November 2018, 208 pages
Available material: English sample
Rights sold: Poland (Stara szkola)
A thriller, a horror story – Karika takes an opportunity to portray the darkness within us and our society.
A screenwriter comes to an isolated cabin in the Slovak mountains, hoping to escape the pressures of work and the stress of his marriage – but his peaceful get-away turns into a nightmare with the arrival of an uninvited and unknown guest. Is it a wild animal? A local ghost? A sadistic criminal? Without its doors ever being locked, the cabin becomes a prison, and our protagonist must fight for his very survival. From the experimental Slovak novelist comes a gripping thriller that will keep you awake at night.
“The Dark by the Slovak writer Jozef Karika is a book you’ll need to wrap yourself in a blanket and put the kettle on to read. The iciness that seeps from every sentence will chill your bones.“
“Jozef Karika’s books rank among the very best psychological horrors out there – and I don’t mean just in Central Europe.“
– Pardubický deník