The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest (2002) — Contribuidor — 1,031 exemplares
Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (1995) — Contribuidor — 945 exemplares
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contribuidor — 823 exemplares
A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales (2000) — Contribuidor — 816 exemplares
Love in Vein: Twenty Original Tales of Vampiric Erotica (1994) — Contribuidor — 778 exemplares
The New Weird (2008) — Contribuidor — 521 exemplares
American Gothic Tales (1996) — Contribuidor — 459 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Tenth Annual Collection (1993) — Contribuidor — 432 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection (1992) — Contribuidor — 414 exemplares
Queen Victoria's Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy (2013) — Contribuidor — 376 exemplares
Teeth: Vampire Tales (2011) — Contribuidor — 301 exemplares
Swan Sister: Fairy Tales Retold (2003) — Contribuidor — 293 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Tenth Annual Collection (1997) — Contribuidor — 285 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventh Annual Collection (1990) — Contribuidor — 281 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection (2002) — Contribuidor — 265 exemplares
A Whisper of Blood (1991) — Contribuidor — 256 exemplares
Dark Love (1995) — Contribuidor — 252 exemplares
Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction (2001) — Contribuidor — 250 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourteenth Annual Collection (2001) — Contribuidor — 249 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection (2003) — Contribuidor — 233 exemplares
Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex (1996) — Contribuidor — 204 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection (1992) — Contribuidor — 202 exemplares
The Dark (2003) — Contribuidor — 178 exemplares
Borderlands 3 (1992) — Contribuidor — 151 exemplares
Book of the Dead 2: Still Dead (1954) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge (2005) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
Little Deaths (1995) — Contribuidor — 132 exemplares
Alternate Warriors (1993) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror (2010) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection (2017) — Contribuidor — 125 exemplares
Witch Fantastic (1995) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
Dinosaur Fantastic (1993) — Contribuidor — 120 exemplares
Splatterpunks II: Over the Edge (1993) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
Tombs (1995) — Contribuidor — 114 exemplares
Werewolves and Shape Shifters (2010) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
Vampire Detectives (1995) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
The Best of Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine (1991) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
The Dark of the Woods (2006) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
Twists of the Tale: An Anthology of Cat Horror (1996) — Contribuidor — 87 exemplares
Alternate Outlaws (1994) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 10 (1999) — Contribuidor — 83 exemplares
Wheel of Fortune (1995) — Contribuidor — 78 exemplares
CYBERSEX (1996) — Contribuidor — 77 exemplares
Best New Horror 3 (1992) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 12 (2001) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
Blood and Other Cravings (2011) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
Alternate Tyrants (1997) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook: No. 2 (1989) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Graven Images: Fifteen Tales of Dark Magic and Ancient Myth (2000) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
The Horror Writers Association Presents Peter Straub's Ghosts (1995) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Christmas Ghosts (1993) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
Girls Night Out: Twenty-nine Female Vampire Stories (1997) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
Amazing Stories: The Anthology (1995) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
Universe 2 (1992) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Forbidden Acts (1995) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Isaac Asimov's Aliens (1991) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Future Crime: An Anthology of the Shape of Crime to Come (1991) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Edited By (2020) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
Isaac Asimov's Skin Deep (1995) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Gahan Wilson's the Ultimate Haunted House (1996) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Temporary Walls (1993) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Orphans of Bliss: Tales of Addiction Horror (2022) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Dark Voices 3 (1991) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 40, No. 8 [August 2016] (2016) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Dark Voices 5 (1993) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
With Wounds Still Wet (1984) — Introdução — 9 exemplares
The New Flesh: A Literary Tribute To David Cronenberg (2019) — Prefácio — 7 exemplares
Nowhereville: Weird Is Other People (2019) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Dark Voices 6 (1994) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 139 (April 2018) (2018) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Science Fiction Eye #07, August 1990 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Sny Umarłych - Polski Rocznik Weird Fiction 2019 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


