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Cushing’s Bookshelf, Ep. 6: On Set Fatality

This week on the bookshelf, I take a gander at the late ’70s-early ’80s Crestwood House series of classic horror nonfiction books (with a particular focus on the Frankenstein volume).

Also….(shudder) the grisly on-air death of my glowing skeleton prop!

Introducing…The Nightmare Institute (PLUS, The Return of the Nicole Cushing Postcard Club)

teaching picI’m proud to announce the launch of my new writing instruction series, The Nightmare Institute. Basically, the Institute will offer a fresh fifteen minute video lesson on horror writing each month. While I’ll be sharing brief (two or three minute) snippets of these lessons on my Youtube channel, the entire fifteen minute lesson will only be made available to Patreon backers. (Yes, I’m starting a Patreon page. I suppose I buried the lede.)

The first lesson will be posted for Patreon backers on April 17.

I’ve been teaching writing workshops at horror conventions throughout the U.S. (and at the odd college campus) for several years now. However, these online lessons will present completely new material, lessons I’ve never taught before. They’re the result of many years of thinking about how horror fiction works, and several months of planning how best to deliver those lessons.

As part of this Patreon campaign, I’m also bringing back the Nicole Cushing Postcard Club, too! Plunk five bucks into the hat, and I’ll send you a goofy postcard with a signed doodle! (Like this example, below.)

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Even a dollar contribution gets you access to backers-only updates on forthcoming projects and works in progress.

So yeah, take a gander at the Patreon link. Whatever you decide to pledge, I’m grateful for your support.


Cushing’s Bookshelf, Ep 5: The Madness of Teddy Bears

This week on Cushing’s Bookshelf, I take a break from my series on writing advice books to look at W.H. Pugmire’s 2012 collection Uncommon Places. As many of you know, Pugmire died yesterday at the age of sixty-seven.

New Novel Coming in August from Word Horde: A SICK GRAY LAUGH

Here’s the vid where I spill the beans about my second novel. I share some of the themes and topics in the book, and some of the influences behind it!

Major Publishing Announcement Today at Noon (Eastern Time)

A little tease of what’s comin’ down the pike…


Cushing’s Bookshelf, Ep 4: The Polyphonic Squee

Time for another installment of Cushing’s Bookshelf . This week, I share my thoughts on Milan Kundera’s The Art of the Novel (a nonfiction book that influenced my forthcoming novel). Enjoy!

Cushing’s Bookshelf, Ep 3: Fists Are Flying

Time for another visit to the bookshelf. This week I take a look at Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing, and show off my Youtube channel’s state of the art special effects!

Cushing’s Bookshelf, Episode 2

This week I take a look at Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. Enjoy!


Behold, the premiere episode of my new series of Youtube videos, Cushing’s Bookshelf.  In this series, I’ll be discussing some of my favorite reads. Hope you dig it!

RUE MORGUE Says I’m One of Thirteen “Wicked Women to Watch”

The January/February issue of Rue Morgue includes me in its listing of thirteen “Wicked Women to Watch”!

I’m pretty stoked about this, and with the praise in the text. The piece mistakenly says I’m “Maryland-based” (a misreading of my bio, where I mention I was born and raised there), but hell, it’s RUE-fuckin’-MORGUE, so they could say I was based out of John Waters’ Mortville and I’d be cool with it!