Episode Twenty-Five - Black House w/Matt Wesolowski (Author of the Scott King 'Six Stories' cycle: Hydra, Six Stories, Changeling, Beast, Deity, Demon))

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Back after a brief sabbatical, we pick up our deep-diving trawl through Stephen King's oeuvre with one of my new favourite writers, Matt Wesolowski. Here's some blurb: -

"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. Matt lives in Newcastle with his partner and young son, and is currently working on the sixth book in the Six Stories series. Chat to him on Twitter @ConcreteKraken."

What it doesn't mention is the Matt is also a huge Stephen King fan, with a special place in his heart for the Peter Straub/Stephen King novel Black House. We take a trip to French Landing and discuss serial murder, sequels, hipster bikers, the Scott King novels and whether he will ever get a Stephen King tattoo before he runs out of space on his body.

I really enjoyed this one, as you can probably tell. Matt's books are genuinely eerie in a way that is all too rare. I highly recommend you start your Six Stories as soon as you can right here

Big thanks to fellow Wesolowski fan Stephen Leslie Parkes for his technical wizardry. Thanks to Cole Sullivan for setting this up.

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