Published by Scary Tales Publications on 10.31.15
Genres: Bizarro, Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Erotic Horror, Extreme Horror, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Supernatural
Enter into the mind of Barbie Wilde whose disturbing interior world teems with the voices of rebellious female demons, devilish witches, semen-hungry neo-vampires, raging gods and home invaders, the fiends of sleep paralysis, pint sized storefront preachers with a whiff of sulfur, body horrors of the most grotesque kind, clandestine aliens and Zulu zombies.
These truly are the Voices of the Damned: Eleven short horror stories from Barbie Wilde, actress (Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Death Wish 3) and dark crime-horror novelist (The Venus Complex). Fangoria has called Wilde "one of the finest purveyors of erotically charged horror around."
Each story is accompanied by seductive, haunting full color artworks and illustrations created by some of the most imaginative artists in the genre: Clive Barker, Nick Percival, Steve McGinnis, Daniele Serra, Eric Gross, Tara Bush, Vincent Sammy & Ben Baldwin.
I believe that Voices of the Damned might be the best story collection I’ve ever read! Every. Single. Story. Rocked. There wasn’t even one dud hiding within these gems. What there was was perversity, erotically charged horror, body horror, bizarro horror, aliens and unbelievably awesome artwork. The artwork was a feast for the eyes, as much as the stories were a feast for my twisted brain and soul. Each tale is prefaced by works (paintings, drawings) representing some facet of the story. Speaking of which, these were my favorites:
Sister Cilice- starts us off. She appears in three stories in this collection and I loved all three. The Sister is a nun, albeit an unsatisfied one. Since masturbation is a sin last I knew, there’s no way the Sister is making it into heaven. But she is making it.
Zulu Zombies-This was an unusual zombie tale. Words of caution to you: If you ever find yourself in possession of a bottle which contains the spirits of Zulu warriors, be careful with it! This tale made me chuckle in horrified delight.
American Mutant- In which Reverend Billy Bob discovers he has a son. But his son isn’t normal, and the good Reverend immediately begins to scheme as to how he can exploit his son’s aberrations.
Botophobia- is a fear of basements. Lorraine is afraid of her parents’ basement and for damn good reason. She is scared of face sucking spiders, but there are things much, much worse than that waiting for her in the cellar.
Polyp- Definition: Colon polyps are growths on the lining of your colon or rectum. I loved this messed up, NASTY little short and the artwork for this tale was disturbing-but not nearly as disturbing as what happens when Vincent heads to the doctor for his yearly colonoscopy. (I strongly advise you not read this story while you’re eating.)
Writer’s Block-Started off reminding me of Misery, but then veered off somewhere into hot sex with a 500+year old witch and you know it can only go downhill from there.
There’s no other way to say it-this collection KICKED ASS! It had everything-hot sex and erotic horror, bizarre bloody situations, messed up fairy tales, humor and excellent writing. I can’t help but admire the imagination from which a collection like this could emanate. Seriously, Barbie Wilde’s imagination is a place only the brave and twisted should enter. I warn you though, once you enter, you might not want to leave. I was sad when this collection was over.
My highest possible recommendation to those horror readers that love bizarro, erotic horror, body horror and just plain messed up fun!
*I received a free e-ARC of this book from Barbie Wilde, in exchange for an honest review. This is it.*
SST Publications has decided to do two editions of Voices of the Damned:
1. A full color, standard print, Trade Hardback
2. A full color, premium print, Deluxe Edition Hardback. When ordered directly from SST’s website, the Deluxe Edition will come with a free collector’s edition full color paperback of just the artwork. Both these editions will be available on Amazon on the 31st of October (but not the free paperback art book, as mentioned before.)
The pre-order page is at: https://www.sstpublications.co.uk/Voices-of-the-Damned.php
About Barbie Wilde
Barbie Wilde is best known for playing the Female Cenobite in Clive Barker’s classic British cult horror movie, Hellbound: Hellraiser II. Before moving to the UK, Wilde attended Syracuse University in New York State, majoring in Drama and Anthropology. She continued her education in London, studying Drama, Classical Mime
and Art History, before joining Britain’s largest classical mime troupe, Silents.
Wilde has also performed in cabaret in Bangkok, Thailand; danced in the Indian
blockbuster, Janbaaz; was a vicious thug in Michael Winner’s Death Wish 3; and played a
drummer for an electronica band in the so-called “Holy Grail of unfinished and unreleased
80’s horror”: Grizzly II: The Concert, which also featured then unknowns George Clooney,
Laura Dern and Charlie Sheen.
In the early 1980s, Wilde danced professionally at the top nightclubs and rock venues of
New York, London and Amsterdam with her group, Shock. Shock supported such artists as
Gary Numan, Ultravox, Depeche Mode and Adam and the Ants. They released two singles
on RCA Records: “Angel Face” and “Dynamo Beat.”
Wilde wrote and presented eight different music and film review TV programs in the UK in
the 1980s and 1990s, interviewing such pop personalities as Iggy Pop, The Sisters of Mercy,
The B-52s and John Lydon (AKA Johnny Rotten), as well as actors Nicolas Cage and Hugh
Grant. In the late 1990s, Wilde was an Assistant Casting Director for the BBC’s The Buddha
of Suburbia and the Casting Director for MTV’s The Real World: London.
In 2009-2015, Wilde contributed 11 different short stories to 14 different horror or crime
anthologies and publications. In 2012, Comet Press released Wilde’s debut novel, The Venus