Who is Sandman Slim?
The Sandman Slim series follows the adventures of James Stark after escaping Hell and returning to Los Angeles. Stark is a magician. Not in a Vegas sawing a lady in half way, but in a real life using spells as weapons kind of way. In fact, Stark is one of the best magicians in LA. Why? It’s not all his hard work and study (odds are he’s never finished reading a book in his life). No, it’s his lineage. Stark is a nephilim, a half-human and half-angel. Unfortunately, this also means that he’s despised by Heaven, Hell, and most humans. In some celestial circles, he’s known simply as the Abomination, which is why so many angels would like to see him dead. But that’s easier said than done.
Stark didn’t waste his time in Hell. He was thrown into the arena and discovered he had a real talent for killing things. This comes in handy when he gets back to Earth. Over the course of the first five Sandman Slim books, which cover most of his first year back home, Stark faces off against zombies, Lucifer, Hellion hordes, mad angels, angry ghosts, and Mason Faim, the powerful magician who originally sent him to Hell.
The Getaway God takes place at Christmas, exactly one year since Stark’s trip back to LA. This time, Stark isn’t just fighting monsters but St. Nick, a serial killer with ties to a cult that worships the old gods that ran the universe before the current deity. If that wasn’t bad enough, Stark has to face down old enemies while forging an extremely uneasy alliance with the Golden Vigil, the supernatural investigation arm of Homeland Security. The good news is that Stark has the only weapon in existence that can fight the old gods. The bad news is that he has no idea how to use it. And the one man who does might be more dangerous to Stark than the gods themselves.
Sandman Slim is violent, funny, surreal, and full of bad words. Mixing the hardboiled crime fiction style of writers such as Jim Thompson and Richard Stark with a unique take on fantasy and horror, the series depicts a world that’s a strange as demons who steal cable and as real as a punch in the gut.
-Richard Kadrey, 2014
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