Five Books* That Bring All the Vibes

(*and book-adjacent experiences)

by Kathe Koja

Whenever a new book comes out, one way to decide if we want to read it is to compare it to other books, not only for its genre but for its bedrock literary vibe. The feelings and sensations a narrative conjures can be just as compelling, and just as important, as the story being told.

My own new book, Dark Factory (Meerkat Press May 2022,, is an immersive novel that takes place on the page, online, and in the physical world: one character conducts interviews with fictional and non-fictional folks, an onsite art contest is in full swing, and virtual and real-world launches are in the works.

So what are the vibing partners to Dark Factory? I considered all kinds of narrative experiences, and ended up on the dancefloor, and the desert, drunk on caffeine, on the edge of the void . . . The linking feelings in all these works are discovery and abandon, an expansion of life, and a kind of fear that might be a kind of wonder, too. If any of these artful experiences speak to you, then you may have a very good time at Dark Factory.

1) An Annotated Alice, and her sisters

2) Taking a switchback metaphysical ride with Philip K. Dick

 The Philip K Dick book I love most…

The Philip K Dick book I love most…, courtesy of The Guardian

3) Building the new body of the Burning Man

The First Year in the Desert by Louis M. Brill

The First Year in the Desert by Louis M. Brill, courtesy of

4) Watching filmic provocateur Gaspar Noé’s “Climax’” or “Enter the Void”

Gaspar Noé on the Easter eggs hidden in plain sight in Climax

Gaspar Noé on the Easter eggs hidden in plain sight in Climax, courtesy of Polygon

5) Drinking a double nootropic espresso

This one you can serve yourself. 🙂

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. She can be found at

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Welcome to Dark Factory! You may experience strobe effects, Y reality, DJ beats, love, sex, betrayal, triple shot espresso, broken bones, broken dreams, ecstasy, self-knowledge, and the void.

Dark Factory is a dance club: three floors of DJs, drinks, and customizable reality, everything you see and hear and feel. Ari Regon is the club’s wild card floor manager, Max Caspar is a stubborn DIY artist, both chasing a vision of true reality. And rogue journalist Marfa Carpenter is there to write it all down. Then a rooftop rave sets in motion a fathomless energy that may drive Ari and Max to the edge of the ultimate experience.

Dark Factory is Kathe Koja’s wholly original new novel from Meerkat Press, that combines her award-winning writing and her skill directing immersive events, to create a story that unfolds on the page, online, and in the reader’s creative mind.

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