About Captain Clive's Dreamworld:
After becoming the suspect in the death of a young woman he was investigating, Deputy Sam Hardy is "vanished" to a town in the middle of the desert called Angels and Hope. A company town built to support a magnificent amusement park (one to rival Disneyland) known as Captain Clive's Dreamworld. When he arrives in Angels and Hope, Hardy begins to notice some strange happenings. Virtually no customers ever visit. None of the townsfolk ever seem to sleep. And girls seem to be going missing with no plausible explanation. As Hardy begins investigating, his own past is drawn into question by the town, and he finds himself becoming more and more isolated. The truth—about the town and himself—will lead him to understand that there’s no such thing as a clean escape.
Advance Praise for Captain Clive's Dreamworld:
“Captain Clive’s Dreamworld winds its way through an eerie, Lynchian landscape, populated by Stepford citizenry, cursed lives, and all the bleak sensibilities of the most dire Cormac McCarthy tale. Bassoff’s latest is a must read for fans of the genre, or any reader who prefers their fiction with a sense of the off-kilter. Highly recommended!”
—Ronald Malfi, author of Bone White
"Jon Bassoff’s nightmarish bizarro novel Captain Clive’s Dreamworld reads like an extended episode of The Twilight Zone mixed with Twin Peaks mixed with Dante’s Inferno. Unremittingly dark, this roman noir is a trenchant attack on the empty promises of capitalism...a hopeless rebuke of the bright plastic flesh built around the broken, crumbling skeleton of the American Dream.
– Jeffrey Thomas, author of Boneland
"Jon Bassoff mines an imaginative seam that remains unexplored by any other writer I know working today. I wish I knew his secret, but I'll settle for reading Captain Clive's Dreamworld."
--Tony Black, author of Summoning the Dead
“Captain Clive's Dreamworld is a masterfully rendered, very disturbing cautionary tale of pathological consumerism and nostalgia for a mid-century America that never was. Jon Bassoff’s vision is relentless and unsparing, his prose like a bone saw laying bare the corruption and perversion lurking beneath society’s superficial pieties.”
—Roger Smith, author of Dust Devils
"In Captain Clive's Dreamworld, Jon Bassoff has created a haunting, suspenseful masterpiece that straddles the line between mystery and horror with expert skill."
S.A. Cosby, award-winning author of Blacktop Wasteland
Release Date: October 1, 2020
Paperback & ebook: Eraserhead Press www.eraserheadpress.com
Audiobook: Blackstone Publishing www.blackstonepublishing.com
Cover design by Matthew Revert www.matthewrevertdesign.com
Preorder coming soon!
About Jon Bassoff:
“Bassoff confronts directly the traumatic stress disorder of our world today and tears off its mask, even if the face must follow.”
—New York Magazine
Jon Bassoff was born in 1974 in New York City and currently lives with his family in a ghost town somewhere in Colorado. This is his seventh book. His mountain gothic novel, Corrosion, was called “startlingly original and unsettling” by Tom Piccirilli, a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award. It was translated into German and French, where it was nominated for the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, the biggest award in France for Crime Fiction and detective novels. His surrealistic follow-up, Factory Town, was called “A hallucinatory descent into an urban hell” by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Ramsey Campbell, while his novel, The Incurables, was called by “mesmerizing” by Edgar Award-winning author, Ken Bruen. Additionally, there has been quite a bit of film interest for his books. The Disassembled Man and Corrosion have both been optioned for films. The Disassembled Man is being directed by Ivan Kavanaugh (Never Grow Old) and is starring Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild). Corrosion is being directed by Victor Garcia (The Damned) and is starring Nick Stahl (Terminator 3, Into the Bedroom, Bully).