The Dead House

The Dead House

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Longlisted for the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Sometimes the past endures--and sometimes it never lets go.

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.
Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781628729139
Characteristics: 202 pages ;,22 cm


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BPLpicks Jun 10, 2019

The West Coast of Ireland usually prompts images of an idyllic place to get away. For Maggie, it was supposed to be a fresh start, away from the big city and away from her run of bad luck, with bad men. Instead, this contemporary ghost story explores the more menacing side of Ireland, the part where its rugged landscape and history steeped in deep tradition and folklore, create an isolating atmosphere.

Aug 19, 2018

This was a great ghost story.. The writer can take you with his words to the cottage by the sea. The only problem I had with the book is that the first 100 page felt like filler, good filler but still it seemed to take a long time to get to anything scary. And then the book was was over.. Loved the ending

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