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Serial creativity: Author to sign latest ‘Sandman Slim’ novel, introduce film

Richard Kadrey is never one to sit still.

It’s not in his DNA.

The San Francisco-based author keeps his hands in multiple projects.

“It’s never-ending,” he says in a recent phone interview. “But that’s the way I like it. I don’t want to sit back and ever be complacent.”

“The Kill Society” by Richard Kadrey

Kadrey is on a tour for his latest book, “The Kill Society.”

The novel is the 10th in his “Sandman Slim” series.

The stories’ main character, James “Sandman Slim” Stark, escapes from hell to take his revenge on the people who killed his lover. He wanders a dark Los Angeles haunted by vampires and demons.

After 11 years of combat as a gladiator against demons in hell, he is more than prepared to fight back.

“It’s pretty easy to write now,” he says. “I do one novel a year. It’s a decent rate for me. At this point, nothing is entirely new. There is so much history that I can come up with a new point of view with the story. It makes for some very interesting writing.”

Kadrey says each book adds a layer of complication for Stark.

“I’m hoping by the end of the series, which is coming, I will create this fantastic way to end it,” he says. “It doesn’t take long to get back into Stark’s mind to tell a story.”

Kadrey is also working on adapting the series into a feature film.

In the meantime, he’s been working on a few screenplays, and he recently finished “Lucifer,” for Vertigo comics.

“I’m always looking to work in different mediums,” he says. “It pushes me as a writer. I would not want to write book after book. The screenplay is a welcomed break, and I want to do more comics. It’s really nice to jump back and forth among all of them. It helps with my thought process.”

At his event in Santa Fe, which will also consist of a discussion – Kadrey will be introducing the 1986 film “The Hitcher,” which stars Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

“There’s a thematic link between ‘The Hitcher’ and ‘The Kill Society.’ It’s car speed and movement,” he says. “I’m going to talk about both of those and our fascination with cars and death.”

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