The Drive-Thru Crematorium

Stanley Maddox lives a mundane life in a nondescript town. His wife is cheating on him, his colleagues at work suddenly don’t recognize him, and he has recently noticed a mysterious creature darting its way through his house. When he notices a flap of skin on his face, he begins pulling. Beneath his skin lies another person, an evil person, with the power to change his life forever.


“Jon Bassoff has written a stunning depiction of identity and isolation. He’s doing something different here; The Drive-Thru Crematorium takes the surreal and the uncanny to new levels, well beyond what would deem the book Kafkaesque. Unlike Bassoff’s protagonist, Stanley Maddox, who vanishes from the world at the beginning of the story, this book won’t be erased from your memory anytime soon.”

—Michael J. Seidlinger, author of My Pet Serial Killer

Throw the best of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Jim Thompson, and Charlie Kaufman in a blender and you might come up with something close to Jon Bassoff’s The Drive-Thru Crematorium. It’s menacing, unpredictable, and full of nightmares to shock us into a new reality. I finished it in one sitting and then went back out into the world, wondering if things would ever be the same.

—William Boyle, author of Gravesend

“In The Drive-Thru Crematorium, Jon Bassoff twines the mundane and the absurd together in a dizzying spirograph to produce an angst-ridden picture of modern society. Bassoff’s novel is a shadowy feverdream in the best possible way—a story that both burns and chills and remains an unsettling thorn in the reader’s psyche, longer after the last page is turned.”

—Steph Post, author of Miraculum

“Jon Bassoff’s The Drive-Thru Crematorium is a nightmarish fever-dream of a novel that wrestles with the concept of identity and giving into our own worst impulses. Be spellbound by its twists and turns. Make sure you have a nightlight on hand when reading. Try not to scream as it races toward its frightening and shattering conclusion.”

—Lee Matthew Goldberg, author of The Mentor

“Jon Bassoff is the Kafka of Colorado, a writer who spins feverish nightmares out of the insane realities of modern life. Horrifying and hilarious, The Drive-Thru Crematorium is his darkest trip yet, the story of a mild-mannered nothing man who discovers the monster within. It’s a hell of a fun read, but it’s also the kind of book you find yourself thinking about days later.”

—Jake Hinkson, winner of the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere

“Toss Kafka, David Lynch, and a pinch of Flannery O’Connor in a blender, and you just might end up with The Drive-Thru Crematorium. A thoroughly baffling, unsettling, and mesmerizing journey into madness.”

—Dave Zeltserman, author of Small Crimes

“A Gordian knot of alienation and suburban discomfort. Nihilistic, weird, and ultimately, very funny.”

—Danger Slater, author of I Will Rot Without You

“A dark and violent suburban tale built of equal parts Kafka & Bret Easton Ellis.”

—Libby Cudmore, author of The Big Rewind