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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Hello beloved supporters of Kill Creek!
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!
A HUGE THANK YOU FROM KILL CREEK...
With 4 days left in the campaign, I’ve reached my goal of 250 pre-orders (253 at the moment)!!! I can’t tell you how much your support means to me. I wrote the first draft of Kill Creek several years ago, so to know that it will finally be in print is a dream come true.
I’ll continue to update you about the process to get this thing into your hands, but for now, just know how much I appreciate your help! I couldn’t have done it without you!
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.
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!
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: