Category Archives: Shady City Tour

A closer look at locations featured in the Shady City thrillers.

Get Well Soon: Harbour House


Location: Swantin, Chamberlain Docks.
Featured in: KNOCK KNOCK and MUSE

Located in the CHAMBERLAIN DOCKS area of SWANTIN in the south of the city, Harbour House Clinic is a stand out feature in the area. With a beautiful expanse of gardens to one side and the main port to the Hathfield Bay islands on the other, Harbour House is the perfect place for recovery.

At Harbour House the residents can enjoy peace and serenity. Most of them are survivors or trauma or recovering from surgery.

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Resident 1310: David Finn. ADDICTION

Some of the residents are once pillars of the community who have grown tired. At Harbour House they will find the motivation they need.

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Resident 1105: Vincent Baines. OBSESSION

Longer term residents of Harbour House require special care. The caring and committed staff are all too happy to provide.

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Resident 0109: Tawny McInney. TRAUMA.

Despite having the best psychiatric nurses and doctors on staff, CEO DR G WINSLOW states that it is not an institute but a rehabilitation clinic.

Coming 2020

What do a drug addicted artist, a disgraced former music teacher and a night club owning show girl have in common? They are all residents of Harbour House.

Skeletons in the Closet: Beckingridge Manor

Location: Filton

Features in: MAESTRO ; HARBOUR HOUSE

An old property in the affluent town of FILTON. It has been in the BECKINGRIDGE family for generations. More rooms than would ever be required it is a distinctive building that sits at the head of the town. Home to ERNEST and his sister ELIZABETH BECKINGRIDGE , along with Ernest’s children, his wife, Alice, having died.

Some cut offs of police tape can be found in the bushes surrounding it from the days it was closed of as a crime scene. Now that is all anyone in the town ever sees of it. It was the first thing music tutor VINCENT noticed too when he was appointed to teach the younger Beckingridge, George.

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Elizabeth seeks a tutor in the hopes music lessons will give her nephew something positive to focus on.

It is a beautiful home but never had it been a happy one. Murder, madness and resentment in the air. Despite Elizabeth’s best efforts to create a home after the business with Alice it will always be cold. Even having money to burn won’t heat it up.

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The say behind mansion walls are where the true skeletons lie.

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When Vincent accepts a wealthy new pupil his obsessions will become a problem again!

Coming 2020

Resident 1105. Son of a great music composer. A concert pianist himself by age 12. By all accounts a remarkable man. So what brought him to a place like Harbour House?

Do Not Disturb: Weir Hotel

Features in:

KNOCK KNOCK

MUSE

MAESTRO

HARBOUR HOUSE

Located in the heart of City Main, across the street from BECKINGRIDGE TOWER the Weir chain of hotels is the first point of contact for those looking for an escape.

Owned by hotelier Rodney Weir the hotel is a luxury stay on the surface but an old rot runs deep within the building. It makes headlines often with the goings on of its guests but most recently it hit the tabloids because because of an explosion on the fifth floor where a conference was being held in on of the meeting rooms for OWEN INC. 

The hotel has seen many unusual guests over the years but when you check in – as long as the bill is in order – there will be no questions. It isn’t uncommon for guests to check in under an assumed name. Honey moon suites available – no marriage certificate required.

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Weir Hotel: Shady City Suites

Adult films, unusual delicacies, even special in room entertainment can be made available as part of the unique room service experience. Don’t worry about money exchanging hands. It can all be easily charged to the room. We

So if you want to escape the city check in, insert your key card and prepare for a night you will want to relive over and over again. We even have special rates for return guests. Don’t fancy a city break? You’re welcome to the Verde Beach Weir in LUEN. Headed by brother, Eddy Weir. A bit of a glamour and sophistication to add to your trip.

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The Kingsgate Albion football team are sponsored by the Weir Hotel.

No matter which one you choose you can be rest assured the Weir Hotel is the place to be whether you are looking for wild, quiet or a discrete time. It all goes at the Weir because at Coldford’s premier hotel the guest is top priority.

