The Venus Complex

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A man rises out of an abyss of frustration and rage and creates works of art out of destruction, goddesses out of mere dental hygienists and beauty out of death. It?s also about the sickness and obsession that is LOVE.

Enter into Michael?s world through the pages of his personal journal, where every ...
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A man rises out of an abyss of frustration and rage and creates works of art out of destruction, goddesses out of mere dental hygienists and beauty out of death. It’s also about the sickness and obsession that is LOVE.

Enter into Michael’s world through the pages of his personal journal, where every diseased thought, disturbing dream, politically incorrect rant and sexually explicit murder highlights his journey from zero to psycho.

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"After purposefully killing his wife in a car accident, art professor Michael Friday finds his perspective on things has become a little…warped. Via his personal journal, we’re allowed into his mind to slowly watch the disintegration of it, bearing witness to his unnerving sexual cravings and ideas about killing: intertwined with the paintings he loves so much. As Michael writes, he’s ‘turning into something dead’; but at the same time he wants to be somebody, not a nobody.

Using his diary to rant against the world in general--including everything from banks to popular culture, from national holidays like Christmas to politics--he reveals more about the big, gaping hole in his own life. But as the novel goes on the first person narrative tensely builds up, displaying his dark dreams and innermost thoughts; his way of filling that void and presenting his grisly ‘works of art’ to the world. As intelligent and cultured as Hannibal, easily as disturbing as American Psycho and infinitely less reassuring than Dexter, this is a sexually-charged real life horror story that will definitely stay with you."

--Paul Kane, award-winning horror and fantasy writer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936964444
  • Publisher: Comet Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,214,485
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

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, appeared as a drummer for an electronica band in the so-called "Holy Grail of unfinished and unreleased 80's horror" Grizzly II: The Predator, AKA Grizzly II: The Concert, which starred a then unknown George Clooney, and 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.

Barbie presented and wrote eight different music and film review TV programs in the UK in the 1980s and 1990s. She interviewed such pop personalities as Cliff Richard, Iggy Pop, John Lydon (AKA the Sex Pistol's Johnny Rotten), The Sisters of Mercy, Roger Taylor of Queen, Pepsi & Shirley, The B52's, Lisa Stansfield, Jimmy Sommerville and Black, as well as actors Nicolas Cage and Hugh Grant.

In 2009, Barbie contributed a well-received short story, entitled "Sister Cilice", to the Hellbound Hearts Anthology, edited by Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan. The stories in Hellbound Hearts were based on Clive Barker's mythology from his novella The Hellbound Heart, the basis for the Hellraiser film franchise. In 2011-12, Barbie contributed three more short stories to three different horror anthologies: "U for Uranophobia" for Phobophobia, "American Mutant: Hands of Dominion" for Mutation Nation and "Polyp" for The Mammoth Book of Body Horror.

Barbie is now co-writing the book for a musical with composer-lyricist Georg Kajanus and screenwriter-playwright Roberto Trippini called Sailor, which contains a unique perspective on life, violence and love. Sailor is not only a romantic voyage, it also depicts the brutality of war and life on the fringes of society. Sailor has been conceived as both a stage and film musical.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    An unbelievable trek into the dissolution of the human psyche - READ IT NOW !

    Wow ! Just, wow ! Barbie Wilde played the Female Cenobite in Hellbound: Hellraiser II - and if you thought she was great in that, you'll love her as an author.

    What can be said about The Venus Complex that hasn't already been said?

    It has been compared to American Psycho - maybe, but I found Bret Easton Ellis' writing to be long, drawn-out and wishing the book would end so I wouldn't have to choke down another endless stream of babbling consciousness that added nothing to the story. This isn't true of Wilde's writing. I found myself eagerly devouring each page and at no time found myself bored. Also, Michael (the main character) is much more methodical and human than Patrick (the main character in American Psycho).

    It has been compared to Dexter - well, I am unfortunately unfamiliar with that show so I cannot confirm, nor deny, the comparison.

    What I can say is it is more than worth the read. Showing Michael's mental breakdown in diary form is fantastic - it stops being a narrative and actually becomes a story. That's rare in today's age. And it is done brilliantly.

    This is one of the best novels I have read in a long time - I hope she decides to put pen to paper and write another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Great!

    One of the deepest books i have ever read. It explored places in the confined mind of a psycopath that i have never seen before. It realy makes you wonder just what will happen next in this twisted series of journal entries. The Venus Complex is noe my favorite book, Barbie realy out did herself with this masterpiece, ten out of ten stars!

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