Beast (Six Stories, #4)
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…

Beast (Six Stories, #4) Details

TitleBeast (Six Stories, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2020
PublisherOrenda Books
ISBN-139781913193133
Rating
GenreHorror, Thriller, Mystery, Crime

Beast (Six Stories, #4) Review

  • Thebooktrail
    January 1, 1970
    Visit the locations in BEAST the novelJust when you think it's safe to venture back onto the Northumberland coast and moors....Six Stories is a series that just keeps getting better and better. This arrived just before Christmas and I immediately wanted to dive in. Vampires and legends in Northumberland? Yes please? A vlogger found in a pele tower? A youngsters prank gone wrong? The blurb says the book will look at our obsession with needing attention on social media so there's the modern Visit the locations in BEAST the novelJust when you think it's safe to venture back onto the Northumberland coast and moors....Six Stories is a series that just keeps getting better and better. This arrived just before Christmas and I immediately wanted to dive in. Vampires and legends in Northumberland? Yes please? A vlogger found in a pele tower? A youngsters prank gone wrong? The blurb says the book will look at our obsession with needing attention on social media so there's the modern angle. Old folklore mixed with modern day life? Bring it on.The mystery is quickly established and like in the other books, the podcast king examines the story, legend, witnesses and more. It's impeccably researched and set up and reads very realistically - just like a true podcast. The language, turn of phrase and observation of what teenagers get up to are all nicely done. There's LOTS here to admire.I'm not going to say much about the story as like with the others, you have to read and discover the threads for yourself. The mystery deepens, the legends explored, the vampire stories come to the fore. Think Whitby, rituals and the dark side. Bram Stoker and Dracula get mentions and team that with the wild North Sea, the rocks, the raw coastline and that lonely tower silhouetted against the rich winter sky. There is SO MUCH TO LOVE and FEAR here. Gothically inspired and deliciously dark.I had all the feels, the chills, the horrors mixed with excitement and trepidation.Visually stunning and chillingly complex. 5 stars are not enough.
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  • Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting for so long for this book I just couldn’t wait to read it and had to sneak it in before the end of the year. Boy I was not disappointed. Kept me up late into the night reading it. I am absolutely loving this series, it just gets better and better doesn’t it? Very happy. Very impressed. The perfect book to end the year on.As usual brilliantly written, gripping, thrilling and chilling. A real page turner. I was hooked. I needed to know the answers as much as Scott. The outcome I have been waiting for so long for this book I just couldn’t wait to read it and had to sneak it in before the end of the year. Boy I was not disappointed. Kept me up late into the night reading it. I am absolutely loving this series, it just gets better and better doesn’t it? Very happy. Very impressed. The perfect book to end the year on.As usual brilliantly written, gripping, thrilling and chilling. A real page turner. I was hooked. I needed to know the answers as much as Scott. The outcome I could not see coming at all, a true shocker. Unexpected. Truelly. Shocking. A brilliant look back into the death of Elizabeth Barton. We get a glimpse into all sides of this character and some ain’t pretty. As they say not as they appear or seem.A well deserved five stars from me and another late one slipping into my top twenty of the year. Cannot recommend this enough. I could say so much more but know a lot of my followers plan to read this or are currently reading it. Enjoy.So when’s the next one coming Matt? I think I may have a long wait…
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  • Mandie
    January 1, 1970
    God knows how I have done it, but I have managed to get far enough into my reading to pounce on an Orenda book not long after it was published. And boy am I glad that I managed to read this one as I can happily say that I think it is my favourite one of the series. After all what’s not to love about a book that has a vampire myth at the heart of it?? Downside is that it’s the latest in the series so now I will have to wait for the next one. In this installment of six stories we see Scott King God knows how I have done it, but I have managed to get far enough into my reading to pounce on an Orenda book not long after it was published. And boy am I glad that I managed to read this one as I can happily say that I think it is my favourite one of the series. After all what’s not to love about a book that has a vampire myth at the heart of it?? Downside is that it’s the latest in the series so now I will have to wait for the next one. In this installment of six stories we see Scott King travel to Ergarth to look into the death of vlogger Elizabeth Barton who was killed after taking part in the Dead in Six Days Challenge, an online challenge where you had to complete six tasks over six days or you would meet a vampire and die. As with Hydra we know who committed the crime, what we don’t know is why. The answer to that question may surprise you.After the revelation’s in Changeling, Scott King is no longer hiding his identity and meets with six different people that were either affected by Elizabeth’s death or knew her or her killers. On the surface Elizabeth was a well-liked person who was in the process of setting up a charity to help the homeless. The truth that was being uncovered however may not have been quite as rosy. With the “Beast from the East” myth running through the book, you do have to wonder if what people have witnessed is real or just their imaginations running wild late at night.This book is so much more than myths and murder. With the world of vlogging and the need for everyone to post what they are doing (real or fake) in order to get likes exposed it shows just how people can hide their true personalities to the outside world. Online trolling and bullying are such a reality these days that there is just no escape. In writing Beast Matt Wesolowski highlights just how quickly things can turn to tragedy just because you want to be popular. As I said at the beginning of this review I think that this is definitely my favorite so far but I am really looking forward to what Matt produces next as he certainly has a style that stands out and leaves the reader wanting more.
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  • Sandra Armor
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been waiting for this one and it didn’t disappoint. I’ve read all four books in the Six Stories series this year and I’m completely addicted. As always with this series, there’s a bit of other worldliness to Beast, but it is firmly rooted in the real world. Real world issues are the heart of these stories. I realized at the end how lucky I was to grow up before the internet generation. The tough parts of my childhood pale in comparison to the damage that can be done in the online world. I’ve been waiting for this one and it didn’t disappoint. I’ve read all four books in the Six Stories series this year and I’m completely addicted. As always with this series, there’s a bit of other worldliness to Beast, but it is firmly rooted in the real world. Real world issues are the heart of these stories. I realized at the end how lucky I was to grow up before the internet generation. The tough parts of my childhood pale in comparison to the damage that can be done in the online world.Another triumph, Matt. I’ll be waiting patiently for you and Scott King to return.
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  • Leo
    January 1, 1970
    All of this series is nothing but 5 stars. DO NOT SLEEP ON THIS. BUY IT NOW!! This book just solidified why this is my favourite series and how much I love all of these books. This was everything I wanted from this book and more. I loved every second of it and wow it was amazing!! Definitely going to re-read again soon !!!
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    9
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.
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