Today I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for the latest in the Six Stories series, Deity. For my stop on the blog tour I have an extract from the second episode in the book so read on and enjoy. Many thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for having me on this tour.
When pop megastar Zach Crystal dies in a fire at his remote mansion, his mysterious demise rips open the bitter divide between those who adored his music and his endless charity work, and those who viewed him as a despicable predator, who manipulated and abused young and vulnerable girls.
Online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the accusations of sexual abuse and murder that were levelled at Crystal before he died. But as Scott begins to ask questions and rakes over old graves, some startling inconsistencies emerge. Was the fire at Crystal’s remote home really an accident? Why was he never officially charged? Are reports of a haunting really true?
Dark, chillingly topical and deeply thought-provoking, Deity is both an explosive, spine-chilling thriller and a startling look at how heroes can fall from grace and why we are willing to turn a blind eye to even the most heinous of crimes…
Episode 2: Zach Crystal Stan
—And you know what’s laughable? What’s the most amusing thing about this whole, entire bullshit debate? Let’s just all stop for a moment and take a look at some of the pictures, shall we? I mean, these are pictures that she uploaded herself. Only a year or two before she became a ‘victim’. She chose to upload this one here, where she’s hanging on to her mate for dear life. Look at her dress, it’s almost obscene without being nearly halfway down her chest. Her makeup’s all smeared and there’s what is most probably a cigarette behind her ear.
Here’s the next one — and to my absolute surprise, she’s on another night out. Another skimpy little number, and this time she’s too pissed to even walk in her shoes; she’s got them in her hand, for fuck’s sake. Oh and who’s this she’s clinging on to? Some random guy? You bet. You think I’m wrong?
I could go on, I really could. There’s just not enough hours in the day for this sort of shite.
We will, though. We will because no one else is going on about it, are they? Number two: here she is, at some sort of bar, standing between two guys. Arms around them both. How old do you think she looks there? I mean, to me, she doesn’t look old enough to even be in there.
Number three — this is the one with the video. Yeah that video. Which I can’t show you because if I do, I’ll get done for child pornography. What we can see are some of her messages though. I’ve blurred out a lot of it — well, for obvious reasons. I mean, she was sending these to guys on dating sites when she was fifteen. I think that’s all I need to say about her…
Number four of the five despicable sluts, and here we have a little comparison. Here she is, standing with Mum and Dad, looking altogether respectable. You know, like a girl of thirteen should on her birthday. There’s even a cake and candles. Very nice, no?
Here she is on the same night, believe it or not. Maybe just a few hours later. I mean, c’mon. Really? And we’re supposed to believe that she was a victim?
Last and in no way least — I mean that she’s as bad as the others, they’re all equally vile – here she is ladies and gentlemen … oh dear. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s vomit, and look at the colour of it — as pink as the drink that she isn’t old enough to be drinking. Yes, if you look closely, that’s a bit of it in her hair. How lovely. Her granny must be proud. And look everyone, she’s smiling. Yes, she’s actually pleased with herself. Isn’t that wonderful? I mean, there’ll be many of you asking me why I’m putting these pictures out there; how do I have the nerve to question any of these girls? As a woman, how on earth can I give it the whole ‘gaslighting’ ‘victim—blaming’ bullshit?
I tell you why. I tell you why – because I wasn’t the one who put them out there for the world to see. I wasn’t the one who then tried to take them down again when the narrative didn’t quite follow the way I wanted it to.
That wasn’t me. That was them, ladies and gentlemen.
That was all them.
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- and 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 set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, and film rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. A prequel, Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller. Changeling, the third book in the series, was published in 2019 and was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His fourth book, Beast, won the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Independent Voice Book of the Year award in 2020.