Author: Matt Wesolowski
Full Cast Narration
Series: 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…
Again the Audiobook for this was amazing the full cast just make these books come to life. This particular instalment felt a lot more atmospheric than the previous audiobooks with the addition of audio stings, background noises in the ‘interview’ sections and sound effects where needed.
This mystery is more modern set around the snow storm in the UK known as Beast from the East that occurred in March 2018. Set in a factitious town on the North East Coast of England it really captures how unusually bleak that couple of weeks was. It was really interesting to see how the mystery unfolded the mix of the local urban legends with the behind the scenes of a beloved local YouTube star and the viral challenges that were all the rage at that time. It made for a really interesting plot that like the previous books was really believable, with a good dash of spooky and weird.
I enjoyed this one, it had a really complex plot and I really liked the twist on the traditional vampire story. While not my favourite of the series so far I still devoured it and can’t wait to continue.