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Kill Creek

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  638 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
At the end of a dark prairie road, nearly forgotten in the Kansas countryside, lies the Finch House. For years it has perched empty, abandoned, and overgrown--but soon the door will be opened for the first time in many decades. But something waits, lurking in the shadows, anxious to meet its new guests.
When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Hallo
Paperback, 414 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Inkshares
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KILL CREEK, by Scott Thomas, is apparently his first novel.  After reading that, I was positively stunned.  I went into this book without any preconceived notions, and ended with giving it a full five-star rating.  For any novel, this was fantastic--when you factor in the knowledge that it was the author's debut, it's astonishing!

"No house is born bad . . . "

The premise of KILL CREEK begins with a billionaire's horror-loving son's podcast, in which he strives to bring the horror genre back int
Edward Lorn
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperbacks
Spoiler review tie-in to my video review:

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Malina Skrobosinski
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Rumors are its life, stories its breath. And when you have served its purpose, it will cast you aside. It will forget you."

"And then you, too, will be forgotten."

FINALLY! A horror novel that delivers! It's been a while since I've read such a gripping and satisfying horror novel. This is a debut novel for Scott Thomas, and it's no wonder it has taken him years to perfect. The writing is simply hypnotic. It has that slow tantalizing build up, but then it grips you ever so tight with gore and
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HELL YES. I am constantly on the lookout for a spooky haunted house novel with a good story. Kill Creek delivered, and this is a new favorite book.

Kill Creek answers just enough questions to make you happy, but gives you just enough mysteries to keep you invested. This is a tough balance to maintain, and Scott Thomas handled it successfully.

I LOVED the characters. There are 4 authors who all write different types of horror, a social media / internet mogul (not entirely sure what to call him, bu
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four horror authors are spending Halloween night at Hell Creek in the Finch house. It will be great publicity.

Unfortunately for them, if the Finch House is half as haunted as the rumors suggest, the only publicity they are going to get, is in the obituaries.

A very well done haunted house tale with a few nice turns thrown in. The story was written well and despite a hiccup or two, flowed nicely and was very entertaining. I look forward to reading more from this author.

I dug it.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Some of my favorite horror stories involve haunted houses, because after all, a home is supposed to be a place of warmth and shelter. The idea of what was once a safe haven being invaded by malevolent spirits creates such a sense of wrongness that the terror is elevated to a whole other level. In Kill Creek, a character even ventures to explain why such stories fill us with dread, positing it’s because we never expect such
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Trigger warnings include domestic violence, self harm and suicide.

Kill Creek is best read when the weather is on your side. While I travelled to the Finch House there was torrential rain, thunder that rattled the windows, hail that pounded on the roof, 30,000 lightning strikes one night in the local area (or so they reported on the news) and wind that howled through the trees. One windy night around 3am as I crept through the dark house trying to be quiet so I didn’t wake anyone up I walked thro
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Requested on Netgalley. Big thanks to Scott Thomas, Netgalley and Ink Shares for making it possible to read this arc in exchange for an honest review

Wow. Wow. Wow.
Okay, a horrorstory with a haunted house in it always makes a good first impression and I am so glad that it ended up to be veryawesome till the last page! That last page... whoo!

In this book you're following 4 horrorwriters who are being invited to stay 1 night at a haunted house (Kill Creek) for a live, online interview. I thought th
Apr 13, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
As I start typing this review, I am unsure whether this is going to be a five or four star read.

So for starters, let me tell you why this is a five star read:

Taking this story at a high level, I'd have to say that this is, hands down, the best haunted house story I have ever read.
Four prominent horror writers agree to be interviewed by an Internet media mogul at a reputed haunted house. Each of these writers have their own trademark style and I could easily identify each one as writers in our ow
Jim Lay
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best horror novels I've read in a long while. And even more impressive, knowing it is a first novel for the author. If you are a horror fan, this one is a must.

