About Litgressive

This site is intended to serve as an online business card. You like my work? You want to know more? Here’s my bio, my contact info., my social media links, etc.

I blog fairly regularly over at Patreon. If you’re interested in regular updates about my works-in-progress, my advice for newer writers, and my thoughts on this shit show we call the 21st century, pitch a buck into the hat and you’ll get ’em.

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: https://www.facebook.com/donate/850147755795062/850204792456025/ .)

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



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).

Interviewed by THIS IS HORROR


Here’s the link: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-309-nicole-cushing-on-a-sick-gray-laugh-the-half-freaks-and-witold-gombrowicz/



Cushing’s Bookshelf, Episode 30: THE WEIRD

Horror Anthology Month continues on Cushing’s Bookshelf with a look at Ann & Jeff VanderMeer’s colossal, 1100 page book, The Weird.

I talk about a couple of my favorite stories.


Cushing’s Bookshelf Episodes 27, 28, and 29

Once again, I’ve forgotten to post the new episodes of Cushing’s Bookshelf onto the website. So, here are the last three!



New $1 Budget Backing Option on Patreon

Cushing no 2 September 5 2019Here’s something new, for those folks who want writing instruction but find themselves on a tight budget.

Now on my Patreon, if you toss just a dollar ($1) into the hat each month, you get access to a Daily Writing Tip. (A short, 500-ish word post about the craft of writing, the publishing business, etc.) A new post is up each weekday.

If you’re a newer writer and you’re looking for an inexpensive way of learning how all this works (or even if you’re an experienced writer just interested in my unique take on things), you might find it helpful. Click the linky-link for more info .