Jozef Karika (b. 1978) is a bestselling Slovak novelist and journalist; more than 350,000 hardcover copies of his works have been sold in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Karika was the top Slovak novelist of 2014 in the prestigious Martinus Book of the Year competition. Karika is the winner of the Golden Pen (awarded by Slovak literary critics), six Golden Books and two Platinum Books for his bestselling works, and several other literary and journalism prizes. His two novels Fear and Black Game have been published in the Czech Republic by our publishing house. The book Black Game ranked among the bestselling books of 2015 and earned him the Golden Pen Award. Fear was classified as the horror of the year 2017 in Poland. The Rift was chosen by readers to win Anasoft Litera Prize. The Slovak company DNA Production has filmed an epic miniseries based on this novel directed by Peter Bebjak (the owner of the Czech Lion Award). The series recorded the most popular premiere with the viewwers in the history of Slovak cinematography.
MORE THAN 350,000 COPIES OF HIS WORKS HAVE BEEN SOLD IN SLOVAKIA AND IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
October 2017, 336 pages
MORE THAN 70. 000 COPIES SOLD
Available material: English sample
Foreign editions: Poland (Stara szkola), Macedonia (Antolog)
A thriller, a horror story – Karika takes an opportunity to portray the darkness within us and our society.
Igor, an unemployed university graduate, discovers the testimonies of Walter Fischer, a psychiatric patient. Fischer had disappeared mysteriously in the Tribeč Mountains seventy years ago. When he equally mysteriously reappeared two months later, his body was covered with strange burns and injuries. He was disoriented and couldn’t explain what had happened to him. He never recovered. Igor continues his investigation and, to his astonishment, finds that Fischer’s case was not at an isolated incident. The first mentions of mysterious disappearances in these mountains date back to the distant past, and the number of spine-chilling cases is increasing. Igor, his girlfriend Mia, conspiracy theorist Andrej, and hard-core sceptic David begin to dig deeper into the mystery and unearth a truth which is far more terrifying than any fantasy. They embark on an expedition into the forests of the Tribeč Mountains, where they experience something that defies human understanding. Their initially innocent quest ends in tragedy. This mystery, as they find out, has teeth.
The Rift was chosen by readers to win Anasoft Litera Prize. The Slovak company DNA Production has filmed an epic miniseries based on this novel directed by Peter Bebjak (the owner of the Czech Lion Award). The series recorded the most popular premiere with the viewers in the history of Slovak cinematography. More than a quarter million viewers have seen the movie by Peter Bebjak based on Jozef Karika original story.
From 13th April also in British cinemas.
“The Rift is redolent of the madness-induced questions that give you goosebumps as you read. Reminiscent of such films as Blair Witch, The Hills Have Eyes and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, after you have read this work it doesn’t matter whether it is a hoax or a true story.”
“Karika’s horror is a unique contribution to the topography of weird places, perhaps comparable with Laird Barron’s Washington, with its roots going back to Lovecraft’s para-scientific tales.”