The Dead House (Hardcover)

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You’ll want to slow waaaay down with this one. This book is all about atmosphere. O’Callaghan, a native to Cork, Ireland -- right around where this novel takes place -- creates a character out of the landscape itself, mysterious, foreboding, beautiful, and tragic. This slow-burn ghost story may not contain the frenzy many readers are accustomed to in modern horror novels, but the steady pacing will guide you right to the end. This spirit of this book lingers, so don’t be surprised if you catch yourself glancing over your shoulder while walking at night in your own house. Despite its length, if you think of this as a short story (O’Callaghan’s modus operandi) you may just enjoy THE DEAD HOUSE even more.  - Garrett

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This best-selling debut by an award-winning writer is both an eerie contemporary ghost story and a dread-inducing psychological thriller. Maggie is a successful young artist who has had bad luck with men. Her last put her in the hospital and, after she's healed physically, left her needing to get out of London to heal mentally and find a place of quiet that will restore her creative spirit. On the rugged west coast of Ireland, perched on a wild cliff side, she spies the shell of a cottage that dates back to Great Famine and decides to buy it. When work on the house is done, she invites her dealer to come for the weekend to celebrate along with a couple of women friends, one of whom will become his wife. On the boozy last night, the other friend pulls out an Ouija board. What sinister thing they summon, once invited, will never go.

Ireland is a country haunted by its past. In Billy O'Callaghan's hands, its terrible beauty becomes a force of inescapable horror that reaches far back in time, before the Famine, before Christianity, to a pagan place where nature and superstition are bound in an endless knot.

About the Author

Billy O'Callaghan won the Irish Book Award for the title story of his collection The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind and is the author of two other short story collections, In Exile and In Too Deep. His debut novel, The Dead House, was an Irish Times bestseller. He was a finalist for the 2016 COSTA Short Story Award, the Glimmer Train Prize, the Faulkner Wisdom Prize, and the Seán Ó Faoláin Award and has published his stories widely on both sides of the Atlantic. He resides in County Cork, Ireland.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781628729139
ISBN-10: 1628729139
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Pages: 224
Language: English