Slovenian rights sold for Finlandia 2023 winner THE HORNED GOD by Magdalena Hai!

We are thrilled to let you know that the Slovenian rights for THE HORNED GOD (orig. Sarvijumala), the Finlandia Prize-winning YA novel by Magdalena Hai, have been acquired by Didakta! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Didakta is a Slovenian publisher whose titles, both Slovenian and foreign, range from literary fiction to travel books and from encyclopedias to children’s titles. Their children’s and YA authors include Philip Reeve, Krister P. Jansson, Luke Pearson, Olivier Adam, Sven Nordqvist, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

An authentic story of a teenage Finnish traffic accident survivor picking up the pieces of his shattered life that doesn’t get any easier when a menacing presence from an otherworldly dimension enters the picture. Before too long, Magdalena Hai takes the reader over the edge of reality, not forgetting the real life of contemporary Finnish youth and its misfits looking for love and fun as well as how to mend a damaged relationship.
– Tadej Trebec, translator, Slovenia

This is already the third deal for this captivating and thrilling YA novel, described as a book that has a strong atmosphere, that skillfully depicts the internal and external worlds of contemporary young adults, and that is a joy and a thrill to read.

Rights are available in many territories, e.g., US, UK, Germany, Poland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain…

We are also happy to remind you that the latest FILI translation grant application round is ongoing and will last until February 1st!
You can find more information here: Translation and printing grants for publishers outside Finland – FILI

Now is the perfect time to acquire the rights for this or any of the other amazing titles on our list!

Download the materials for THE HORNED GOD here!

The Horned God

Magdalena Hai

Winner of the Finlandia Prize of 2023! Nominated for the Topelius Award of 2024!

Creeping horror for the YA audience

When death touches your life, everything changes.

Lauri wakes up in the hospital after a fatal car crash and he doesn’t remember much about it. Mom is dead and now life has changed drastically.

When Lauri starts his slow recovery in a small town at his aunt’s house, he has an unpleasant feeling that everything is not right. The dead don’t stay dead and the beautiful neighbor Vilja-Maaria doesn’t want to live. When an ominous creature with antlers appears behind the window, Lauri begins to see nightmarish dreams that feel too real.

Otava, 2023, 162 pp.
Age group: 13+

English sample and synopsis
Finnish manuscript

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
NORWAY: Gursli Berg

About author

Magdalena Hai

Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series has been sold to 30 territories around the world. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the Finlandia Prize for children's and YA literature and the Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated  the Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.


2023, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 4: The Crystal Skull

Magdalena Hai

2023, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Horned God

Magdalena Hai

2021, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Spell of Iset

Magdalena Hai

2021, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 3: Sticky the Horrible Snowman

Magdalena Hai

2020, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Miss Swift’s Weird and Wonderful House

Magdalena Hai

2019, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 2: The Mystery of the Missing Teeth

Magdalena Hai

2018, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Third Sister

Magdalena Hai

2018, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 1: The Terrible Tickling Powder

Magdalena Hai

2017, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Grumblebelly Cat

Magdalena Hai

2012, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

The Beggar Princess

Magdalena Hai