Mystery author forced to reveal herself after Waterstones book ban
BRITAIN’S most mysterious novelist has finally been unmasked – after she was banned from a book signing for being too rude!
Vikki Dark has managed to keep her identity secret since she burst onto the publishing scene early last year.
Despite internet campaigns and newspaper investigations the former glamour model managed to stay undercover.
But she finally decided to out herself in protest at her treatment and the hands of her local Waterstones.
The 32-year-old was furious when the Southend store pulled the plug on a book signing to promote her new novel The Trouble With Beauty. The shop claimed the content of the book was too explicit for the seaside Essex town.
She said: “I had to think long and hard about losing my anonymity. But when Waterstones decided that my book was too rude I had to take some kind of action.
“I knew naming myself would generate publicity that would shine a light on this act of censorship.
“The manager said they don’t do erotica book signings and that it was inappropriate.
“It is no worse than a Jackie Collins book!”
The book follows the antics of a lapdancer who falls in love with a much older man whose ulterior motive is to lure her into a fraud.
Vikki added: “It’s really disappointing. I had arranged for lots of people to come to a party afterwards and had hoped to sell quite a few books.”
Vikki’s first book, Disturbia, was a huge success and she hopes her latest, published by Pegasus, will also be a hit.
Larissa Procker, for Waterstones, said: “We have sold Vikki’s book at other larger stores but the Southend store is quite small so can’t stock every genre.”
LIGHT ON DARK: Vikki outside
and the pic she used to promote her