Sandman Slim – I LOVE this book! – brilliant, dark, witty, sharp, dirty, irreverent and hilarious. The first of a series -although this book stands on its own. However, I dare you after reading it to not want to grab the next one in the series!
I have read the hard copy 2X and listened to the Audible version 2X. The narrator on Audible has a wonderfully raspy delivery – snarky and hilarious and totally rude. Love it. “Dark and dirty ass masterpiece” says William Gibson….totally right on with that.
Sandman Slim – also known as “Stark” – has just escaped from 11 years in Hell – he was betrayed and sent there by his no-good “friends” in the occult “Sub Rosa” organization. The book starts with him arriving from Hell in a pile of burning garbage in Los Angeles. Difficult to tell the difference in some cases between Hell and Los Angeles – especially the dark places that Stark inhabits.
This is a dark and gritty Urban Fantasy – LA gothic noir and dark dark magic. Lots of irreverent religious overtones, so if you are sensitive to that, perhaps not the book for you . However if you were raised in the catholic church and are a bit “lapsed” – perhaps just the book for you … your call.
Stark survived Hell by fighting Hellions in the arena – and earned the title “Sandman Slim” – unkillable and brutal and wickedly funny. He is out for revenge on those who sent him “downtown”, killed his girlfriend and who seem to be planning something even worse – like the end of the world.
Lucifer, Alchemists, fallen Angels, talking heads (literally), B Movies and the Bamboo House of Dolls.
” L.A. is what happens when a bunch of Lovecraftian elder gods and porn starlets spend a weekend locked up in the Chateau Marmont snorting lines of crank off Jim Morrison’s bones. If the Viagra and illegal Traci Lords videos don’t get you going, then the Japanese tentacle porn will…”
The second book in the series is: “Kill the Dead” – even more fun with Zombies!