Author Archives: nicolecushing

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).

New Novella Available: THE HALF-FREAKS



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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





Interviewed by THIS IS HORROR


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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 .

Cushing’s Bookshelf, Episodes 24, 25, and 26

I only recently realized that I hadn’t posted the most recent episodes of Cushing’s Bookshelf up on the site. So, to remedy that, here they are. Now, you’re up to date!




I even took a screenshot to prove it! (But here’s the link to the full review, for those interested.)

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Technically speaking, the book is a novella (a fact the reviewer clarifies a bit later). But still,  I’m grateful for the sentiment in that quote!

This next screenshot displays my favorite part of the review, though. The part that had me cackling with joy and clapping my hands and feeling proud to be a small press author.


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The limited hardcover edition of The Half-Freaks is sold out, but you can pre-order copies of the paperback or ebook editions directly through the aforementioned “press owned by a former ventriloquist”, Grimscribe Press!


Packed House at Carmichael’s Bookstore (Louisville)


Cushing Sept 5 2019

We had a great turnout, sold a number of books, and reinforced the message that folks need to shop local. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Thanks to Carmichael’s for hosting the event, and thanks to all the folks who attended. If you missed it, please note that Carmichael’s now has a number of signed copies in stock. You can order one online and they’ll gladly ship it to you.