I know, I know…it makes no sense to post this in the midst of the Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. Everyone will be too busy to even take note of it. But, I’ll do it anyway. Here goes…
Just a heads-up to members of The Nicole Cushing Postcard Club that your May postcards are in the mail. This month’s writer in the Obscurity Showcase hails from South America. He writes some awkward, odd (indeed, ugly) stuff — that’s for sure. But I think it’s worth checking out at least one of his tales.
Looking forward to hearing what y’all think of this fella.
As an aside, I should mention that this is the first month I’ve actually labeled the postcards “Nicole Cushing Postcard Club nicolecushing.com”. (I just thought that would provide some context for all this, in case the post office starts to have a WTF moment. Of course, it’s probably not going to help their WTF moment much. But maybe it will help a little.)
Oh, and here’s a little news about the Club. We now have 16 members (representing three countries). Roughly two-thirds are dudes. I’m not sure if that reflects my readership as a whole or not, but I find it interesting.
Each month, the club is growing. I’m glad about this. I just really dig the idea of communicating to my friends and readers via snail mail. There’s something refreshingly low-tech and earnest about it. And I also dig the idea of creating a showcase for highly obscure authors from days gone by, authors who — in some cases — are all-but-forgotten. So each month, in the postcard club, I share a little about an obscure, deceased author and their work.These authors must have put so much effort into their fiction, and it seems like a waste to just let them be forgotten.
I make sure they’re remembered — and that’s the best thing that can happen to any writer (in my opinion). Even if it’s just a little over a dozen people remembering them, they’re being remembered.
Anyway, this is the best way for me to communicate with readers and friends on an ongoing basis. It’s just a little strange and old school — just like me.
Oh, and in case you missed it, check out the interview postcard club member Jim Leach did with me at the World Horror Con in Atlanta. We talk a bit about the club in the midst of other banter, and it’s a nifty part of the interview.
At the World Horror Convention, I ran into Jim Leach (a reader of mine, yes, but also the man behind the website The Daily Nightmare). Jim asked if I had time for an interview and I was happy to oblige. The result is an in-depth (almost hour-long) conversation in which we discussed the Midwest, the career dynamics of working in the small press, the Nicole Cushing Postcard Club, and my forthcoming books The Mirrors and Mr. Suicide. Clicky-click on the linky-link to listen!
I’m very pleased to announce that the forthcoming volume in S.T. Joshi’s Lovecraftian BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS V) will include my short story “Diary of a Sane Man”. (This tale is superficially influenced by Gogol’s “Diary of a Madman”, but also has a heapin’ helpin’ of misanthropy in the mix.)
There are so many aspects of this project that I’m excited about. I’ve been wanting to work with S.T. for a long time, so it feels satisfying to be included in this book. Also, if I’m not mistaken, this is the first time I’ve ever been listed in a table of contents alongside Caitlín R. Kiernan (whose work I’ve admired since the ’90s). And, of course, there are many other folks in the t.o.c. who are well-appreciated in the cosmic horror community, too.
Here’s the full line up:
- Plenty of Irem Jonathan Thomas
- Diary of a Sane Man Nicole Cushing
- The Woman in the Attic Robert H. Waugh
- Far from Any Shore Caitlín R. Kiernan
- In Blackness Etched, My Name W. H. Pugmire
- Snakeladder Cody Goodfellow
- The Walker in the Night Jason C. Eckhardt
- In Bloom Lynne Jamneck
- The Black Abbess John Reppion
- The Quest Mollie L. Burleson
- A Question of Blood David Hambling
- Red Walls Mark Howard Jones
- The Organ of Chaos Donald Tyson
- Seed of the Gods Donald R. Burleson
- Fire Breeders Sunni K Brock
- Casting Fractals Sam Gafford
- The Red Witch of Chorazin Darrell Schweitzer
- The Oldies Nancy Kilpatrick
- Voodoo Stephen Woodworth
- Lore Wade German
I’m not yet certain when this one will be published. I’ll post an announcement here, though, when I find out.
Here is the cover for my first full-length short story collection, The Mirrors (Cycatrix Press). This one includes a foreword by S.T. Joshi and detailed story notes in the back (discussing the origins of the tales).
The ever-reliable Zach McCain did another fine job on this cover design. I can’t say enough good things about how he’s able to translate abstract ideas into striking visuals.
Rumor has it a small number of these may be available next week at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta.
“Nicole Cushing uses her sharp and confident prose like a surgical instrument to dissect both her characters and our emotions. MR. SUICIDE is horrifying and harrowing, but just as much for the emotional devastation it causes in the reader as for the violence and depravity — as well as the twisted humor — it portrays. This is horror fiction that leaves marks.” —Ray Garton
To preorder a signed copy of Mr. Suicide directly from the good ship Word Horde, click here.
I’m in the midst of a substantial amount of work, these days. So I must keep this brief.
April’s mailing to members of the Nicole Cushing Postcard Club went out today.
