Thanks to NetGalley and Inkshares for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: October 31st, 2017
Synopsis: 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.
Kill Creek is a spooky and creepy tale that’s perfect for this time of year. While it’s somewhat derivative, it still had some surprises and I found it quite entertaining.
The first half which follows the four horror authors was definitely my favorite part of the book. You get to know their backstories through their personal narratives as well as the events that lead them all to be part of this publicity stunt at the supposedly haunted Finch House. The tragic history of the house itself is also revealed, and with everything combined, it gave me an eerie and unsettled feeling.
In the second half, the pace slowed down a little at first, with all four authors returning to their respective homes and dealing with the repercussions of their brief stay at Finch House. Once they reunite, at the house, realizing it’s the only way to put a stop to the evil that’s followed them, the pace picks up appreciably and the slow burning suspense turns into the epitome of slasher horror.
Overall, I didn’t think Kill Creek to be the most original book I’ve read in this genre, but it kept my attention and I found it to be a fun and scary read. If you’re a fan of horror writers like Stephen King, Bentley Little and Peter Straub, I think you might enjoy this. I would definitely pick up any future horror stories by Scott Thomas.