Beast by Matt Wesolowski


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…

My Review


Seductively dark and compulsively gritty, this is a glimpse into todays society and the social media obsessed generation.

Told in a series of podcasts it takes a cleverly unique way of story telling as it follows the narrator of these podcasts, Scott King, as he takes his own investigation to the small seaside town of Ergarth and the murder of local internet star, Elizabeth Barton. The body of Elizabeth was discovered locked inside a derelict building known to the locals as the vampire tower. Her assailants, three local lads, are currently serving their sentence for her murder, but not everyone is as convinced as the authorities that the right people are behind bars.

Each episode of his pod cast Scott King interviews some of the locals who knew the victim and her killers and who knew about the online craze that was rife at the time of her death.

Will his investigation lead him to the truth of what really happened that night or will it only result in creating more questions and speculations?

This is the fourth book in the Six Stories series but I wasn’t aware of the previous books when I began this book but it read perfectly well as a stand-alone novel but now the first three have been added to my tbr pile!

With a small cast of memorable characters, a relatable small seaside town and its stark dig into the darker side of social media and the internet this will be one book that will appeal to a wide range of readers and leave everyone with pause for thought.

Beast was published on 6 Feb 2020 and you can grab a copy for yourself now from your local bookshop or here.

To be in with a chance to win your very own copy of this book follow this link to Twitter for further information before 23 Feb and a lucky winner will be picked at random on the 24 Feb! Good Luck!

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.

Wesolowski started his writing career in horror and was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at ‘Bloody Scotland’; Crime Writing Festival 2015. His subsequent debut crime novel ‘Six Stories’ was published by Orenda Books in the spring of 2016 with follow-up ‘Hydra’ published in the winter of 2017 and ‘Changeling’ in 2018.

‘Six Stories’ has been optioned by a major Hollywood studio and the third book in the series, ‘Changeling’ was longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, 2019 Amazon Publishing Readers’ Award for Best Thriller and Best Independent Voice.




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