Beast (Six Stories, Book 4)

December 8, 2020
Beast (Six Stories, Book 4)

Elusive online journalist Scott King examines thechilling case of a young vlogger found frozen to death in thelegendary local 'vampire tower', in another explosive episode ofSix Stories...'Matt Wesolowski brilliantly depicts a desperate and disturbedcorner of north-east England in which paranoia reigns and goodnessis thwarted. It's a big ask to come up with a new vampire tale, butWesolowski achieves it magnificently. He is an exceptionalstoryteller' Andrew Michael Hurley'Disturbing, compelling and atmospheric, it will terrifyand enthral you in equal measure' M WCraven'Beautufully written, smart, compassionate – and scary as hell.Matt Wesolowski is one of the most exciting and original voices incrime fiction' Alex NorthA frozen girlA haunted townA deadly challengeSix StoriesWhich one is true?In the wake of the 'Beast from the East' cold snap that ravagedthe UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on theNorthumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old Vlogger, ElizabethBarton, had been barricaded inside what locals refer to as 'TheVampire Tower', where she was later found frozen to death.Three young men, part of an alleged 'cult', were convicted ofthis terrible crime, which they described as a 'prank gone wrong'.However, in the small town of Ergarth, questions have been raisedabout the nature of Elizabeth Barton's death and whether the threeconvicted youths were even responsible.Elusive online journalist Scott King speaks to six witnesses –people who knew both the victim and the three killers – to peerbeneath the surface of the case. He uncovers whispers of a shockingonline craze that held the young of Ergarth in its thrall and drovethem 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 thansimple slaughter behind its walls, the tragic and chilling legendof the 'Ergarth Vampire...Both a compulsive, taut and terrifying thriller, and a bleak anddistressing look at modern society's desperation forattention, Beast will unveil a darkness fromwhich you may never return...Praise for the Six Stories series'First-class plotting' SMagazine'A dazzling fictional mystery' ForewordReviews'Readers of Kathleen Barber's Are YouSleeping and fans of Ruth Ware will enjoy this slim butcompelling novel' Booklist'Insidiously terrifying, with possibly the creepiest woodssince The Blair Witch Project ... a genuinechiller with a whammy of an ending' C JTudor'Endlessly inventive and with literary thrills a-plenty, MattWesolowski is boldly carving his own uniquely dark niche infiction' Benjamin Myers'Frighteningly wonderful ... one of the best books I've read inyears' Khurrum Rahman'Bold, clever and genuinely chilling' DeidreO'Brien, Sunday Mirror'A genuine genre-bending debut' CarlaMcKay, Daily Mail'Impeccably crafted and gripping from start to finish'Doug Johnstone, The Big Issue'The very epitome of amust-read' Heat'Wonderfully horrifying ... the suspensecrackles' James Oswald'Original, inventive and dazzlingly clever' FionaCummins'A complex and subtle mystery, unfolding like dark origami toreveal the black heart inside' Michael MarshallSmith'Haunting, horrifying, and heartrending. Fans of Arthur Machen,whose unsettling tale The White People provides anepigraph, will want to check this oneout' Publishers...