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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  364 ratings  ·  75 reviews
A mysterious Iraq war veteran with a horribly scarred face...A disturbed young man in a strange mountain town...A masked preacher with a terrible secret... Amidst a firestorm of violence, betrayal and horror, their three worlds will eventually collide in an old mining shack buried deep in the mountains. CORROSION, the shattering debut novel by Jon Bassoff, is equal parts J ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by DarkFuse (first published September 29th 2013)
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Mark Matthews
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Unforgettable. A bit mesmerizing. Corrosion is an incredible piece of work. It is a Darkfuse title, which means it is automatically going to be good, but for me, this was a step above. I picked it up on the kindle select program, and so glad I did. The voices of the characters pop from the page. Rich in detail, in setting, in character, plot twists, and with a unique narration that hit its mark with me. I couldn’t help but think of what effort this must have taken to write. There is a ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After reading this novel (in one day--yes, it was THAT addictive!), the first thing that came to my mind after my conscious thought returned was "WOW!" However, I noticed that another reviewer already came up with that (LOL!), so I'll try to elaborate a little more.

There isn't much that I can say about the storyline itself without giving away too much. This is an incredible novel that will seep into your very core as you're reading it. And when it does sink in, it will leave you thinking, "how c
Ellen Gail
Three stars! Corrosion is horror noir, a seedy tale of identity and secrets.

Truth time: I almost DNFed this before the halfway mark. The story took it's sweet time to churn, and for a short novel, I struggled to get into it. (Also fair warning: The dialogue is sans quotation marks. Heads up if that's a dealbreaker for you.) However, I'm glad I continued. Perseverance is a virtue, or blahbitty blah blah or something. But this isn't a story about virtue. No. OHHHHH no.

I was beginning to think
Paul Nelson
Corrosion is the masterfully written début by Jon Bassoff, a cross between No Country for Old Men and Sin City, but a hell of a lot darker and dirtier.

Written in first person from three perspectives the author mixes tough narrative with disturbing thought and it’s a runaway success. Like Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men there are no quotes around the spoken work but it’s distinctively clear what’s going on and it works really well. First person when done right can be a thrilling reading
11811 (Eleven)
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: darkfuse
This was a dark read and most of the darkness I didn't see coming until BAM! -- Bludgeoned by darkness!!!

The prose was excellent. The no quotes thing may throw some people but it didn't bother me personally. If Cormac McCarthy can get away with it then I see no reason why this guy can't.

Excellent pacing, characters, and a near brilliant story. This got a lot of hype when it was released and it deserves it.
For a few minutes I wished that I were dead but then I worried about hell and what it would bring.
I would describe myself as an avid reader of noir and dark fiction. I feel like I've read lots of great work in these genres. But every now and then I find something that takes me by surprise. Author Jon Bassoff has been on my radar for a while and I've finally made it to his work with this pitch black, mind-blowing debut noir.
Back up the mountain, shotgun over one shoulder, brid
Ms. Nikki
I finished this a while ago and I just remember it being confusing due to the no quotes. The prose was original yet chaotic, jumping from here to there with an unnatural, but quick flow.

For me this read stayed too drab and I sometimes lost interest or just wanted to move on. That's not to say that this author is lacking in talent. Far from it.

For a new writer, there was a certain depth to this read that some seasoned writers have yet to accomplish.

Corrosion is a disturbingly dark read that is s
Frank Errington
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've long been a believer in strong opening lines and Jon Bassoff delivers in this, his first published novel. "I was less than 20 miles from the Mountain when the engine gave out, smoke billowed from the hood, and Red Sovine stopped singing."

Corrosion is full of good writing and features one of the most twisted, demented protagonists I've ever encountered. I truly believe we are a product of our environment, "And the boy, eight maybe nine years old, cowlick in his hair, grinning goofily, unawar
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
“And now, forever, snow falling, wind howling, boots crunching, breath wheezing, devil laughing.”

Extremely creative and dark. Corrosion is a disturbing journey following a small cast of characters and the insanity that envelops them, both before and after, their worlds collide.

Some good turns in this one that kept me on my toes. Brutality. Betrayal. Madness. A super solid debut novel from Jon Bassoff. 4+ Stars. Highly Recommended.
Heath Lowrance
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's not too often a new novel comes along that you can call "psycho-noir" and not be wildly inaccurate. True psycho-noir is a rare and darkly beautiful thing; well-done psycho-noir even more so.

