Russell Carver, an enigmatic and tortured man in search of a young girl gone missing, has come to Factory Town, a post-industrial wasteland of abandoned buildings, crumbling asphalt, deadly characters, hidden secrets and unspeakable depravity. Wandering deeper and deeper into the dangerous, dream-like and darkly mysterious labyrinths in town, Russell stumbles upon clues that not only lead him closer to the missing girl, but to his own troubled past as well. Because in Factory Town nothing is what it seems, no one is safe, and there’s no such thing as a clean escape.
From Jon Bassoff, author of Corrosion, comes a dark, gritty and surreal novel that is at once a compelling mystery and an exploration into the darkest recesses of the human soul. Welcome to the haunting, frightening, and disturbing experience that is Russell Carver’s search for the truth…
Welcome to FACTORY TOWN.
“Factory Town: A hallucinatory descent into an urban hell that rivals Jim Thompson for stark terror. Jon Bassoff is a master of that territory where pulp becomes poetry, crime fiction mates with horror, but this novel is very much its own self—an unnervingly individual piece of work.”
—Ramsey Campbell, Bram Stoker award-winning author of Ancient Images
“Factory Town is a journeyman’s surreal voyage through the very heart of hell. A novel full of a crazed, ugly, vivid, disturbing energy held together by a deft hand. Bassoff is the king of creepy crime-horror fiction.”
—Tom Piccirilli, Bram Stoker award-winning author of The Last Kind Words
“For those of us who love the horror-crime genre, Jon Bassoff is a Godsend. Creepy, poetic, and beautifully dark, Factory Town is an absolutely mesmerizing ride.”
—John Rector, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Already Gone, Lost Things, and Out of the Black.
In Factory Town, Jon Bassoff gives us Russell Carver, a man whose desperate search for a missing girl takes him to a bleak city where hope has long since been abandoned, and the grotesque is accepted as normal.
“By turns brutal and lyrical, shocking and uplifting, Factory Town provides a visceral experience unlike any other novel you’ll read this year. Jon Bassoff is quickly becoming a must-read author in the field of dark fiction. Don’t miss this worthy follow-up to last year’s must-read Corrosion.”
—Allan Leverone, author of Final Vector and Mr. Midnight
“No crime writer today does bleakness and despair as well as Jon Bassoff. He has the voice of a modern day David Goodis, if Goodis had been influenced by Stephen King. Factory Town is a thrilling genre bending mystery that is as scary as it gets.”
—Jason Starr, international bestselling author of The Craving and The Returning
“Factory Town is the novel Kafka would have written had he lived longer. Brilliant writing, this, in the vein of Jung’s shadow world. Jon Bassoff’s novel is the contemporary Pilgrim’s Progress; Russell Carver, the Christian of John Bunyan’s work, traveling through the Slough of Despond looking for a salvation that will never come.
“And, then—there are lines that make you weep at their truth and beauty, like: ‘She had once been beautiful, so beautiful that I almost believed in God, but beauty falls apart, just like everything, rusts and rots, disintegrates and deteriorates.’
“This is nihilism in its final, apocalyptic, terrible form.”
—Les Edgerton, author of The Rapist, The Bitch and The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping
“If Alejandro Jodorowsky had written noir fiction I suspect it might have read something like Jon Bassoff’s masterful new novel Factory Town. At the very least he would have been the ideal director to film it. The setting, a landscape of municipal collapse and industrial decay, for all its surreality, will stir an emotional resonance in anyone familiar with what’s happened in Detroit and other Eastern cities in this post-industrial age. Populated with a horrifying mixture of down-and-outs and grand, fabulous personae, Factory Town is like a journey to hell told within a new and startingly creative apocalyptic mythology.”
—Steve Rasnic Tem, author of Deadfall Hotel and Blood Kin
“Jon Bassoff’s Factory Town reads like a forgotten outtake from Springsteen’s Nebraska, played backwards and piped through the air tube of Flann O’Brien’s safety coffin. It’s a howl out loud and a headfuck supreme, and I loved every word.”
—Benjamin Whitmer, author of Pike and Cry Freedom
“Jon Bassoff has a unique talent for mining heart-breaking humanity from troubled souls stranded in wretched landscapes. His razor-sharp prose cuts to the marrow of a very noir bone. Read him if you dare.”
—Christopher Ransom, Internationally bestselling author of The Birthing House and The Fading