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Title:
Kill Creek : a novel

Inkshares presents "Kill Creek"
Title:
Kill Creek : a novel
Edition:
First edition.
Publisher Info:
San Francisco, California : Inkshares, Inc., [2017]
Physical Description:
414 pages ; 21 cm
Abstract:
"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 in one of the world's most infamous haunted houses, he relunctantly 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"--Front flap.

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-Shortlisted for the 2017 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel

-Winner of the American Library Association's Horror Book of 2017

"Intensely realized and beautifully orchestrated Gothic horror." --Joyce Carol Oates

"A match for readers who enjoyed Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. " -- Booklist (starred 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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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Every town has a story of the local haunted house the one where bad luck, strange occurrences, and unexplained deaths happen over and over again. Thomas' debut takes this common horror trope to a new level. Four best-selling horror novelists who write different strains of the genre, from atmospheric gothic to bloody pulp action, are invited by an internet mogul to spend one night in the infamous Finch House and allow it to be live-streamed on his site. Eager for the publicity and to see what the fuss is all about, these masters of horror readily agree, with a healthy dose of skepticism about the house's haunts. However, these creators of fictitious scares have no idea what they have actually awoken a great evil, not of this world, that will use their personal secrets and deepest, darkest fears to relentlessly pursue them, even as they head home.This is a menacing and cinematic story that starts off merely creepy but evolves into a bloody, action-driven terrorfest. But it is also a thought-provoking and enjoyable look at the genre itself, as the characters discuss horror, its history, and its tropes at length. A match for readers who enjoyed the Shirley Jackson classicThe Haunting of Hill House (1959), it is also a good choice for fans of House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski (2000), or Paul Tremblay's A Head Full of Ghosts (2015).--Spratford, Becky Copyright 2018 Booklist