Cult Favorite: Sandman Slim – Richard Kadrey

We just released the fifth book in the Sandman Slim series, a cult favorite that runs on a high-testosterone dose of violence, humor and cultural observation. It’s a heady combination, especially coupled with Richard Kadrey’s gift for language.

Fans include Cory Doctorow and William Gibson, who wrote one of my all-time favorite endorsements for the first book in the series:

The best B movie I’ve read in at least twenty years. An addictively satisfying, deeply amusing, dirty-ass masterpiece, Sandman Slim swerves hell-bent through our culture’s impacted gridlock of genres, sideswiping so many, so brilliantly, so constantly, that it’s like watching Sergio Leone and Clive Barker co-direct from a script by Jim Thompson and S. Clay Wilson: an LA noir spaghetti western grudge-war apocalypse, fought with magic, shotguns, occult artifacts, and (at one point) the broken wooden handle of a toilet plunger. Sweet.”

There are a couple good profiles on Kadrey right now offering some insight into the appeal of Sandman Slim.

From the San Francisco Chronicle’s feature on the Sandman Slim” mythos:

The book series is full of violence, demons and gore. Stark’s voice balances the murky world with a wry sense of humor.  ‘The very first version of the Sandman Slim book, that no one has ever seen, I wrote straight with no humor. … It didn’t work at all, the character falls out of a cemetery, he goes to a bar, he has a drink and he cuts a guy’s head off,’ Kadrey says. ‘If you don’t have humor along the way, it’s just too gruesome for anyone to want to read.’

That humor comes into play in Kill City Blues as Stark pokes fun at the world around him, the general population who can’t see all the dark spirits in their midst. Kill City Blues is mostly set in a mall in Santa Monica, so we get to read Stark’s take on modern consumer culture, all while he battles the forces of good and evil and everything in between.”

There’s another feature in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Kill City Blues: A Sandman Slim Novel (9780062094599) by Richard Kadrey. $24.99 hardcover. 7/30/13 on sale.

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