Jozef Karika (b. 1978) is a bestselling Slovak novelist and journalist; more than 200,000 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), two Golden 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. His newest book The Crack was chosen by readers to win Anasoft Litera Prize.
October 2016, 272 pages
Foreign editions: Poland (Stara szkola)
Rights sold: Macedonia (Antolog)
A thriller, a horror story – Karika takes an opportunity to portray the darkness within us and our society.
A burnt-out man in his thirties comes back to a suburban part of town at the foot of a mountain that conceals a chilling secret – in exceptionally cold winters children go missing. All the failures and disappointments that he has experienced so far are nothing compared to the hell lurking in the place where he grew up. The characters and surroundings are very realistic, although there is a hint of the supernatural and mysterious and the evil is intentionally not specified or explained. This thriller is a masterpiece at evoking a sense of unfounded fear in the reader (like some of Stephen Kings’ works do). Karika also refers to the Dyatlov Pass incident and the mysterious deaths of the members of the expedition that happened in the northern Ural Mountains in 1959. There are some similarities between those stories: the arctic cold, the mountains and the terrifying presence of something intangible and dark. In this haunting novel with elements of the supernatural, Jozef Karika delivers a sensitive narrative about the way our childhood affects our lives. The end of the story is so unexpected it will shock you.
“Karika wrote a horror story that would make even Lovecraft beg his mum to stay with him and to not turn the lights off.”
— Lidové noviny
“Jozef Karika managed to evoke the spirit of the genre that forces us to open our eyes and also see what we have been instinctively hiding from.”