For the latest news, reviews and interviews about Barbie Wilde and her dark crime novel, The Venus Complex (Comet Press), or her illustrated short horror story collection, Voices of the Damned (published Halloween 2015 by SST Publications), with artwork and illustrations by Clive Barker, Nick Percival, Daniele Serra, Steve McGinnis, Vincent Sammy, Tara Bush and Ben Baldwin, please go to: http://www.barbiewilde.com. "Damaged people, ultraviolence, murder and explicit sex--what's not to love about her work?" --"Bad Barbie" Featurette, Fangoria (America's #1 Horror Magazine) Advance reviews for Voices of the Damned: Publishers Weekly 'Starred Review': "In this impressive collection of short stories, actor Wilde (who played the Female Cenobite in the film classic Hellbound: Hellraiser II) reveals a world of beautiful fear. The most delightfully terrifying entries form the Cilicium Trilogy, which reveals the complex origin and destiny of Sister Cilice. This character-focused exploration is sensual in its brutality. In "Writer's Block," Wilde combines the psychological torture of an unknown artist with the erotic egotism of fandom to create a fascinating sexual horror. She creates a dreadful family legacy in "Botophobia," in which there are not merely skeletons in the closet but unworldly powers hidden in the basement. Wilde's mastery of shocking violence is given full rein in subjects ranging from reclusive self-imprisonment to the exploration of European nightmares. As much a chilling collection of frightful fiction as a delight for the darker senses, this is a satisfying triumph in a befitting, unforgiving, style." "this collection of eleven short stories confirms Wilde as a foremost author of erotic horror fiction..." --Jon Towlson, Starburst magazine and author of Subversive Horror Cinema: Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present "...her work is so uncanny and fearless, it is a must have for any horror aficionado." --writers and directors The Soska Sisters "Wilde is never one to shy away from verbose analysis of carnal pleasure, and in Voices of the Damned she certainly sets the bar high with regards to steamy, gory terror." --Colin McCracken, Zombie Hamster "Raised from the dead, this phantasmagoria of tales offers well-written mini-nightmares that will traumatize, titillate, and stick in your mind long after you've closed the book." --Filmmaker Izzy Lee, Fangoria Online "Reading Barbie Wilde has given me pervature of the spine. My eyes weep j*zz, and I can't take a wizz without melting someone's face off. Now THAT'S entertainment!" --John Skipp, New York Times best-selling author Reviews for The Venus Complex: "A novel by a female Cenobite that gives the world a smart, artistic, cynical, cultured serial killer who could give Hannibal Lecter a run for his money. On top of that, this is a poignant, funny, sexually-charged, hardcore critique of popular culture and a deconstruction of relationships, academia, and art." -Gabino Iglesias, HorrorTalk's Top Books of 2012 list (Number 3) "The Venus Complex, as the title suggests, is an erotically charged novel, and there are some passages that give the likes of Anais Nin and Alina Reyes a run for their money." "...Hitchcockian in its portrayal of murderous obsession." -Jon Towlson, Starburst Magazine "The book has been garnering great reviews, firmly confirming the literary course that is now defining Wilde's life. Damaged people, ultraviolence, murder and explicit sex - what's not to love about her work?" -Chris Alexander, Editor-in-Chief, Fangoria, Issue #321 "Read the damn book. Watch every movie the lady's been in, read every antho in which this woman's appeared. Fall in love with tainted love and fight the frightfuls, The Venus Complex is, in every sense of the word, the real thing. - Garrett Cool, The Imperial Youth Review "...the Professor appears to be a normal man, perfectly capable of living alongside any one of us without raising suspicion. And that is Wilde's genius in charting the rise of a sociopath of cleverness and cunning enough to match that even of Dr Hannibal Lecter (God knows where and how she did her research)." -John Gilbert, Fear Magazine UK "But I think what I like most about this news story is that she kicked my a** so hard with her first novel. Turns out Barbie Wilde is even scarier than we thought. And that