Well, this is pretty damned delightful: The Sadist’s Bible has made it onto the short list for the Shirley Jackson Award in the novella category. I take great pride in this news, as I’m pretty sure T.S.B. has to be the most transgressive book to ever garner a SJA nomination.
No small feat, eh?
At the same time, I think the nomination makes a lot of sense. The protagonist of T.S.B., Ellie, was partially created as an homage to Eleanor from The Haunting of Hill House. I wanted her soul to writhe with anxiety in the same way Eleanor’s had. Hopefully, this nomination will help folks in the quiet horror, weird fiction, and dark fantasy scenes understand that transgressive works can aspire to genuine literary merit. The stigma against transgressive works (perpetuated simply because the works are explicit, without regard to the emotional and ontological context in which the explicit material is presented) grows tiresome after a while. My themes (trauma, mental illness, addiction, squalor, and related matters) don’t lend themselves to subtlety. These are all extreme states of being. To address them honestly, I have to write in a way that many may find jarring and unusual. So be it.
Congrats to all the other nominees, especially Joe Pulver and the great Brian Evenson.
The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday July 16 at ReaderCon in Quincy, Massachusetts. For more information about the Shirley Jackson Awards (and to see the entire short list), visit http://www.shirleyjacksonawards.org/nominees/ .
This marks the second award The Sadist’s Bible has been shortlisted for. (Earlier this year, the book was also nominated for the Bram Stoker Award® .)
The snazzy illustrated print edition of The Sadist’s Bible recently debuted at StokerCon. You can purchase signed copies for $7.99 at Louisville’s Carmichael’s Bookstore and San Diego’s Mysterious Galaxy.* Both stores have online purchase options where you can have the book shipped to you. You don’t have to be in Louisville or San Diego to patronize them.
Unsigned copies and ebooks are available at Amazon.com. ($7.99 for their unsigned copies, $1.99 for the ebook.)
*A note about Mysterious Galaxy: they have both signed and unsigned books in stock. I presume they would sell the signed books first, but you may want to check with them to confirm this.
In addition to the snazzy new illustrated print edition of The Sadist’s Bible, copies of Mr. Suicide and The Mirrors will also be available for sale.
Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego location) address: 5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100, San Diego, CA 92111
For more information, visit: http://www.mystgalaxy.com/
Note: I’ll also be attending StokerCon in Long Beach, CA this weekend. I’ll be doing a reading and signing there on Saturday afternoon, appearing on a couple of panels, and teaching a class on media skills for writers. For more information, visit www.stokercon2017.org
I just arrived home from my trip to Virginia (where I served as special guest at the 22nd Annual John Tyler Community College Literary Festival). Thanks to Professor Jeff Landon, Professor Ashanti Luke, and staff member Kathy Arterburn for their assistance during my visit.
I taught my workshop (“Understanding the Publishing Business”) at both the Chester and Midlothian campuses. I also held an evening reading and book signing event, and even got a chance to stop by Richmond’s delightful Poe Museum for the second time. (It’s a treasure trove of Poe artifacts and I’m sure I’ll be back again at some point in the future.)
If you run a literary festival, convention, conference, or similar event and would like to have me lead a workshop there, feel free to email me at nicolecushingwriter (at) gmail (dot) com. I really enjoy doing this sort of thing.
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be the special guest for the 22nd Annual John Tyler Community College Literary Festival.
In addition to teaching two workshops for students, I’ll be appearing at a reading and signing event at the Midlothian campus on Tuesday March 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
The Midlothian campus is located at 800 Charter Colony Parkway, Midlothian VA 23114. The reading and signing event will be held in Hamel Hall, room H109. If you’re in the area, please drop by. I’d love to meet you.
The Bram Stoker Award® nominations have been announced, and I’m pretty stoked to see The Sadist’s Bible has made the cut in the long fiction category.
- Josh Finney and Kat Rocha of 01 Publishing for working so hard to bring this book to fruition and make it the best it could be.
- our Kickstarter backers, who funded the snazzy illustrated print edition of the book. (Which should be available in late April.)
- all the readers, book bloggers, podcasters, magazine reviewers, and critics who have shared their love of this book with the horror community.
- the voting members of the Horror Writers Association, who found me worthy of this nomination.
Finally, I’d like to congratulate all the other nominees. The final ballot is an exciting one, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in a couple of months at StokerCon in Long Beach.
The snazzy illustrated print edition (priced at $7.99) can be preordered at Amazon.
As many of you may have already seen, my novella The Sadist’s Bible has landed on the preliminary ballot for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award®. (It’s listed in the long fiction category.)
My publisher (01 Publishing) has set up a special coupon code so that voting members of HWA can download a free digital copy to read for Stoker consideration.
I realize it’s been nearly two months since I’ve posted here. Chalk that up to a busier-than-usual holiday season and a need to focus on the new novel instead of blogging.
HOWEVER, I’m thrilled to be able to break my silence by pointing out that my novella The Sadist’s Bible made Nick Cato’s Top 10 of 2016 list over at The Horror Fiction Review, coming in at number four.
Here’s what Nick had to say:
After blowing my mind last year with her incredible novel MR. SUICIDE, Cushing’s follow up novella is every bit as disturbing, thought provoking, and eerie as you’d expect. Excellent.
I know many readers trust Nick’s judgement, so I’m delighted by this turn of events.
I’m equally delighted that another trusted review site, Char’s Horror Corner, included The Sadist’s Bible on a list of the top five novellas of 2016. (Char’s list isn’t ranked in any order.)
Here’s what she had to say:
This fearless novella brings the reader to places they may not want to have gone-but when they’re done they are left to marvel over the insanity of it. And I mean that in the best way possible.
We talk about issues of censorship and self-censorship in makeup FX, the influence of classic horror on The Walking Dead, and the proudest moments of his career (among other topics).
Who: Nicole Cushing
What: Reading, Q&A, and book signing event. (Copies of The Mirrors and Mr. Suicide will be available for purchase.)
When: Tonight! (Monday November 14th) 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: LFPL Main Library, 301 York St., Louisville, Kentucky 40203. The event will be held in a room in the South Building called 2 East (South Building, 2nd floor)
Why: 1. To re-connect with my Louisville readers and talk to aspiring writers about publishing! (Upbeat answer.) 2. The universe as a whole has no discernible purpose, so why should this reading in particular pretend to be any different? (Philosophical pessimist answer.)
Louisville’s alternative arts and culture newspaper LEO Weekly interviewed me in this week’s issue. We talk about the Bram Stoker Awards, next Monday’s reading at Louisville Free Public Library , and The Sadist’s Bible. Here’s a link to the online version. (If you’re in the area, pick up the print edition. The interview’s on page 23.)