Rodney Weir has dodged a lot of bullets over the years regarding his hotel. He owes thanks to his brothers at KAPPA SO who promise life long protection if you make the pledge. He wanted his son, Daniel, to have that same protection but does the mild mannered photography student have what it takes?

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What’s the Rush? Part 1

What’s the Rush? part 2

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For the first introduction of the Weir Hotel to the Shady City thriller series check out Vivika Widow’s best selling novella Maestro. Click HERE to read:

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Coming 2020.

Bring me your sick. Bring me your troubled. Bring me those that society can no longer cope with. They will always have a home here at HARBOUR HOUSE.

 

A Long Fall from the Top

A husband and wife team. Mr and Mrs Heath are the dynamo duo of the BECKINGRIDGE FINANCIAL FIRM. They are the leading investment consultants and have brought more clients in in their time that most of the other long standing members of the team.

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The logo for the Beckingridge Financial Firm.

The live fast. They sell hard. They fall far.

They enjoy a fancy life in the expensive FILTON district. In order to keep that up though someone has to pay. That’s where the wide smiles for their clients come in. They will sit you down, offer you a cup of tea and before the end of the meeting you will be rest assured that your money is in the safest hands in the Shady City. After all, with a son, Taylor, to put through University the Heaths know the importance of money and the family unit.

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The entrance to Beckingridge Tower. Statue of founder Jeffrey Beckingridge aka Gramps greets.

BECKINGRIDGE TOWER may seem intimidating, cold and soulless even but let the Heaths explain the exciting vision they have for your money and you will feel like you are in your own living room. You will become part of the Beckingridge family.

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The Boss Lady’s view over the incident known as the Free Fall Massacre.

But wait! Before you sign on the dotted line let us just offer one last piece of advice. The Shady City functions on COLD HARD CASH. The larger the pile you have the further you have to fall.

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It was an event known as the Free Fall Massacre. Beckingridge Tower would never be the same. Those passing would remember the bodies of the fallen 59 that littered the court yard.

Complete season 1 of the Knock Knock graphic novel series is free to read HERE.

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Cold Hard Cash: The Beckingridge Firm

Location: City Main

Features in: MAESTRO ; KNOCK KNOCK ; HARBOUR HOUSE


When you are the biggest financial institution in the Shady City it makes you a target for those who look to gain by any means necessary.

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It’s easy to find yourself lost in the offices of the Beckingridge Firm.


Ernest Beckingridge didn’t want any of it. He wanted to be a magician but Gramps scoffed at the idea so he was shackled into a suit, a power tie wrapped around his neck and locked in the dungeon that was the penthouse office of Beckingridge Tower.

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Ernest Beckingridge: CEO of Beckingridge Financial Empire


Standing as one of the tallest buildings in the city, Beckingridge Tower is home to the wealth of the most powerful families of Coldford including WEIR, OWEN, and DOYLE. It takes a pretty big place to hold that kind of responsibility.

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Mr and Mrs Heath are two HIGH FLIERS from the Beckingridge Firm

The financial industry in Coldford is often called the Shark Tank and you need pretty sharp teeth to swim the waters successfully. This was something poor Ernest couldn’t cope with. The final nail in his meek coffin came when the firm came under attack and fifty nine clients and staff were pushed from the Tower’s top floor in an event known as the Free Fall Massacre.

Ernest Beckingridge describes a phone call in the middle of the night that alerted him to the Free Fall Massacre.

With the firm leadership in contention the richest powerhouse in Coldford could either fall to Ernest’s sister ELIZABETH, better known as the Dragon Lady for her eccentricity and her temper or his son GEORGE, famous for being kidnapped by his music teacher, having a body count by age eight and last seen pledging KAPPA SO.

As a grown up George still keeps the stuffed animal he named Cecil close.

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Behind mansion walls are where the true skeletons lie.
If you want to take a peek inside Beckingridge Manor check Vivika Widow’s best selling thriller MAESTRO. Click HERE to read the full story.

If you follow the money trail you may find it leads you to the Knock Knock club. Ernest and the Beckingridge family will be having an impact in the hit graphic novel series.