CORROSION, by Jon Bassoff, is a well-done psycho-noir. No, it's more than that-- it's a bit of a masterpiece, really, probably the best I've read since Allan Guthrie's SLAMMER. It's devious and disturbing, with an underlying sense of dread that keeps your guts in an uproar and absolutely refuses to let
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is the story of Joseph Downs. He is on the way to the Mountains when his pickup breaks down. He is forced to seek refuge in the nearest town while his truck is fixed. Horribly scarred while doing service in Iraq- peoples reactions to him are varied. But is Joseph all he seems?

This was a truly unique book. I must admit it took me a while to get used to the strange narrative but once I did, there was no stopping me. The story was gritty, and visceral and will stay with me for a long time I th
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-noir, novels, horror
As much as the beginning chapters of this novel get you inside the head of a violent and obviously whacked individual, it in no way prepares you for the descent into craziness as the novel progresses. Hard to say much about the plot without totally spoiling the progression. There's the introduction to a killer, some killing, some creepy backstory, and then the killer resumes his (present day) killing, until a denouement of sorts, and then a surprise ending. Throughout the language is intense, co ...more
Ever had one of those recurring nightmares that sometimes incorporates slightly different elements? That’s kind of what Corrosion by debut author Jon Bassoff is like. A horribly scarred war veteran saves a damsel in distress, and then does the unthinkable in the name of “love,” only to be rejected by said damsel. A young man leaves his isolated mountain home in search of his father, a mental patient. A curbside preacher in a mask warns of the horrors of eternal damnation. What do they have in co ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
For his first book Jon hit this one out of the park. I enjoyed this book a lot, with the twist and turns of the story. And how smooth the story flowed. It's going to be hard for Jon to top this one with his next book. But I'm looking forward to it. I don't want to say anything about the story and spoil it for someone. Just that you need to read it. I have been really impressed by these new authors that DarkFuse been publishing. I rarely give out 5 stars, only to books that totally blow me away. ...more
Pete Kahle
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Brutally beautiful. Sparse and efficient writing. This is one of the best novels I have read in the past few years. Hard to believe it's a first novel. Jon Bassoff is now on my short list of my must-read authors. I can only hope my writing comes close to affecting readers the way this novel has inspired me. ...more
Anish Kohli
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Choices aren’t made. There is no free will.

Maybe that’s the truth, because I thought I was making a conscious choice while I picked up this book, it was actually providence, smiling upon me and blessing me with a BRILLIANT piece of storytelling that I so desperately wanted. There is no free will, indeed.

In my relentless pursuit of a SPINE TINGLING horror novel, trolling the web, I came across this one guy’s Blog, who divined Corrosion as one of THE BEST HORROR book in the recent times. Well
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: b, 2013

A mysterious Iraq war veteran with a horribly scarred face… A disturbed young man in a strange mountain town… A masked preacher with a terrible secret… Amidst a firestorm of violence, betrayal and horror, their three worlds will eventually collide in an old mining shack buried deep in the mountains. Corrosion, the shattering debut novel by Jon Bassoff, is equal parts Jim Thompson, Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner, and an unforgettable journey into the underbelly of
Steve Weddle
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
CORROSION falls into a broad category called "psycho noir," a dark novel in which a severely damaged protagonist does terrible things, justifying them to himself and to the reader. The stand-out that comes to mind is Jim Thompson's THE KILLER INSIDE ME, which I also enjoyed.

Where CORROSION separates itself from Thompson's book -- and most others -- is in its dealing with individual identity. What shapes a person -- in the case, a man? How does he define himself? What motivates him? How can he ch
Rob Twinem
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, darkfuse
This is a highly effective tour de force told in the first person which is brutal in its execution. The language is highly emotive and the imagery, although at times disturbing, tells a story of impending horror and mental deterioration. Joseph Downs is a damaged and wounded Iraqi war veteran infatuated with the complex Lileth. Benton Fault, superficially sane, sees his world collapsing and develops an unhealthy interest in Constance Durban. The development of these themes and the coming togethe ...more
This is one of the best debut novels I have ever read. 4 1/2 stars.

