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Kill Creek

Written by: Scott Thomas
Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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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.

What the critics say

"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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Fantastic

Absolutely loved this story. It is a bit slow moving at first, but trust me, it’s worth it. Voice acting was outstanding.

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A bit long and boring

The book was okay. Long and boring. Almost gave up on it. The ending was better.

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reminded me of Dean Koontz

I thoroughly enjoyed the story the plot twists and the characters it was very well read

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very spooky

very spooky and very well performed, left me feeling dreadful. would highly recommend this book

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A somewhat slow listen

Kill Creek was just okay, a slow burn that only seemed to have it's flames fanned in a few moments. The ending was a small saving grace but I found myself waiting for the book to be over to move onto something else.

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Scott Thomas ia the master of the macabre.

My tormented mind literally aches at the thought of this book ending. It physically hurts to close this book knowing it's all over. Scott Thomas is that of which he writes, he is the real master of the macabre.  I am not one of those people that rereads a novel but I could easily see myself reading KILL CREEK by Scott Thomas over and over until my last breath. I am forever a fan and cannot wait to read VIOLET as it's said to provide the nightmare fuel patrons of the horror fiction genre constantly seek. Something I particularly enjoyed that I think is unique was the author's use of metaphors throughout the novel. Scott Thomas has this incredible way of writing and it is accentuated through his fantastic use of the metaphor. So, here's another point I need to emphasize about the author. When he does something he does it BIG. The content of this story has an impact on the readers experience whether it be the characters  psychological trauma, the imploding internal conflict or even the gruesome act of murder. Scott Thomas delivered in a BIG way. KILL CREEK is a novel that stands out in so many ways but I still can't get over the haunting theme, I may not ever shake the chills I got from this read. Simply put, if you're looking for a terrifyingly good story from an author that can deliver the horror goods then this is the book for you. "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." So here's one thing I need to be perfectly clear about. I am not here to judge a writer or scrutinize the methods in which they deliver a story. Instead, I like to highlight their abilities. BUT, we've all read a book where you raise an eyebrow or scrunch your nose at a sentence in which the author stuffed in a metaphor that stunk to high heaven. There is such a thing as a bad metaphor but you won't find one in this wicked tale. Scott Thomas writes a story that flows beautifully. Everything fit exactly as it should. The only time I found myself raising an eyebrow were the moments of absolute astonishment at the authors incredible ability to craft the perfect metaphor. KILL CREEK is one of those books that can utterly consume a reader's attention. It didn't matter what part of the book I was reading, my mind was fully engaged start-to-finish. I felt despair for the characters, I connected emotionally to every scene, and I cringed at each dramatic swing of the bloody hatchet. I mentioned that Scott Thomas delivered in a BIG way and I truly mean that. He delivered for readers, he delivered for writers, and he delivered for the horror community. This is the kind of fiction that fans of the genre desire and novelists aspire to write.  "Funny thing about rumors,” Sebastian said softly. “It doesn’t matter if they’re true or false, only that people believe them." This book is scary and I understand that should be obvious because it's horror fiction but it's scary on a different level. If you ask me what scary is. It's that the scary thing doesn't just spook you in the moment. The scary thing stalks you like prey and latches on to you, forever changing your future. This is what I mean when I speak of the haunting theme that was present while reading KILL CREEK. I think that also happens to be the effect this book had on me. It spoke to me from the shelf and once it finally grabbed ahold of my attention, it relentlessly held tight. The reading experience I had from this book will stick with me for a VERY long time.  If it's not clear already, KILL CREEK by Scott Thomas is a 5 / 5 star read in my opinion. When (not if but when) you read this superbly written novel, you will most certainly be needing some time to recover. I'm in the midst of a book hangover of epic proportions. But don't fret, the author has yet another novel to fill the horror void in your life. VIOLET is a book that comes highly recommended by those that live for horror fiction. Let the words consume you as they did for me and devour every terrifying word Scott Thomas puts to paper.

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A perfect gothic tale

If you like a rich, detailed journey to a haunted house this book is for you. The performance by the narrator matched the caliber of the story beat by beat and character by character. So much fun!

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Excellent

I love this book. I love how descriptive it is, made feel like I was in the house with them. The voice actor was excellent gave each character its own voice. I would highly recommend this book, would love to see another book after the cliffhanger ending.

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Fantastic

The narrator does an amazing job of portraying all the characters in this one. Fantastic horror. Not over the top.

