My Necronomicon Providence Schedule

It’s been over three years since I’ve been to a convention! So, I’m certainly looking forward to attending the upcoming Necronomicon Providence (August 18-21). I’ll be moderating two panels on international weird fiction, and also doing a reading. Here are the details, in chronological order.

Friday 9:30-10:45 a.m.

AUTHOR READINGS – Narragansett Bay Room, Graduate Hotel, 17th floor
F. Brett Cox, Nicole Cushing, Jon Padgett, Laura Tempest Zakroff

Friday 11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Central and Eastern European Weird Fiction – Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel, 2nd floor
The nations of Central and Eastern Europe draw on related but different cultural traditions, and the period of the Cold War created a unique set of barriers to cultural exchange for decades. Panelists discuss the weird fiction of these nations, including work available in English translation and not.

Panelists: Michał Choiński, Michael Cisco, Nicole Cushing (M), Elena Tchougounova-Paulson

Friday – 7-9 p.m.

GUEST RECEPTION – Outdoor Terrace, Graduate Hotel, 3rd Floor
A private reception for Guests-of-Honor, Guests, and Golden Key holders – hors d’oeuvres provided, cash bar available. The reception will feature the presentation of the Robert Bloch and the new Joe Pulver (The Beastie!) Awards.

Saturday – 3:30-4:45pm

A World of Pain: Pessimistic Weird Fiction from Asia, Continental Europe, and the Middle East – Capital Ballroom, Graduate Hotel, 2nd floor
A discussion of the works of stellar (but under-recognized) writers such as Sadegh Hedayat, Witold Gombrowicz, Bruno Schulz, Mário de Sá-Carneiro, Sakutarō Hagiwara, Leonid Andreyev and others. Panelists discuss their work, their influence on English-language writers, and the publishers (often, small presses and university presses) who have done a good job of getting English translations of their work into print.
Panelists: Michał Choiński, Michael Cisco, Nicole Cushing (M), Elena Tchougounova-Paulson

Brian Evenson Praises My Forthcoming Novel MOTHWOMAN

“A dizzying story about one individual’s confrontation with the transient nature of reality, and what this encounter strips away within her. A sharp, quirky adventure that overlaps alien abduction, horror, conspiracy, cryptids and existential dread in a way that only Nicole Cushing could manage to pull off.”

I’m have great respect and admiration for Evenson’s work, so obviously this praise thrills me. Can’t wait to share the book with y’all!

Coming in October: MOTHWOMAN

Word Horde

I’ve inked another deal with Word Horde!

Mothwoman is a novel about family, grief, aliens, mental illness, trauma, sexism, the Mothman legend, Covid, and the encroachment of unreality into American political life.

This one, I think, combines the style and playful dark satire of A Sick Gray Laugh with the grimness and relatively quick pace of Mr. Suicide. I can’t wait to share this with y’all!

Advance Praise for Mothwoman

“A dizzying story about one individual’s confrontation with the transient nature of reality, and what this encounter strips away within her. A sharp, quirky adventure that overlaps alien abduction, horror, conspiracy, cryptids and existential dread in a way that only Nicole Cushing could manage to pull off.” — Brian Evenson

Please consider sharing this post far and wide. I’m the small press underdog here. Word of mouth is the best way to create some excitement. Are you a reviewer Interested in an ARC? Send me an email (nicolecushingwriter-at-gmail-dot-com) and I’ll add you to the list to receive one when it becomes available. Are you a podcaster? Feel free to message me about appearing on your show.

So excited!

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Phase 2 of Charity Fundraiser, Chapbook Release in Full Swing

Last week, we raised $750 for the American Cancer Society and distributed twenty-four chapbooks.

This week, I’m hoping to raise at least $250 for the American Diabetes Association, and distribute several more chapbooks. (Thus raising $1,000 for charity between the two fundraisers.) “Phase 2” started today. Here’s a link to the fundraiser.

As I write this, we’ve raised $96 dollars for the American Diabetes Association and  prepared five chapbooks for mailing. So, we still need to raise $154 to make our goal. We have until midnight tomorrow to do so.

Keep in mind that you can give as little as five bucks. 

If you donate (in any amount), I’ll send you a copy of The Pessimist. (A limited edition chapbook featuring a story by my dear, departed friend Sara J. Larson, a reprinted poem from Thomas Ligotti, and an essay from Nick Mamatas.)

Only fifty copies are being made available to the public. As I write this, twenty-nine of them are gone. Only twenty-one remain. Got get yourself one!


In 2012, horror author Sara J. Larson died of inflammatory breast cancer. She was a dear friend of mine. Today, I posthumously published Sara’s last story, “Freedom”, as part of a limited edition ten-page chapbook titled The Pessimist. Other contributors include Thomas Ligotti and Nick Mamatas. (The Ligotti piece is a reprinting of his poem “Welcome to the Unholy City”. The Mamatas piece is an essay. )

How do you get a hold of a copy? 

Today I’m hosting a fundraiser on Facebook for the American Cancer Society. (Here’s the link: .)

Tomorrow (Saturday October 17th) I’ll be hosting a fundraiser on Facebook for the American Diabetes Association.