Complete season 1 of the Knock Knock graphic novel series is free to read here on VW online. Or download for Kindle. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

Broken and disgraced. A music teacher, an artist and an old show girl form an unlikely friendship. Inside Harbour House all they have is each other.Bring me your sick. Bring me your troubled. Bring me the man who dared to teach George Beckingridge.

Pledge time Bitches! : Kappa So

Location: KSO Chapter House, FILTON UNIVERSITY

Features in: KNOCK KNOCK

A fraternity founded by the Owen family – visitors to COLDFORD from the Great States. Theodore ‘Teddy’ Owen first formed the group for social meetings and it has been a prominent feature of life at FILTON University ever since.

Although it’s not in the official guidelines, membership is reserved for sons of families with powerful names including financial CEO ERNEST BECKINGRIDGE, hotelier RODNEY WEIR and eminent Doctor Gregory WINSLOW.

Generations of the Owen family thrived with Kappa So using the unique brotherhood to open doors in both business and pleasure.

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Charles ‘Chick’ Owen. Better known as The Cappy.

When the Chapter leadership came under the control of Charles ‘Chick’ Owen, better known as The Captain to his enemies and Cappy among friends, it was said Kappa So came close to ruling the city. Young boys with too much money and privilege and not enough responsibility had their feet in board rooms, ware houses and even set their sights on putting one of their own on the Mayoral seat at City Hall. The Cappy grew up and his name sake corporation Owen Inc. sets to take the city instead but that’s not to say Kappa So doesn’t still hold sway.

When the Cappy’s son Bernard ‘Buddy’ Owen assumed leadership the fraternity took a more sinister touch. The pranks, outlandish behaviour and general disregard for rules was always there but under BUDDY it became more violent. Hundreds of assault claims were registered but the boys of Kappa So had their powerful names to protect them so it was all swept under the rug with the rest of the City’s dust.

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Bernard ‘Buddy’ Owen has a personal beef with the Knock Knock Boss Lady,

Crashing through the streets with cries of, “Kappa So mother fuckers!” Buddy is confident he can get away with just about anything. When push comes to shove though and it’s time to clear up the streets, the hard hitting, devil may care attitude of the KSO brothers is required. When brute force is needed it’s pledge time bitches!”

Care to see what Kappa So are capable of?

Why not ask hotel heir Daniel Weir just how tough pledging can actually be!

What’s the Rush? Part 1

What’s the Rush? part 2

What’s the Rush? Part 3

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Pledge Kappa So and help wreak havoc across the city.

Complete season 1 of the Knock Knock graphic novel series is free to read HERE.

Or click HERE to download for Kindle.

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Lot 415: The Penn Auction House

“We’ll start the bidding at 3.”

Location: PENN Auction House, City Main

Features in: KNOCK KNOCK; MUSE; HARBOUR HOUSE

Led by the triplet sons of REGINALD Penn – MARCUS, SIMON and REGGIE – the Auction House is the ruling power of City Main. The Penn family holds high esteem across the city. The triplets carry on their father’s legacy of violence and respect. Marcus – the eldest by a few minutes – acting as crown prince of the dynasty.

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The Penn triplets. From L to R: Simon, Marcus, Reggie

Despite having it’s dark side the Auction House also holds sway in the city through generosity. The mother, Rita, gave a lot to the HEADLINER fund, a charitable organisation set up by the BARONESS of the KNOCK KNOCK club. Rita herself treated as the most precious item to ever grace the house.

Notable items held by the Penns includes artist, DAVID FINN with Reggie (the youngest) being a huge fan of his work.

Hold onto your boards folks. Bidding is about to begin.

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The Best Bite: Bobby’s Lunch Box

Location: Bobby’s Lunch Box

Features in: KNOCK KNOCK

An afternoon hub for reporters in the Shady City. It’s were journalists for the large publications such as the COLDFORD DAILY and the Coldford Express come for their coffee, lunch and more often than not interviews with potential informants.

It is a well known den for reporters and it’s busy City Main location is perfect for being so bustling it allows interviews and information to be shared without attracting much attention. Sitting behind the COLDFORD CITY stadium, when the football crowds start to pour through it makes an even better place to go on the record.

