Today I’m delighted to host the blog tour for Beast, the latest in the Six Stories episodes by Matt Wesolowski.
Continuing the unique, explosive Six Stories series, based around six podcasts comes a compulsive, taut and terrifying thriller, and a bleak and distressing look at modern society’s desperation for attention.
Beast will unveil a darkness from which you may never return…
In the wake of the ‘Beast from the East ’ cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old vlogger, Elizabeth Barton, had been barricaded inside what locals refer to as ‘ The Vampire Tower’, where she was later found frozen to death.
Three young men, part of an alleged cult, were convicted of this terrible crime, which they described as a ‘prank gone wrong ’. However, in the small town of Ergarth, questions have been raised about the nature of Elizabeth Barton’s death and whether the
three convicted youths were even responsible.
Elusive online journalist Scott King speaks to six witnesses – people who knew both the victim and the three killers – to peer beneath the surface of the case. He uncovers whispers of a shocking online craze that held the young of Ergarth in its thrall and drove them to escalate a series of pranks in the name of internet fame. He hears of an abattoir on the edge of town, which held more than simple slaughter behind its walls, and the tragic and chilling legend of the Ergarth Vampire…
This book was incredible. This series is incredible. This author is incredible. Completely unique and utterly absorbing, I could not put Beast down. Matt has the ability to tap into the darker side of the society in which we now live. A society consumed by social media, celebrity, likes and followers. We are in the midst of the online generation and seen through the pages of this story, well, it’s utterly terrifying.
The writing is superb. The story told through a series of interviews for a podcast by online journalist Scott King is so very clever. Matt builds the story brilliantly, with six witnesses invited to give their views on what really happened to beautiful, popular, YouTube sensation, Lizzie B – and of course why. With each podcast the plot moves on, a little more is exposed and always there is this hint of darkness that gradually increases in tempo until the full horror is revealed. This is creepy as hell at times and set a tingle up my spine on more than one occasion. Absolutely perfect to curl up with on a cold, stormy night – just don’t expect to get a lot of sleep.
Beast is available now on EBook and paperback. The Audiobook is coming soon – this will be SO AMAZING on audiobook!
Thank you so much to the fabulous Ann Cater for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour and to wonderful, wonderful Karen at Orenda Books for sending me a review copy. As alwasy and absolute exquisite read.
About the author
Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for young people in care. Matt started his writing career in horror, and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous UK- an US-based anthologies such as Midnight Movie Creature, Selfies from the End of the World, Cold Iron and many more. His novella, The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the
USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, and film rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. A prequel, Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller.
You can follow Matt on Twitter at @ConcreteKraken
About the publisher
Orenda Books is a small independent publishing company specialising in literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, and approximately half the list in translation. They’ve been twice shortlisted for the Nick Robinson Best Newcomer Award at the IPG awards, and publisher and owner Karen Sullivan was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2016. In 2018, they were awarded a prestigious Creative Europe grant for their translated books programme. Three authors, including Agnes Ravatn, Matt Wesolowski and Amanda Jennings have been WHSmith Fresh Talent picks, and Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award, won an English PEN Translation Award, and adapted for BBC Radio Four ’s Book at Bedtime. Six titles have been short- or long-listed for the CWA Daggers. Launched in 2014 with a mission to bring more internationa lliterature to the UK market, Orenda Books publishes a host of debuts, many of which have gone on to sell millions worldwide, and looks for fresh, exciting new voices that push the genre in new directions. Bestselling authors include Ragnar Jonasson, Antti Tuomainen, Gunnar Staalesen, Michael J. Malone, Kjell Ola Dahl, Louise Beech, Johana Gustawsson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Sarah Stovell.
Visit their website at www.orendabooks.co.uk
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