"To read The Cipher is to drink from the river Styx."
"There was never a book like it, a complete mindfuck."
"This wasn't a story with something horrible thrown in. It was real life with a poison in it. Amazing stuff."
"To say The Cipher changed my view of horror fiction might, in fact, be understating the case."
"Entirely original, unlike anything I had read before...The Cipher introduced a new sort of dread.""I read it...as if instead of a book it was a magic spell that had me caught fast in the weird cold iridescent syrup of its nightmarish world. It remains my most favorite horror novel, the one I judge all others by, a perfect work of utterly original, wildly delicious horrifying menace."
And that's twenty-one years later.
Which brings me to my rejected copy line for the new edition: "What fresh hole is this?" C'mon, it's got a ring to it...