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!


Online Novel Writing Class Starts Wednesday

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My online novel writing class starts this week on Patreon, for those “Super-Patrons” backing at the $15 level. Super-Patrons will also get access to my previous online writing class (“Poe & the Building Blocks of Horror”), a free signed postcard from me each month, and exclusive updates about my forthcoming projects. Check out  for more information.

Cushing’s Bookshelf, Episode 21: Oh Shit! There Was a Fire!

A small fire took out the electricity at my house, so I recorded this week’s episode from a hotel. The show must go on! Continuing my discussion of Edgar Allan Poe’s Richmond by Christopher P. Semtner, I conclude that Eddie P. was so crass and obnoxious that he could rightly be dubbed “the George Costanza of weird fiction”.

All that and more, folks. Step right up!

“It is my opinion that A SICK GRAY LAUGH is Cushing’s masterpiece.”

sgl_cover_sm-662x1024Posted today on Signal Horizon (review by Scott Kemper):

A Sick Gray Laugh is easily the best piece that she has put out, and frankly it left me in awe….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.”

Cushing’s Bookshelf, Episode 20: Foghorn Leghorn & the Red Death

After Poe’s death, his mother-in-law burned papers that told of dark, still-unknown, family secrets. (According to Poe biographer Christopher P. Semtner.) Also, he sounded just like Foghorn Leghorn. (According to me.)

A brief vlog on Edgar Allan Poe’s Richmond: The Raven in the River City

Cushing’s Bookshelf, Episode 19: Gogol’s Lament

Grab your deerstalker hat and magnifying glass, ‘cuz this week, we’re searching for lost manuscripts!

Outlining for Writers Who Hate Outlining

Another free sample of my Nightmare Institute classes: Outlining for Writers Who Hate Outlining.

In this five-minute video, I discuss an alternative method of outlining, for writers who find that traditional plot outlining doesn’t work for them. To get access to the full, 25 minute class (and all previous 25 minute classes), back my Patreon at the $15 level. More information at: .