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Phenomenal Performance

This was a good book, turned into a great experience by the voice actor reading it. I absolutely loved it.

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  • Linda Likes to Learn
  • 2017-12-02

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!

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  • Brandon Collins
  • 2017-11-28

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.

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 2018-01-15

This book has all kinds of things going for it

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 did over and over again. Not only did he deliver creepy haunted house horror, but he also delivered on personal horrors like dementia and losing a child.

When a group of horror writers is assembled for a media stunt at a haunted house, none of them knows what to expect but they're the perfect people to analyse the strange goings-on as they occur. They know their craft better than anyone, but they're also skeptical and keen to discuss ideas. Listening to a book about authors discussing writer's block and the nature of writing is always fun, you know that the author puts a lot of themselves into this part of the book and it gives you an insight into what makes them tick.
The book was thought-provoking and scary, a perfect read for fans of the horror genre - it's a breath of fresh air in the haunted house niche where everything can get a little samey.

Bernard Setaro Clark absolutely nailed the performance of this emotionally charged novel, from heartwrenching screams to Irish accents, I was impressed. He brought a bunch of very different characters to life and gave the book a whole new dimension to enjoy. Beware though, this is a helluva long audiobook and very intense so I did feel the need to split it up over a few weeks.

Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.

Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog.

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  • Casey
  • 2018-03-27

Not what I expected, in a disappointing way

While I loved the voice of the narrator, that’s about the only good thing I can give this. I bought this because I thought I was going to get an edgy, subversive take on the haunted house story. And maybe that’s how the idea started but it certainly doesn’t finish. There are four horror writers and one super horror fan, yet not a single one can tell where the story goes. You’d think there’d be some kind of Scream-esque meta storytelling going on. Each one acts like they’ve never even come across a haunting or evil spirit, I know they haven’t in actuality but it makes no sense for them to even try to guess. The choices they make are so formulaic and that’s the problem. I wanted something to shake up the formula. I wanted characters who could predict an outcome and then be subverted, not just go along for the ride. It’s not a badly written story but it’s still a lackluster one. The scares don’t come from a psychological level, mostly degrading into possessions and blood. I wanted to be scared to pick up a book or scared to turn a corner in my own house, instead I’m wondering if the thing behind my closet door is a button up shirt or the bogeyman🙄 I’m tired of writers believing that horror and ghosts simply come from the grotesque. There are so many ways to make a house scary. A wonderful example is Mark Z Danielewski’s “House of Leaves,” which takes the primitive fear of “what’s waiting around the corner?” and plunged into it. Houses have so many unknown places to explore, unlike the outside it’s a contained area with many rooms and places locked away behind walls, doors and uncertainty. The house in this story just feels like a dragon for our heroes to fight. Not that it’s bad to personify things like that, but he could have gone so much farther with it by dumping the idea of ghosts earlier on. All-in-all, if you like a haunted house story, I’d put this low on your list.

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  • Richard
  • 2017-11-15

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.

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  • Sarah
  • 2019-08-27

I got so so close to finishing, but ...

This book was interesting at first. I was a little put off about how he wrote the woman character, Moore, but overall I was still curious what would happen next. (Seriously, Moores chapters read like that meme that's going around 'how male authors write women'. She writes her novels naked!?! Seriously?!?.) the first 3rd of the book was interesting (the part where there in the house) ... but ... then they leave. I don't want to say too much, but to me it ended up feeling like a bad rip off of The Shinning. About an hour left to go and I realized I really don't care what happens to these people any more. So, on to something better. Book was returned.

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  • T.Evans
  • 2018-01-07

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.

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  • H
  • 2018-02-15

Largely a fun book, but drags...

It almost feels like territory we've all covered before. Ending twist was not surprising at all. Lost a star for the last three or so chapters.

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  • Jim N
  • 2019-08-01

Horror fiction about horror fiction

A horror novel about horror fiction is an interesting idea and Kill Creek is a love letter to the genre. Unfortunately, I didn't think the book delivered on it's ambitions. It's entertaining, even genuinely exciting, at times but it falls too often into genre cliches and because it wears it's influences on it's sleeve, it's impossible not compare it to the work of the horror greats it celebrates. At it's core, it's a haunted house novel but I didn't think it had the creepy, literary atmosphere of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House or the visceral scares of Richard Matheson's Hell House. I wanted to like it but it just didn't work for me.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-04-18

The author swallowed a simile thesaurus!

Struggled to finish. Not worth the price I paid for sure. pass on this one unless it is free.

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