Kill Creek

Four horror authors agree to spend the night in a notorious haunted house. Big mistake. What begins as a simple publicity stunt unleashes an evil that will follow them…torment them…force them to become a part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek...
A 342-page horror book
TV writer/showrunner with a  not-so-secret love of all things horror
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About Kill Creek


It was supposed to be a simple publicity stunt: four best-selling horror authors spending Halloween night in one of the country’s most legendary haunted houses. But as the hours tick by, the writers suspect that the house is studying them, listening to their conversations, peering into their souls. One year later, these authors’ worlds are turned upside down when they discover that they are slaves to an ominous entity that is forcing them to write the exact same book. Now the only way to stop this infestation of evil is by returning to the house that started it all. These very different men have devoted their lives to the macabre; yet nothing they have written can prepare them for what waits at Kill Creek.

KILL CREEK is a novel of supernatural suspense that builds to a horrifically violent climax. Like the house at its center, the novel studies the strengths and weaknesses of its four protagonists, forcing them into a final, terrifying confrontation.

I am the co-creator and Executive Producer of Disney Channel’s Best Friends Whenever and Disney XD’s Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. I’ve written TV movies and teleplays for various networks including MTV, VH1, CMT, Nickelodeon and ABC Family, and I was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for my work on R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour. I’ve loved horror my whole life; every one of my birthday cakes in grade school had a haunted house on it. KILL CREEK blends two of my favorite types of horror: slow-burn supernatural creepiness with all-out visceral terror.

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Kill Creek

The Tracking Board’s 2016 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition



Gossip is mischievous, light and easy to raise, but grievous to bear

and hard to get rid of. No gossip ever dies away entirely, if many

people voice it; it too is a kind of divinity. -- Hesiod



Only the silent, sleepy, staring houses in the backwoods can tell all

that has lain hidden since the early days… Sometimes one feels it

would be merciful to tear down these houses, for they must often

dream. --H.P. Lovecraft



PROLOGUE

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

The house was made from nothing more fantastic than wood and nails, mortar and stone. It was not built on unholy ground. It was not home to a witch or a warlock. In 1859, a solitary man constructed it with his own two hands and the occasional help from friends in the nearby settlement of Lawrence, Kansas. For a few good years, the rooms within this house were filled with a passionate love, albeit one shared in secret, like a whisper between two hearts.

But as with most places that are rumored to be haunted, a tragedy befell the house on Kill Creek. The man who built it was murdered, mere feet from the woman he loved. His outstretched hands attempted to span that mockingly short distance between them, to touch her dark skin, to caress her hair, his mind insisting that if he could just hold her, they would both be saved.

They were not. His love’s body was taken from beside his own and hung from the only tree in the front yard. She was already dead, and yet they strung her up in one final insult. The bodies became as cool as the steamy August night would allow, the silence of the house and grounds laying over them like a death shroud. They would remain undisturbed for several weeks, forgotten as the town of Lawrence endured its own tragedy. As dusk fell, the horizon to the southwest flickered with the orange glow of flame. Lawrence was burning.

A house stained by spilled blood cannot escape the harsh sentence passed by rumor. The townspeople, traveling the quiet dirt path to Kansas City, began to speak of the house as if it were alive. How badly they felt for this poor, sad place, orphaned as so many children had been during the bloody border battles preceding the Civil War. It is impossible to say what happened within that empty house on long, dark winter nights when the wind cut through the barren forest to rattle its window panes. But on more than one occasion, a traveler gave his horse a swift kick to speed it along as he passed Kill Creek Road.

Because of its size and grand architecture, the house did not remain empty forever. A few tried to call it home. Yet no one felt completely welcome in the house, and most moved out within a year. They could not explain why they were compelled to abandon it. It was as if the walls refused to absorb their warmth. Even in the middle of summer, the temperature dropped a good ten degrees as one...

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Followers of Kill Creek!