Corrosion employs one of my favorite narrative devices, the interweaving stories of seemingly unrelated folks. Each section of the novel can proudly stand on its own, but the middle and last sections are devastatingly effective and chilling.

Adding a shelf for psycho-noir and hoping to read more of Bassoff in the very near future. The finest offering by Darkfuse ebook club to date.
Keith Deininger
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some very good writing and a very cool twist. Dark and brooding and psychological. Definitely check this one out!
Shane Douglas Douglas
Yeah, easy five star read. Jon Bassoff's Corrosion is a dirty, gritty, and fucking mean narrative that revels in unabashed brutality, and does so in glorious fashion. The guy is a true storyteller, one who reminds me of an amalgamation of Joe Lansdale, Flannery O'Connor, and William Faulkner. Full review coming to Ink Heist soon, but don't wait. If you haven't read Jon's work, unfuck that now. ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
An author's first published novel, while obviously being good enough to be published, is a starting point and, when looking back at their career, not typically something that would be considered their best. With that in mind, I shudder to think of what Jon Bassoff's career has in store for him (and us).

Corrosion is a beautifully written study of nihilism. More than that, though, it's a study of responsibility. Benton Faulk, the youngest incarnation of the protagonist, is very clear a troubled b
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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What impressed me the most about Corrosion is the bleak, lifeless world author Jon Bassoff creates in his novel. The world is made of small, run-down, damaged towns filled with the most despicable of characters: the low-lifes, people without goals or imagination, the ones destroyed by society. In a few descriptive sentences, Mr. Bassoff makes this world come to life, giving his book a very depressing setting, and posi
Vincenzo Bilof
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Jon Bassoff is an excellent writer. I like to think this is a mass-market version of a Cormac McCarthy novel, and I hope there are more books written like this one.

I don't have many good things to say about this book. Even as a writer whose characters are often negative and unsympathetic, I still struggled, and since the story was extremely obvious... I continued reading mostly because I enjoyed the way Bassoff wrote.

Bassoff did an excellent job shifting voice when he wrote from the perspectiv
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Joseph Downs is a scarred Iraqi vet who becomes infatuated with a married woman, Benton Faulk is a troubled teen whose life is unravelling after his mothers death and his fathers incarceration to the asylum. Their stories come together in an unexpected way.


- Well developed and intense characters.

- The first person perspective was used really well, as the story progressed the unreliability of the narrator cranked up the tension and kept me guessing where the story was r
Nov 08, 2013 added it
Shelves: unable-to-finish
I can't do it.

I am unable to finish this book.

This author is someone with something to say but I'll be damned if I care what it is.

Since I wasn't able to make it beyond page 102, it would be unfair of me to rate this novel.

Keith Nixon
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
When Joseph Downs, a horribly scarred army veteran, enters the decaying town of Stratton nothing will be the same again for its residents.

Corrosion is unusual. Very unusual. There’s a bleak theme that runs throughout the book, which is split into three distinct parts. Pretty much everything that is described is in decay, whether that’s physical, mental or moral. If this book were a colour it would be black. If it were a smell, it would be that of putrefaction.

Here’s an example of the writing fr
Gino Sorcinelli
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Corrosion by Jon Bassoff is a mind-bending book. I read Corrosion a little over a year ago and it stayed with me for many days after I finished it. I felt an intense pit of dread in my stomach while reading this book that started during the early pages and continued throughout. The book alternates between the storylines and perspectives of three different narrators: a disfigured Iraq war veteran (Joseph), a disturbed young man growing up in a horrific household (Benton), and a masked preacher (R ...more
Brandon Nagel
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The darkest of noirs. An amazing debut from Jon Bassoff. This is a book that is going to stick with me for a long time. I will definitely have to find some time to read again. A story about how we become who we are. Unputdownable. As good as anything I have read all year and I have read about 130 books this year. (Maybe more). If you are a fan of Allan Guthrie's darker stuff, pick this up immediately. This book made me join the Dark House Press Kindle Club. Anxiously awaiting Bassoff's next book ...more
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Jon Bassoff was born in 1974 in New York City and currently lives in a ghost town somewhere in Colorado. His mountain gothic novel, CORROSION, was called "startlingly original and unsettling" by Tom Piccirilli, a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, and won the DarkFuse Reader's Choice Award for best novel. His surrealistic follow-up, FACTORY TOWN, was called "A hallucinatory descent into an ...more

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