The World’s Happiest Nihilist: Nicole Cushing (Feature Article in Black Static #49)
The new issue of the UK-based horror magazine Black Static includes a lengthy (nearly 6,600 word) feature on me titled “The World’s Happiest Nihilist: Nicole Cushing”. Peter Tennant wrote a comprehensive, story-by-story review of my new collection The Mirrors and an in-depth review of my recently-released novel Mr. Suicide. I was also interviewed for the feature.
I don’t want to steal the magazine’s thunder by quoting too liberally from the reviews. (The magazine was just mailed out to subscribers late last week. I’m not sure when it will be appearing at your local bookstore.) However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t share at least a quote or two to give you a sense of the verdict.
Peter Tennant’s Praise for The Mirrors
“…a strong collection of stories, one that celebrates and showcases a new voice in speculative fiction.”
Does that pique your curiosity? Check out more reviews at Goodreads. If you’re ready to buy, you can get The Mirrors at Amazon.com, at Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville (signed copy) or at Indy Reads Books in Indianapolis.
Peter Tennant’s Praise for Mr. Suicide
“Superficially this book reads like a conflation of the in your face horror of Jack Ketchum, who has contributed an inside cover blurb, and the intellectual rigour and sense of existential despair of Ligotti, whose own work foreshadows the Great Dark Mouth of Cushing’s fiction. Perhaps more appositely, it mirrors the work of the Marquis De Sade who explored the outer limits of the fiction of outrage, filling the pages of his books with extreme acts of sex and violence, but informed with a unique perspective and philosophy…In spite of all the sound and fury, the splatter effects and acts of outrage, in fact because of them, this is a serious work that addresses moral themes in an uncompromising and unflinching manner, a work of courage for the writer and reader both.”
Intrigued? Again, check out more reviews at Goodreads (or at LitReactor and Cemetery Dance). If you’re ready to buy, you can get Mr. Suicide at all major online retailers (including Amazon). You can also purchase it directly from the publisher (Word Horde). Wanna support an indie brick-and-mortar store? The book’s available at Carmichael’s Bookstore on Bardstown Road in Louisville (signed copies) or at Indy Reads Books in Indianapolis.