Kill the Dead
A Sandman Slim Novel
By Richard Kadrey
(Harper Voyager, Mass Market Paperback, 9780062017369, 464pp.)
Publication Date: August 2011
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Death bites. Life is worse.
After eleven years of torment, James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriends murder, and saved the world along the way. Now Lucifer himself comes to town to produce his autobiography, and an unstoppable zombie army menaces the City of Angels.
All things considered, Hells not looking so bad.
Richard Kadrey has published six novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Butcher Bird, and Metrophage, and more than fifty stories. He has been immortalized as an action figure, and his short story Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye, was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award. A freelance writer and photographer, he lives in San Francisco.
“James Stark, antihero of 2009’s Sandman Slim, returns in this gritty, over-the-top tale of supernatural mayhem…Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller.”
-Publishers Weekly on KILL THE DEAD
“Everything a sequel should be; that is, more. … There’s hardly a moment where you’re not chewing your fingernails to the wrist wondering what happens next. … Kadrey is a hell of a writer, versatile and seasoned, and these pulpy, dark, ultraviolent novels are his best work yet.”
-Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
“Hilarious … belongs up there with Dresden Files and Felix Castor novels. … some of the best supernatural buddy comedy ever created. ... This is that rare sequel that’s actually better than the first book (which was plenty great) and manages to take several leaps forward.”
“What’s best displayed by Kill the Dead is Kadrey’s snappy prose. From the first lines...you know you’re in for a Chandler-meets-the-undead treat.”
“Think Get Shorty meets Hellraiser.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“…endlessly inventive and high-octane…Kadrey’s an excellent writer who’s able to juggle all of it without dropping a single pin.”