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Detroit, Michigan, USA



I received a copy to review from the publisher. OK, if you're not a HUGE fan of found-footage, you're probably not going to like this. It's rather disjointed, and I have absolutely no clue what was happening in the majority of it. Even after finishing it, I'm at a loss to describe it other than as bits of 3rd part omniscient (for that character, but no other), bits of "notes to self", and bits of... "huh?"
And now I realize this is actually a sequel, and I haven't read the first book yet. I'm going to strongly recommend AGAINST doing that. I'm hoping that once I read the first book, I'll retroactively enjoy this one. If so, I'll change my rating. Otherwise...… (mais)
moniqueleigh | Dec 4, 2023 |
The opening third is fantastic, it gets a bit weaker by length where it introduces a bunch of other stuff that distracts from the central relationship but it's still great. It's about the call of the void and destructive relationships and our desire for things that hurt us and how we want to save others when we can't even save ourselves. And so there's a literal destructive void in it. It's great, both as obvious metaphor and as a literal thing. Nakota is a very unpleasant character and you're constantly wanting the narrator to somehow leave but the pull of people like that is understandable to me - constantly wanting to somehow impress them and also think you have to be there to stop them being self destructive... but in the process we lose ourselves. The extra characters aren't as good but they do show a particular dynamic of hangers on and people desperate to witness *something*, whatever it is. The writing is so, so good and perfectly depicts a constant feeling of griminess, desperation, the dead end of life. And there's good dose of horniness mixed in too - where cumming really is a little death. Really clever, atmospheric and claustrophobic book - sort of on the edge of 5 stars. Also I listened with the quake 1 soundtrack - that kind of industrial ambient suits it well

Was the darkness always there? Was all it needed to infiltrate a lack of determination to keep it out? and had I really done all this to myself, by myself, by being the little I was? I was so tired of hating myself. But I was so good at it, it was such a comfortable way to be, goddamn fucking flotsam on the high seas, the low tide, a little wad of nothing shrugging and saying Hey, sorry, I didn't mean it, I didn't know it was loaded, I didn't think things would turn out this way. It's so easy to be nothing. It requires very little thought or afterthought, you can always find people to drink with you, hang out with you, everybody needs a little nothing in their life, right? Call the specialist when you do. You don't even have to call, chances are I'll already be there, you've just overlooked me because I'm in a corner, crouched like a dustball, a cobweb, my busy little spaced-out grin and oops it seems I've stumbled on some sort of exalted hellhole, Funhole, do excuse me while I let it out, while I let it into my body, while I let it run my life because somebody has to, right? somebody has to take the goddamned brunt even if it's a void.

Even if it's chosen me.

Because how bad can it be, right, if it wants me, how dangerous? If it will settle for a tool this poor HOW BAD CAN IT BE.
… (mais)
1 vote
tombomp | 33 outras críticas | Oct 31, 2023 |
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: "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.


My Review
: Republished thirty years on, this debut horror novel far exceeds my memory of it; when it came out, I wasn't interested in its eldritch overtones and dismissed its literary charms far too readily for that reason. Still not that interested in cosmic horror, as horror anyway, since the crap people do to each other every day scares me a lot more than some Evil Force somehow making people do awful stuff or, sillier still, does awful stuff to them despite being disembodied...possession and so forth come under the heading of mental illness untreated or undiagnosed in my materialist worldview.

But honestly, so what. This is a story, fiction with all that implies. Author Koja's been at this gig for decades now, and it's clear she started strong with this debut. Like all well-made fiction, this novel tells us truths about ourselves and our world. Self-harm, suicidal ideation, depression, all come into the story and are treated with due respect. This being thirty years ago, maybe not the way we'd talk about them now, but they aren't presented as reasons to become a victim.

The power dynamics of this book are very intricate. Upper hands slip. Control falters. People don't behave in reasonable ways, ever! The story unspools at a fairly brisk clip and rewards your attention to its details. Since this is a body horror novel, you know violent changes will be wrought on humans. It's part of our culture to revel in this strange obsession with involuntary body modification and/or death. Not always to my personal taste. This story's main appeal isn't its physical violence but its quieter, less obtrusive dealings with the power within a relationship, how it's used, what it does to the parties involved...and, on that level, this story *rocks*! Can't recommend it unreservedly, see the CWs, but recommend it I do to my fellow #Deathtober fans.
… (mais)
richardderus | 33 outras críticas | Oct 2, 2023 |
Honestly wanted to like this. Wanted to like it so much that I even got it via inter-library loan at the library, something which I am usually loathe to do; nothing against the library, but I am truly terrible at returning books.

Sadly, I didn't. I couldn't get into the setting, the writing style, or the characters. Gave up around page 100.

People would probably enjoy it if they were into the era and a bit of the absurd; as it was, it was just hard for me to take seriously.
lyrrael | 20 outras críticas | Aug 3, 2023 |



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