Richard Calder

Richard Calder - novels

HarperCollins, UK, 1996

Dead Things
HarperCollins, UK, 1996; St Martin's Press, US, 1997

'Richard Calder's Dead Things brings to a close one of the stranger sf series of recent years, begun with Dead Girls and continued in Dead Boys It is a slim but densely imagined book centred upon an imaginative examination of the effects of technology on human evolution Dead Things is highly recommended, but be warned that to read it properly it is necessary to read (or re-read) its predecessors first.'

'Add a dash of postmodern gothic, a dollop of William S. Burroughs' Nova Express and a pinch of Angela Carter's The Passion of New Eve. Stir in a healthy (or perhaps not so healthy) serving of material from the newsgroups on the Internet. Allow the mixture to steep overnight in a sauna. The result might be something like what Calder has concocted in this final addition to his much praised, ever-so-noir SF horror trilogy, Dead Girls, Dead Boys, Dead Things Calder is a fine stylist, and the complex history and nanobiology he has created for his Dead novels is fascinating. The trilogy holds many rewards, cerebral and aesthetic, for those willing to persevere.'
Publishers Weekly

'As with the first two books, what we are lusting after is the brilliantly corrupt baroque inflections of his text, the leering gloss he provides on everything from superheroes to Grail Quests; Krazy Kat to Gnosticism; Wonderbras to the French Revolution; Xena, Warrior Princess, to Poe. Reading Dead Things is like having an imp-sized George Bernard Shaw or Oscar Wilde sitting on your shoulder and regaling you with cynical witticisms as you watch all five hundred channels simultaneously.'

'Obsessive, murky, horrid; the only thing missing is the government health warning.'
Kirkus Reviews