I’ve reached 90% of my light-publishing goal!  Only 25 more pre-orders to go.  But there’s also only 6 days left in the campaign!!!  If you haven’t ordered yet, please consider doing so now.  I could really use your help.  And to those who have ordered and/or helped spread the word, I wouldn’t be this close without YOU.  Thank you for supporting my dream.  

Or, should I say, nightmare...

See, I probably should have warned you.  Indulging the spirits that reside in the house on Kill Creek is to invite them into your life.  It doesn’t matter if you leave the house in your rearview mirror or close the book and set it on your nightstand.  Whatever this thing is that walks the dark, dusty halls of the Finch House, it knows you now.  It needs you.  That odd scratching sound you hear in the dark could just be your cat’s claws as it creeps across the hardwood floor.  But you’d be wise not to look.  Just close your eyes.  Do not peer over the edge of your bed.  Because it isn’t your cat (you don’t even have a cat, what were you thinking?!).  It’s that...thing from Kill Creek.  And it wants you to go back...

Good luck sleeping.

Scott Thomas

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Greetings from Kill Creek!

Today I hit 75% of my pre-order goal!  

Thanks so much to everyone who has pre-ordered and/or helped spread the word.  I truly appreciate it.  I have 20 more days to reach 250, and with the holidays behind us, I plan to kick the campaign into high gear and do everything I can to cross that finish line (sports!).

I also added a new excerpt from the novel, a brisk 6-minute read about a simple handyman who gets a little taste of what lies beyond the threshold of the house on Kill Creek.  If you didn’t receive it earlier today, you can read it here: https://www.inkshares.com/books/kill-creek/book_segments/new-excerpt-the-door-opens 

We’re SO CLOSE to unleashing Kill Creek’s evil on the world!  With your help and a few more backers, we’ll make sure this unholy house is never forgotten!

Best,

Scott

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Hey everybody!

As of today, KILL CREEK has 161 pre-orders!  With 40 days left, there’s still time to reach the first goal of 250.  Thank you to everyone who has supported this book.  It means a lot.  Getting KILL CREEK out into the world is a dream that finally feels close to a reality, and I couldn’t do it without you.

Also, KILL CREEK has been selected as the December pick by the Thriller Night Syndicate on Inkshares!  It’s always incredibly encouraging and humbling to be acknowledged by readers and fellow writers, especially those who don’t feel the constant daily guilt of my Facebook posts.

But there’s another deadline coming up soon.  This Friday, in fact.  Out of all of the finalists in the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, Inkshares will guarantee publishing to the Top 3 with the most unique pre-orders.  Right now, KILL CREEK is #7.  With a big surge in the next couple days, it could make the Top 3.  So if you’ve already ordered your copy, I could use your help spreading the word.  And if you haven’t pre-ordered yet, please take a read through the first 50 pages and consider clicking that pre-order button.  

I keep calling this a horror novel, and it is.  But it’s not just a piece of gratuitous genre fiction.  It’s so much more to me.  This is a story set in Kansas, where I grew up.  Part of it takes place in Lawrence, where I attended the University of Kansas.  And the backstory of one of the protagonists, Sam, includes an actual haunted house in my hometown.  It was called Old Parker...

The stories about this house were probably made up, but that didn’t stop us from going out there late at night and daring each other to spend five minutes alone in the pitch-black root cellar, standing on the very dirt that (supposedly) covered the grave of Mrs. Parker.  We wanted to believe these stories.  Because it meant something extraordinary had happened here.  It meant there was a power (albeit a dark power) greater than us at work in this place.  It meant we had a legend in our own backyard.

This is the actual exit to Kill Creek Road:

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never even been down that road.  But whenever I would drive past it on K-10, I would see that name and wonder what strange, unspeakable thing had gone down at the end of what I imagined was a road shrouded in shadow.  And so I created my own legend.  The legend of Kill Creek.

Please help me share this legend.  I believe it’s a tale worth telling.

And, as always, thank you.

Best,

Scott


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Followers of Kill Creek!

Wanted to give you a quick update...

