Kill the Dead (Hardcover)
December 1969 Indie Next List
“The most delightful novel I read last year was the amazing Sandman Slim. The only problem with a book so stunning, original, fast-paced, and funny is that it's a very tough act to follow. Only a truly outstanding writer could give us a sequel twice as good as the original -- action-packed from the first page, dark yet slyly hilarious, thought-provoking and impossible to put down. Fortunately, Kadrey is a master, and Kill the Dead, in which Stark, the half-angel hitman from hell, goes up against angels, devils, federal agents, and a zombie apocalypse in Los Angeles, is a masterpiece!”
— Carol Schneck, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI
Supernatural fantasy's best antihero returns, in the high-octane follow-up to Richard Kadrey's acclaimed Sandman Slim
James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend's murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It's a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse.
Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard. Sandman Slim has to swim with the human and inhuman sharks of L.A.'s underground power elite. That's before the murders start. And before he runs into the Czech porn star who isn't quite what she seems. Even before all those murdered people start coming back from the dead and join a zombie army that will change our world and Stark's forever.
Death bites. Life is worse. All things considered, Hell's not looking so bad.
About the Author
Richard Kadrey has published five novels, including Sandman Slim, Butcher Bird, and Metrophage, as well as 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, California.
“Powerful, entertaining and exotically profane.”
-San Diego Free Press
“…endlessly inventive and high-octane…Kadrey’s an excellent writer who’s able to juggle all of it without dropping a single pin.”
“Think Get Shorty meets Hellraiser.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“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
“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
“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.”
“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.”