This has to be the most weird and bizarre book I have ever read! It was a mixture of horror, science fiction, crime novel, and very hard core erotica. Some of the things described in this novel were just too strange and shocking. I think Farmer was out to pull all the strings in this one just to see how far he could take it and far he did. I have been a fan of Farmer's sci-fi ever since I read the first Riverworld novel, To Your Scattered Bodies Go back in the early 70s. This novel was written in 1968 and takes place in the then not-to-distant future Los Angeles which is choked in smog and torrential rains. The novel starts out with a horrific description of a snuff film and doesn't let up along the way. Included are aliens from another dimension that are the source of legendary beings including vampires, werewolves, and ghosts. The story definitely kept my attention up until the last third or so which sort of devolved into a 30's pulp science fiction tale of two warring groups of aliens. Overall I would recommend this if you are not easily offended!
Private dick Herald Childe is sent a snuff movie of his partner being brutally murdered. His pursuit of her killers leads him into a waking nightmare of sexual brutality and supernatural bestiality, as he becomes entangled with sex-starved she-ghosts, snake-women and a filthy human sow.