They say the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts and in this case I couldn’t agree more. Kathe Koja has long been a favorite author, and I’m finding that the folks at Meerkat press have a really good thing going over there. Hell, with the new collection from J.S. Breukelaar getting raves almost unanimously from reviewers, plus other titles like Keith Rosson’s excellent sounding Smoke City looming on the horizon, I would say they’re doing fucking great things over there. Okay, but now, they’re upping their game even further with the addition of two titles from the the aforementioned Koja. One of them, Velocites, being the first collection she’s released since Extremities was published more than twenty years ago. This engenders huge excitement in me, can’t-get-more-stoked excitement, I thought. Yeah, bullshit. Can too. Because they are also finally re-issuing a title many of us have been pining over for a long, long time. And if you’re one of them, you’re already hoping I’m about to say The Cipher. But I’m too excited for that so let me just say, Meerkat Press is re-issuing The motherfucking Cipher!! Funhole, anyone?
But that’s going to be all from me now. Below is the press release, where you’ll find the full details that by now you really want to know, and I’m certain you’ll also find yourself giddy with the same excitement I’ve found in myself. Dig.
For Immediate Release
Meerkat Press to Publish Two Books by Kathe Koja
Meerkat Press is excited to announce the acquisition of two works by Kathe Koja in 2020 from Christopher Schelling at Selectric Artists.
The first book, Koja’s second short fiction collection, VELOCITIES, is dark, disturbing, and heartfelt. It includes thirteen stories, including two never before published, all flying at the speed of strange.
Second is her classic novel of fear, obsession, creation, and destruction, THE CIPHER, which reopens the door on the Funhole with this brand new and long-awaited print edition. It is the winner of the Bram Stoker Award and a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award.
“We are so excited over these books by Kathe Koja. Her writing is dark, gritty and completely addictive—just the way we like it.” says publisher, Tricia Reeks.
Says Koja, “The Funhole is back! I’m always being asked about a new print edition of THE CIPHER, and now the answer is Meerkat Press. And THE CIPHER will be paired with VELOCITIES, my second short fiction collection, 13 stories, including two that are brand-new. I’m delighted to be working with Tricia and the Meerkat team—we plan to have a ton of fun bringing these books to readers.”
About Kathe Koja: Kathe Koja writes novels and short fiction, and creates and produces immersive fiction performances, both solo and with a rotating ensemble of artists. Her work crosses and combines genres, and her books have won awards, been multiply translated, and optioned for film and performance. She is based in Detroit and thinks globally.
About Selectric Artists: Selectric Artists is an agency for literary and talent management, founded and run by Christopher Schelling in 2011. Selectric’s client list spans a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including New York Times bestselling memoirist Augusten Burroughs (Lust & Wonder), YA novelists Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park) and Cinda Williams Chima (Flamecaster) and musicians like New York-based pop-rock duo, the Skivvies.
About Meerkat Press: Meerkat Press is an Atlanta-based independent press committed to publishing irresistible, unforgettable prose and poetry. Their books range from literary to genre fiction with quality the common denominator. Visit them online at www.meerkatpress.com.
Go here to check out Meerkat Press’ Catalog. Yes, you really should.