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Richard Kadrey - Author

About the Author

Richard Kadrey has published five novels, including Sandman Slim, 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.

Featured books by Richard Kadrey

Killing Pretty

Killing Pretty

Author: Richard Kadrey Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2015

A smart, kick-arse Urban Fantasy from a new master of the genre. KILLING PRETTY is the seventh book in the fantastic Sandman Slim series. James Stark has met his share of demons and angels, on earth and beyond. Now, he's come face to face with the one entity few care to meet: Death. Someone has tried to kill Death - ripping the heart right out of him - or rather the body he's inhabiting. Death needs Sandman Slim's help: he believes anyone who can beat Lucifer and the old gods at their own game is the only one who can solve his murder. Stark follows a sordid trail deep into LA's subterranean world, from vampire-infested nightclubs to talent agencies specializing in mad ghosts, from Weimar Republic mystical societies to sleazy supernatural underground fight and sex clubs. Along the way he meets a mysterious girl -distinguished by a pair of graveyard eyes - as badass as Slim: she happens to be the only person who ever outwitted Death. But escaping her demise has had dire consequences for the rest of the world ...and a few others. For years, Slim has been fighting cosmic forces bent on destroying Heaven, Hell, and Earth. This time, the battle is right here on the gritty streets of the City of Angels, where a very clever, very ballsy killer lies in wait.

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Other books by Richard Kadrey

Getaway God

Getaway God

Author: Richard Kadrey Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2014

A smart, kick-arse Urban Fantasy from a new master of the genre. The Getaway God is the sixth book in the fantastic Sandman Slim series. Sandman Slim must save himself-and the entire world-from the wrath of some enraged and vengeful ancient gods in this sixth high-octane adventure in the New York Times bestselling series. Being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude-not to mention temporarily playing Lucifer-James Stark aka Sandman Slim has made a few enemies. None, though, are as fearsome as the vindictive Angra Om Ya-the old gods. But their imminent invasion is only one of Stark's problems right now. LA is descending into chaos, and a new evil-the Wildfire Ripper-is stalking the city. No ordinary killer, The Ripper takes Stark deep into a conspiracy that stretches from Earth to Heaven and Hell. He's also the only person alive who may know how to keep the world from going extinct. The trouble is, he's also Stark's worst enemy...the only man in existence Stark would enjoy killing twice.

The Getaway God

The Getaway God

Author: Richard Kadrey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2014

The best B movie I've read in at least twenty years' William Gibson A smart, kick-arse Urban Fantasy from a new master of the genre. Perfect for fans of Jim Butcher. Sandman Slim must save himself-and the entire world-from the wrath of some enraged and vengeful ancient gods in this sixth high-octane adventure in the New York Times bestselling series. Being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude-not to mention temporarily playing Lucifer-James Stark aka Sandman Slim has made a few enemies. None, though, are as fearsome as the vindictive Angra Om Ya-the old gods. But their imminent invasion is only one of Stark's problems right now. L.A. is descending into chaos, and a new evil-the Wildfire Ripper-is stalking the city. No ordinary killer, The Ripper takes Stark deep into a conspiracy that stretches from Earth to Heaven and Hell. He's also the only person alive who may know how to keep the world from going extinct. The trouble is, he's also Stark's worst enemy . . . the only man in existence Stark would enjoy killing twice.

Kill City Blues

Kill City Blues

Author: Richard Kadrey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2014

A smart, kick-arse Urban Fantasy from a new master of the genre. Kill City Blues is the fifth book in the fantastic Sandman Slim series. James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has managed to get out of Hell - again - renounce his title as the new Lucifer, and settle back into life in LA. But he's not out of trouble yet. Somewhere along the way he misplaced a weapon from the banished older gods who now want it back. The hunt leads Stark to an abandoned shopping mall - a multi-storey copy of LA - infested with Lurkers and bottom-feeding Sub Rosa families, squatters who have formed tight tribes to guard their tiny patches of territory. Somewhere in the kill zone of the former mall is a dead man with the answers Stark needs. All Stark has to do is find the dead man, get back out alive, and outrun some angry old gods - with a few killers on his tail.

Sandman Slim Series Books 1-4

Sandman Slim Series Books 1-4

Author: Richard Kadrey Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2013

A smart, kick-arse Urban Fantasy from a new master of the genre.Includes: Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha From Hell and Devil Said BangLife 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 when his first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head, 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.Darkly twisted, irreverent, and completely hilarious, the Sandman Slim series is the must-read.Includes: Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha From Hell and Devil Said Bang.

