Eeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkk!! I’m very excited to be welcoming the Deity blog tour to A Knight’s Reads on this February Thursday!
A massive thank you to the amazing Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour and to Orenda Books for my e-copy of Deity. I also purchased myself a copy.
When pop megastar Zach Crystal dies in a fire at his remote mansion, his mysterious demise rips open the bitter divide between those who adored his music and his endless charity work, and those who viewed him as a despicable predator, who manipulated and abused young and vulnerable girls.
Online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the accusations of sexual abuse and murder that were levelled at Crystal before he died. But as Scott begins to ask questions and rakes over old graves, some startling inconsistencies emerge. Was the fire at Crystal’s remote home really an accident? Why was he never officially charged? Are reports of a haunting really true?
Dark, chillingly topical and deeply thought-provoking, Deity is both an explosive, spine-chilling thriller and a startling look at how heroes can fall from grace and why we are willing to turn a blind eye to even the most heinous of crimes…
What Did I Think?
I’ve loved the #SixStories series from the start. Scott King (well Matt Wesolowski) investigates some very sinister supernatural tales so I couldn’t wait to get my hand on Deity. Just the title made me wonder who or what was being exalted to such a title!!
Dead, he might be, but man, the guy has a fucking army of seething, dedicated, maniacal fans.
What Scott uncovers in this series of Six Stories is totally messed up. A pop superstar found dead in his reclusive mansion amid rumours of all things dodgy. Were the rumours the result of jealousy, blackmail, attention seeking from his fans? Did he commit suicide? So so many questions Scott needs to find the answers to in his own unique fashion.
Yet again, Wesolowski delves in to folklore to give his Six Stories episode an unnerving theme. Each book has given me chills, proper chill and the Frithghast is one hell of a scary prospect.
I found Deity heavier and darker than the previous Six Stories. I felt the ever so slight shift to a more human darkness in Crystal made this a more disturbing read… but as with the previous instalments of Scott King’s podcast, I was engrossed and invested to seek the truth of this tale. Another cracking instalment of #SixStories.
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- and 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 the 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. Changeling, the third book in the series, was published in 2019 and was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His fourth book, Beast, won the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Independent Voice Book of the Year award in 2020.