What a treat – another of Matt Wesolowski’s Six Stories “podcast ” novels…
Yep, a huge treat for horror fans, as the sixth in this sublime series of creepy stories is released!
So tell us a little bit about this one! What’s the story, and where’s it set?
Well, I’ll start with the setting – a small village in northern England called Ussalthwaite, deep in the countryside. In 1995 a twelve-year-old boy with learning difficulties called Sydney Parsons was murdered by two of his classmates, who have now served their time, and been released under new identities.
So what’s podcaster Scott King’s interest in this case?
Mainly due to the fact that there are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the crime, and goings-on in the village leading up to it. Also, some of these goings-on have a (possibly) supernatural touch to them, which always intrigues King. There were always rumours of strange goings-on in Ussalthwaite, and, in the case of Sydney Parsons, it was that his two tormentors, and ultimately murderers, were under demonic possession due to something up at the kilns, on the hills above the village. This was a place children had long been warned to stay away from, and was connected with a couple of strange earlier events. But I don’t want to give too much away!
So, sounds like creepy stuff…
Fans of Wesolowski’s earlier books will be aware of what to expect – and, yes, that is creepy! I’m not one for being freaked out by books – I’ve never had to put a Stephen King down, for example – but there’s something really disconcerting about Wesolowski’s writing. I think it’s perhaps the settings…they’re so incongruous; the sort of places any of us might have lived or holidayed in in our childhood. Everything seems familiar to those of us of a certain generation in Britain, and that’s what makes it so scary – the familiarity, and the creepiness in these familiar settings and items.
What else do you enjoy about Wesolowski’s books?
As they’re written in the form of someone speaking, most of the time at least, they’re a really speedy read and you find yourself absolutely racing through the book. This makes them all the more compelling and hard to put down (except when you’re creeped out!) They are absolute page-turners! (Apart from…well, see before!)
I love the format of the books – I think it’s hugely original, and it also adds to the page-turning aspect of the books. Really, I can only say one thing…
Don’t miss it!
With thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours, and Anne and Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books for my ARC.
BLURB: In 1995, the picture-perfect village of Ussalthwaite was the site of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, in a case that shocked the world.
Twelve-year-old Sidney Parsons was savagely murdered by two boys his own age. No reason was ever given for this terrible crime, and the ‘Demonic Duo’ who killed him were imprisoned until their release in 2002, when they were given new identities and lifetime anonymity.
Elusive online journalist Scott King investigates the lead-up and aftermath of the killing, uncovering dark stories of demonic possession, and encountering a village torn apart by this unspeakable act.
And, as episodes of his Six Stories podcast begin to air, and King himself becomes a target of media scrutiny and the public’s ire, it becomes clear that whatever drove those two boys to kill is still there, lurking, and the campaign of horror has just begun…