I’m now 45 days into my 90 day pre-order period, and thanks to some generous orders today, I’ve reached 50% of my Quill goal!  Thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered.  Your support means a lot.  I still have 45 days to reach 250 pre-orders and ensure that Kill Creek gets published, but with the holidays coming up, that time is going to go quickly.  So if you know anyone who might enjoy a get-under-your-skin, sh*t-hits-the-fan, character-driven, hatchet-to-the-mouth, Kansas-set ghost story, please encourage them to pre-order a copy before my time is up!

Also if you’d like a little more info about the genesis of Kill Creek and/or a photo of me looking like The Edge from U2, check out this article: http://www.kansan.com/arts_and_culture/alumnus-aims-to-publish-horror-novel-through-crowdfunding/article_5f341010-b85b-11e6-8ee6-f78ca44d4f2f.html

Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

Scott

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Hey everybody,

Wanted to give you one more update: today KILL CREEK was named as a Top 10 Finalist in the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition!  It’s a huge honor, especially considering it started this journey in the Top 75.  KILL CREEK is a passion project of mine, one that I’ve always hoped would be read by more than just family members, so it’s incredibly exciting to know that others are enjoying my wicked little ghost story.

Thank you to everyone who has supported KILL CREEK by pre-ordering it and/or sharing it with friends.  And if you haven’t pre-ordered a copy yet, there’s still time!

Best,

Scott

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Hey everybody!

First of all, thank you for everything you’ve done to support KILL CREEK.  I truly appreciate it.  I’m currently just shy of 100 pre-orders.  There’s still a ways to go to get to 250 for light publishing and a long way to go to get to 750 for the full publishing package, but there’s also still time to reach one of those goals.  If you know anyone who you think would dig this book, please encourage them to drop $10 or $20 to make this book a reality.

In other news, Inkshares has announced their list of the best unpublished books on their site.  This list is called, appropriately enough, The List 2016.  I’m happy to say that KILL CREEK made The List.  So here’s another chance to get the book out into the world: the top 3 books with the most unique pre-orders by December 31st will be published.  

So if you haven’t pre-ordered a copy yet, please consider doing so.  And if you have, please consider mentioning KILL CREEK to someone you think would enjoy it.  It’s not just for hardcore horror fans.  It’s a character-driven, slow-burn ghost story that builds to a horrific, violent climax.  Fans of everything from The Haunting of Hill House and The Shining to Insidious and The Conjuring will not be disappointed.

Thanks again!  And have a great Thanksgiving!

Scott Thomas


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While we’re all biting our nails waiting on election results, I wanted to share a little news: KILL CREEK has been named a Top 25 Finalist in the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition!  I couldn’t be more thrilled, and I’m excited to get this gnarly little haunted house story out into the world.      Check out the complete Top 25 list here:

https://www.tblaunchpad.com/contests/6

Thanks for your support!  And if you know anyone who might like KILL CREEK, please encourage them to pre-order a copy!

Scott

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Hey everybody!

First of all, thanks for supporting KILL CREEK!  It’s a classic haunted house story that gets pretty nasty in the best possible way.  Thanks to you, I’m close to hitting the 60 pre-order mark.  Thank you for helping me get this far, but I’d appreciate anything you can do to spread the word.  Share the link.  Tell a friend.  Anyone you think might dig a character-driven ghost story, this is the book for them.  

This is for anyone who’s ever seen the tallgrass rustle when there’s no breeze and wondered if there’s something moving beneath it, something unseen, something that should not be there...

This is for the shadow in the corner of the room that doesn’t seem to be cast by any obvious object...

This is for that noise you swear you heard when your eyes flash open at two in the morning, when you wonder if you should check the rest of the house, just to be sure...

This is for the darkness that hugs the bottom of the stairs and for the things that wait patiently beyond...

This is for your ankle that slips out of the covers in the middle of the night and for the twisted hand that reaches for it...

This is the itch in your bones, the cold in your spine, the story that gets under your skin, the book that you recommend to friends, the tale that must be told.

This is the house on Kill Creek.  It remains, to this day.  Waiting.  Patiently.  For us all to believe.

Best,

Scott Thomas

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