Richard Kadrey was born on August 27, 1957 in New York City, New York. He is a fiction/fantasy/horror novelist now living in San Francisco who wrote the first of 11 Sandman Slim novels in 2009.

The first Sandman Slim novel is one of 13 books listed on Barnes & Noble’s “Best Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Last Decade”. The stories' main character, James "Sandman Slim" Stark, escapes from Hell to take his revenge on the people that 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.

In 2016, it was reported that Studio 8 acquired the rights to the series and were hoping to launch a franchise. In February 2018, it was announced that Chad Stahelski would be directing an adaptation of the first novel, with Kerry Williamson set to write the latest draft of the script.

He also wrote "Metrophage", "Dead Set", and "The Everything Box". In addition to writing, he is also a photographic artist.

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