is a terrible, beautiful thing." -New York Times bestselling author John Skipp, Fangoria Online "Not even in Hell's deepest, darkest labyrinth could you find anything sicker, nastier or more depraved than the narcissistic conquests of Michael Friday, the killer you should hate, but can't help but like a little bit. And Wilde's ability to make this smug, arrogant bastard at all likable is both amazing and deeply disturbing. My moral compass tells me I should hate her for this, but my morbid curiosity demands that she produce a sequel post haste." -Annie Riordan, Brutal As Hell "This brilliant look into the mind of a serial killer is full of poetic anger, and beautiful vitriolic ranting, that it makes you wonder from which pit of hell the lovely Barbie came from. In a genre saturated with bland serial killers, and even blander plots, this book shines out like a beacon." -Ginger Nuts of Horror: Books of the Year 2012 "The Venus Complex is a deftly plotted and calculated work of terror." -HorrorNewsNetwork "Its fast pace and the progression of Friday from jealous husband to complex serial killer heightens the page-turning prose." "This is an incredibly strong debut which if indicative of Wilde's future output suggests we're all in for a treat." -Michael Wilson, Scream Magazine "The Venus Complex is full of brilliant, flawless touches throughout Michael's transition from extremely disturbed, to the kind of serial killer that would eat a guy like Dexter Morgan alive." "... one of the best depictions of steadily mounting evil this side of Poe. Or Clive Barker, for that matter. " -Gabriel Ricard, drunkmonkeys.onimpression.com BIOGRAPHY: Barbie Wilde is best known as the Female Cenobite in Clive Barker's classic cult horror movie Hellbound: Hellraiser II. She has performed in cabaret in Bangkok, Thailand, robotically danced in the Bollywood blockbuster, Janbazz, played a vicious mugger in the vigilante thriller Death Wish III, and was a drummer for an electronica band in the so-called "Holy Grail of unfinished and unreleased 80's horror", Grizzly II: The Concert. Wilde was a founder member of the mime/dance/music group, SHOCK, which supported such artists as Gary Numan, Ultravox, Depeche Mode and Adam & the Ants in the 1980s. In the 80s and 90s, Wilde also presented and wrote eight different music and film review TV programs in the UK. In 2009-2015, Wilde contributed ten short horror stories to the following anthologies and publications: Sister Cilice (Hellbound Hearts Anthology); U for Uranophobia (Phobophobia); American Mutant: Hands of Dominion (Mutation Nation), Polyp (The Mammoth Book of Body Horror -- reprinted in The Unspoken); A is for Alpdrück (Demonologia Biblica); Z is for Zulu Zombies (Bestiarum Vocabulum -- reprinted in Fangoria's Gorezone #29); The Cilicium Pandoric (the sequel to Sister Cilice - Gorezone #30); Botophobia (Phobophobias), "W is for Writer's Block" (Grimorium Verum, reprinted in Gorezone #34). Two of Wilde's short crime stories are featured in the Noir Nation series: Mr Duggins' Stigmata & Beauty and the Skell: A Noir Fable. Wilde's dark crime novel, 'The Venus Complex', was published by Comet Press in November, 2012. Fangoria has called Wilde "...one of the finest purveyors of erotically charged horror fiction around." In 2015, SST Publications published a full color, illustrated short horror story collection called 'Voices of the Damned', which contained 9 of Wilde's stories to date, plus two previously unpublished ones. All the stories in the collection were accompanied by top artists of the horror genre, such as Clive Barker, Nick Percival, Daniele Serra, Vincent Sammy, Ben Baldwin, Tara Bush, Steve McGinnis and Eric Gross. Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review, calling it "sensual in its brutality" and "...a delight for the darker senses, this is a satisfying triumph in a befitting, unforgiving, style. " In 2018, Wilde joined forces with director, writer and composer Chris Alexander ('Blood for Irina', 'Queen of Blood', 'Female Werewolf', 'Blood Dynasty', 'Space Vampire') to co-produce and co-write a horror film called 'Blue Eyes', based on a short story by Wilde. In November 2018, 'The Venus Complex' was released as an audio book, narrated by 'Hellraiser' star, Doug Bradley.Read more Read less
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