Welcome to the official website of Konrad Ventana, the literary pseudonym for an American author, scientist, professor, and visionary of international renown. This distinguished author has real-world experience with both the intellectual challenges and the social adversities one encounters when aspiring to accomplish something that has never been accomplished before. The following bold and revealing novels are artfully composed as guiding lights: literary fiction for the savvy postmodern reader.
The Award-winning Post-Lux Trilogy: Each of these three artful novels examines a vital aspect of human creativity embodied by unconventional character development and individual achievement. Each book of the Post-Lux Trilogy is designed to be separate and distinct from the others—each one differing in theme, plot, narrative voice, characters, and setting—yet taken together, this ensemble of high-minded dramas makes an inspiring anthology and an unforgettable action/adventure series.
Book 1, “A Desperado’s Daily Bread,” follows the mystical adventures of an outlaw biochemist turned peyote Roadman through the subterranean New-Age territories of the American West, while exploring the value of an enlightened individual as an active force and elixir for a troubled society.
Book 2, “The Unbearable Sadness of Zilch,” set in Hollywood Neo-noir, and guided by an intrepid philosophical counselor (i.e., life coach), we investigate the lost love of the latest motion picture tycoon, examining the role of the muse, the intemperate impulses of the femme fatale, the allure of the casting couch, and the emergence of the feminist provocateur, as we witness the twilight of an empire that has become devoid of artistic inspiration.
Book 3, “Questing for Uberjoy,” takes the reader to the remote Himalayan Mountains of Nepal and Tibet on a mission to rescue a kidnapped Peace Corps worker and the schoolchildren in her charge. Seeking help from intrepid special operations mercenaries and strange mountaineering guides, the outlandish covert rescue mission not only targets the missing, it targets the meaning of life itself.
“Rise, Rise, Dark Horses of American Noir,” a postmodern mystery novel, evokes the fast-paced intrigue that is DNA forensics and CSI, set against an unsolved crime of the century. Steeped in the hardboiled old-school police procedurals of bygone times, protagonist Detective Dash Brogan recruits Cornell Westerly, Ph.D., an expert in DNA analysis, to be his apprentice crime scene investigator. Konrad Ventana writes from Cornell’s point of view as a young, fresh-out-of-college protégé, who braves the notorious mean streets of the City of Angels in search of redemption, love, and forensic truth.
“Sarcophagus,” a bold exposé revealed by Jean-Pierre Chevalier. In this shocking work of contemporary fiction, Chevalier (aka Ventana) has succeeded in illuminating one of the unspeakable tragedies of our age: the exploitation of illness. Rendering the depravity and misfeasance of our modern-day temples of medicine with scholarly aplomb, this gripping narrative chronicles the journey of an inspired physician and an intrepid biophysicist as they strive against all odds and obstacles to develop the world’s first, and so far only, targeted injectable gene delivery system—the coveted holy grail of genetic medicine.
Latest Release: “Fade to Zilch, a Screenplay,” by F. Lewis Hall, is a motion picture adaptation of Konrad Ventana’s “The Unbearable Sadness of Zilch,” a riveting narrative that shines a cinematic light into the darkest reaches of the human mind, as the drama takes us behind the scenes of the fabulous theatrical world of Hollywood. Revel in this compelling work of social criticism, as powerful movie moguls strive to embrace their creativity while struggling with their own psychological demons—an eye-opening script.