Newton Town – A Series of Dark Tales (1 – 3) by Richard Letourneau
Newton Town – A Series of Dark Tales (The Engagement, Room 242 and Deep Web) by Richard Letourneau
Grab the first three stories in the Newton Town series, The Engagement, Room 242 and Deep Web.
Sally is only twenty-five and has already been through so much pain and heartache. She meets Matt at a Slayer concert and after six months are engaged. Wanting to celebrate their news Sally asks Matt to join her in the local night club but he has a prior job commitment and can’t attend. Sally and her four friends head for the club to celebrate and are soon joined by a group of young men. They seem friendly but Sally’s intuition tells her something is wrong.
She awakens in a basement with her friend Amanda. They are soon beaten and tortured by a masked man who then maliciously severs Sally’s finger. Will they ever escape the basement before the mad man returns? What possible other horrors could be lurking upstairs? And why were they brought to this place?
Lisa is a young woman working in the local Wicca shop, she’s shy and doesn’t want to tell Justin Dawson how she feels due to a few bad relationships. It doesn’t take long for Chris to fix his eyes on Lisa and start to stalk her. Chris isn’t just a killer he is a calculating, smart and sadistic killer. Chris runs his own red room on the deep web from his flat, with a loyal fan club tipping him bitcoins to carry out multiple torture acts on the unfortunate victims then kill them. But when Lisa becomes the next target has Chris bitten off more than he can chew? Is Justin in love with Lisa or does he have a hidden agenda?
Justin is a young man who has just lost his job for arguing with his boss. Not satisfied he returns at night and burns the office but is caught on camera and after a short trial is put on community service. It is here he makes friends with a group and learns about the deep web and room 242. It doesn’t take long for Justin to succumb to the pull of the red room and become lost in the violence which he now relishes and is aroused by.
Can Justin drag himself away from the deep web pull? Can he turn his life around before it’s too late?
A Word from the Author
The idea for Newton started about fifteen years ago when i wrote a few short stories and just came up with the name Newton for the setting. I have no idea what happened to the old writing, earlier this year I saw a note on my facebook. It was a few paragraphs I wrote about four years ago where a killer was kidnapping people, torturing and killing them in his basement whiles wearing a clown mask. I knew I had to make this into a story but then I had the idea of making it a series. A series showing the past and present history as well as being separate tales about twisted individuals.
I did some research on what I would like it to look like and looked at history in my local area as well as writing several A4 pages for plots and characters. I soon had six plots, all of which changed a little over time as did the characters. All of my inspiration grew from that one note I made a few years ago. Everything I have written has been carefully planned out and thought through many times.
The Engagement started from that one scene, the difficult part was coming up with a gripping plot. It actually started out as a 7500 word short story which I liked but felt it wasn’t telling enough about Sally. After a week I had expanded it and went back to a previous relationship she had. It had to be shocking and quite realistic as well as disturbing.
It was a pleasure to write The Engagement and I didn’t hold back with the plot or violence as I wanted to create a series of shocking stories that not only slap you in the face with plot twist but throttle you to death after.
Room 242 was going to be a separate story but once I started it I knew it had to be part of the series. It was twisted and sadistic and not only follows the life of Lisa but that of the killer also. I wanted to pull the reader deep into the killer’s world, right into his room in this case. I heard about red rooms from my time on Youtube and thought it would be a good idea to write a story about one.
The hardest part with Room 242 was trying to keep it interesting and not repeat things again and again. I knew I had to create a love interest to push the story further and focus on something other than the torture and I already had the idea for Deep Web and ended up changing the love interest and climax to Justin Dawson. Room 242 raises a few questions especially at the end so when it came to writing Deep Web I wanted to answer them but make the reader wait to discover the answers.
When it came to writing Deep Web I had to now think of the viewer, what he saw, felt and did. I also had to look back at Room 242 and write it from his perspective. I had to think of Justin’s history and how it made him the man he is today but then I had to answer all the questions I raised in Room 242 and once more leave you with a punch in the face as we reach the climax.
I had to do a fair bit of research with deep web sites which I ended up cutting out of the final story. I enjoy taking my reader as far out of their comfort zone as much as I can. I also asked a few people about their phobias and tried to get parts of them into the stories. Being vulnerable, tortured, the feeling of being watched and followed. The real scenario of a violent relationship and even cannibals ended up becoming integral to the stories. And as we get to the final 3 everything you have experienced so far will come back to haunt you in ways you cannot imagine. Welcome to the sadists paradise and your hell, welcome to Newton.
(Richard Letourneau 2016)