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The Pale House Devil

This solid novella will appeal to horror readers who like quirky protagonists. Recommended for fans of Kadrey’s “Sandman Slim” series or of Edgar Cantero and Jim Butcher.

The Dead Take the A Train

Khaw (The Salt Grows Heavy) and Kadrey (King Bullet) create an excellent grim and gory tale that levels up urban fantasy in this series launch.

The Kill Society

A solid, if not particularly memorable, entry in the long-running series (last visited in The Perdition Score), with some nice callbacks to familiar characters we haven't seen for a while.

The Wrong Dead Guy

Some readers will find the nonstop barrage of quips, wordplay, and banter a blast, but Kadrey's story might have been better served by occasionally playing it straight.

The Perdition Score

For series newcomers, last year's Killing Pretty is a better volume to start with, but for longtime fans, all the familiar faces are back, Stark has been showing some real growth, especially in the efforts he has put into his relationship with his girlfriend Candy. [See Prepub Alert, 1/4/16.]

The Everything Box

Heaven and hell (not to mention the grimier corners of L.A.) are familiar territory for Kadrey as seen in his entertaining "Sandman Slim" series. Here the author takes a decidedly more lighthearted approach, creating a must-have for fans of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's comic novel, Good Omens, or those who enjoy the zany situations and amusement of Christopher Moore. [See Prepub Alert, 11/15/15.]

Killing Pretty

Even though his new boss is always asking Stark to walk the straight and narrow, series fans shouldn't fear that he's going soft. There's still plenty of the violence and mayhem that Stark attracts without even trying. [See Prepub Alert, 2/15/15.]

The Getaway God

This series has kept its energy well, even six volumes in, partially owing to the stubborn character of Stark. He doesn't evolve, per se; he's still a rude and violent walking weapon, but he never makes the same mistake twice. Using humor to leaven the tumult, Kadrey (Kill City Blues; Dead Set) shows that there are plenty of stories left to tell in Stark's world.

Dead Set

The author of the Sandman Slim novels (Sandman Slim; Devil Said Bang) has crafted an intelligent stand-alone tale of quiet horror that should appeal to his many fans as well as to lovers of more subtle shivers. [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/13.]

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