Dec 16, 2010

Richard Kadrey: Sandman Slim

As read in Richard Kadrey's website:

"Life sucks, and then you die. Or, if you're James Stark, you spend eleven years in Hell as a hitman before finally escaping, only to land back in the hell-on-earth that is Los Angeles.

Now Stark's back, and ready for revenge. And absolution, and maybe even love. But Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than you'd expect, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future. Resurrection sucks. Saving the world is worse."

"Kill the dead", the 2nd and last for the moment book in the series is 10th in the Amazon List of Best Fantasy Books of 2010.

This is dark and dirty fantasy with a complete badass as starring hero, a novel of brute force, cynical dark humor, and visceral fun, and Kadrey thumbs his nose, and yours too if you'll permit him, at god, the angels and the devil himself. Described by some as violent noir-slash-Gothic-punk hard-boiled detective action story and by other like a book representative of the general trend of urban fantasy to be a peeing contest to see who can create the most sharp-edged antihero.

Possibly more interesting that his book, Kadrey describes himself as a freelance writer living in San Francisco and also a fetish photographer and digital artist whose work can be seen at (Warning: Adult Content; 18+ only!)

Some of his novels are available to download here:

Download Richard Kadrey’s novel Butcher Bird:
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And you can also enjoy this free download of Metrophage, his first novel published in 1988.


  1. Didn't like this one, did you Ron?

    OK, let's try Metrophage. After all, it's free!

  2. Not bad not bad, maybe too Kubrickean for my taste but it has it method and argument.
    another score Ron! :)

  3. Thanks Heinrich. I guess I'm in one of those hard-boiled-hero-dark-and-dirty-urban-fantasy-phases. I'm finishing "Kill the dead" now and I like that iconoclastic vision of angels and the heavenly choirs in general and his form of representig them as nasty and making them kind of repulsive even.

    But Kadrey himself is a discovery, man, jester and teaser as he is, and defian "provoqueur".

  4. I love these perverts who under the guise of art, spend their lives surrounded by hot naked women, so that when I finally grow up I want to be like them. I'll try Metrophage after the Whisperers, ok?.


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