Aurealis Magazine reviewer, Clare Rhoden, weighed in on the reissue of Kathe Koja’s horror cult-classic, THE CIPHER, back in print after almost 30 years! A superb review from a superb magazine!

This is engrossing suburban horror that demands the reader’s attention. It spins a web of
fascination as strong as the destructive miasma of the Funhole itself.

Clare Rhoden, Aurealis Magazine, ISSUE 134

Aurealis #134

It has been ages since I have sat in the editorial chair here at Aurealis. Has much been happening? It is ok, I promise I am not going to go on and on about the pandemic. We all know the disruption it has caused, economically, socially and in a welfare sense.

The Cipher

The Cipher

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.

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