Author Archives: nicolecushing
Cushing’s Bookshelf returns with a look at Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust (Part 1).
Grab a copy from…
- Carmichael’s Bookstore — Signed paperbacks available for order online
- Directly from the publisher, Grimscribe Press — ebooks and paperbacks with free shipping anywhere in the world!
- Amazon — ebooks and paperbacks
- Your local independent bookstore.
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
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.
Once again, I’ve forgotten to post the new episodes of Cushing’s Bookshelf onto the website. So, here are the last three!
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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.)
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.
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!
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.
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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 Mouth, Leather 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