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Kill Creek (2017)

av Scott Thomas

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"I've only dared to read it in the daylight." --Kaly Soto, Deputy Weekend Editor, the New York Times Book Review 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.… (mer)
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Kill Creek: HEY NETFLIX buy the rights to make this a 10 ep series

Xposted from my Instagram acct

RAISE YOUR HAND if you have read Scott Thomas’s Kill Creek?? Finished reading yesterday and been digesting it.

It took me nearly a month to read this novel (no fault of the work itself). Sick family and company deadlines got in the way of my reading. By way of this slow throughput, I spent the month dwelling on the topics of ghosts and haunted houses (see all the comics i was posted).

For those unfamiliar, Kill Creek centers on a small house in Kansas, cursed from the day it was built when a loving couple was violently murdered for being northerner/freed slave. Since then, strange stories and rumors follow the house, and it has been featured several times as one of he most hanuted places in America.

Cue protagonists.. Four horror authors (of various genre staples) are brought to the house on Halloween to self promote their current projects in a live syndicated web broadcast. Whether they are believers in the supernatural or naysayers, they all sit in the same rooms, eat the same food, and the house at Kill Creek sits idle.. waiting.

The broadcast is put together by a rich asshole with aims at capitalizing on the combined audiences of his interviewees.

This is probably one of my top 5 horror novels in the last few years.. Just enough twists, not very many obvious areas of thin or predictable plot.

I do have a gripe about the primary protagonist. Sam McGarvy has horrific writers block. He is stuck waiting for a single sentence which will inspire him and carve away his funk. Half of the observations he makes internally would be amazing first sentences. Like this ine about his personal writig/author hero.. unfortunately, Sam cannot hear his own genius

‘This is the voice you hear right before you’re born, Sam thought. The voice that says, “Fight the good fight,” before you are thrust into the unforgiving world.’


Author: @scottthomascaresaboutyou
Awesome cover art by @corleyms

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Disclosure: This book was provided for review purposes by the author or publisher. To loosely quote the great Nina Hagen ‘my love for you is greater than your love for me, surely you see i have found the key.’ This has nothing to do with the honest perspective applied in this review. I just like the song. ( )
  Toast.x2 | Sep 23, 2021 |
Bravo, Mr. Thomas. Bravo.

I had really high hopes for this novel right from the get-go. It was a cool premise, and seemed to be getting good reviews. So, when I started it, my initial mantra was, don't fuck it up, Thomas. Don't let it suck.

When it didn't suck, there was a point when the mantra changed to, don't just rip off The Shining.

When that came out all right, then it was just, bring it home, baby. Just land this thing.

I'll be goddamned if the author didn't pull it all off. Excellent writing. Excellent characters, especially the five main ones--the four authors, and Wainright. The author could have gone the easy route and just stolen four authors from the real world, but instead, he took some recognizable characteristics, but made the four authors his own.

But the star of the book, of course, is the house at Kill Creek. Thomas did a fantastic job if making it a character all its own, and a malevolent entity as well.

Yes, there were times the book was reminiscent of The Shining but, to be fair, what haunted house story worth a damn isn't going to be? It's the haunted house story that sits at the apex, and even with that, you can see how King's classic is also reminiscent of those that came before it. Jackson's Hill House. Matheson's Hell House.

Overall, this was just a blast to read, a lot of fun, and, though it's still early in the year, it's my pick for best horror novel read of 2018. I sincerely doubt anything will beat it.

( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
"Barefoot, she was barely five-six, but the power she radiated added half a foot. She was thirty-eight years old and cut like marble. Defined, but not obscenely muscular. Sexy, but not grotesque. Every line, every curve, was deliberate and necessary."

The scariest thing this book had to offer were the description sexualised characters. Oh, who am I kidding, you know dudes won't be written like this.
Still, mistrusting my own mind ("Maybe I'm just too sensitive." It tends to happen, I have a black or white mind.) I decided to ask my best friend, since she's the reasonable one. This is her honest insight on the bit I shared with her:

"'Sexy but not grotesque' is a subjective approach, not a description. I find it extremely rude that the paragraph implies muscled women are 'grotesque', it is quite offensive and it oozes of 'women are only attractive through certain standards.'"

And she hit the nail on the head. Even without me putting two and two together I fell odd, it was off putting in a way I couldn't really put my finger in.

"You are witnessing your own dehumanisation. Any woman that has walked down the street and has been catcalled and harassed know what it is to be seen as a piece of meat.
We dont need a book to remind us of that too." ( )
  AngustiaCosmica | Jul 11, 2021 |
KILL CREEK BY SCOTT THOMAS is to me like a roller coaster. It starts,out of the station really slow going up that first hill and before you get back to the station and the end of the ride there is that final gut wrenching drop! Its the ups and downs of the book that frustrated me . Just when you think,going thru the dull parts &, yes there are dull parts, you get a shock that wakes up up and scares the pants off of you. Then ending, (I will not blab on that!) will shake you silly !

In my humble opinion, I would have cut out several hours of the approximately 11 hour audible book and it would have been a perfect book. ( )
  DDJTJ1 | Jan 12, 2021 |
The Haunting of Hill House + The Shining + The Last Broadcast

Justin Wainwright has been blessed with a filthy rich dad. He is able to start up a passion project, a website meant to bring new fans to the horror genre. He comes up with a sure fire way to make his project the next big thing. He invites the four most influential horror authors for an interview to be live-streamed Halloween night. However, there’s a fifth star, and the biggest. Kill Creek. It’s a house that urban legends are made of.

I ADORED this book! I got off gabbyreads’ rec. but she’s right. WHY don’t more people talk about this book? This reminds me of the horror I grew up with: classic King, Shirley Jackson, Edgar Allen Poe. Where the scares come not from the gore, but what is unseen and has to be guessed. There is plenty of blood and guts to go with the psychological scares, don’t worry!! Thomas did a masterful job in character building. Each character, primary, secondary, and even the ones we never meet, are completely fleshed out. I didn’t want this book to end!!

Buy this for yourself or someone who wants classic horror. Or, if you’re twisted, get it for a budding author. ( )
  punkypower | Jan 6, 2021 |
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The rising tension is palpable in this psychological horror. Four best-selling horror authors are invited to spend Halloween night in a supposedly-haunted house in Kansas—a cheap publicity stunt conceived by an Internet mogul that takes a much darker turn than any of them expected.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraKirkus, John DeNardo (Oct 11, 2017)
 

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"I've only dared to read it in the daylight." --Kaly Soto, Deputy Weekend Editor, the New York Times Book Review 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.

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