Koja's novel THE CIPHER to be a film

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13 Responses to “Koja's novel THE CIPHER to be a film”

  1. dhalgren says:

    This is AWESOME NEWS!!!

    Her first novel melted my brain out of my ears. I was a huge fan of her early novels. BAD BRAINS, STRANGE ANGELS, and especially SKIN. Her short fiction too was unique. Her voice shattered bones when she first burst upon the scene.

    I’m definitely curious who is going to direct and star in this movie. It has the potential to be mind-blowing awesome – or to suck ass. Either way I’m looking forward to it.

  2. Derek C. F. Pegritz says:

    HOLY SHIT. YES! I’ve been a huge Koja fan until she stopped writing real books and started wasting her talents on kiddie-fodder. This is amazing news!

  3. Quiet Wyatt says:

    Ooh, goody! Of all her pre-kid-lit horror novels, this is the one that’s stuck with me the longest.

    I do wonder (with cautious optimism) how they’re going to translate the cipher itself visually, as one of its central characteristics is its inability to be perceived and/or described by human eyes/words, in the great Lovecraftian tradition of the truly ineffable Other. I hope they don’t go overboard with CGI, and leave some things (as Koja does) to the imagination.

  4. Nadreck says:

    That book was the first one I ever read that I didn’t finish: not because it was badly written but because it was too well written. Much too scary! I think it was especially scary to me because, at the time, I knew some people who’s personalities were way too close to those of the characters in this book. I was worried for weeks that one of them was going to find a naked singularity in a closet in their crappy (and also eerily accurately described) rooming houses and go the way of the characters.

  5. igpajo says:

    I swear I’ve seen a trailer for something like this. Kids in a shed…big black hole under a secret door…the kids tossing stuff into it. But I think they go into it though and it leads to an alternate world or some bizarre hell or something. Can’t remember where I saw it though.
    This book sounds like a trip. Have to check it out.

    • simonbarsinister says:

      I think you are thinking of ‘The Gate’
      Fun little movie. Kids find a hole in their backyard. Nasty mind bending demons and such come out of it.

  6. GoDownMoses says:

    Love, loved this dark and seedy novel. It’s like Lovecraft meets “Will It Blend?”

  7. GoDownMoses says:

    I hope Tommy Wiseau directs/co-stars: “Broom-closet, you are TEARING ME APART!”

  8. UncaScrooge says:

    Speaking as someone who has read way too many horror novels, this thing is in a league of its own. This was the only horror novel I ever read that made me question why the hell I like reading horror novels so much. I literally felt unclean after finishing it and have not cared to revisit it.

    There are no big scares and very little bloodletting. It just takes you to a very depressing and miserable little black hole. Naturally, this review will send some of you scrambling to read it. Much happy fun to you.

    It’s essentially unfilmable. Maybe Kiyoshi Kurosawa (director of “Pulse”) could pull it off.

  9. KBert says:

    This all sends me straight to A-zon.
    Thanks to all!

  10. nfatb says:

    Can’t wait! I actually hope they end up with a small budget and a director with a little bit of self-restraint – that combination could keep it from sucking. Loved her since reading her short fiction in F&SF before the novels – even some of the shorts would be virtually unfilmable, hoping they find a way to pull this off.

  11. defacebook says:

    Oddly, there’s no sign of it on the IMDb, but good news nonetheless. Congrats, Kathe.

  12. dragonfly10305 says:

    This is a wonderful book… and I would have to agree with some of the other commenters – I don’t see how it could be filmed effectively.

    If anyone’s in NYC, she’s going to be reading November 17th:
    http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

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