Saturday, January 4, 2014

Book Review: Corrosion by Jon Bassoff

I’m moonlighting at Hellnotes—a review site for horror media. Some of my regular readers might appreciate my review there for Corrosion, a psycho-noir from DarkFuse press. I namedrop Jim Thompson, Lawrence Block, David Lynch, and Flannery O’Connor in the short span of 500 words. Those are big names, but Corrosion was one of my favorite reads of the year. 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1937771806/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1937771806&linkCode=as2&tag=book0a46-20
Jon Bassoff's Corrosion: one of my top picks for 2013. Click the image for more information.


Check out the full review. I’d love to receive some comments there, as I’m a newcomer to the Hellnotes gang.

10 comments:

  1. Kelly, I enjoyed your review. I'm not familiar with psycho-noir though I might have read something close to it. This book with the striking cover seems very dark and intense and powerful all at the same time. I'm open to reading it, however. I tried leaving a comment below your review but I couldn't crack the captcha code.

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    1. I passed that on to the guy in charge of the site. Stupid CAPTCHA.

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  2. Tried 3 times to comment at the other site. Wordpress hates me.

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    1. So sorry. I'd love to know what you had to say.

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  3. I had the same problem at the Hellnotes site. It kept rejecting my CAPCHA code and it wasn't that hard to read. So here is my comment...

    Great review, Kelly. This sounds very very dark and it may be too much for me. But you have me interested. Maybe I will have to extend my reading horizons.

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    1. It's not for everyone, Tracy. If it sounds like it might be "too much," you're probably right, as I didn't even go too deeply into how disturbing it is. I still don't know what's up with the commenting over there.

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  4. I've never heard of psycho noir used to describe any book -- old or new. THis could be in line with the kind of books L.P. Davies wrote. His Psychogeist, though not as disturbing as CORROSION sounds to be, was a mindf--k of a book with its abundance of hallucinatory scenes. Lots of "what's real? what's not?" in all of Davies' books.

    I, too, tried to comment at Hellnotes and was so frustruated I sent a complaint to Christopher, the web administrator. Got a reply very quickly that basically said "Works for me, don't know why it won't work for you." Doesn't look like they'll be fixing a very obvious problem with that kind of response.

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    1. It's a pretty new term, and the books I see it attached to are books like FIGHT CLUB. I'm not keen on the sub-genre. That is, I like the books themselves, but having a name for books that have unreliable narrators or that bend reality makes the categorization of them a spoiler of sorts. It's like having a sub-genre term for books in which the protaganist dies, or something.

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    2. I'm perturbed about the inability to comment, especially as the author himself read the review and linked it on his Facebook page. I'm sure he would have liked to see responses to the review (and I would have too).

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