Kill Creek by Scott Thomas
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.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Four Stars – A great book for writers, not for readers…
Kill Creek was a basic haunted house story. Emphasis on the basic. While it was an intriguing read with several layers of interwoven stories, it lacked the unpredictability and true terror that I expected in a horror book like this.
We follow the lives of four famous horror authors and how a single night in the Kill Creek house impacts and changes them. Each character was written with a really great arc that showcases how the demons of this mysterious house messed with their psyche. As a writer myself, I enjoyed seeing the different types of authors that each character portrayed. Just like with every horror writer, we all have different approaches and different definitions of what true horror is, so, as a writer, I was able to easily connect with the characters in a way that most normal readers probably wouldn’t.
This was certainly a book for writers as it was incredibly meta, with intricacies and plot lines that most readers would never catch. However, this book was certainly not a book for readers as the sheer entertainment value was quite lackluster. If I hadn’t been reading this for my book club, I probably would have DNF’ed it.
As a writer, judging based on the intricacies and the skill needed to pull off this story, I would give Kill Creek a solid five stars. As a reader, judging based on the entertainment value and ability to make me creeped out, I would give Kill Creek three stars. So I settled on a nice middle ground of four instead.
I read this as part of the Book Fiends club, you can view all of my spoilery thoughts in our livestream video here: