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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 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.

©2017 Scott Thomas (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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"A slow-burn, skin-crawling haunted house novel that had me on the edge of my seat until the last page. This debut establishes Scott Thomas as a force to be reckoned with on the horror scene. " (Shane D. Keene, HorrorTalk)

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UNUSUAL PREMISE, COULDN'T STOP LISTENING

What did you love best about Kill Creek?

Four horror-story best-selling authors are offered a proposal they'd rather refuse: meeting at an obscure 'most haunted house' - for an interview. Dangled as bait: an absurd paycheck for a few day's travel, and the possible propulsion to world fame and money...mega-millions in book sales. But there was a twist: The interview would be 'live' - streamed as it happened to millions of people world-wide, by the billionaire owner of the internet media's prime trend-maker "WriteWire".

Three men and a woman are invited to the interview, then learn this will be a 'group interview' - a vying for 'best author to be promoted'. All four write 'horror' as differently as they appear: Sam, lean and writer-blocked, whose novels twist ordinary days into terror, while his own horrific past keeps flashing back - Daniel, a Christian doughboy who scares teens with philosophic endings - T.C. Moore, a hard Gothic diva whose novel covers of sex, blood and perversity are horrifying in themselves, especially when written by a woman - and the impeccable Sebastian Cole, the most prolific of the authors, whose prolific classic British horror had engaged fans who liked to 'think'.

Thoughtfully written with partial 'reveals' of each character's secrets, nudged along with dark references that slip into your subconscious, the book twists from the expected 'Ten Little Indians" format into that of an UN-haunted house - an infuriating joke made at the four writers' expense. Then it twists once again, and the real darkness creeps back in as the real story of 'the house' is revealed.

My professor in 'creative writing' used to tell me 'how to create a plot': "See that statue out there?", he'd say. "Turn it upside down, and write about what you discover." Always practical, I'd think in terms of bronze, concrete, steel, even the earth and the grass roots beneath it. "Nope", he'd grin, as he sucked on his pipe. "Try again, and use your imagination this time."

Scott Thomas' superb writing flips that statue multiple times, and with each landing , another plausability skews the story down an increasing, frightening scenario. Narration by Bernard Clark is 'right on' as he nails accents from the Midwest to the Eastern Europe. This is one of the VERY, VERY FEW novels that I will probably read again. I urge you to read it also!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Great book that had me wanting more.

I️ am a true horror fan and not easily scared, but this book had me looking in the back seat of my car while driving back and fourth from Utah to Montana. Scott Thomas did a great job telling a well put together story by providing enough detail on that long trail to the end without over doing it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Bernard Setaro Clark is amazing!

The story was good. The character development was great. The narration was off the charts!

There were a couple spots where it slowed down a little but overall glad I listened to it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not great

I would compare this book to a B-horror movie on Netflix, you’ll put it on, loose interest, yet keep it going because you invested so much time in it already. I have a couple hundred Audible books in my collection, I listen to many a second or third time, this will be discarded and never brought back.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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a nice surprise

1st book in a while that wasn't disappointing. This actually stands up really well. definitely worth a rental.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Whirlwind Terror

Bernard Setaro Clark brought to life this absolutely compelling story writen by the astounding Scott Thomas!!!! What an amazing journey through these characters lives! Through Kill Creek Houses lives! Edge of my seat suspense, grusomely detailed gore and after thought horror! Meaning... it pleasantly kept me awake into all hours of the night, thinking/imagining the terror that befell each and every protagonist/character of this story!!!! What an excellent ride!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Book

This was an excellent read (or listening, Audible in my case), it was well worth my cost (I refuse to buy audio books that are less than 8 hours in length), and it kept me hooked. I never disclose any book parts or spoilers, but this was absolutely fascinating. It somewhat reminded me of the old movie, "House on Haunted Hill", as the characters were all sought out to stay at the house based on their writing similarities..
Of course, as much as I would love to see the perfect ending in any book, ALL the good guys didn't win. I still enjoyed the storyline, the writing style, and the narrator. I hope to see more books as good or better by Scott Thomas in the future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Creepy, funny, and witty...to start

While lying in bed with a cold I listened intently to this nerve rattling book! Even scared my husband at a point or two! Great narrator! A must read for all of you thriller and horror fans!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing and too long

What made the experience of listening to Kill Creek the most enjoyable?

The narrator was great.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I liked the ending it just took way too long to get there

Which character – as performed by Bernard Setaro Clark – was your favorite?

Sebastion

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I loved the first third and the very end. The middle was terrible and actually made me angry that he spoiled a great start.

Any additional comments?

The main character of this book is hard to like. The change to his character and his arc are kind of non existent. He starts good but for god sake grow a backbone at some point.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Starts out pretty good, then goes downhill

What starts out as a psychological thriller, turns into a typical 'slasher' story in the second half of the book. I listened intently to the first part which was interesting and would keep you on the edge of your seat by scaring your mind. The second half however, turns into a bloodbath as ***POTENTIAL SPOILERS*** people start being systematically killed which is described in great detail.
I did more fast forwarding in the second half of the book than I think I've ever done w/ any book. Several rounds of skipping would be required to get past the detailed ways the people were dying.
First half of the book: 3.5 to 4 stars.
Second half of the book: 2 stars max.

11 of 17 people found this review helpful