Tanith Lee is the author of two episodes of : 'Sarcophagus' (1980) and 'Sand' (1981). Paul Darrow reputedly claimed the main characters from 'Kill the Dead' were based on and , which seems very likely given the names of the characters in question are Parl Dro (Paul Darrow) and Myal (Michael). The chief characteristics of both characters (and in Vila's case, special skills i.e. thieving) and dialogue patterns are also very familiar:
Some time between 1991 and 2007, of planned a 'Kill the Dead' only zine called Ghyste Mortua (after the ghost city from the book). On her own site, Walsh explains:
Praise for Kill The Dead: "Think Get Shorty meets Hellraiser." San Francisco Chronicle "Hilarious ... belongs up there with Dresden Files and Felix Castor novels. ... some of the best supernatural
I hoped that momentum would carry over into this book. But Kill the Dead started off badly for me. Once again, Stark was being an asshole just for the sake of being an asshole and he managed to get his ass kicked yet again and another leather jacket ruined in the first chapter.