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.



THE HALF-FREAKS: Final Cover Design

The hardcover edition is sold out (and will be shipped on October 28). The paperbacks and ebooks are now available for pre-order directly from Grimscribe Press, and will be released on November 12.



Cushing’s Bookshelf, Episode 23: Weird Poetry Starter Kit

This week on Cushing’s Bookshelf, Nicole discusses¬†Dreams of Fear: Poetry of Terror and the Supernatural (edited by S.T. Joshi and Steven J. Mariconda).

Hardcover Deluxe Edition of THE HALF-FREAKS Now Available for Preorder


I wanted to let y’all know about this because the print run for the hardcover is limited to fifty copies, and I’ve been told by Jon Padgett of Grimscribe Press that six of those sold in the first ten or fifteen minutes. There will, however, be paperback and ebook editions also available for purchase later this autumn.

Harry O. Morris has also completed several interior illustrations for this novella. I’ve seen them. They’re awesome.

Here’s the link for more info.

Cushing’s Bookshelf Episode 22: The Strange Case of Normal Authors

Nicole is back home this week, with an episode about Richard Russo’s essay collection on writing, The Destiny Thief. What happens when a weirdo like Nicole encounters Mr. Conventionality? Click play to find out!