Female Cenobite Barbie Wilde’s controversial new book!

581049_319168734833386_212709402_n2013 and we still ban books?
Yesterday, I would have thought “No way!”, but it has come to light that a public library in Edmonton has chosen not to carry the new book “The Venus Complex” by author Barbie Wilde.
The book is described as “one of the most tense and powerful stories I have read in a long long time” and “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.”
The official synopsis of the book is as follows :

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.

author_desat_webNow, if you recognize the name and face of the author, Barbie Wilde, you get a gold star!
She is in fact the actress who played the Female Cenobite in Hellbound: Hellraiser II.
She has gone on to author this controversial novel and several short stories that have been collected in great anthologies!

299758_10150273840271969_6963726_nYesterday, the shocking news surfaced that the library refused to carry the book, confirming her new-found status as a “literary nasty” and causing Ms. Wilde to make this statement via Facebook :

I was always under the impression that public libraries were there to provide a service to … well …the public, and when someone goes to all the trouble to ask for a particular book to be stocked, public libraries would go out of their way to oblige their patrons. So when a writer who is planning to interview me told me that her local public library refused to stock “The Venus Complex” after she requested it, I was a bit taken aback.

According to a tweet I received from the Edmonton Public Library today, they get “15K requests yearly, we fulfill approx 60%”. They didn’t fulfill this particular request due to “supplier availability & minimal reviews”. Since “The Venus Complex” is on the Ingram database as a legitimate publication, has received many extremely positive reviews from high profile print and online magazines, as well as the Amazons, and is readily available as a quality paperback to be delivered in 24 hours from Amazon.com (as well as on Kindle), I could see no reasonable obstacle to the library obtaining my book from my independent, but well-respected publisher. Other librarians and people in the know have informed me that the book selection process seems to be down to budgets, the notability of the book and author, broad local tastes and the individual librarians’ own discretion, informed by understandably careful considerations of public funds and guided by recognized industry publications.

Some folks have pointed out that the Edmonton Public Library didn’t ban “The Venus Complex”, they just refused to list it in their catalogue. Well, from my point of view as the author and from the point of view of any potential readers in Edmonton that might be interested in my book, the result of the refusal is the same as a ban, at least at that particular library.

I am Canadian and I think it’s important to support Canadian authors and artists. I have now discovered that “The Venus Complex” doesn’t seem to be available in any Canadian public library. This situation is something that I will be trying to rectify in the future, hopefully with the help of interested readers who will come forward and continue to ask for the book to be listed in their local public libraries’ catalogues, not only in Canada, but in the States as well, since “The Venus Complex” is published by an American publisher. If enough folks demand it, then perhaps these public libraries will eventually have a change of heart.

The publishing world is changing fast. Independent publishers are becoming the norm, and if public libraries continue to follow old, established, traditional methods of choosing their books, then they may become redundant to a public that is already downloading books for a song on Kindle and ordering paperbacks and hardbacks from Amazon from the comfort of their own homes.

In “Deconstructing Harry”, a brilliant movie about the writing process, Woody Allen said: “Tradition is the illusion of permanence.” I think it would be nice if public libraries, for whom I have the utmost respect by the way, start to move into the 21st century and perhaps become a bit more adventurous and broader in their choices, to truly reflect the current mood of readers and what they are looking for.

1148974_10151648329281969_1557243521_nWell, now you really want to read it, don’t you?
I know I do!
Thanks for the controversy, Edmonton Library, you probably just skyrocketed the sales of this book for the lovely young lady who wrote it!
Get your copy right here!

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