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Kill Creek

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  7,192 ratings  ·  1,333 reviews
At the end of a dark prairie road, nearly forgotten in the Kansas countryside, is the Finch House. For years it has remained empty, overgrown, abandoned. Soon the 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 horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Inkshares
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Simply said, KILL CREEK was AWESOME! I've long been suspecting that a really good haunted house book was a thing of the past. I'm happy as hell to be proven wrong on that.

At first, I'm not going to lie, the standard trope of four people staying overnight in the oh-so scary house, did not impress me. But between the characters themselves, the background of the house, and how everyone came together, slowly this story began to win me over. In this case, we actually had 6 people staying overnight,
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
If you haven't heard the hype surrounding this book, you might be one of those annoying people who exists off the grid enough that you never installed a social media app on your smart phone because you don't even *have* a smart still have a rotary phone and an answering machine. "Leave a message at the beeeeeeep."
Seriously. This is why I'm a huge fan of horror. And this book is also a good example of why horror has ruined me for every other genre. I'
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Evidently, my autumn 2018 aesthetic is devouring every haunted house story I can get my hands on, and Kill Creek has been one of the strangest, most unexpected stories yet. It makes perfect sense that it’s being adapted for Showtime right now, because I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that felt as much like a horror movie/show as this one does.

No house is born bad. Most are thought of fondly, even lovingly. In the beginning, the house on Kill Creek was no exception.

First, the house itself
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018

I finished this yesterday morning and I’m still thinking about it!
WOW!! Kill Creek was excellent! I loved everything about this book and did not expect that ending. Great job Scott Thomas on your debut novel. I’m blown away that this is your first book.
Kill Creek is my favorite horror book of the year. Without a doubt!

Kill Creek starts off with the reader being introduced to the Finch House and all the past tragedies that occurred there. The writing by Scott Thomas was excellent, creepy
Johann (jobis89)
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
"They were human minds set into paper, and Sebastian loved every single one of them, even the ones he considered disposable."

Four horror authors agree to spend the night in a haunted house as part of a publicity stunt.

Let me get one thing straight - if I needed a horror book to scary in order for me to enjoy it, I would not be a horror fan. I can count on one - maybe two hands - the number of books that have actually scared me (Pet Sematary, Summer of Night, The Exorcist, Naomi's Room, to name a
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a wee bit hard to please when it comes to ghost or haunted house stories, so I'll admit that I didn't have much hope when I started this book. Happily, it hit all the right spots for me. I really liked the idea of how this house became haunted. Also that freaking ending was killer! I kinda hated/loved it. Yeah, this is definitely a book I'd recommend and I look forward to reading much more from this author. I'm kind of curious if he had certain authors in mind when he was writing about his c ...more
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 i
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

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
A young internet tycoon lures four horror writers to the most haunted of haunted houses for a two-day interview under false pretenses. There’s some grumbling naturally, I mean who, besides me, would willingly want to stay the night at a scary old ghost filled place? But they all decide to do the right wrong thing and stay anyway and a whole lot of nothing too sinister happens. But just you wait!

The truly frightening things happen when they return back to their real lives and this is where the b
Edward Lorn
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Spoiler review tie-in to my video review:

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Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, supernatural
4/5 Halloween Pumpkins! 🎃🎃🎃🎃

Four horror authors are invited to take part in a live-stream interview for a popular horror site. What they aren’t told is that the interview will be taking place in a said-to-be haunted farmhouse in Kansas, on Halloween night.

