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