In 2016 the Launch Pad Competition teamed up with producers Ridley Scott, Brooklyn Weaver, Rock Shaink and publisher Inkshares to kick off the inaugural Launch Pad Manuscript Competition. Now, just one year later, we’re thrilled to present your exclusive first look at Scott Thomas’ KILL CREEK.
The story, which is the brainchild of Emmy-nominated writer Thomas, centers on four of the world’s bestselling horror writers who are convinced to join up for a publicity stunt and stay one Halloween night in an infamously legendary haunted house. But, as they’ll soon come to find out, the house on Kill Creek has deeper plans for them.
Set to his bookshelves on Halloween of this year, the timing of the release could not have been planned better, as Hollywood is in a fever pitch trying to find their next horror IP following the record-breaking $123 million opening for the remake of Stephen King’s “IT” – an opening that is not only exceptional in its number, but in the fact that it debuted to more than double that of the most ambitious box office predictions. “This year isn’t just about cementing the ascendancy of horror—it’s about our obsession with the authors behind these horror stories.” offered Inkshares CEO Adam Gomolin.
Our readers and the publishing world alike drew fast comparisons to classics in the genre such The Shining and The Haunting of Hill House, all the while commenting on how the story cleverly delivered an inventive, original an wholly atmospheric tale even the most seasoned reader would lose themselves in.
Thomas, who set out to “make the humblest contribution, in some small corner, to the American gothic horror tradition”, is already well on his way to doing just that, as after seeing Kill Creek land a publishing deal via the manuscript competition, his feature script VIOLET was picked up from the Launch Pad Feature Competition by producer Roy Lee and his Vertigo Entertainment. Lee also just so happened to produce that record-breaking Stephen King adaptation mentioned above.
“Kill Creek is a slow-burn, skin-crawling haunted house novel with a terrifying premise and a shockingly brutal gut-punch of a conclusion. This debut establishes Scott Thomas as a force to be reckoned with on the horror scene” His remarkable ability to build tension and suspense had me on the edge of my seat until the last page.” Offered HorrorTalk.com one of the most prominent horror publishing sites online.
Kill Creek delivers 400 pages of pulse-pounding terror. And in an era dominated by King, it is the closest that most of us will ever get to spending a night in a haunted house with him.
And enjoy your first look at the cover of Kill Creek below!