The first 40% was a slow build – flickering lights, glimpses of ghosts, unsettling noises and smells, a sense of foreboding. This is one of my favourite parts of a ghost story, as well as horror novels in general, when the characters know somet
Ashley Daviau
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is bloody damn amazing! It instantly sunk its claws into me and still hasn’t let go, it’s been days since I finished reading it and I still can’t stop thinking about it. The idea is absolutely fabulous, I mean, who doesn’t want to read about 4 horror authors spending the night in a haunted house?! It takes a lot to frighten and scare me, I’ve got a very high tolerance for horror so when a book manages to scare me, you KNOW it’s good. And this book sent shivers racing down my spine more ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it

My thoughts in a nutshell
In October, I usually read some creepy, horror books because of the Halloween spirit. I really like the 'haunted house' trope so I'm always searching for the perfect book in this idea. Kill Creek was an okay book, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to.
The book is extremely slow. I can say that at some point, it was almost painfully uninteresting and dull. I think if it would have been a shorter book, then it could have been a much better read.
I don't like multip
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 a
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
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
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.
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
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, horror, crime
"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." Lovecraft

Would you like to spend a night in a haunted house?

So. Over the threshold we go.

It all begins with an invitation.
Four horror authors are invited to spend the Halloween night in the infamous Finch House to be interviewed.
There have always been rumors surrounding the house. But are they only tall tales and campfire ghost stories or the house is actually haunted?
Can a
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Certainly there are spots which inevitably attach to themselves an atmosphere of holiness and goodness; it might not then be too fanciful to say that some houses are born bad" - The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson

No house is born bad. - First sentence of Kill Creek, Scott Thomas.

It takes cojones to come for the groundbreaking queen of the haunted house story, and in the first sentence of your first novel, no less! But unfortunately for me, this was probably the boldest move I felt the a
Elle Maruska
Jun 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really derivative and dull and not well written and I regret wasting my time reading it and I honestly can't understand all the praise. The characters are offensive stereotypes, the plot is a pastiche of other horror novels, and the pacing is like a particularly slow snail on a bad day. The author clearly is not a huge fan of women, or fat people, or anyone who isn't the Sad Everyman who happens to be the protagonist of every other horror story ever and the ending was like "The Shi ...more
OMG this book is so freakin awesome! and this is Scott Thomas' first book?! WHAT?!?! He is clearly a horror fan and it just makes this book that much more awesome. this is my favorite book of the year (so far). Bernard Setaro Clark narrates and he does such a good job. if your a horror fan and enjoy haunted houses, you should've already began reading or listening to this. you won't be disappointed.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, favorites
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
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Kill Creek was a fast-paced page turner, and I enjoyed it, but I want blown away by it. It’s a fresh, modern haunted house tale that brings together a group of horror authors from different sub-genres and throws them all together into a wild and spooky tale. I just did the creepy Halloween vampire laugh, but you didn’t hear me. Just use your imagination.

Anyway, there is more than just a group spending a night in a haunted house. In fact, that part of he story ends around the midway point of the
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
Schizanthus Nerd
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
I love haunted house stories. Always have. I was really in the mood to read some good I posted on Goodreads asking for suggestions from friends. Several people recommended Kill Creek, so I grabbed the audio book.

Wow! I'm so glad they suggested this book -- it's a great haunted house story! And a great listen on audio!

The audio book is almost 16 hours long and narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark. Clark has a nice voice and reads at a steady pace. I have partial hearing loss that at times
Twerking To Beethoven
It's going to be hard to beat this novel. Honestly, Kill Creek is sheer perfection. The characters, the dialogue, the setting, the way events unravel themselves. And the This is high quality story telling. Good stuff. Really good stuff.
Helen Power
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Synopsis: World-renowned horror author Sam McGarver has writer’s block.  He hasn’t written anything in two years. So when he’s mysteriously invited to spend Halloween at an allegedly haunted house, he figures he has nothing to lose. When he gets there, he discovers that the reporter who invited him, infamous Wainwright of the website “WrightWire”, actually invited three other horror authors as well. All four of them write completely different types of horror, yet they’re all brought to the house ...more
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Scott Thomas is the Stoker-nominated author of Kill Creek, which was selected by the American Library Association's reader committee as the top horror book of 2017. Originally from Coffeyville, Kansas, Scott attended the University of Kansas where he earned degrees in English and Film. He has written TV movies and teleplays for various networks including Netflix, Syfy, MTV, VH1, the CW, Disney Cha ...more

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