It could be the plot of an internet-age thriller - an online campaign by an all-seeing blogger which reached into the real world to terrorise a normal, suburban family.

It began with online humiliation and nearly ended with blood and the smell of gunpowder.

For Matt Blomfield, partner Rebecca Blatchford and their two young girls, it's a story which is all too real.

The entire tale has been revealed this evening in a book called Whaleoil, which takes its name from the notorious website of bankrupt blogger Cameron Slater.

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And, in an interview with the Herald, Blatchford is speaking for