Kill the Dead - Richard Kadrey
Released October 2010
Kill the Dead, the follow-up to Sandman Slim, brings readers into another glimpse of James Stark's, aka Sandman Slim, life. For those who, like me, are new to the story, James Stark came from the depths of Hell to seek vengeance for his girlfriend's death and rid the world of some evil in the process. He won't rest until he's found the man who put him in Hell.
Stark receives an unusual request this time around. Lucifer's coming up from Hell to oversee a biopic of his life. He's in his human form and needs protection. He wants Stark as a body guard, and it's not in Stark's best interest to say no. Things get hairy when a massive amount of undead known as "drifters" hit the area. Someone's released them and Stark needs to find out who and why. Stark's definitely got his hands full, but a Czech porn star/movie star in Lucifer's film is ready to help out and kick butt. With a helper, maybe things will be a little easier for Stark...
The opening line says it all... "Imagine shoving a cattle prod up a rhino's ass, shouting "April Fool!", and hoping the rhino thinks it's funny. That's about how much fun it is hunting a vampire." I read that line and promptly burst into laughter. Richard Kadrey never eases up on the wit. Sure, this may be a horror/suspense entry, but it's hilarious.
As a fan of zombie movies, I would love to see this book come to the big screen. It has the potential of becoming a favorite like Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland. The humor, nail-biting action and engaging characters all help draw the reader in.
I missed the original book in the Sandman Slim novels, so I did struggle to keep track of some characters. I had to keep a chart to keep them straight as I started the novel. Soon, I had them figured out and all was good. If you want a change of pace, I highly recommend picking up Kill the Dead and enjoying every second!