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The Dead House

The Dead House

Billy O'Callaghan

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Young artist Maggie Turner moves from London to Allihies and buys an abandoned pre-Famine cottage. She is keen to concentrate on her art, but fragile after a broken relationship. While isolation seems romantic, the house is not the paradise she imagines. A modern ghost story by a masterful writer.

Attempting to rebuild her life after a violent relationship, Maggie Turner, a successful young artist, moves from London to Allihies and buys an ancient abandoned cottage. Keen to concentrate on her art, she is captivated by the wild beauty of her surroundings. After renovations, she hosts a house-warming weekend for friends. A drunken game with a Ouija board briefly descends into something more sinister, as Maggie apparently channels a spirit who refers to himself simply as 'The Master'.

The others are visibly shaken, but the day after the whole thing is easily dismissed as the combination of suggestion and alcohol. Maggie immerses herself in her painting, but the work devolves, day by day, until her style is no longer recognisable. She glimpses things, hears voices, finds herself drawn to certain areas: a stone circle in the nearby hills, the reefs at the west end of the beach behind her home ... A compelling modern ghost story from a supremely talented writer.

From the Costa Short Story Award Finalist, Billy O'Callaghan.

‘a welcome voice to the pantheon of new Irish writing’   Edna O’Brien

Additional Information

Author Billy O'Callaghan
Publisher The O'Brien Press
Publication date 13 Apr 2017
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781847178879

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