MR. SUICIDE and THE MIRRORS Make the Bram Stoker Award® Preliminary Ballot
As you may have already seen, two of my books landed on the preliminary ballot for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Awards®. Mr. Suicide advanced to the prelim ballot in the first novel category and The Mirrors advanced to the prelim ballot for short story collections. While these aren’t (yet?) nominations, they do put the books on a possible path to nomination, and I’m pleased. Congratulations to all the writers and editors who have also earned places on the prelim ballots!
Today I want to talk a little about Mr. Suicide, specifically. Word Horde has set up a page on their website for voting HWA members to download a free digital copy. Simply click on this link, then select which type of ebook file you’d prefer (.pdf, .Mobi/Kindle, or ePUB).
You’ll need a password to download the file. That password is: hwamember2016. Voting goes from February 1-15, so I’m glad this is already up and running for those interested. For those HWA members needing copies of The Mirrors, watch this space in the next day or so for news on that front.
Praise for Mr. Suicide
“…a work of brutal and extreme horror…disturbingly graphic content…” — Publishers Weekly
“Novels don’t come much more transgressive than this one, folks. Got a taboo? Watch Nicole Cushing grin while she dances all over it. In other hands that might be reason enough for the witty Mr. Suicide to exist. But this is more and better than that–a truly nightmare world, richly imagined, told to us in a canny, subversive second-person voice that makes you, the reader, the hero of this tale, like it or not. That it also manages to be ultimately life-affirming is yet another wonder.” —Jack Ketchum, award-winning author of Off Season and The Girl Next Door
“After finishing Mr. Suicide, it’s difficult to believe this is her first published novel…I can’t recommend this book enough. One of the best I’ve read this year.” — Cemetery Dance (review by Frank Michaels Errington)
“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
“Mr. Suicide by Nicole Cushing is one of the best debut novels in years, and I don’t say that lightly. This is an absolutely brutal, horrifying read that doesn’t rely on splatter to disturb. Cushing’s tale manages to get under your skin and into your head and refuses to let go. Seriously…this one messed my head up for days.” — Nick Cato, The Horror Fiction Review
“This is horror fiction that leaves marks.” — Ray Garton, author of Live Girls and Sex and Violence in Hollywood
“Cushing doesn’t give us an all-out splatterfest, aiming more for a narrative that unsettles its readers psychologically, disarming them from time to time with bursts of graphic violence. She handles this more cerebral approach deftly; and yet, her pages still seem to bleed, or at least to writhe with rotten blood itching to get loose.” — LitReactor