Ofir Touche Gafla was born in Israel in 1968. Before he became a novelist, he wrote scripts for animation, a rock opera (Quartet & Quinteta), a series of short stories (Bodycase) and a children's story (“The Case of Dr. Op and the Serious Plague”) for the Rotterdam Festival, a short story (“King Papaya”) accompanying an instrumental CD by Kobi Israelite, and more. His first book, The World of the End, was published in 2004 and became a bestseller and a cult book. It also won the 2005 Geffen Award for the best fantasy/science fiction novel of the year and the 2006 Kugel Award for Hebrew literature. His later novels include The Cataract in the Mind’s Eye (2005), Behind the Fog (2007), and The Day the Music Died (2010). He has also published many short stories in magazines and anthologies. He teaches creative writing in the Sam Spiegel School of TV and Cinema in Jerusalem.