“I don’t mind nightmares. Nightmares are research.” –Nicole Cushing Earlier this year Nicole Cushing turned heads at the Bram Stoker Awards with Mr. Suicide, a novel about a teenager’s descent into madness and degeneracy. Praised by the likes of Jack Ketchum, Poppy Z. Brite and Thomas Ligotti, Cushing’s work is notable for how it leans toward the extreme side of horror, yet never descends into the realm of blatant gore or cheap thrills. No, Cushing’s terror is fueled by ideas . Enter The Sadist’s Bible, the novella that was deemed “too extreme” for corporate publishers. A tale of decadence, death, and divine suicide, The Sadist’sRead More →

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 divulgeRead More →

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 withRead More →

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 wiredRead More →