Beast (Six Stories Book 4) by Matt Wesolowski
English | 2020| Mystery/Thriller| ePUB | 3.3 MB
A frozen girl
A haunted town
A deadly challenge
Which one is true?
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…
It is considered unlikely by those who were close to the case that the graffiti found on the Barton family’s wall will raise new questions about the guilt of the three convicted men. Instead it serves as a stark reminder of what the Bartons have lost.
This is Matthew Manning, BBC News, Ergarth. Back to you in the studio.
—Thanks Matthew. Earlier, we spoke to a number of Ergarth residents, to get their thoughts and feelings about the scrutiny this terrible event placed on their town.
‘That poor lass, she had her whole life ahead of her. Pretty little thing, wasn’t she? Them lads: monsters, all three of them. They weren’t happy to just let her die. Doing that to her afterward. What’s wrong with people? I tell you what it is; there’s no moral guidance anymore. All that rap music and the nonsense on the Internet. They all thought they were vampires or something, didn’t they? If that’s not the result of a damaged mind, I don’t know what is. Bring back national service. That’ll soon get it out of them. What are they teaching them at those schools?’
‘Aye, she was proper lovely, was Lizzie: dead pretty. She wasn’t ever nasty to no one, just dead … nice. I don’t know no one that had a bad word to say about her. She was smart as well. Always top of the class; A’s in everything at school. She was on the teams as well: debating, netball, football. She was just good at everything. She had thousands of followers, you know. On Instagram. Even more on YouTube. She was doing charity work wasn’t she? Giving something back? That’s why those lads picked on her, I reckon. It’s cos she had a good heart, lads like them don’t like that.’
‘It’s that blooming vampire story. Folk were saying they’d seen it all over. That’s what got that poor lass killed; just gossip on Facebook about the Ergarth Vampire. Them lads? Proper bunch of freaks. I swear down, something should have been done about them. They all thought they were vampires and that – devil-worshippers, drinking blood. Cutting off her head: I ask you. I heard that the leader one, that Solomon Meer, was caught killing pigeons and cats and using them for sacrifices to the devil. What got done about that? Nothing. Then they go and do that to some poor lass who never did no one any harm. It’s a disgrace. And where were the parents? That’s what I want to know.’