Hello beloved supporters of Kill Creek!
I have a humble request that’ll cost you zero dollars and only take a couple of minutes. NPR is currently running their Summer Reader Poll for 2018, and this year the genre is horror! You can vote for up to five books, and I would truly appreciate it if one of your votes was for Kill Creek. You can check out the poll at this link:
And if you need suggestions for other books to support, I offer you a few more fantastic horror titles from Inkshares:
A God in the Shed by JF Dubeau
Devil’s Call by J. Danielle Dorn
Abomination by Gary Whitta
Dracula vs. Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan
By voting for Kill Creek and any of these other titles, you’ll be supporting small-press horror and helping us underdogs get our names out there with the big kids. Dogs and kids. Who doesn’t want to see them together?
Please take the time to vote, and know that your support is always appreciated and never taken for granted.
A favor and some exciting news...
First the favor: the more reviews I get on Amazon, the more Amazon sees traffic going to my page, and the more they work their Amazon magic for my book. Getting past the 100 review mark would be huge. So PLEASE go to the link below and WRITE A QUICK REVIEW. It doesn’t have to be much, just a sentence or two saying what you thought of KILL CREEK (hopefully good things). Just click the link below, go down to Customer Reviews and click "write a customer review." It only takes a few minutes. I’ll wait while you did it:
Sweet! Thanks for the review! Now on to the exciting news. KILL CREEK has been officially nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel! The Stoker Awards are one of the most prestigious and well known awards in horror literature, honoring fiction, nonfiction, short stories, poetry and screenplays. This year’s ballot includes huge names like Stephen King, Owen King, Joe Hill, M. Night Shyamalan, Guillermo Del Toro, David Lynch, and Jordan Peele, among many, many others. Past recipients include Stephen King, Thomas Harris, Dan Simmons, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub--you get the point. This is HUGE, and I know it’s a cliche, but it truly is an honor to be nominated. The awards will be announced at a banquet in Providence, RI, (home of H.P. Lovecraft) on March 3, so I’d appreciate it if you’d cross any available fingers for me.
The book continues to gain momentum with over 5,000 copies sold and a steady stream of very cool responses on Instagram and Twitter, including an amazing tweet from Joyce Carol Oates, who called KILL CREEK an "intensely realized & beautifully orchestrated psychological Gothic/horror first novel set in once-Bloody Kansas." I’m thrilled and humbled to hear people from all over the world saying how much they enjoyed my book. I couldn’t have done it without the support of all of you. Thank you for believing in this novel and for helping me make this lifelong dream a reality.
Hope 2018 is treating you all well. I’ll be back soon with more updates.
Oh, and if you didn’t stop to write that review while I waited earlier, why not do it now? It’ll give you a few more minutes of "staring at your phone" time, and who doesn’t want that?
Happy New Year from Kill Creek!
A couple exciting updates from Kill Creek...
For those of you who pre-ordered the book many, many months ago, the paperback copies (finally) went out today! You should have received an email about this today, and the books should be to you in 2 - 4 business days. I can’t wait for you to check it out. I couldn’t be happier with the finished product. It’s my love letter to my all-time favorite genre and the many horror writers who inspired me. I wrote the first draft of Kill Creek over a decade ago, and the final version is the result of a VERY busy summer of rewriting...and rewriting...and rewriting. The response so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Barnes and Noble even called Kill Creek the horror debut of 2017 which is, you know, PRETTY DAMN COOL. Here’s a little taste of what they had to say:
There is one little bit of bad news, and I hope you’ll forgive me: I wasn’t able to make it up to Oakland to the Inkshares offices to sign your books before they went out. Because the books took longer to print than expected, and because I felt you had waited long enough to get the books you ordered, I made the decision to have them send them to you without my signature. I wouldn’t have been able to make it to Inkshares before Thanksgiving, and I wanted to get the books to you ASAP. But please know how much I appreciate your support. Your pre-orders made it possible for us to start the process of publishing this book. Without you, the manuscript would still be sitting on my hard drive.
Also, for those of you with (kid-free) commutes or road trips planned, Kill Creek is now available on Audible!
They did an amazing job. It’s a fantastic listen.
I’ve already started talking to Inkshares about my next book. It’s a much different story--a fast, nasty little mofo--and I can’t wait to dive in. Just know that I have something appropriately disturbing in the works.
