Matt Guthridge

Before devoting his free time to writing, Matt Guthridge was a psychologist dealing with the complexities of human behaviour. He later worked as an international business consultant, and served as the Chief Strategy Officer for a publicly-listed company in Australia. Whilst he’s authored dozens of business articles, this is his first fiction novel. He lived in England for nearly a decade, where he originally conceived of ‘The Devil’s Mark.’ He enjoys writing stories steeped in history and psychological horror - the types of stories that terrified him growing up.

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Strange things are happening in the sleepy English town of Manningtree. High school student BEC HARTLEY's quiet life is upended when three teenage girls are murdered in the woods outside the town. Amid growing religious hysteria, Bec must save the people she loves from the new WITCHFINDER GENERAL.
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Comments

Kayla Henley Thu, 07/15/2021 - 00:58

Great hook that pulls the reader in! Really captures the witchy vibe reminiscent to places likes Salem and other New England towns. Story could use a bit of developmental edits to catch consistency things that differ in America than Europe (e.g., 12-hour instead of 24-hour time, and you can't legally drink in pubs until the age of 21), but overall the premise is intriguing and captures a snapshot of some of New England's dark history. 

Kayla Henley Thu, 07/15/2021 - 00:58

Great hook that pulls the reader in! Really captures the witchy vibe reminiscent to places likes Salem and other New England towns. Story could use a bit of developmental edits to catch consistency things that differ in America than Europe (e.g., 12-hour instead of 24-hour time, and you can't legally drink in pubs until the age of 21), but overall the premise is intriguing and captures a snapshot of some of New England's dark history. 

Yasmin Standen Fri, 08/27/2021 - 14:12

Dialogue needs work - as do other technical writing issues. However, that is an excellent opening.

The  novel also needs to be pitched very clearly - it is horror but the main genre is YA. 

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