Dermot Somers has been rock-climbing and mountaineering all over the world, from the Alps to the Himalayas. He was a member of the expedition to Changtse (Tibet) in 1987, to Manaslu (Nepal) in 1991 and to Everest (Tibet) in 1993. He has published three books of stories: Mountains and Other Ghosts (Diadem Books, 1990); At the Rising of the Moon (Baton Wicks, 1994); and, Collected Short Stories (Baton Wicks, 2004). In 2005 his book Endurance (O'Brien Press) was an historical and mythological account of famous journeys throughout Ireland. At the Rising of the Moon won the Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature. He was also awarded the Oireachtas Prize for Rince ar na Ballaí (Cois Life, 2002). Ar Muir is ar Sliabh (Cois Life, 2010) was published in 2010. He has made three television series for TG4 and RTÉ; Cuairt na Cruinne (Best Documentary Award, Celtic Film & TV Festival for a programme about the Eiger), An Bealach ó Dheas and Turas Feasa. He has also made travel programmes with shepherds with CTL Films. The series is called Turais i mBaol - An tSibéir (2001); An Sahára (2002); An Iaráin (2004); and the fourth - Trasna na Himiléithe, Dolpo, Neipeal (2008).
With the aid of maps and photographs, Dermot Somers -- mountaineer, Gaelic scholar, TV presenter, and writer -- follows in the footsteps of these epic journeys, revealing the people, the cultures, the times, the places and the echoes surviving in our landscape -- from Art O'Neill's icy grave in the Wicklow mountains to the ringfort-hiding place of the brown bull in the secret valley of the Cooley Mountains.
Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world—a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.
Something is out there . . .
Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.
Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?
Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?
Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.