RARA-AVIS: How The Dead Live (Derek Raymond not Will Self)

From: Nathan Cain ( IndieCrime@gmail.com)
Date: 17 Feb 2008

I just finished How the Dead Live by Derek Raymond, which Serpent's Tail is reissuing this year. I kind of feel like I've been punched in the gut. I'm not a huge fan of talk about "transcending the genre," but I think the concept applies to this novel. It's only a crime story in the most superficial sense. It's more of a meditation on love and mortality and it's very unsettling. It's one of the darkest things I've ever read. Are all his Factory novels this interesting? How about his other stuff?

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