German rights to Granny Hatchet by Marko Hautala sold to DTV

Hautala_kuokkamummo_DTVWe are happy to announce that DTV, publisher of authors including J.R.R. Tolkien and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in Germany, has acquired rights to Marko Hautala’s acclaimed literary horror novel Granny Hatchet (Kuokkamummo, Tammi 2014) for publication in 2016.

DTV has previously published Hautala’s novels Worms (Tammi 2011) and Shrouds (Tammi 2009) to strong reviews.

”The Finnish author turns on the reader’s mental cinema and plays a nerve-racking movie about madness, delusion and betrayal…a scary pleasure.”
Schweizer Familie, Switzerland (on Worms)

“Hautala creates an atmospheric and oppressive mood that builds inside this complex narrative…Shrouds is a real page-turner.”
– We Want Media online publication, Germany (on Shrouds)

Based on a real Finnish urban legend, Granny Hatchet is a mythical creature who kills her young victims with a hatchet and devours their hearts. Hautala’s devilishly dark novel is set in a small town where two characters return to confront their childhood demons.

Granny Hatchet, which has been praised by critics for its intelligent storytelling, literary prowess and compelling characters, will be published in English by AmazonCrossing later this year.

Praise for Granny Hatchet:

”A tour de force…the book startles, terrifies and makes the reader laugh. By far Hautala’s best novel.”
-Ilkka
newspaper, Finland

“The character of Granny Hatchet carries such a chill that the temperature in the pit of a reader’s stomach seems to go down a few degrees.”
-Helsingin Sanomat
newspaper, Finland

“Hautala is a trailblazer who has elevated Finnish horror to a new level.”
Turun sanomat newspaper, Finland

About the author:

Marko Hautala’s (b. 1973) signature blend of psychological thriller and realism has earned him a reputation as the Finnish Stephen King. Beyond his skill of generating spine-tingling fear in his readers, he is also known for his literary mastery and intelligence as a storyteller: Hautala has been awarded the Tiiliskivi Prize in 2008 and the coveted Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for Young Authors for Shrouds (Tammi 2009) in 2010.

RIGHTS SOLD:GRANNY HATCHET
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
WORLD ENGLISH, AmazonCrossing
GERMANY, DTV

RIGHTS SOLD:WORMS
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
GERMANY, DTV
GERMANY (audio), Audioteket

RIGHTS SOLD: SHROUDS
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
GERMANY, DTV
ITALY, Newton Compton

Reading material:
Granny Hatchet:
English sample
English synopsis
Finnish edition
Worms:
Finnish edition
German edition
English sample
Shrouds:
Finnish edition
Italian edition
German edition
English sample

PRIZES:
Kalevi Jäntti Prize 2010
Tiiliskivi Prize 2008
Nominated for the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize 2013 (Seeing Eyes)

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

Marko Hautala

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Marko Hautala’s (b. 1973) unique blend of psychological thriller and realism has attracted readers of all genres, earning him a reputation as the ’Finnish Stephen King’. Skilled at generating spine-tingling fear in his readers, he has been recognised for his literary prowess: his first novel The Self-Illuminated Ones (Itsevalaisevat, 2008) was awarded the Tiiliskivi Prize, and in 2010 Hautala received the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for Young Authors for Shrouds. He was also nominated for the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013 for Seeing Eyes (Unikoira, Tammi 2012). His latest novel, The Whispering Girl was published in autumn 2016 (Tammi).

Bibliography

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Marko Hautala

The Whispering Girl

2016, Crime & Thriller

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Marko Hautala

Granny Hatchet

2014, Crime & Thriller

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Marko Hautala

Worms

2011, Crime & Thriller

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Marko Hautala

Seeing Eyes

2012, Crime & Thriller

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Marko Hautala

Shrouds

2009, Crime & Thriller

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