Eeeekkkkkkk!!! I’m thrilled to be hosting a spot on the epic blog tour for the fourth #SixStories instalment BEAST!
A massive thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for my invite to join the blog tour and my e-copy of Beast!
Elusive online journalist Scott King examines the chilling case of a young vlogger found frozen to death in the legendary local ‘vampire tower’, in another explosive episode of Six Stories… 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, the tragic and chilling legend of the ‘Ergarth Vampire‘… Both 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…
What Did I Think?
Welcome to the latest instalment of #SixStories from Matt Wesolowski. Those of you keen listeners…I mean followers will know I adore this series. It’s quite a unique series in its set up and genre. I love the podcast feel to the chapters, the question is…. did Beast live up to its three older siblings??
Yet again, this tale is based on folklore and fear, this time with the age old legend of vampires! The town of Ergarth lives for the legend of the Beast from the East. There is a sense of foreboding to this place from the start and our tenacious podcaster feels that as he explores the town and interviews those in the know about the death of Elizabeth Barton. It would appear to be clean cut with three convictions being had at the time but nothing is quite as it seems…
Wesolowski gives Ergarth a sinister reputation. Not somewhere I’ll be adding to my bucket list anytime soon. The description of the atmosphere and the town is chilling. But the whole enigma of Tankerville Tower really ignited my imagination.
This is another cracking addition to the #SixStories series. Wesolowski is making his stories creepier and creepier as the books go along. His writing gives me the heebie jeebies……and I love it!!!! Bring on Episode 5!!
Who Is Matt Wesolowski?
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.