Kathe Koja and John Skipp In Conversation

Kathe Koja spoke with John Skipp about her new immersive novel, Dark Factory!

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

John Skipp’s 2021 Splatterpunk Lifetime Achievement Award encapsulates his long, weird, colorful career as a Rondo award-winning filmmaker (TALES OF HALLOWEEN), Stoker Award-winning anthologist (DEMONS, MONDO ZOMBIE), and New York Times bestselling author (THE LIGHT AT THE END, THE SCREAM) whose books have sold millions of copies in a dozen languages worldwide. His first anthology, BOOK OF THE DEAD, laid the foundation in 1989 for modern zombie literature. He also co-wrote one of the gnarliest episodes of Shudder’s CREEPSHOW Season One, and releases wild art (his own, and that of others) through his Fungasm Press, Fungasm Records and Fungasm Films.

From splatterpunk founding father to bizarro elder statesman, Skipp has influenced a generation of horror and counterculture artists around the world. His latest (and last) book of fiction is DON’T PUSH THE BUTTON. His two new albums of original music are CRY ME A RAINBOW and THE ANTIDOTE TO FEAR. And his new short film (currently screening at festivals worldwide) is DOPPELBANGER.

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