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Cosmology 101

Before I started the Sandman Slim series I wrote Butcher Bird, a book that also told the story of a trip to Hell and a meeting with Lucifer. I started building a library of books on mythology, folktales, Christianity, Kabbalah, and outré science. Some of these ideas ended up in Butcher Bird. They've all ended up in Devil Said Bang and the other Sandman Slim books. For anyone interested in where I get some of the information that ends up in the novels, here is a list of 12 books from my library. The list is by no means exhaustive, but the books are easy-to-find titles, and they're all places to start for anyone interested in the ideas in the Sandman Slim universe.

One quick note: while I've studied the ideas in these books, I've never once hesitated to throw out accepted canon or mythology and substitute my own if I thought it would make my books better.

  1. The Devil: A Biography by Peter Stanford
  2. Fallen Angels by Bernard J. Bamberger
  3. From the Ashes of Angels by Andrew Collins
  4. The Origin of Satan by Elaine Pagels
  5. The History of Hell by Alice K. Turner
  6. Encyclopedia of Heaven by Miriam Van Scott
  7. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  8. Kabbalah for Beginners by Rav Michael Laitman
  9. String Theory for Dummies by Andrew Zimmerman Jones
  10. The Oxford Companion to World Mythology by David Leeming
  11. The Dictionary of Imaginary Places by Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi
  12. Penguin Dictionary of Symbols by Jean Chevalier and Alain Gheerbrant

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Richard Kadrey has published nine novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell, Devil Said Bang, Kill City Blues, Dead Set, Butcher Bird, Metrophage, and The Getaway God. He has been immortalized as an action figure, his short story "Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye" was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award, and his novel Butcher Bird was nominated for the Prix Elbakin in France. A freelance writer and photographer, he lives in San Francisco, California.

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Richard Kadrey is the author of The Getaway God (Sandman Slim Novels #6)

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