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. EDITORIAL REVIEWS "This is one hell of a novel, Barbie Wilde, has written one of the most tense and powerful stories I have read in a long long time. This is not a book for the feint of heart, there are passages in here that will truly shock you...I don't know from which dark recess of Barbie's mind she dragged this story from, but she is really beginning to scare me. It is as though some dark primal rage takes control of her mind when she writes stories like this." --Ginger Nuts of Horror "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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Other Works by Barbie Wilde
"Sister Cilice" (From the Hellbound Hearts Anthology, 2009, edited by Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan)
"Barbie Wilde's "Sister Cilice" is devastatingly haunting, piercingly erotic and is one of the true stand-out stories of the anthology."
- All Things Horror
"Finally there's Barbie Wilde, who played one of the Cenobites of the original HELLRAISER, and contributes "Sister Cilice", a potent piece of nunsploitation . . . It contains plenty of grotesquerie, and, unlike the majority of the book's other tales, doesn't wait until the end to dish it out!"
-The Fright Site
"In fact, Wilde's "Sister Cilice" is one of my favorite entries in HELLBOUND HEARTS."
"My absolute favorite of the bunch was "Sister Cilice" by Barbie Wilde... Her short story absolutely stunned me with its simplicity yet complex character... the character of Sister Nikoletta is so conflicted and perverse that I was just drawn into the story and it stuck with me long after I had finished the anthology."
-Fatally Yours Reviews
"Sick, but in delicious ways!"
-Doug "Pinhead" Bradley
"U for Uranophobia" (From Phobophobia, 2011, edited by Dean M. Drinkel)
"Wow, wow, wow. That pretty much sums up my feelings about this story. Barbie has created a story that reads like a power of nature. Gaia's story is both powerful and deeply shocking. This tale of latent revenge and pent-up anger was a joy to read."
-Ginger Nuts of Horror
"Polyp" (From The Mammoth Book of Body Horror, 2012, edited by Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan)
"The stories offer icky pleasure for those fascinated with a subgenre concerned with the body turning against itself. Some are funny and disgusting (Richard Matheson's nuclear fallout nightmare "'Tis The Season To Be Jelly!", Barbie Wilde's bowel-with-a-brain-of-its-own yuk-fest "Polyp")..."
"It's surprising that a history of body horror in literature hasn't been done before now--so thanks to Marie O'Regan and Paul Kane for this treasure trove of stories--ranging from some classics in the genre, "The Tell-Tale Heart", "Survivor Type" and "The Body Politic" to some stories that will almost certainly become classics of their time--the absurdist, very enter- taining shocker "Polyp" to the brilliantly executed "Sticky Eye"--one of my favourite new stories in this anthology."
"Barbie's story, "Polyp", more than lived up to the task. This a wonderfully disgusting story that manages to both shock the reader and make them giggle. Barbie has created a brilliant twist on the creature feature genre. I really enjoyed how the tale went from being a very personal story into an apocalyptic cliff hanger. After reading this story, which in all reality was chosen at random, I knew this book was going to be great read."
-Ginger Nuts of Horror
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.
Short stories by Barbie Wilde:
2009: "Sister Cilice" for the Hellbound Hearts Anthology.
2011-13: "U for Uranophobia" for Phobophobia, "American Mutant: Hands of Dominion" for Mutation Nation, "Polyp" for The Mammoth Book of Body Horror and The Unspoken (2013). "A is for Alpdrücke" in The Demonologia Biblica, "Z is for Zulu Zombies" in The Bestiarum Vocabulum (and Gorezone #29) and "Botophobia" in Phobophobias.
2014: "Beauty and the Skell" for The Screaming Book of Crime.
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.
For more news, reviews and interviews, go to: barbiewilde.com
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