Monday, October 29, 2012

Dynamic Duo of Horror: Betty & Barbara

Welcome all ye freaks and ghouls!
Happy Halloween Week from the 
JLB Creatives Blog!

Since we've been featuring 

a lot of Blasts from the Past 
over the last several months, 
we thought it only appropriate to
blast this baby from the past, 
during Halloween Week...

Everyone's favorite dynamic duo of Horror!

Let's get to it!

A huge JLB Creatives welcome
to Barbara & Betty

Six Pack of Blood is a compilation of six short, malevolent stories by award-winning authors Betty Dravis and Barbara Watkins. Be sure to lock your doors and leave the lights on before reading these bloodcurdling, terrifying tales of revenge, lust, murder, cannibalism, witchcraft and more. Who in the world is safe when such benign things as snow domes, dolls, a Caribbean cruise and an innocent Sunday outing turn malevolent? Blood is everywhere...

Book trailer by Kelly Komm:

You Tube: Six Pack of Blood

Watch it, share it, spread the word!

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Juicy tid-bits about this creepy book!

Did you know the forward was written by the
famous Armand Mastroianni?
 These ladies don't mess around when it comes to landing big fish in the sea of authorship. They are the prime example of
things such as no guts - no glory, you have not because you ask not, and if you can't run with the big dogs then stay on the porch! They are a true inspiration to the writing world.

The acclaimed movie director/producer Armand Mastroianni wrote a glowing foreword for this book, and who knows horror better than he does? (Think TV's Dark Shadows, Friday the Thirteenth and movies Celestine Prophecy, Pandemic and more. Here is an excerpt of what he wrote: "This is a feast expertly cooked up by master chefs venturing into the dark side designed to leave us captivated, enthralled and horrified. The perfect dish to accompany your six-pack...or if you prefer, a fine wine." - Armand Mastroianni, Producer/Director, Silver Screen Pictures, Hollywood

Did you know JLB Creatives's Blog Host Janet Beasley was asked to present a short review for this bone chilling collection?

 Janet was honored at the invitation, and now a snippet from her review, and her fantasy novel Maycly appear in this horror collection right alongside Armand Mastroianni's forward.

Did you know that Six Pack of Blood was deemed with a very prestigious award?

Six-Pack of Blood received the prestigious “Best Paranormal/Horror” Awardfrom Zodiac Entertainment’s  

from Producer/Director Dimi Nakov. 

Did you know that Six Pack of Blood 
has made the Best Seller List around the globe?
 Six-Pack is a local and international hit. 
  It’s reached: #1 on Amazon Kindle horror list, #5 in Germany, and #53 in the UK.

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What do the authors have to say about their frightening masterpiece?

Betty says: 

"When people ask me why 'a sweet lady' like me writes such malevolent, creepy stories, I say, 'I cut my teeth on John Saul, Steven King and Shirley Jackson. Roasted over an open pit of hot coals, they were tasty morsels, indeed.'" - Author Betty Dravis, on writing horror

I’m overwhelmed that our creepy tales in Six-Pack of Blood prompt reviewers to call our stories “horror masterpieces,” and am definitely humbled when they compare me and my co-author Barbara Watkins to Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Rod Serling and other horror masters. Renowned movie critic/book reviewer Bennet Pomerantz even went so far as to compare our creepy tales to Twilight Zone and Night Gallery. Author Jessie B. Tyson blew my mind when she wrote in a review, “It’s a pity good old Alfred Hitchcock is dead now…because he would have had a field day with these stories.” 

 Barbara says:
Six Pack of Blood is a collaboration of six horrifying tales by author's, Betty Dravis and Barbara Watkins. Journey into the unknown where nothing is as it seems - where the macabre, murder, terror, and the paranormal happily invite pure evil to celebrate the dance of death. Sit back and relax - pop that can of 'Blood' uh, I mean beverage of choice and prepare to get your FRIGHT on...!

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Mini Excerpts from Six Pack of Blood:

THE COLLECTOR by Betty Dravis
His thoughts about the weather were not idle thoughts; they figured heavily in his plans. He had a collection to make and it was different this time. The dastardly deed had to be done that night, and he planned to use his private plane. There could be no witnesses!
HEAVY METAL By Betty Dravis“No, bro,” Joyce replied. “You heard what Mom said--TV, video, popcorn, but no heavy hard rock.”
“Aw-w, c’mon, Jo-Jo,” her brother coaxed. “Pretty please… Pretty please with crushed Oreos on it.”
“No! Mom says it'll rupture our eardrums...and besides, Aunt Patty’ll rat on us.”
“Na-ahh...she can’t hear it from her place. And I promise to keep the volume low.”
Johnny was so irresistible to his sister that she gave in, retrieving the forbidden CDs from her battered gym bag. The girl was such a soft touch, the boy ignored his promise and turned the music volume to an ear-splitting level. Joyce wagged a finger at him, but when he reached for her, she joined him in a dance.
Soon the trailer rocked with the wild gyrations of the fun-loving teens. And the music echoed off the walls like staccato bursts of microwave popcorn.

 V.O. by Betty Dravis

Charles paused for a moment to see if Walter--who had interrupted several times earlier--was following his monologue. Satisfied that his friend was enthralled--eager to hear more--Charles took a long, thirsty gulp of V.O. and picked up where he'd left off: “Hernando directed the couples, parading them before us as though they were auditioning for a movie. Then he insisted that I choose one senorita and that Barb choose a senor. They were all perfect, but I scrutinized them closely, thinking, This is ridiculous! I'm not choosing a wife--just a waitress. But I finally settled on Juanita; although all were exquisitely formed, she was more voluptuous and radiated a seductive kind of impish innocence.
     “After Barb selected Juan--she later told me she'd chosen him because he and Juanita seemed to be a 'matched pair'--the couple began dancing.


SPIRITS OF A JESTER by Barbara Watkins
That was the last time my mother spoke with her. Mother, like me, was not a superstitious person. She had only accepted the jester because it was the old woman's dying wish.
PASSAGEWAY TO HELL by Barbara Watkins
She dragged me to the cellar, opened the door and shoved me down the long dark stairs. I remember screaming and scratching at the door until my fingers bled. I remember thinking, if I ever got out I would run as far away as I could. Well, I did get out and I tried to run away many times, but they always found me and brought me back.
To my horror, I watched as she gracefully walked across the floor towards our table in her chiffon Versace gown, holding a cigarette between her well-manicured fingers. In a soft, wispy voice she looked directly at me and said, "I'm Janice. Dave has told me so much about you, but I have to say he forgot to mention you were expecting. . ."
Come on, what are you waiting for? Download your copy of Six Pack of Blood now. . .
horror doesn't get any better!
Available on Amazon and featured in
the Kindle Prime Lending Library

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Next week get ready to meet Author Barbara Watkins up close and personal, right here on the fabulous JLB Creatives Blog - where our goal is to promote other authors and help those who are diving into the realm of writing.
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Have a great week!
Stay casual - live life to the fullest - and have a piece of chocolate for me.
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