“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….”“Kill Creek” by Scott Thomas (2017)
The Haunting of Hill House meets Amityville Horror…
I will never be able to do it justice. Kill Creek by Scott Thomas quickly became my favorite book of all time when I first listened to it. But here’s the thing. I finished this book so long ago now (Halloween 2018). I believe I’ve been putting off the review for this book because I want nothing more than for Mr. Thomas to read this review and be proud. After tweeting at him that I was in love with his book he not only liked my tweet but responded to me in the most humble way.
I was shocked and honored that Mr. Thomas took the time to respond to me and since then have felt the enormous weight of this review sitting on my shoulders. I really just don’t know how I’m going to express to y’all just how much I loved this book. Let me start with, I listened to this book while on my commute to work every day. It was 30 minutes both ways. I highly recommend listening to Kill Creek through your favorite audiobook source but just be ready for a long ride. Although, 30 minutes is nothing when you’re lost in Kill Creek.
Bernard Setaro Clark narrates nearly 16 hours for this audiobook and let me tell you it’s worth it. The life he gives not only the characters, but the house itself, is mesmerizing. I found myself sitting in a running car on more than one occasion saying, “Just one more minute…” For a first novel, Kill Creek really blows expectations out of the water. It is masterfully written and eerie from start to finish. It’s an instant classic in my book.
“Her fingertips slid across something slick. The dampness of breath heated her palm. The thing leaned closer, and Moore realized what was happening. She was touching a face. Her fingers were on its teeth. And it was smiling.”
“Kill Creek” by Scott Thomas (2017)
Kill Creek came to be in 2017 after Scott Thomas entered a manuscript competition from Inkshares and has since spread like wildfire through the book community. But isn’t that just what the house would want?
“Inkshares is a reader-driven publisher and producer based in Oakland, California. Our books are selected not by a group of editors, but by readers worldwide.” Inkshares (Inkshares.com) has published books such as Big Fish by Daniel Wallace and Star Wars: Rogue One scribe Gary Whitta.
“When best-selling horror 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 three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt will become a fight for survival. The entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them a part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.”“Kill Creek” by Scott Thomas (2017)
“I wrote the first draft of this book more than ten years ago, but with a career mainly in reality and children’s television, I couldn’t seem to get anyone interested in my horror novel by a first-time author. So the fact that it is finally in your hands is a testament to many amazing people who deserve my profound thanks…”–Scott Thomas
Now please beware that this gothic horror novel is not for the faint of heart. Winner of the American Library Association’s Horror Book of 2017 and shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award as well as voted one of the best horror books of 2017 by Barnes & Noble among many other awards, Scott Thomas is solidifying his place in the horror novel community with this debut novel. Kill Creek is getting RAVE reviews left and right. Including one from the master of horror himself… Stephen King.
Lucky for me and the rest of the universe… I just found out that Scott Thomas’s Gothic horror novel was picked up by Showtime and is soon to be a TV series. Holy bat out of hell I can’t wait! Director of Doctor Strange and Sinister, Scott Derrickson, has taken on the project as the executive producer and director of the first episode. Working alongside Scott Derrickson is Underground co-creator Misha Green. No word on who’s playing who in the upcoming series which is sure to be a huge success. Be on the lookout for more updates as they emerge at HelloYellowRoom.com
“No house is born bad. Most are thought of fondly, even lovingly. In the beginning, the house on Kill Creek was no exception.”“Kill Creek” by Scott Thomas (2017)
“When I was in college, I would sometimes drive between Lawrence and Kansas City, and I would see an exit sign for Kill Creek Road. The name screamed “horror.” … But I was kind of obsessed with this abandoned one-room schoolhouse outside of town called Old Parker. We would make up stories about the terrible things that happened there and dare each other to go inside at night….
It also got me thinking: what if there were just some lonely, empty house in the middle of nowhere that people began to think was haunted. And what if enough people told scary stories about this place that, eventually, it was haunted. Was there always an entity in that house and these people woke it, or was it their belief that created the entity?
That “chicken or the egg” haunted house scenario really interested me. I began to see the house as a major character—a structure that was never supposed to be a bad place but became bad, almost against its will. When I wrote the first sentence, “No house is born bad,” I was consciously presenting an alternative to a line in Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, where she says “Some houses are born bad.” I knew from the first line that I was hoping to do two things: subvert expectations with my haunted house story and pay homage to all of the amazing storytellers who have inspired me.”
– Scott Thomas in an interview with HorrorScribes.com