I hope you enjoy reading (or listening) to Kill Creek. When you have a few minutes, please post a review on Amazon, Goodreads and/or Audible. Your reviews help bring online attention to the book. Also feel free to share comments or photos of the book on any and all forms of social media. We’re doing our best to get the word out, but we can always use extra help!
Thank you again for your support.
Now...open the door to the house on Kill Creek, but remember: once you cross its threshold, there is no going back...
Greetings from Kill Creek!
Yet another milestone today: digital copies of the book went out to those who pre-ordered!
Hopefully you’ve all been able to open the files. If not, please contact Inkshares at email@example.com so they can help you troubleshoot.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to have these first copies of KILL CREEK out there in the world. I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks. So far, the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. Just today, KILL CREEK was included on a Barnes & Noble list of the best ghost/witch stories. Fingers crossed from more great reviews.
Now there’s one more way you can support this book: once you’ve had a chance to read it, please go to Goodreads and/or Amazon and leave a review on the book’s page. Your reviews are incredibly important in helping KILL CREEK find a wider audience. For all five star reviews, I will send you a mental high-five that will smack you when you most need it!
Because editorial took longer than expected, those of you who pre-ordered paperback copies should have them by the end of the month (if not earlier). I’ll give you an update as soon as I have a hard date on that, but sit tight, it’s coming soon!
In the meantime, enjoy your digital copy. And thank you all for helping me make this dream come true. I couldn’t have done it without all of you.
It’s been a long trip, but we are quickly approaching the exit that will take you from the safety of the highway and down the shadowy road that leads to the Finch house. So I wanted to give you an update on a HUGE milestone: the final draft of the manuscript has been turned in, and just yesterday it was laid out so it, you know, looks like a book. I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to finally see my Word doc turned into an honest-to-God novel. There’s still proofing to do, but the heavy lifting is done and Kill Creek will be available for purchase on-line and in bookstores this Halloween! Holy crap, that’s like two months away. Okay, take a breath. Be cool. Be cool.
In the meantime, I wanted to give you a sneak peak at the fully-formatted first page of the prologue. Thanks again to those of you who pre-ordered and supported me in this endeavor, although I probably should have warned you: the entity that dwells in Kill Creek has a way of finding you, no matter where you are. So if you feel fingers grazing the back of your neck when no one else is around, or you see something out of the corner of your eye, a twisted, lurking thing that creeps closer and closer, just remember that your copy of the book is coming soon. Maybe you’ll find answers there. Maybe you’ll discover a way to stop it.
Then again, maybe nothing can stop it.
You probably forgot you were beloved supporters of my horror novel, KILL CREEK, didn’t ya? Well to say that things have been crazy this summer would be a massive understatement, but I’m happy to tell you that rewrites of KILL CREEK have gone well, and the book is now with an incredibly talented and much appreciated copy editor. There will still be tweaks to make and last minute notes to address, but KILL CREEK is still on schedule to hit bookstores, on-line vendors and your hands/tablets at the end of this October!
I can’t truly express how excited I am to get this mutha out into the world. It’s changed quite a bit since I uploaded the first 50 pages to Inkshares last year, but it’s all in the name of strengthening character and plot to give you the absolute best horror novel possible.
Expect more updates as we hit the last few milestones!
Apologies for the radio silence. I owe you all an update on KILL CREEK, so...here it is! The editing process is going well and I couldn’t be happier with the experience. The Inkshares team has been insanely encouraging but also willing to push me to make this book as strong as it can be. Their notes are smart and specific and always in the interest of making my story better. I love the changes and feel you’re going to end up with a very cool, very scary, very satisfying horror novel, a book I hope you’ll enjoy and feel confident recommending to others.
Which brings me to my next bit of news: KILL CREEK will be published in October of this year! That means paperbacks and/or ebooks will be shipped to those who pre-ordered during my fundraising campaign (a million thanks to you). And my book will be available to the entire world via on-line booksellers and actual holy-crap-they-still-exist bookstores like Barnes & Noble. Inkshares is backing this baby 100%, and I’m very excited to be a part of the team.
I also wanted to share the new cover art with you. I think it perfectly captures the creepy, elevated haunted house story I’ve written.
Thank you SO MUCH for your support and your patience during this process. October will be here before we know it!