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Kill Creek

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  10,282 ratings  ·  1,921 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,
Miranda Reads
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Just published my October Book Vlog and whew! It was a lot of reading but so worth it!
The Written Review

And as the hands of the clocks clicked to eight past one, the house awoke to the sudden and definite realization that now was the time.
It had waited long enough.
It was time to play.
The Kill Creek House is infamous - one of the most haunted locations in America.

Death and destruction go hand-in-hand at this house. But, it's been empty for decades.

Sam McGarver, along with three other famou
A new all time favorite. I love this so much. I loved the concept, I love the execution, and the writing style was perfect. I love the idea of this story: four of the worlds most influential horror authors spending Halloween night in one of the most haunted houses in the country. This book is just as fun as it sounds. My mind was blown by how much I enjoyed this.

You can see my full thoughts and reaction here:
Sadie Hartmann
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
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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 i
WOW! This book rocked me to the core!


This was my first time reading this author and the writing style just slowly reeled me into the storyline of the book. This is also a debut book by this author so I am very impressed of how the story just weaved itself around me!

A little backstory for you readers:

Justin Wainwright has his own podcast show called WrightWire and he reaches out to four well known horror authors as he wants to give them the opportunity to do an interview in the famous haunted

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
mark monday
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror-modern
this one gets an extra star because there's a couple really cool ideas that manage to not get lost inbetween all of the bullshit and nonsense. and I dig that cover with those two old ladies standing on the roof (a scene that is not even in the book, for chrissakes).

cool idea #1: different authors writing the same story without realizing it, due to the horror, the horror. I loved this idea of various books written in various styles, featuring differing locations & characters but still working th
Edward Lorn
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Spoiler review tie-in to my video review:

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Laurie  |  LOHF
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
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
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Story: 4 stars ⭐️⭐⭐⭐

“Funny thing about rumors, it doesn’t matter if they’re true or false, only that people believe them.”


“This is the key to true horror. If you believe it’s real, then it’s real.”

Audio: 4.25 stars 🌟
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
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
I can’t even believe I am saying this but I am calling it quits.... DNF... I struggled through 180 if you see me pick up a horror book, kindly remind I don’t like them. I have struggled through 3 of them and nope🤷‍♀️...Done! BTW...Riley Sager doesn’t count. I have seen his classified as horror but I didn’t get that vibe with his books. 🖤
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
Oh boy, this is the second book I'm DNFing in a row these days. You'd think that the problem is me but no, it's the books. I might go back to this one at some point and give it a second chance but so far the characters range from unlikeable to forgettable and the writing is so boring it's making my eyes glaze over. Also, you remember those tweets talking about how male writers write women characters?

Could we get

Yeah, that's Kill Creak. I'm not joking. Here:

"For the next two hours, she wrote, her naked body
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
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. ...more
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.
Janie C.
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. While I found the characters to be rather stereotypical and some of the plot twists to be unsurprising, the suspense and pure enjoyment of this entertaining horror novel quenched my need for an engaging and page turning read.

3.5 wicked stars
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
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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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“He was not above calling a book unreadable. But their literary merit wasn’t important at this moment. They were words strung together to represent the firing of neurons and the transferring of information through synapses. They were human minds set into paper, and Sebastian loved every single one of them, even the ones he found disposable.” 4 likes
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