Barbie Wilde on Daniele Serra’s “VEINS AND SKULLS”


This writer was introduced to Daniele Serra’s work through Cheryl Mullenax at Comet Publishing and was fortunate enough to have this award-winning artist and illustrator do the cover artwork for my debut dark crime novel, THE VENUS COMPLEX. Serra has now produced an entire book of his creations called VEINS AND SKULLS, published by Short, Scary Tales Publications, with a foreword  by author Jeff Mariotte.

Yet again, Serra’s intricate, sinister, sexy, humane, emotional and darkly disturbing work floors me. You look at these works of art and yearn to know the back stories that live behind them. Why does the woman on the cover hold the skull with such tenderness and passion? Why does another beautiful woman dream of skulls and deserted, blasted cities?

There is a great sensuality in these paintings, where a look in a woman’s eyes seems to be enticing you, yet at the same time, there could be danger lurking in those enthralling orbs.  Many of the images indeed focus on women and, not surprisingly, on the titular veins and skulls. I’m personally fascinated by skull imagery and Serra clearly is as well. Skulls represent not only death and hint at evil, but are emblematic of mortality, sex, human sacrifice, repentance, poison, humanity and knowledge persisting beyond death. One could imagine that many of these symbolic representations could be the sources of Serra’s inspiration.

I think there are two aspects when I create a painting: one is extremely playful and experimental; the other is the need to communicate. It is these two elements that best express my attempts to create my art.

– Daniele Serra

To purchase Veins and Skulls visit Short, Scary Tales or Amazon US.

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Barbie Wilde
Barbie Wilde has lead many lives, but is best known as the Female Cenobite in Clive Barker’s classic cult horror movie Hellbound: Hellraiser II. She has also danced in the Bollywood blockbuster, Janbazz; was a vicious thug in Michael Winner’s Death Wish III; and played a drummer for an electronica band in notoriously unreleased horror film Grizzly II: The Concert (featuring then unknowns George Clooney, Laura Dern and Charlie Sheen). She also robotically mimed with UK TV legends Morecambe & Wise and the famous TV hand puppet, Sooty. In late 2012, Barbie's dark crime novel, The Venus Complex, was published by Comet Press to rave reviews.
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