As always, I use the postcards to help get the word out about an under-appreciated writer from days gone by (I’ve started calling this part of the postcard “The Obscurity Showcase”). This month, an early twentieth century Eastern European author takes his turn in the Showcase. I call him “The Dirty Kafka” (as in, reminiscent of Kafka, but transgressive) . Who is he? If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen me mention his name and work. In any case, I do hope you’ll find the postcard informative.
Hell, not just informative. Also entertaining. As always, each postcard also features a custom, signed self-portrait doodle of yours truly. This month, I seemed to focus on pictures of myself with different hairstyles (even though I’m not really into the whole “let’s try a gazillion hairstyles” thing). Also, some of the doodles depict me at the moment of severe head trauma. Make of that what you will.
As of today, the Postcard Club is comprised of fourteen members in three countries (yes, I send postcards overseas…the postage isn’t that much higher than sending a postcard to a destination in the U.S.) Interested in joining the club? Just email me at nicolecushingwriter (at) gmail (dot) com (or send me a message on Facebook).
Okay troops, now back to the rest of my to-do list.
This is an extremely busy time for me. (Possibly the busiest yet in my writing career). I’m in the process of working with Ross Lockhart on the final round of corrections for my debut novel, Mr. Suicide. I’m also working with Jason Brock on the production of my short story collection, The Mirrors. And, hell, I’m also wanting to finish work on my next novel (tentatively titled Knife & Wound).
This weekend, Jason showed me a rough version of Zach McCain’s cover for The Mirrors and I’m thrilled with it. Zach knows how to translate the emotional core of my work into a strong cover image. I can’t wait to share the cover with you.
But, alas, I don’t yet have the go-ahead to share it with you.
But I want to share something with you.
So I’ll share this: the table of contents for The Mirrors!
Foreword by S.T. Joshi
Preface by Nicole Cushing
The Truth, as Told by a Bottle of Liquid Morphine
The Cat in the Cage
The Orchard of Hanging Trees
A Catechism for Aspiring Amnesiacs
The Company Town
The Choir of Beasts **
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Piggy Class
The Last Kid Scared by Lugosi*
I Am Moonflower
The Suffering Clown
Eulogy to be Given by Whoever’s Still Sober
Youth to be Proud Of
The Peculiar Salesgirl
* This is a new story, not previously published.
**Note: to be clear, this collection will only publish the one short story titled “The Choir of Beasts”, not all three stories from the chapbook titled The Choir of Beasts. See this blog post for more information.
Oh, and I should point out that I wrote about two thousand words of story notes for this collection. I’m not sure if Jason is going to position them at the end of each tale or in one location at the end of the book. But I talk a little about the origin of each story.
I don’t want to make any promises (because delays do happen in book production, obviously), but this one may be available for purchase at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta.
“This tale of a damaged and murderous child is the most original horror novel I’ve read in years. Cushing’s prose is rapid-fire, grisly, and passionate.”
–Poppy Z. Brite, author of Exquisite Corpse and Lost Souls
So pleased Billy Martin dug the book!
Now would, I suppose, be an opportune time to mention that Word Horde is running a special deal on this one. If you preorder directly from them now, you get both the trade paperback and the ebook (in your choice of format) for $14.99. They call it the “Mr. Suicide Bundle”. Click here for more info.
Just a quick note to members of the Nicole Cushing Postcard Club: your March postcards have been mailed!
A few highlights
The author in this month’s Obscurity Showcase is mighty damned obscure, indeed (and has a fun name). I won’t spoil the surprise by naming the individual, but I look forward to hearing what you think. I also share a little bit about what I’m up to in my writing life. I had to cram that part in at the bottom of the postcards, but it’s there. Oh, and I hope all of you enjoy the various custom self-portrait doodles I created for you. Some are, admittedly, far better than others. But this month, they seemed to share a common thread. They all gravitated toward the monstrous.
And for those of you who aren‘t yet members of the postcard club here’s the linky-link for more information. Note: international members welcome. Everyone‘s welcome. To join, just email me at nicolecushingwriter (at) gmail (dot) com or send me a message on Facebook or Twitter.
Okay, I’ve been keeping this little secret for a almost five months now.
In October, I spent nearly an hour interviewing actor Doug Bradley (perhaps best-known for his role as the lead cenobite, aka “Pinhead”, in the Hellraiser films). This was a face-to-face interview, conducted when he appeared in Louisville for the Fright Night Horror Weekend. I did a significant amount of research to prepare for this interview, and we ended up talking about everything.
A long excerpt (nearly two thousand words) has been posted on the website for Nameless Digest. In this excerpt, Bradley shares one or two small (but intriguing) bits of information about the new Clive Barker novel The Scarlet Gospels and his thoughts on the future of the Hellraiser franchise. He also talks about his early days working with Barker in the UK avant-garde theater scene. Many thanks to Fright Night Horror Weekend organizer Ken Daniels for making this interview possible.
The full interview runs about six thousand words and is slotted to appear in issue #5 of Nameless (forthcoming later this year). But, in the meantime, I’m really proud of the excerpt. Check it out, eh?