The first fifty people who donate to these fundraisers will be mailed a copy of the chapbook. (As I write this, fourteen have already been mailed out to donors, so now only thirty-six are available.)

There will be no charge for postage. I’m picking up that cost. Simply be one of the first fifty to donate to these fundraisers, and you’ll get a copy. There’s no minimum donation required to get the chapbook, but I hope everyone considers giving as much as they can.

New Novella Available: THE HALF-FREAKS



Grab a copy from…

About the book…

Harry Meyers is ill-equipped to handle funeral planning of any sort. If he had a goldfish and that goldfish died, he would probably find a way to bungle the flushing. But when Harry’s mother passes away without having made any arrangements, and he’s the only surviving next of kin, Harry is called on to navigate a grimly hilarious, half-real world of morgues, morticians, fetishes, and cosmic disaster. Transgressive and bleakly funny, terrifying but surprisingly humane, The Half-Freaks showcases Nicole Cushing’s ever-evolving take on the Weird.

Praise for The Half-Freaks

“….a treat for those who love their horror on the strange side.” — Nick Cato, The Horror Fiction Review

“Overall, THE HALF-FREAKS is guaranteed to be like nothing you’ve ever read before. Take that as a dare, if you will. I did! Highly recommended!” —  Char’s Horror Corner

“An author can be transgressive and terrifying, yet sincere and humane at the same time. This novel proves it.” — Mike Denham, Signal Horizon

“The Half-Freaks is definitely a flagpole in the tent of the strange. It shines as a beacon to those of us that dig the weird and also as an open door for someone that might be new to this type of horror. Cushing’s ability to make us believe Harry is alive is a masterclass on building characters.” — Matt Brandenburg, High Fever Books





New Novel Now Available: A SICK GRAY LAUGH




Grab a copy from:

Carmichael’s Bookstore (signed paperbacks available for online orders)

Amazon (both and paperbacks available online)

Your local independent bookstore (paperbacks for order online).

Directly from the publisher, Word Horde (both ebook and paperback with signed bookplate available for online order).





About the novel…

Award-winning author Noelle Cashman is no stranger to depression and anxiety. In fact, her entire authorial brand, showcased in such titles as The Girl with the Gun in Her MouthLeather Noose, and The Breath Curse, has been built on the hopeless phantasmagoric visions she experiences when in the grip of paranoid psychosis. But Noelle has had enough, and, author brand be damned, has found help for her illness in the form of an oblong yellow pill, taken twice daily.

Since starting on this medication, Noelle’s symptoms have gone into remission. She’s taken up jogging. She’s joined a softball team. For the first time in Noelle’s life, she feels hope. She’s even started work on a nonfiction book, a history of her small southern Indiana town.

But then Noelle starts to notice the overwhelming Grayness that dominates her neighborhood, slathered over everything like a thick coat of snot, threatening to assimilate all.

From Bram Stoker Award-winning author Nicole Cushing comes A Sick Gray Laugh, a novel about madness, depression, history, Utopian cults, literature, sports, and all the ways we struggle to stay sane in an insane world.

Praise for A Sick Gray Laugh

“A wholly erratic and unstable narrator drives this kooky, outlandish tale…Cushing (The Sadist’s Bible) keeps it lively with clever parody…”  — Publishers Weekly

“Cushing (or is it Cashman?) pulls us along like students in a bizarre Sunday school class, forced to listen and face the darkness while making us laugh uncomfortably while we do so…Don’t miss this.”  — Nick Cato, The Horror Fiction Review

“…it is my opinion that A Sick Gray Laugh is Cushing’s masterpiece. This will be the book people talk about when they talk about her moving forward. This book showed me a whole new side of Cushing and I want more…As of now, this is the best horror novel I’ve read all year, and I strongly suggest you check this out as soon as you can.” — Signal Horizon (review by Scott Kemper)

“Noelle Cashman—I mean Nicole Cushing—has delivered a shocking and satirical survey of the failed American experiment and its many horrifying discontents. A Sick Gray Laugh‘s warts-and-all metanarrative is reminiscent of such recent genre touchstones as Caitlin R. Kiernan’s The Red Tree and Gemma Files’s Experimental Film, but told in a brutal and uncompromising style that is all Cushing’s own.” — Robert Levy, author of The Glittering World




“With this new take on legendary cryptid Mothman, Cushing (A Sick Gray Laugh) dives head-first into the surreal horror and humor lurking just below the surface of 2020 America…[F]ans of weird horror and surreal psychological fiction will find plenty to enjoy.”

You can read the entire review here.

Cemetery Dance to Publish THE PLASTIC PRIEST

Cemetery Dance Publications was my gateway (as a reader) into the small press scene when I discovered their magazine on a bookshop rack ’round about twenty years ago. I’m delighted to be working with them on a trade paperback and ebook novella, The Plastic Priest (to be released in December of 2023). I’m very grateful to Kevin Lucia for making room in his stable for a Weirdo! Huzzah!

Cushing’s Bookshelf, Episode 32: Scratch Your Gombrow-icz

Cushing’s Bookshelf returns with a look at Cosmos by Witold Gombrowicz.

Cushing’s Bookshelf, Episode 31: Goethe’s FAUST (Part 1)

Cushing’s Bookshelf returns with a look at Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust (Part 1).