This book was a real struggle to get through. I still can't believe I finally made it after two weeks of repeatedly forcing myself to pick it up, only to put it away again after a few chapters because I was so freaking bored.

While the premise was intriguing and I did encounter glimpses of original ideas in this book, the delivery was subpar.
Its main weakness was definitely the pacing. During the first half of the book (with more than 400 pages a rather long one as it is) I felt like nothing hap
Philip Fracassi
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genre, horror
KILL CREEK is one of the most gripping, page-turning, well-written, hugely satisfying horror novels I've ever read. And this is coming from a horror author. I read horror All. Day. Long.

KILL CREEK is one of those almost blissful experiences of old-school horror that has that perfect balance of psychological trauma and physical violence. A classic retelling of the haunted house novel with a modern sensibility. This book should satisfy a wide spectrum of readers. Highly, highly recommended for fan
Jon Recluse
"You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave..."

When four horror authors are invited to do a special interview and spend Halloween night in the remote Finch House, allegedly haunted, that sits abandoned on a forgotten corner of the Kansas prairie, they accept, assuming it all to be a career boosting publicity stunt, and nothing more. By the time the night is over, they will leave knowing differently, and glad their ordeal has ended.

They would be wrong, for what lurks in Finch Hou
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Buckle up, horror peeps and haunted house lovers, because I'm about to practically steal money from your wallet by convincing you that you need to go buy this book immediately, if not sooner.

It's only February 5th, and I'm already calling this my favorite book of the year. Sincerely, somebody is going to have to seriously knock my socks off with some crazy creepiness to kick this off the number one position. It's that good.

If you know me well, you know that I don't scare easily. I watch horror
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Amazing! It’s surprising that this is Scott's first book as it’s written with the skill and confidence of a seasoned writer. The story starts with four writers brought together for an interview in a notoriously haunted house and as you can imagine it all goes downhill from there. The plot stays gripping and genuinely exciting throughout, I especially enjoyed the diverse cast of characters. Each one brought something to the story whilst also complementing each other.

In terms of creepiness this bo
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Four horror writers receive an invitation to participate in a 2 day interview in an old abandoned house at Halloween which will be posted on the internet. They are promised it will go viral, and they could all use the publicity.
Each writer has their own particular style, each has their own particular secrets.What could possibly go wrong? It's just a house right? This started as a slow burning subtle kind of horror. The type that gradually pulls you in deeper and never lets go. I love haunted hou
Stephanie (That's What She Read)
This was such a fun ride! Four horror authors spend Halloween night in a notoriously haunted house as part of a publicity stunt, but the secrets that they bring with them haunt them all in different ways. I fell into this book right away, and loved all of the commentary on horror and how each author writes a different type of horror. I couldn't believe this was a debut. Such a great haunted house story!
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Four horror writers, each unique in their writing style, are invited to do an interview. Little did they realize that it would be in a house rumored to be haunted. Hoping to increase their sales, they agree to stay the night. Their host knows exactly what buttons to push to get the ratings he needs on his live feeds. Each author has their inner demons and they come to haunt them one by one within the house. They make it to morning and then leave the house and it's eerie ways. It's what happens t ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Four authors come to a supposedly haunted house on Halloween night to put on a publicity stunt. Their styles are all completely different; one writes popular mainstream horror, one writes classic literary horror, another violent and sexual horror, and the final horror for a teenage audience. The only thing they have in common is a love for the genre and a need for the public to look into their fiction a bit more seriously. Unfortunately for them, the house on Kill Creek has a need too, and nothi ...more
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
At the end of a dark prairie road, nearly forgotten in the Kansas countryside, is the Finch House. For years it had remained empty, overgrown, abandoned. Soon the front door will be opened for the first time in decades. But something is waiting, lurking in the shadows; anxious to meet its new guests…

When best-selling author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country’s most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he won’t be alone; joining him are thre
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: partner-read
Thank you to Inkshares for the copy in exchange for my honest review!

