Viking has acquired The Cypher Files by Dimitris Chassapakis, a new puzzle book from the creator of crowdfunded Journal 29 and Journal 29: Revelation.
World rights in all languages were acquired by editorial director Tom Killingbeck directly from the author. It will be published on 5th November this year.
Its synopsis explains: “The Cypher Files builds on the concept of Journal 29, the Kickstarter-funded puzzle book that has sold over 20,000 copies since being self-published in 2017. In this unique interactive game, readers will be placed in the shoes of an agent of CY.P.H.E.R., an international codebreaking agency dealing in impossible cases. They’ll solve puzzles on every page, and obtain keys to move forward by submitting answers online via QR codes. To solve each puzzle, readers will need to think outside the box: writing, drawing, searching, folding pages and thinking laterally to solve a compelling and disturbing mystery. All they’ll need to play is a pencil, an internet connection, and a curious mind.”
Chassapakis said: "The response to Journal 29 has been incredible, and it’s been amazing to hear from readers around the world who have wrestled with its puzzles. With this new book I’ve been able to be more ambitious with my puzzle-building, and incorporate exciting new elements. I can’t wait to work with Penguin to bring The Cypher Files to readers this Christmas."
Tom Killingbeck said: “After playing Journal 29 last Christmas I felt Dimitris had reconceived the ‘puzzle book’ as something truly innovative, that makes the most of the kind of storytelling experience that only books can provide. His ingenious game mechanics and interactive elements make him the most exciting author working in this space internationally, and I can’t wait to unleash his devilish puzzles in physical bookshops for the first time, in the UK and further afield.”