Bobby himself is a close friend of our reporter, SAM. He has watched on from Sam’s first days at the Daily to his current expose on the KNOCK KNOCK CLUB. He is very familiar with other reporters like MADELINE too having saw them really bite for that all important story.

Grab a booth at Bobby’s Lunchbox and take a bite into a juicy story.

Volume 1 of the hit graphic novel series is free to read HERE on Vivika Widow Online or you can download for kindle by clicking HERE.

KNOCK, KNOCK: Episode 1: Welcome to the Club

Knock, Knock: Episode 2: Don’t Come Knockin’

Knock, Knock: Episode 3: Sleep Tight Sam

Knock, Knock: Episode 4: Take A Bow

Knock, Knock: Episode 5: A Room With A View

Knock, Knock: Episode 6: Picking Up Strange Women

Knock, Knock: Episode 7: No Kids Allowed

Knock, Knock: Episode 8: Kids These Days

Knock, Knock: Episode 9: Shootin’ The Breeze

Knock, Knock: Episode 10: Calling Last Orders

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A Coast to Boast: Chamberlain Docks

Down in the South East, SWANTIN area of the Shady City lies the Chamberlain Docks. It is where you can catch the HAULAGE ferry to HATHFIELD BAY ISLANDS and further beyond to the sunny coastal city of LUEN if you’ve got the cash.

Swantin is known as the fashionable area of town. It has a trendy wine bars, boutiques and it is also home of the SWANTIN TOWN football team. Despite the glamour of the area there is a dark cloud that hangs over the docks – the looming, distinctive profile of HARBOUR HOUSE. Some call it a psychiatric institute. CEO and owner DR G WINSLOW calls it a rehabilitation clinic for those who have faced trauma.

Happy Hathfielders and Coldford day trippers fill the docks and whilst the cheery travellers come and go no attention is paid to the illegal goods that are arriving regularly. Drugs, counterfeit money, human trafficking.

As the bustling day at the docks darkens down into night it’s not advisable to wander. It may be the fashionable part of the city but it can also be one of the most dangerous ones after dark. It’s the best place for prostitutes to ply their trade and who knows what you may pick up!

The Shady City has many exciting areas to boast but the all come together at the KNOCK KNOCK CLUB.

Volume 1 of the hit graphic novel series is free to read HERE on Vivika Widow Online or you can download for kindle by clicking HERE.

KNOCK, KNOCK: Episode 1: Welcome to the Club

Knock, Knock: Episode 2: Don’t Come Knockin’

Knock, Knock: Episode 3: Sleep Tight Sam

Knock, Knock: Episode 4: Take A Bow

Knock, Knock: Episode 5: A Room With A View

Knock, Knock: Episode 6: Picking Up Strange Women

Knock, Knock: Episode 7: No Kids Allowed

Knock, Knock: Episode 8: Kids These Days

Knock, Knock: Episode 9: Shootin’ The Breeze

Knock, Knock: Episode 10: Calling Last Orders

Now in Session: Coldford High Court

Location: City Main.

Featured in: KNOCK KNOCK

It’s the part of the Shady City where the law is upheld. In a city torn apart by corruption and a greed for power a need for order is more important than ever. It takes a very special kind of PERSON to hold the seat of judgement because you will be up against murderers, thieves, kidnappers and let’s face it some of the most ruthless villains ever to ply their trade.

The Court Houses are feared in the SHADY CITY. With a lot of evil doings allowed to slide, especially when you have the privilege of a powerful family name (OWEN perhaps?), it takes some extreme crimes to have the High Court involved and when the JUDGE DOYLE’s Bailiffs come hunting you you can rest assured JUSTICE will be served.

Working closely with COLDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT it seems an uphill struggle to rid the city of wrong doers, especially when most times its hard to tell who the real evil is. But rest assured, those who don’t obey the JUDGE’s laws will have their day in court.

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The Knock Knock Boss Lady has attracted the attention of Judge Doyle. Time is running out to discover the truth behind the disappearance of the mayor.

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The Knock Knock club, Penn Auction House, The Mack Distillery. The next target for the City Law Makers is the rehab clinic known as Harbour House.