Valerio Ventura is a multi-award-winning artist and a 2014 Prime-Time Emmy award recipient with more than thirty years of experience in the film industry.
Born in Rome, Italy, Valerio grew up on the stressed-out and crime-ridden streets of the Quadraro neighborhood, near the Cinecitta Film Studios where Fellini and Sergio Leone made cinematic history.
As a teen, Valerio dreamed of coming to the US. After moving to California and becoming a US citizen, he devoted himself to art directing animated shows, and writing and directing television commercials and music videos. Now he’s decided to write and publish his own novels.
In this first novel in the Akira series, Valerio explores the world of assassins with razor-sharp action, hyperviolence, sex, dark humor, and urban poetry.
Killher (The Akira Files, Book 1)
Los Angeles in the late 1990s. Wilshire is a shadowy private security company with clients at the very heart of the establishment, whose secrets are diabolical enough to kill for. And there’s no line it won’t cross.
Akira is one of Wilshire’s deadliest assassins—relentless, mad as hell, and mean with a katana. But when a hit on a target doesn’t go according to plan, it’s her who ends up on the kill list.
A plan to use the depravity she’s uncovered as a bargaining chip backfires, and The Butcher is dispatched—a vicious adversary who will test Akira to her limits.
Now she must battle to protect herself and those she loves. And to survive, she’ll need to face her past and forge some unlikely alliances.
One thing’s for sure ...BLOOD WILL FLOW.
Urban Art Graffiti
Multi-award-winning artist Valerio Ventura is an art director with over thirty years of experience in the animation industry. Throughout his career working in film and animation, Ventura has developed ZO!X; creatures used as vehicles to juxtapose the shock and humor regarding the human condition and issues our society faces on a daily basis. His second art book, We ZO!X, represents three decades of work and art galleries exhibits in the US and abroad including; Walt Disney Hammersmith, London, WD Tokyo, Japan and WD Milan, Italy, and the Los Angeles area. Ventura has expressed his passion through fine art inspired by one painting: "Untitled" 1982, by Keith Haring. In the painting Ventura saw Mickey Mouse speaking through a TV set, and that's all it took to spark his quest to create ZO!X. All design, photography, graffiti and art is created and executed by the author.