The Dead House

The Dead House

Billy O'Callaghan

Billy O'Callaghan

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.
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In Exile

In Exile

Billy O'Callaghan

Billy O'Callaghan

"Billy O'Callaghan's writing evokes a sense of longing for place and the familiar. His characters are rendered with a lyrical stoicism that lends dignity to all our struggles." Suzanne McConnell - Bellevue Literary Review. "Billy's short stories are always a pleasure to read ...' John Dolan - Evening Echo. In Exile is an eclectic collection of short stories from one of Ireland's brightest literary talents. A marriage is arranged, shot-gun style; a terrorist is called upon for one last horrific job; a soldier recalls the trauma of his first kill; an artist, out of pity and loneliness, befriends a hunchback. And in the title story, a man who has built a comfortable life for himself is given a stark reminder of his past, the things from which he has been saved and what he has lost. These poignant stories give a rare and evocative glimpse into the days and nights of lost people - the weary and the vulnerable. Those whose lives have been wrenched apart, either by the inexorable tilt...
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