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Six Stories

Published Date: 1st September 2016

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EBook
9781910633632
£5.99
24th December 2016
Paperback
9781910633625
£8.99
15 March 2017

Description

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who took that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. And who’s to blame… As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth. A chilling, unpredictable and startling thriller, Six Stories is also a classic murder mystery with a modern twist, and a devastating ending.

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An easy 4 stars for Six Stories. For fans of thrills, chills and an up-to-date take on the darker side of society. J.S. Collyer

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‘Wonderfully atmospheric. Matt Wesolowski is a skilled storyteller with a unique voice. Definitely one to watch’ Mari Hannah

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‘A tight, claustrophobic mystery’ David F. Ross

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‘A remarkable debut from a fine new fictional voice. Written as a series of six podcasts, which attempt to uncover the truth about the death of young Tom Jeffries, this compelling narrative pulls you in from the start and keeps you in its grip to the bitter twisted end. A great book!’ Shelley Day

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‘A stunning piece of writing – chock full of atmosphere, human insight and beautiful writing. Take a note of this guy’s name. He’s going to be huge!’ Michael J. Malone

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‘Following the success and major interest in podcasts such as Serial and This American Life, Six Stories draws its inspiration from the current digital age and relates it back to a two-decades-old murder in a very inventive and intriguing way. Dark, mysterious and definitely not without elements of horror, I was more than a little unsettled while I read it. A genre-bending book, with some hauntingly threatening prose … I could not put it down. Highly recommended!’Bibliophile Book Club

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‘Six Stories is a stunning literary thriller with a killer ending. This is going to be in my top ten books of the year, for sure’
Liz Loves Books

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‘Pulsating with life, with characters who are so incredibly realistic and a plot that is both haunting and terrifying, Six Stories is bang up to the minute, relevant and fresh. This is a book that knocks the breath out of the reader. Six Stories is genre-busting: it’s a crime story, a psychological thriller, a coming-of-age story. An absolute triumph and highly recommended’

Random Things through My Letterbox

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‘My verdict? WOW! Six Stories is unlike anything else I’ve read. It’s current, fresh
and skilfully delivered. An eerie spine-tingling read, it’s unpredictable and chilling and kept me guessing all the way through. Matt Wesolowski has built up a dark, atmospheric setting with his vivid descriptive prose. The voices were
so distinctive that I felt like I was listening to a podcast rather than simply
reading the transcript. Everyone will want to read this book – and should. Outstanding’ Off-the-Shelf Books

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‘A quirky, but extremely well-written thriller set around the imagined Scarclaw Fell in Northumberland. Six Stories scores extremely well in the dialogue and authenticity of the interviews – whether held in person, by Skype or by phone … you feel they are actually happening. Matt Wesolowski has created a very clever concept’ Trip Fiction

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‘A complex and subtle mystery, unfolding like dark origami to reveal the black heart inside’ Michael Marshall Smith

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‘Wonderfully horrifying … the suspense crackles’ James Oswald ‘Original, inventive and brilliantly clever’ Fiona Cummins

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‘The literary equivalent of dark metal – gritty, dark, often shocking, and always exciting. A masterful debut’ Kati Hiekkapelto

Author

Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor and leads Cuckoo Young Writers creative writing workshops for young people in association with New Writing North. Matt started his writing career in horror and his short horror fiction has been published in Ethereal Tales magazine, Midnight Movie Creature Feature anthology, 22 More Quick Shivers anthology and many more. His debut novella The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013 and a new novella set in the forests of Sweden will be available shortly. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. He is currently working on his second crime novel Ashes, which involves black metal and Icelandic sorcery.

Online Reviews

‘I turned the pages with trepidation and fear at times. Unsure of what I was going to read. The ominous feeling of dread crept over me more than once during the course of this book. However, it is so gripping and enthralling that I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen. The anticipation was heightened as the reader is drawn into a spiderweb narrative and it was just the right amount of the unknown. I can’t talk about Six Stories fully, not without giving away the subtle nuances that Matt Wesolowski has embedded into this chilling novel. Dark, mysterious and definitely not without elements of horror (for me, unseen terror is the WORST!), I was more than a little unsettled while I read it.’

Bibliophile Book Club

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Six Stories is genre busting, it’s a crime story, a psychological thriller, a coming-of-age story. I will appeal to readers of all ages and genders. Gripping, fascinating and wholly entertaining. Matt Wesolowski is a very welcome new voice in fiction. An absolute triumph and highly recommended from me’ Random Things Through My Letterbox

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