Demon
by Matt Wesolowski

A huge thank you goes to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for putting together the blog tour for Demon by Matt Wesolowski, as well as to Orenda Books and Matt Wesolowski for the gifted digital copy, which publishes in June 2022 in Canada.

To put it simply, I LOVE this book and I cannot wait to go back to the beginning of this series and read every other book (which I’m slowly acquiring!). This is such a unique and well-crafted horror series that deserves to be both read and raved about.

Demon is the sixth and latest book the Six Stories series written by Matt Wesolowski, featuring journalist Scott King as he interviews six different witnesses of a cold case on his true-crime podcast, Six Stories.  In this book, the focus is on what really happened to Sydney Parsons in 1995.

26 years ago, in the quaint, picturesque village of Ussalthwaite, Yorkshire (fictional location), twelve-year-old Sydney Parsons was heinously murdered by two boys his own age.  No reason was ever given for this crime, and the boys who killed him, known as the ‘Demonic Duo,’ were imprisoned until their release in 2002, when they were each given new identities and lifetime anonymity.

Demon, and the discussion that unfolds surrounding Sydney Parsons’ death, is divided into six episodes, predominantly written in interview format consisting of realistic back-and-forths between the interviewer, Scott King, and his interviewees: Penny Myers, Leo Corrin, Will Campbell, Terry Atkinson,  Katie Rosen, and Kelly Valentine—who each provide a unique theory to what really happened leading up to Sydney Parson’s death.  In between each episode, the reader will also find sections that feature letters and e-mails that add an extra layer of depth and tension to the overall story.

Once again, I love this book.  Every single thing about it.  Each character is unique in their own story, age, characteristics, and even in their connection to Sydney’s death.  They all have their own distinct voice and manner of explaining events that make the entire story feel so real and believable.  

Demon is engaging and thought-provoking, but also a short read that readers will find absolutely impossible to put down! A definite must-read for all crime fiction lovers, especially if you love your crime reads with elements of horror.


ABOUT DEMON:

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…

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