Looking for a great Halloween read? Then Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey should be on your list. Book one in a soon to be 10 book series was utterly enjoyable in all the right ways. I almost regretted reading it because now I have to read the rest and, well, my reading list is already five miles long!
Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey, Book One of the Sandman Slim Series
GENRE (ACCORDING TO ME):
Adult, Urban Fantasy, Horror
5/5: This book earns the SIR Seal of Approval
FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE:
demon mythos, alternative takes on angels, monsters, action-packed writing, series
IN A NUTSHELL:
James Stark escapes from Hell after being sent there by other magicians like him eleven years prior. Back in LA, Stark goes on a rampage of revenge seeking to get back at the man who put him in hell and killed his true love, Alice. Too bad Heaven and Hell have their own plans for him.
WHY I LIKED IT:
This book was non-stop action. The stakes increased at a nice pace and had me wondering how the hell Stark was going to get out of the messes he constantly found himself in.
From the second you start reading, the strangeness of the character and the world are intriguing. I liked Kadrey’s incorporation of demon mythos and the alternate take he had on angels and their role in everything. It reminded me a bit of the game Diablo, specifically Diablo III. As a huge fan of the nephilim concept, it was fun to read about one. It doesn’t hurt that Stark is a magician himself and up against other magicians who can do some crazy stuff, like be in two places at once and run up walls.
The gore and imagery were great. If you like horror and carnage, you’ll appreciate Kadrey’s artistry here. Stark’s inner dialogue and sarcastic disposition make stomach-churning scenes funny. As I’ve heard Kadrey say, you can decapitate as many people as you want, as long as you do it with humor.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I was blessed to meet Richard at Denver Comic Con 2017, after I was on several panels with him. He is such a cool dude. Super genuine, good work ethic, approachable, hilarious, and a damn good writer. He’s someone I aspire to be like in a lot of ways. I hope to be able to work with him again at DCC 18, and really any opportunity I can.
More about Richard from his website:
Richard Kadrey is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. He is the author of dozens of stories, plus thirteen novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell, Devil Said Bang, Kill City Blues, The Getaway God, Killing Pretty, The Perdition Score, The Kill Society, The Everything Box, The Wrong Dead Guy, Metrophage and Butcher Bird. His Wiredmagazine cover story, Carbon Copy, was made into one of the worst movies of 2001. It starred Bridget Fonda. Sorry, Bridget.
He has been immortalized as an action figure. “Kadray [sic]: The Invincible Wizard” was a villain in an episode of the Blackstar animated TV series.
Kadrey created and wrote the Vertigo comics mini-series ACCELERATE, which was illustrated by the Pander Brothers. He plans to do more comic work in the near future.
He has written and spoken about art, culture and technology for Wired, The San Francisco Chronicle, Discovery Online, The Site, SXSW and Wired For Sexon the G4 cable network.
Richard has no qualifications for anything he does.
Definitely worth following on Twitter. His cat tweets are pretty great.
Never stop reading,