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Heed my warning: Beware if you visit Patton before reading this book, unless you want to meet Lola: Do not take the black book. This book gets five Lola's. Fran Lewis Amazon Reviewer/Internet Talk Show Host
I found the story so interesting; I actually read it in a matter of a few hours. Ms. Watkins wrote one heck of a story and she's given me inspiration to try again. Bobby Harwell Television/Movie Actor/Producer, and Author of 'Flawed'
From the Author
I believe that not all of our experiences in this life lay inside the range of normal, and that a scientific explanation of proof is not needed for those who encounter and witness what is referred to as paranormal phenomena. I convey that message in all my paranormal thrillers and Hollowing Screams is my testament to that. .
Barbara Watkins resides in Missouri with her husband and loyal boxweiler, Hooch. In her writings, she loves to evoke a false sense of security and expectations, as she leads her reader into a world of the unknown.
In 2010, Watkins collaborated with New Zealand director, Dimi Nakov, on a screenplay for a short movie entitled, BlindSide, in which her name appears in the films end credits for voice-over monologue. BlindSide was accepted into the Cannes short film corner, as part of the 65th Festival de Cannes, and the 7th Cyprus International Film Festival 2012.
Barbara Watkins is a prior member of The Thriller Writers Association, and The National Writers Association. Her charitable contributions include supporting the Partner in Hope program through the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Let mr share a little history with you. In late 2005-early 2006 (dont ask me when), a novella, Behind the Red Door arrived on my reviewing desk. I read it in a few hours. I was impressed with the author. My editor did not like my review for their reasons and it was edited out (Editors do that). in September 2011, I am co-hosting a blog talk radio show with Marsha Casper Cook, one of her guests is Barbata Watkins, when I researched her, i found out that she was that author that was edited out years ago (Sorry Barbara!). I told her how much I enjoyed Red Door, Her comment wait until you see my new one (this book)..and she sent me a PDF file of the book
Barbara Watkins showcases her Missouri root in this paranormal thriller. Her inventiveness storytelling will keep you intrigued with this story. Its that what a great horror tale is about
I enjoyed of the idea the stranger who arrives in the town in 1971 with a forecast of doom. I have seen this in too many paranormal books of late. Before you say OH NO THIS AGAIN, this book milks the supernaturnal elements and makes it freshly work! Her spin is delightful...Horror at its best!
There are a few minor flaws, but Watkins's storytelling will make you overlook them. She is so creative that this book reminded me how similar this novel seems like to Stephen King's Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story...this is not to downglade this book. I think they are about equal. The funny think is years ago before I was on Amazon reviewing, I gave King's Things 4 Stars too
With Hollowing Screams, Barbara Watkins will soon be on the "A" list with Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul and Shirley Jackson. It's obvious when reading this powerful, fast-moving, creepy tale that Watkins has the gift of pacing that grips her readers from the start, while her well-chosen words keep us hanging onto every syllable.
Yet, her writing seems natural, effortless...as though she were a kid on a skateboard, really... How does she do that?
I think that Dimi Nakov, Director/Producer/Cinematographer at Zodiac Entertainment, sums it up best: "Barbara is an amazing writer and such a great person; so down to earth. I look forward to working with her in the future and would like to make many of her books into films."
And now that I've preached to the choir, extolling the literary prowess of author Barbara Watkins, let me show you why. Show, don't tell...
"Hollowing Screams" begins with wounded WWII veteran Howard White returning to his home town of Patton, Missouri, falling in love with a local girl, getting married and having a daughter. All the things James dreamed of when overseas... All is okay until Katrina starts having hallucinations, becoming paranoid and schizophrenic. Her attempts to get rid of the baby during pregnancy and after, her tales of seeing ghosts on their farm and other "crazy" things lead to arguments. Inevitably, James starts drinking, hanging out at the local bar and spending more time away from home.
When Katrina is good, she is very, very good, but when she switches, she's horrid. During one of her bad "episodes" she does something horrendous and blames it on their daughter Shannon.Read more ›
***Author Provided Copy For Review*** There is a deliciousness in being scared and mystified. When I was a child I used to have nightmares. Could it have been because I loved Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling? Later it was The Outer Limits and Tales from the Crypt. They held a morbid fascination for me as I watched the strange plots and twists and turns, all the while feeling a sense of dread as to what would happen next.
I read the last page of Hollowing Screams by Barbara Watkins and shivered as I felt a cold chill reach its bony fingers out of the pages to grab me. I couldn't shake the feeling of fear and constantly looked over my shoulder all day, even though I live very far from where the story takes place.
Evil is evil. Ms. Watkins has figured out the formula and treats her readers to raw terror as she expertly weaves a story of small-town life gone insane.
We are introduced to the White family in the beginning pages. Not too scary a family to begin with, pretty normal actually. Howard and Katrina - a WWII love story. Until it wasn't any more. Howard begins to drink and stay away from home more and more as his wife descends into madness. They have a child, Shannon, who is witness to her mother's deterioration. Something goes very wrong and Katrina blames the incident on her daughter. Shannon seeks solace from her father and the two bond together. This infuriates Katrina, who demands that Howard leave. He does, and Shannon is left fatherless, living with a mother who is on-again, off-again.. She manages to get through school but is shattered by the loss of her father and never forgives her mother for his disappearance.
Fast-forward thirty years. Shannon is a psychiatrist in the small town of Patton, Missouri.Read more ›
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