MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape Interview with Nicole Cushing

DJ from “MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape” sat down with Nicole Cushing to discuss “The Sadist’s Bible”, living in the mid west, Shirley Jackson, and the popularity of novellas.

Here is a sample:

DJ: What is the world of The Sadist’s Bible like?

NC: Most of the book takes place in our own world. (Specifically, in southern Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia.) In other words, the Bible Belt. The culture of the Bible Belt plays a large role in the story. It shapes the social mores that Ellie, in particular, is trying to escape from.

But part of the story takes place in a mystical realm. (To avoid spoilers, I won’t divulge much about that place.)

DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?

NC: Every reader interprets the book in a slightly different way. But from what I’ve seen so far on Goodreads, readers are talking a lot about how damned disturbing it is. (If you’re looking for pulpy action-adventure monster killing, look elsewhere.) They also seem to be talking about the depth afforded to the characters, which pleases me a great deal.

Read the full interview at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape.wordpress.com and while you’re there, check out the free give-a-way Nicole is doing with DJ for a copy of The Sadist’s Bible.

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“THE DAY I SAW HELL” Nicole Cushing Discusses Her Writing with the Ginger Nuts

Recently, horror writer and Stoker winner Nicole Cushing wrote an editorial for the Ginger Nuts of Horror about nightmares, dissociation, experiencing death at an early age, and how that has affected her writing, especially for penning her latest novella, The Sadist’s Bible. Here is a sample:

I don’t mind such nightmares. Nightmares are research. Now, to be clear, nightmares lack the narrative structure of a story and they typically lack well-developed characters, too. So there’s still a lot of work to do after I wake from them. (It isn’t just a matter of getting zapped with the right nightmare and writing it all down. As with the halluci-daydreams, I have to work hard to build a story around the visceral images.)
You may be wondering why I’m telling you something this personal…

…The Sadist’s Bible isn’t just about disturbing imagery. My intent is for the imagery to simply serve as seasoning. Characterization is the meat. Plot is the bone. This is a story about two women, their lust for one another, and their suicidal urges. It’s about God, suffering, and the animalistic aspects of sex and spirituality.

You can read the full editorial by Nicole Cushing at GingerNutsofHorror.com

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Fanbase Press Interview with Patrick McEvoy

Recently Fanbase Press Editor in Chief, Barbra Dillon conducted an interview Patrick McEvoy on Casefile: ARKHAM. Here is an excerpt from the interview.

BD: What initially intrigued you about working on the graphic novel, and have you likewise been a longtime fan of Lovecraft’s work? 

PM: I read a collection of Lovecraft short stories when I was about 13, and I’ve been interested in his work ever since. On the surface, I love that overly ornate wordsmithing (like Ambrose Beirce.  Or Lord Dunsany, whom I’d read even earlier), but the deeper themes of hopeless cosmic terror and the incompatibility of the human mind with inter-dimensional creatures – that all really stuck with me.

And another great love of mine is film noir, and the broader world of detective fiction in the pulp era, especially Hammett and Chandler. So, when the opportunity came to put these two genres together, I already had an idea of how well they could fit, and it was a dream project. A terrifying and bleak fever-dream, but a dream nonetheless.

BD: Did you have an idea in mind for the art style when you first read the script, or did the artwork develop as you worked on the project? 

PM: We worked on the project together from its inception, so I had been doing sketches and character designs long before the script came in. So, I’d already decided that I wanted a lush, brushy, black-and-white look, with figures reminiscent of Alex Raymond or Al Williamson. Since I’d never done a black-and-white project of this scale, I thought that would also give me a chance to master that style at the same time.

samplepg3 I was also working on a theory I had that creepy horror art (at least, what creeped ME out) has a lot of texturing detail. Some artists like to do horror with a lot of black – the mystery of the unknown – but I find that it’s the squiggly details on the edge of the blackness that really creep me out. Also, the sense of unease you get from German Expressionist films where angles and shadows are never quite right – perspective is “off” somehow. That’s another component I wanted to explore.

So, by the time the actual script started to come in, with the wonderful opening sequence of the couple being chased through the alleys, I pretty much knew in theory where I was going, and it worked out better than I could have thought which, for an artist, is a rare thing.

It still took me about 20 pages to really get the hang of the style with regards to the characters, and you can see it progressing as I go. It was very satisfying to see the improvement in both quality and speed as I went.

You can read the rest of the interview at FanbasePress.com

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LitReactor Interview with Nicole Cushing

Christopher Shultz of LitReactor.com recently conducted a wonderful interview with Nicole Cushing, author of The Sadist Bible and Stoker Nominee for her novel, Mr. Suicide. Here is a sample of her interview.

Without giving too much away, the final scenes in The Sadist’s Bible reminded me of a way more fucked up version of Midian, the monster realm in Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. Was Barker an influence on your work at all, either with The Sadist’s Bible or otherwise?

My work has often been likened to Barker’s, but I don’t think that’s a result of his direct influence on me so much as the coincidence that our brains are probably wired in a similar fashion.

Ever since I was six years old, I’ve experienced strange, half-hallucinatory daydreams and vivid, immersive nightmares. Many (if not most) of these have been surreal and related to metaphysical subjects. When I write, I often draw on these visions (for lack of a better word). Hence my similarity to Barker.