Now, I'm a huge horror fan, and with that being said it's hard for books and movies to actually scare me. Well, if you're a horror lover looking for the next creepy read, then look no further. KILL CREEK by Scott Thomas is the perfect eerie, creepy, and scary haunted house story. Throw in horror authors as the main characters, and we've got a recipe for an exciting book!

Set back in the Kansas countryside sits the Finch House. T
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
This book didn't turn out to be quite what I was expecting. As the story goes we have four horror authors of differing varieties that are brought together to be interviewed in the legendary haunted house of Kill Creek. That right there is enough to intrigue me. And this book did well enough until about the 48% mark and I realized that they are already leaving the haunted house with only a few bump scares and STILL we have more than half the book to go. That's when I knew this wasn't going in the ...more
You know how they say "It's all in your mind" as if that's supposed to make you feel better? It's the worst because your mind is the one place you can't get out of. It's this aspect of psychological horror that the novel starts out exploring and initially, I loved it. The central characters are a group of horror writers and the themes about writing, grief, and buried trauma were thought-provoking and gave me some genuine chills. There is a fascinating core idea here about how horror is maintaine ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Holy cow. Wow... How to even begin? Without giving away anything, a group of horror authors go to a haunted house for an interview. That’s all I really wanna say as far as a synopsis. This was a first novel, but I didn’t find that it read as one. It scared the crap out of me. I would put this right up there with Stephen King’s IT for the amount of scares. Mr. Thomas is someone who will be on my watchlist now. I’m already anticipating his next book. How many more glowing things can I say before I ...more
Cindy Newton
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was pretty good. I love haunted houses, and the premise behind this one is pretty unique. It's a vicious circle--the more you believe in it, the more power it has. The more power it has, the more you believe in it. The characterization is pretty good. The one female character is a little over the top. I read a humorous discussion on Litsy about Moore's predilection for writing in the nude--cause she's sexy like that! I'm not sure there are that many women who would find that a comfortable sta ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Justin Wainwright, pays four writers, who are master of the macabre, and enormous amount of money, for an interview on Halloween night. He is going to podcast the interviews live. What the authors did not know is, that the interviews, would be held at the old Finch house, in Kansas, in Kill Creek. The house was built in 1859, and it is rumored to be haunted. The last occupants to live there, were the Finch sisters. The writer's were given a tour of the house, and what they saw shocked them. On t ...more
Bethany Bee
Dec 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again, horror
I'm a huge fan of creepy houses -- House of Leaves, Haunting of Hill House, and on and on -- so I was primed to love this book, but sadly, did not.

My largest problem with the entire book is that every character is seen, and sees, through the author's eyes. Which means every female character is relegated to how attractive she is (there are at least two places where the main female character's clothes can "barely restrain her breasts", which makes me thinks she's got a pair of badgers in her bra
My original Kill Creek audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

This book has all kinds of things going for it but my absolute favourite was the characters - they're all incredibly complex and well written. They're all flawed individuals (as real-life human beings often are) and the ways they interact with each other is so interesting to listen to.

Thomas clearly understands that true horror needs strong characters to really creep you out, which is something this book d
You know when a book is just... fine? And not like 'oh my god that attractive person is so fine', but like 'eh, you know, it was fine.' Picture me shrugging right now. There is nothing wrong with this book – the prose is good, the characters are consistent (if a little one-note), the plot trips along nicely. But everything that you think is going to happen? It's going to happen. It's clear that the author is a horror fan, and there are plenty of shout-outs to other horror writers, but overall it ...more
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SCOTT THOMAS was born in Coffeyville, Kansas, and attended the University of Kansas. He is the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Disney Channel’s Best Friends Whenever and Disney XD’s Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. He has written TV movies and teleplays for various networks including MTV, VH1, Cartoon Network, CMT, Nickelodeon and ABC Family. He co-wrote the MTV horror trilogy My Super Psyc ...more
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