Aloha from Hell

Aloha from Hell

Author: Richard Kadrey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2013

All hail Sandman Slim, author Richard Kadrey's ultra-extreme anti-hero and recent escapee from Hell. Legendary author William Gibson (Neuromancer) called Kadrey's first deliciously twisted Slim adventure `an addictively satisfying, deeply amusing, dirty-ass masterpiece', and in number three, Aloha from Hell, the ruthless avenger, a.k.a. Stark, finds himself trapped in the middle of a war between Heaven and Hell. With God on vacation, the Devil nosing around in Paradise, and an insane serial killer doing serious damage on Earth, Stark/Slim is ready to unleash some more adrenaline-surging, edgy and violent supernatural mayhem - and even pay another visit to Hell if necessary - which is great news for fans of Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, and Simon R. Green.

Devil Said Bang

Devil Said Bang

Author: Richard Kadrey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2013

The fourth eagerly awaited Sandman Slim novel from Richard Kadrey While ruling the denizens of darkness does have a few perks, James Stark isn't exactly thrilled at the course his career (not to mention his soul) has taken. Breaking out of Hell once was a miraculous trick. But twice? If anyone can do it, it's Sandman Slim. While he's working out the details of his latest escape plan, Slim has to figure out how to run his new domain and hold off a host of trigger-happy killers mesmerised by that bullseye on his back. Everyone in Heaven, Hell, and in between wants to be the fastest gun in the universe, and the best way to prove it is to take down the new Lucifer, aka Sandman Slim aka James Stark. Then again, LA isn't quite the paradise it once was since he headed south. A serial killer ghost is running wild and his angelic alter-ago is hiding somewhere in the lost days of time with a secret cabal who can rewrite reality. And starting to care about people and life again is a real bitch for a stone-cold killer. A violent and atmospheric tale full of edgy fun and packed with angels and demons, monsters and madmen, Devil Said Bang is another thrilling hit of kick-ass fun from the diabolically talented Richard Kadrey.

Sandman Slim

Sandman Slim

Author: Richard Kadrey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2013

Supernatural fantasy has a new antihero in Sandman Slim, star of this gripping, gritty new series by Richard Kadrey 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 when his first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head, 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. Darkly twisted, irreverent, and completely hilarious, Sandman Slim is the breakthrough novel by an acclaimed author.

Kill the Dead

Kill the Dead

Author: Richard Kadrey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2013

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.

Suspect Zero

Suspect Zero

Author: Richard Kadrey Format: eBook Release Date: 16/04/2013

In this terrifying tale by New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey, a young aspiring serial killer goes in search of a mentorthe supreme, the ultimate killer. What he finds is much greater and much worse than he ever could have imagined.

Devil Said Bang

Devil Said Bang

Author: Richard Kadrey Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2012

What do you do after youve escaped Hell, gone back, uncovered the true nature of God, and then managed to become the new Lucifer?Well, if youre James Stark, you have to figure out how to run Hell while also trying to get back out of it . . . again. Plus theres the small matter of surviving. Because everyone in Heaven, Hell, and in between wants to be the fastest gun in the universe, and the best way to do so is to take down Lucifer, a.k.a. James Stark. And its not like being in L.A. is any better a serial-killer ghost is running wild and Starks angelic alter ego is hiding among the lost days of time with a secret cabal who can rewrite reality. Starting to care for people and life again is a real bitch for a stone-cold killer.

Devil in the Dollhouse

Devil in the Dollhouse

Author: Richard Kadrey Format: eBook Release Date: 31/07/2012

James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, has a new job, but being the new Lucifer in town gives fresh meaning to the word "e;Hell."e; Especially when he hears of hideous massacres near a haunted fortress out on Hell's frontier.As far as Stark's concerned, the more dead Hellions, the better, but he still has to prove that no one screws with Sandman Slim. And facing creatures so terrible even Hell does not want them is no cakewalk, even for Lucifer.

Aloha from Hell

Aloha from Hell

Author: Richard Kadrey Format: eBook Release Date: 18/10/2011

In Sandman Slim Stark came back from hell for revenge.In Kill the Dead he tackled both a zombie plague and being Lucifers bodyguard.Once again all is not right in L.A. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God is on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell. Starks got to head back down to his old stomping grounds in Hell to rescue his long lost love, stop an insane serial killer, prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other, and stop the demonic Kissi from ruining the party for everyone.Even for Sandman Slim, thats a tall order. And its only the beginning.Dont compare Kadreys prose with Stephenie Meyers, or even Joss Whedons Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Those works are mere fluffy soap operas next to Kadreys writing. Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Kill the Dead

Kill the Dead

Author: Richard Kadrey Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2010

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. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. Its 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. Thats before the murders start. And before he runs into the Czech porn star who isnt 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 Starks forever. Death bites. Life is worse. All things considered, Hells not looking so bad.