From acclaimed author Kathe Koja comes the highly anticipated paperback reissue of her award-winning horror classic 


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.


"A tour de force of style, horror, strong emotion, fear and obsession." —Writer's Digest


"UNFORGETTABLE … [THE CIPHER] takes you into the lives of the dark dreamers that crawl on the underbelly of art and culture. Seldom has language been so visceral and so right, the phrases sometimes pinpricks looking for a witch's mark and sometimes knife thrusts to the heart." —Scott Winnett, Locus

The Cipher by Kathe Koja

  • Meerkat Press 2020

    New paperback

    260 pages