Nothing On Earth
by Conor O'Callaghan
'As fine as it is frightening' JOHN BANVILLE
'Strange, beautiful and quietly terrifying' DONAL RYAN, author of The Spinning Heart
'An original story, brilliantly told' Irish Times
'This one will stay with you like your shadow' Guardian
'Like many great works, it could so easily have all gone wrong if it hadn’t been done exactly right' Sunday Independent
It was a time when nobody called. Early evening, the hottest August in living memory.
A frightened girl bangs on a door. A man answers. From the moment he invites her in, his world will never be the same again.
She tells him about her family, and their strange life in the show home of an abandoned housing estate. The long, blistering days spent sunbathing; the airless nights filled with inexplicable noises; the words that appear on the windows, written in dust.
Where is her family now? Is she telling the truth? Can the man be trusted? Beautiful and disturbing, her story – retold in his words – reaches towards those frayed edges of reality where each of us, if only once, glimpses something nobody will ever explain.
(Irish Farmer’s Journal)
This one will stay with you like your shadow, as hard to shake off and as impossible to pin down.
Ominous and fearful . . . this striking debut is a psychological chiller that cleverly resonates with modern concerns
O’Callaghan’s stylish, dark yarn triumphs through the clarity of his prose and confident handling of ambivalence at its most menacing
Quite extraordinary . . . like many great works, it could so easily have all gone wrong if it hadn’t been done exactly right. All that can be done is to give it the highest recommendation: read it, and find out for yourself
Strange, beautiful and quietly terrifying
(Donal Ryan, author of THE SPINNING HEART)
Strange and beguiling . . . very well written, conjuring up a weird listless world
An original story, brilliantly told . . . extraordinary, low-key and pitch-perfect
A very contemporary slice of gothic
Beautifully written and carefully crafted
I greatly admired Conor O'Callaghan's Nothing on Earth, as fine as it is frightening
(Sunday Business Post)
. . . extremely self-assured . . . a haunting debut with subtle horror tones . . . backed by O’Callaghan’s remarkable writing prowess
[A] subtly chilling story. . . leaves the reader with an uncomfortable sense of trepidation
(Pure M Magazine)
A total curveball, Conor O’Callaghan’s book is extraordinary
(RICK O'SHEA, RTE Radio 1)
A stunning, haunting, thrilling and unsettling story