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The Torturehouse is an important location in my second novel, THE FEARLESS. It’s where Cass, my main character, journeys with a mysterious boy called Myo and his friends to try to rescue her little brother after he’s kidnapped by the Fearless – monstrous, psychopathic super-soldiers who have taken over the world after an experimental army serum went wrong. Here’s a quick tour…
Hello! Thanks for coming. You’d better get inside, quickly. And don’t make a sound. Their hearing is better than ours. And they can MOVE, even when bits of them are rotting and dropping off.
Who? The Fearless, of course! They’re everywhere here. It’s their lair. But as long as we’re quiet, we should be OK. I have a gun here, just in case… Don’t look at me like that! It’s us or them. Seriously.
What did this place used to be? It was a shopping centre – one of the biggest in the country, or so I’m told. I think it’s name was Meadow-something. Can’t quite remember. It’s hard to remember what anything looked like round here – I was just a baby when the Fearless invaded the UK. A lot of people left Sheffield, you know, but my family decided to stay. There’s only me left now, though.
This bit used to be a bookshop. That sign above the door – I’ve tried to read it, but I can’t. W… ter…ones. Who knows what that was? Can you see the books all over the floor? And the bones? Actually, don’t look at those. I reckon people tried to shut themselves in here – thought it would be safe. But it wasn’t. Nowhere was.
This was some sort of clothing store. There’s a big green ‘M’ and a ‘&’ still hanging on the wall outside. Not sure what came after the ‘&’ though. There’s no one around here who can tell me. If you need a few extra layers this winter, though, I can probably find you a jumper or two.
Goes on forever, doesn’t it? You could walk miles here. I bet people used to get lost – I wouldn’t be surprised if they called it the Torturehouse before the Invasion.
This was a restaurant. You can tell from the tables stacked up in the corner. What’s that? What are those cages? Shhh. Don’t let them see you. They’re people the Fearless have captured. They’re giving them the serum to turn them into Fearless too. Yeah, I know – you can see that some of them are already almost Altered. Their eyes are turning silver. It’s only a matter of time…
OK, let’s get out of here. There’s a safe space up in the roof where we can hide. It’s cold – but then, it’s the middle of winter, so I guess that’s no surprise. If you’ve made it this far you’ll be OK. As long as you don’t make any noise…
The Torturehouse in happier days, before the Invasion… Can you guess where it is?
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Emma Pass has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. Her debut novel, dystopian thriller ACID, was the winner of the 2014 North East Teenage Book Award. It was followed by THE FEARLESS, another stand-alone thriller for young adults, in April 2014. When she’s not writing she runs creative writing workshops for young people. She lives with her artist husband and crazy greyhound G-Dog in the North East Midlands.