The Cipher

The Cipher

Nicholas is a would-be poet and video-store clerk with a weeping hole in his hand - weeping not blood, but a plasma of tears...

It began with Nakota and her crooked grin. She had to see the dark hole in the storage room down the hall. She had to make love to Nicholas beside it, and stare into its secretive, promising depths. Then Nakota began her experiments: First, she put an insect into the hole. Then a mouse...

Now from down the hall, the black hole calls out to Nicholas every day and every night. And he will go to it. Because it has already seared his flesh, infected his soul, and started him on a journey of obsession - through its soothing, blank darkness into the blinding core of terror...

Title:The Cipher
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780440207825
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    The Cipher Reviews

  • Char

    THE CIPHER! I don't even know what to say.I've only recently joined the church of Koja. It may not be as big as some, Stephen King's say, but there are joys to be found in smaller congregations.This i...

  • Michelle

    Man, I hate reviewing books when it's a premise you love and writing you love but the story itself leaves much to be desired. I have wanted to read this book for years and when Edelweiss had a copy of...

  • Jonathan Janz

    Kathe Koja is an artist who writes like no one else I've ever read. As I sometimes do, I read this more for the writing than the story, which isn't a criticism at all, but rather a compliment to the w...

  • Gregor Xane

    But what did it all mean?If you don't like reading books where that's the question you're left with after turning the final page, this might not be the thing for you.This book is like a Rorschach spla...

  • Quill

    The BasicsNicholas and Nakota have found a hole in the storage room of Nicholas’s apartment building. It’s far from normal, holds some mysterious power, and compels them to play with fire again an...

  • Ethan

    Was the darkness always there? Was all it needed to infiltrate a lack of determination to keep it out?Another huge disappointment, and my second one-star reading adventure in my last three books. Have...

  • Will Errickson

    Truly one of my favorite horror novels of all time. I was fortunate enough to buy it around the time it came out, when I was hungry for horror fiction far removed from the bestseller likes of King, Sa...

  • Jessica Woodbury

    This year, THE CIPHER is getting reissued by Meerkat Press, which is how one of these classic horror titles I've heard about for ages but haven't been able to find finally made it into my hands. Someh...

  • Andy Smith

    I found this a little bit difficult to read, though I made fairly fast progress with it anyway. I think it's because the punctuation is a bit odd, almost like a stream of consciousness in places. I fo...

  • Charles Dee Mitchell

    Just about everyone has known at least one guy who always hooked up with crazy girlfriends. In that same vein, who hasn't known girls whose boyfriends were invariably losers. Nicholas and Nakota, the ...