Welcome to the blog tour for Demon by Matt Wesolowski. Thank you to Random Things Tours for my spot on the tour. Read on for more info and my review!
Scott King’s podcast investigates the 1995 cold case of a demon possession in a rural Yorkshire village, where a 12-year-old boy was murdered in cold blood by two children. Book six in the chilling, award-winning Six Stories series.
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 and fanciful 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, King himself becomes a target, with dreadful secrets from his own past dredged up and threats escalating to a terrifying level. It becomes clear that whatever drove those two boys to kill is still there, lurking, and the campaign of horror has just begun…
Demon by Matt Wesolowski is the sixth book in his Six Stories series. I haven’t read the previous books, but this worked perfectly well as a standalone. I liker Demon so much, I would like to go back and read the other books as there are some indicators that Scott King has quite a past I’d like to learn more about.
In Demon, Scott King interviews six witnesses of a horrible crime that happened 26 years ago in Ussalthwaite. I found this book to be absolutely gripping. I really enjoyed the interview style writing. It also features letters, emails, and social media updates, which just adds more reality to the story. The crime is quite gruesome and the storytelling doesn’t hold back, but that makes it even more gripping.
I had trouble putting Demon down. This was such a puzzle to put together that I didn’t want to miss anything. I rather enjoyed how it wasn’t wrapped up neatly and I had to go by my own interpretation.
Overall, this was a fantastic read. An intriguing format and a compelling story. I highly recommend this one!
Thank you to Random Things Tours for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
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- an 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 story set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was a bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WH Smith Fresh Talent pick, and TV rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. A prequel, Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller, Changeling (2019), Beast (2020) And Deity (2021) soon followed suit.
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