I still have these experiences from time to time.The final scenes of The Sadist’s Bible were inspired by a daydream that suddenly came to me while I sat on a rooftop in New Orleans a few years ago. (I should probably add, for the benefit of your readers, that no alcohol or drugs have ever been involved in these visions.They just arise spontaneously, maybe two or three times a year, during periods of rest.) Over the course of the revision process I added additional material beyond that initial vision in New Orleans. But the vision kicked things off.

I don’t believe any of these visions are legitimate encounters with the supernatural. They’re just extremely vivid journeys into the imagination, sprouting from the fertilizer of a hyper-religious upbringing. I even hesitate to call them “visions”, because that makes me sound like I’m completely out of touch with reality. But that’s the best word I can think of to describe them. (Especially the ones that happen when I’m awake.)

Now, having said all that, I have enjoyed Barker’s stuff. I’m particularly fond of the original Hellraiser film, the novella The Hellbound Heart, his short story “The Forbidden”, and his play The History of the Devil. But I’ve never read any of his full-length novels. I hope to remedy that in the near future.

The way that Barker has influenced me the most, actually, is in how he carries himself as an author and artist. He’s comes across as a fascinating man. I love going onto YouTube and watching interviews he’s given over the years. He strikes me as someone with one foot on Earth and another planted firmly in the Realm of Dreams. That’s how I see him. I’ve never really considered it before, but I guess I’m a little like that, too. Neither Barker nor I would make very good middle managers.

Read the rest of this awesome interview with Nicole at LitReactor.com

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PRESS RELEASE: The Sadist Bible Now Available!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!

01Publishing is proud to announce the release of“The Sadist’s Bible” by Shirley Jackson Award finalist and Stoker Nominee Nicole Cushing. Described as “Audacious, original and gleefully offensive,” by author Jack Ketchum, Cushing has been turning heads with a narrative style that is equal parts beauty and brutality. With her latest novella, “The Sadist’s Bible” she plans to take readers even further to the edge with a tale of decadence, death, and divine suicide.

“The Sadist’s Bible” is now available for Kindle and other eReaders. Read the preview HERE

The confidence and expertise so blatantly evident in Nicole Cushing’s writing is astonishing.– Thomas Ligotti.

This contemporary novella applies a very ancient archetypal element to modern themes and characters to interesting effect.  - Jaffa Kintigh / Jaffalogue

ABOUT NICOLE CUSHING
Shirley Jackson Award finalist Nicole Cushing is the author of the novel Mr. Suicide, the short story collection The Mirrors, and multiple stand-alone novellas. Various reviewers have described her work as “brutal”, “cerebral”, “taboo”, “mind-bending” and “outré”. She has garnered praise from such diverse sources as Thomas Ligotti, Famous Monsters of Filmland, John Skipp, S.T. Joshi, Jack Ketchum, Poppy Z. Brite, Ray Garton, and Ain’t It Cool News. A native of Maryland, she now lives with her husband in Indiana.

ABOUT 01PUBLISHING
01 Publishing™ is a global imprint dedicated to the best in speculative fiction. 01 produces fiction across a wide variety of formats: physical books, e-books, audio books, and even full-cast audio dramas. Their mission is to produce wholly original titles intended for an intelligent fan-base who expects more from their entertainment and offers readers a clean break from a literary world that has become bloated with TV spin-offs, video game franchises, and movie pitches masquerading as novels. 01Publishing is all about telling good stories where the READERS come first.

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It Begins…

Starting next week, 01Publishing will be on it’s 2016 convention tour.

First Stop: Silicon Valley Comic Con – March 18-20th. Find us at AA4K. Josh Finney and Patrick McEvoy of Casefile: ARKHAM and World War Kaiju will be there signing.

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Casefile: ARKHAM Released!

Today is the long awaited day as Casefile: ARKHAM is now available wherever fine paperbacks are sold! This also kicks off a week long signing tour for Co-Creator Josh Finney. Catch him at the Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach Wednessday Feb. 17th from 5-9pm. Then at Southern California Comics on Saturday Feb. 20th from 11-3pm.

And if you are in the Northern California area at the begining of March, catch artist and Co-creator Patrick McEvoy at the Silver Scream fest on March 6th.

And don’t forget that you can catch both Josh and Patrick at Silicon Valley Comic Con March 18-20th in San Jose, CA  Table AA4 K

Stay tuned for more convention and signing information.

 

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Launch Party for ARKHAM was a success!!

Huge thank you to Mysterious Galaxy for hosting this wonderful event. And especially thank you to everybody who came to celebrate with us! Josh Finney spent a great amount of time discussing dreams, Carl Jung and the philosophies of what scares us with fans. It was a blast!

Thank you all for making this day possible.

photo by Rob Crowther

 

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2016 Spring Catalog now Available

Our 2016 Spring Catalog is now available to download.

 

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Casefile: ARKHAM Launch Party

Join us in celebrating the release of Casefile: ARKHAM. The highly anticipated graphic novel that combines both Lovecraft and Chandler in a truly horrifying noir tale of art and murder. Writer and co-creator Josh Finney will be signing as well as talking and answering questions. And what kind of a party would it be without snacks and treats.

Saturday February 6th 2-5pm
Mysterious Galaxy
5943 Balboa Ave, Ste 100
San Diego, California 92111
858.268.4747

 

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