Some of y’all know that, from time to time, I venture into nonfiction writing. Today my interview with Vincent Price’s daughter Victoria is live at Cemetery Dance Online.
I’m so pleased with how this turned out. We talk about Tim Burton, Roger Corman,her father’s favorite works of literature, and perhaps the most important question of all: “Is Hollywood crazy?”
(Thanks to Dave Conover of WonderFest for making this interview possible.)
Well, looky here! I come in at number 5 on this list of “7 Under-the-Radar Authors Who Will Terrify You” over at The Lineup.
An excerpt from the article:
When a 13-year-old boy begins to hear a voice in his head—someone who goes by the name of Mr. Suicide—we know it’s not going to end well, and boy does Cushing deliver. A mix of psychological horror and splatter gore, die-hard horror fans love the way Cushing doesn’t hold back, and it’s exciting to imagine what she’ll come up with next.
Read the whole list (which includes some long-respected publishing veterans) here at the linky-link.
For the third year, I’ll be coordinating HWA’s presence at ScareFest (a horror film and TV/paranormal/pop culture convention in Lexington, Kentucky).
This year, we’ll once again be in close proximity to Star’s Row. (We’re right across the aisle from Lita Ford.) So, if you’re in the area why not stop by and say hello. In addition to chatting about HWA, I’ll be selling and signing copies of Mr. Suicide and The Mirrors.
01 Publishing and I are teaming up to try and crowdfund a snazzy, illustrated, high production value, physical copy of my book The Sadist’s Bible. Click this link (or the K in the upper left corner of the video) to see everything that we’re offering.
Besides the print edition itself, rewards include actual pages of the original manuscript (with handwritten comments, edits, and corrections I made as I was revising it), space in an exclusive online class I’ll be teaching, and physical copies of the creepy “GOD WANTS US BROKEN” gospel tract that appears in the book.
We also have a lot of goofy, fun rewards, too. For example, we thought it was time for the Medieval practice of selling “indulgences” to make a comeback, so chip in $15 and–along with the book in print and digital editions– we’ll give you a certificate forgiving you of one minor sin. (Other available certificates include Licensed Faith Healer, a Naughty Televangelist Get Out of Scandal Free card, etc.) I hope you’ll give this a glance. I’m a Kickstarter virgin so, be easy on me!
I’ve already talked about this a bit on social media, but I forgot to add an announcement here on the blog. So, here goes.
I’ve licensed the Italian translation rights for Mr. Suicide to Alessandro Manzetti’s Independent Legions Publishing. Alessandro is building a nifty stable of authors in translation with his press, and I’m proud to join the team.
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday October 29th–Reading & Signing Event at Dearly Departed Books (Alliance, Ohio)
On Saturday, October 29th I’ll be appearing at Dearly Departed Books (335 E. Main Street Alliance, Ohio). (Update: I’ve just confirmed the times I’ll be appearing at the store. I’ll be there from 3:00-6:00 p.m., talking with readers and signing books. The reading and Q&A portion of the event will start at 4:00 p.m. and go until 5:00 p.m.)
Dearly Departed Books is a specialty horror, SF, and fantasy bookstore that does most of its business online, but maintains a storefront as well. They sell a lot of classic, hard-to-find genre publications. The store’s owner, Scott, says “We have quite a large SF and Horror section (around 4000 books, I think, and about 50,000 books in total on the main floor priced and ready for a new home). ” The store will, of course, also have copies of Mr. Suicide and The Mirrors on hand (which I’ll be happy to sign and inscribe for you.
It looks to be a festive event, as Alliance’s downtown Halloween Zombiefest will be occurring at the same time!
For the uninitiated, Alliance, Ohio is about a 45 minute drive from Akron or Youngstown, a little over an hour from Cleveland, an hour and a half from Pittsburgh, and a half hour from Canton.
I hope to see a lot of readers there. I love doing these sorts of events. (Especially around Halloween!)
This morning I woke up to find John Boden’s new review of Mr. Suicide over at Ginger Nuts of Horror. Interestingly, Boden likens my work to that of Kathe Koja. (This is the first time I’ve gotten that particular comparison. Usually, if I get compared to anyone, it’s Poppy Z. Brite or early Clive Barker.)
The closest thing I can liken this novel to is the feeling I got when I read The Cipher by Kathe Koja, all those years ago. My brain whizzing and screaming as it tries to put together what it’s visualizing from the prose. What started as just another troubled kid story morphs and evolves into a swaggering and sneering monstrosity of anger and seething rage, painted in blood and bile while still trying and some how succeeding in being human.
Brilliant. And terrifying.
You can get signed paperbacks of Mr. Suicide by ordering directly from Word Horde (where they’ll bundle it with a free ebook) and Carmichael’s Bookstore. You can also order the paperback and/or ebook from the usual online retailers. (Here are the links to Amazon, B&N, and Weightless Books.)
I received my hardcover contributor’s copy of Black Wings V: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (edited by S.T. Joshi) in yesterday’s mail. It includes my new story “Diary of a Sane Man”. What a nifty book. I dig the look and feel of it. Kudos to PS Publishing (and to S.T.) for putting together a snazzy anthology.
If you’ve ever wanted to know how I decorate my office (or how I wrote The Sadist’s Bible), then you may want to check out this new interview over at Hellnotes.
I also talk about the role of emotional realism in transgressive horror fiction (a subject I’m particularly passionate about) and several other topics.
I’ve been so busy lately that I somehow missed this review of The Sadist’s Bible over at Hellnotes.
Here’s an excerpt:
“The Sadist’s Bible is as relentless as it is exhilarating. The narrative marries real life issues with the metaphysical, both of which come together seamlessly in the novella’s epic and holy-shit! inducing conclusion. It’s gut wrenching. It’s unapologetic. And more importantly, it sticks with you — a clear sign that you’ve read something special.”
Oh, and stay tuned for details about how to get your print copy of the book. There should be some exciting news on that front coming up soon.