At the end of a dark prairie road, nearly forgotten in the Kansas countryside, lies the Finch House. For years it has perched empty, abandoned, and overgrown–but soon the door will be opened for the first time in many decades. But something waits, 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 soon becomes a fight for survival–the entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.
*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads
*I would like to thank the publisher, Inkshares, and NetGalley for the copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.
It’s been ages since I last read a horror novel and I can’t even remember when was the last time I read one that I enjoyed. So, I had really high hopes for Kill Creek and I’m glad it lived up to my expectation. Kill Creek tells a terrifying tale about a haunted house that refused to be forgotten. Four famous horror novelists were invited for an interview by a popular online personality, Justin Wainwright. Among the authors are Sam McGarver, the best-selling, too mainstream horror author with a disturbing past. TC Moore was invited, too, the sole female author in the group and has a scandalous method of writing erotic horror stories. There’s also Daniel Slaughter, a devout Christian in which his faith is evident in each YA horror books he writes. And lastly, the master of the genre, Sebastian Cole, who every horror authors seem to idolize. But unknown to these writers, Justin got something more than an interview planned. He tricked them not only into conducting the interview via live streaming but also doing it and spending the night in a house that is believed to be haunted. Justin is good at creating stunts for his website and thus it earned him a huge following. And despite the reluctance, the four authors know the interview with him will greatly help their writing careers and reach out to more readers. And so off they go to the haunted house. The house may appear creepy yet nothing out of ordinary really happened. Or so they believed. Because now that they are back in their respective lives, something strange is surely happening. Strange enough to fear for their lives. And rightfully so. Because they’ve awakened a long sleeping evil force who will do everything to keep the Kill Creek legacy going.
Kill Creek is the first novel of the author Scott Thomas. And what an impressive debut! It will surely grab your attention from the first page up to the very end. And not only it is enthralling, it is also creepy especially the first part where the characters spend their time inside the house. Or maybe because I made the mistake of reading it at night, alone. But because of that, the story already succeed in its goal to scare the reader, at least moi. The story is unique on its own, as it’s not only focused on the menacing haunted house but adding the horror writers made the story more absorbing. It is curious how each one of them views the allegedly haunted house. Do they really believe in supernatural stuff?
It contains a great set of well-developed characters, too, who each has interesting stories to tell. Especially Sam, who is considered as the main character despite the multiple POVs from the other authors and side characters. He’s hiding a dark past that he can’t seem to move on with and taking over his life, both personal and professional. But it’s TC Moore who intrigued me more. There is more to her strong and aggressive personality than she’s letting on. Like Sam, she has a disturbing past which she used to be the successful woman she is today. I appreciate how each author was given time to share not only their thoughts and secrets but a snippet of their lives, as well. It is also a plus that there’s great chemistry between the characters and dialogues between them can be fun to read.
I also love the first part of the book. It really freaked me out. The house is still a mystery and I am eager to find out what it can do and what it is capable of. But I was left disappointed on that part, just a bit. I was prepared for more but given so little. It also slowed down and kinda lost the momentum but gradually build-up again as it reveals the mystery surrounding the house. It took on a different, more horrific turn on the later part, though, mixed in with grisly details that are not for the faint-hearted. It may be a bit longer but totally worth it especially as the author throws in a surprise twist to the end. I don’t really prefer the ending, but that’s just me. Most would even like it for sure as it added extra horror.
Kill Creek is certainly one of the best haunted house story out there and the best horror book I’ve read in a while. It is an effective horror story that will definitely appeal to the readers of the genre or someone who’s looking for a frightening read.