Kill Creek

Kill Creek

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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.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9781942645832
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

An intense horror debut novel that's not for the faint of heart. Horror authors gather at an infamous haunted house for a publicity stunt on Halloween and the terror ensues. This is a creepy page-turner perfect for the fall, especially October. For fans of Stephen King, ghost stories, and haunted houses.

I am a big fan of haunted house stories, so the premise of four horror writers being brought together in a haunted house made me choose this book. The unexpected (and very clever) plot twists kept me reading well into the night. The ending is so satisfyingly creepy that I'd rank this book among my favorite horror novels of all time. Highly recommended!

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Katie_Dublin
Sep 28, 2019

Great modern take on the classic haunted house tale. I really enjoyed the participants all being famous horror authors. Each is haunted by their own unique demons before coming to Kill Creek. None will be the same when they leave. The haunting follows them home, and finally beckons them back. Will they manage to escape with their lives a second time?

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ghostwthemost
Apr 30, 2019

A slow burn that really hooks you, was pretty disappointed with what a mean feminist stereotype Moore felt like, though. Very "She's different, but don't worry, she's still attractive!"

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Reedbeebe
Sep 26, 2018

AN HOMAGE REVIEW:

1:30 a.m.

THE HOUSE WAS quiet, and Reed should have gone to bed hours ago.

But he turned the page and kept reading.

Put it down, an inner voice screamed. No, commanded another.

His daughter got up to use the bathroom. Reed was relieved that she had not noticed him reading on the living room couch, and had gone back to bed.

Something — the book? — compelled him to keep reading the pages, to construct the house (that indomitable, sinister house) and the tragic characters in his mind, and so he did. The living room’s grandfather clock was his enemy, each of its ticks a screaming reminder that he should be asleep.

Reed read past the riveting ending, the inevitable epilogue, all the way to the author’s obligatory credits and thank-yous. Putting the book down at last, Reed savored the victory. He had finished it.

But was the book finished with him? He discovered the next morning  that it was not. The whole thing was a ghost story, after all.

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MaxCW26
May 03, 2018

Good page turner horror novel. Well developed characters and plot that features an unexpected ending.

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tink05
Feb 17, 2018

Really slow start. But once they get to act two Halloween night and on you can't help but devour the book. Great classic horror book to read well into the night with the creep factor.

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LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

“Funny thing about rumors,” Sebastian said softly. “It doesn’t matter if they’re true or false, only that people believe them.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

“No house is born bad. Most are thought of fondly, even lovingly. In the beginning, the house on Kill Creek was no exception.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

“It was an old soul in a new shell.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

“Sebastian ran a finger over the spines of the books on the shelf. It did not matter to him what the titles were. They were books. They were filled with thoughts. Their relevance was debatable; he was sure some were exceptional while others were the works of lesser minds. 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.”

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