Crimes and Ashes

My new 10,000 word story “Crimes and Ashes” will be appearing in the Dark Regions Press anthology I Am the Abyss. The book will also include pieces by Greg F. Gifune, Steve Rasnic Tem, William Meikle, Reggie Oliver, and others.

I Am the Abyss is now available for pre-order. Clicky-click on the linky-link for more information.



Independent Legions Set to Re-Release CHILDREN OF NO ONE (Paperback & Ebook)

Coming very soon. Click here for the full announcement on the Independent Legions website.


Nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award (novella category)

Sadism, nihilism, poverty, wealth, screams, whimpers, sanity and madness collide in Nowhere, Indiana For Thomas Krieg, Nowhere is a miles-long, pitch-black underground maze in which he’s imprisoned dozens of boys for the past ten years-all in the name of art. For two brothers, Nowhere is the only place they clearly remember living. A world unto itself, in which they must stay alert to stay alive. A world from which the only escape is death. But for an English occultist known only as Mr. No One, Nowhere is much more and much less: the perfect place in which to perform a ritual to unleash the grandest of eldritch deities, the God of Nothingness, the Great Dark Mouth.

“The confidence and expertise so blatantly evident in Nicole Cushing’s writing is astonishing.”– Thomas Ligotti, in reference to Children of No One

Event Reminder: Signing & Selling Books This Weekend at DAYS OF THE DEAD (Louisville, Kentucky)


Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday I’ll be in the Dealer’s Room at the inaugural Louisville DAYS OF THE DEAD convention. (Days of the Dead is a convention organization that runs shows in several cities. This will be one of the first times they’re putting on an event in Louisville.) I’ll have copies of Mr. Suicide, The Mirrors, and The Sadist’s Bible available for purchase and I’ll be happy to sign them for you.

I love the carnival atmosphere of a good horror con. When such an event really finds its groove, it’s like Halloween on steroids. So let’s see what happens when your friendly neighborhood Shirley Jackson Award nominee finds herself under the same roof as Gary Busey  and Jerry “The King” Lawler.

(Speaking of Lawler, what’s he doing at a horror con? I guess there’s a crossover appeal between the horror folks and the wrasslin’ folks–The Rot and Wrestling Connection?)

But I digress…

I’m sure some authors would find this sort of event unappealing. But as someone who has a keen interest in madness and squalor, I simply can’t resist.

See you there?

Audio, Italy, and Deadlines

It’s been a full two months (!) since my last post. Chalk that up to a tight deadline on a project that’s proven to be more complicated than I originally thought.

Mister Suicidio cover

Cover of the Italian translation.

But I’ve decided to come out of my messy, ink-stained hovel for a few moments to let you know about two new releases.

  • First, let’s tackle AUDIO. There’s now a digital audiobook version of The Sadist’s Bible available for download at Audible, narrated by Julia Duval. This is the first audiobook adaptation of my work, but definitely not the last. Stay tuned for more news on that front.
  • Then let’s move on to ITALY. The Italian translation of Mr. Suicide (titled Mister Suicidio) has just been released by Independent Legions Press. Right now the Kindle version is out, with plans for a paperback to come out very soon. I’ve always been interested in how a continental European audience would respond to my work. Now I have a chance to find out!

I wish I could talk some more about my summer. But you know the drill. Work awaits, so I must return to my hovel.

Later, y’all.


The Sadist’s Bible Nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award!

Shirley-Jackson-AwardsWell, this is pretty damned delightful: The Sadist’s Bible has made it onto the short list for the Shirley Jackson Award in the novella category. I take great pride in this news, as I’m pretty sure T.S.B. has to be the most transgressive book to ever garner a SJA nomination.

No small feat, eh?

At the same time, I think the nomination makes a lot of sense. The protagonist of T.S.B., Ellie, was partially created as an homage to Eleanor from The Haunting of Hill House. I wanted her soul to writhe with anxiety in the same way Eleanor’s had. Hopefully, this nomination will help folks in the quiet horror, weird fiction, and dark fantasy scenes understand that transgressive works can aspire to genuine literary merit. The stigma against transgressive works (perpetuated simply because the works are explicit, without regard to the emotional and ontological context in which the explicit material is presented) grows tiresome after a while. My themes (trauma, mental illness, addiction, squalor, and related matters) don’t lend themselves to subtlety. These are all extreme states of being. To address them honestly, I have to write in a way that many may find jarring and unusual. So be it.

Congrats to all the other nominees, especially Joe Pulver and the great Brian Evenson.

The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday July 16 at ReaderCon in Quincy, Massachusetts. For more information about the Shirley Jackson Awards (and to see the entire short list), visit .

This marks the second award The Sadist’s Bible has been shortlisted for. (Earlier this year, the book was also nominated for the Bram Stoker Award® .)

The snazzy illustrated print edition of The Sadist’s Bible recently debuted at StokerCon. You can purchase signed copies for $7.99 at Louisville’s Carmichael’s Bookstore and San Diego’s Mysterious Galaxy.* Both stores have online purchase options where you can have the book shipped to you. You don’t have to be in Louisville or San Diego to patronize them.

Unsigned copies and ebooks are available at ($7.99 for their unsigned copies, $1.99 for the ebook.)

*A note about Mysterious Galaxy: they have both signed and unsigned books in stock. I presume they would sell the signed books first, but you may want to check with them to confirm this.

Event Reminder: Thursday’s Reading at Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego, CA)

Mysterious Galaxy

In addition to the snazzy new illustrated print edition of The Sadist’s Bible, copies of Mr. Suicide and The Mirrors will also be available for sale.

Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego location) address:  5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100, San Diego, CA 92111

For more information, visit:

Note: I’ll also be attending StokerCon in Long Beach, CA this weekend. I’ll be doing a reading and signing there on Saturday afternoon, appearing on a couple of panels, and teaching a class on media skills for writers. For more information, visit

Thank You, John Tyler Community College!

I just arrived home from my trip to Virginia (where I served as special guest at the 22nd Annual John Tyler Community College Literary Festival). Thanks to Professor Jeff Landon, Professor Ashanti Luke, and staff member Kathy Arterburn for their assistance during my visit.

I taught my workshop (“Understanding the Publishing Business”) at both the Chester and Midlothian campuses. I also held an evening reading and book signing event, and even got a chance to stop by Richmond’s delightful Poe Museum for the second time. (It’s a treasure trove of Poe artifacts and I’m sure I’ll be back again at some point in the future.)

If you run a literary festival, convention, conference, or similar event and would like to have me lead a workshop there, feel free to email me at nicolecushingwriter (at) gmail (dot) com. I really enjoy doing this sort of thing.

Upcoming Appearance in the Richmond, VA Area


I’m excited to announce that I’ll be the special guest for the 22nd Annual John Tyler Community College Literary Festival.

In addition to teaching two workshops for students, I’ll be appearing at a reading and signing event at the Midlothian campus on Tuesday March 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 

The Midlothian campus is located at 800 Charter Colony Parkway, Midlothian VA 23114. The reading and signing event will be held in Hamel Hall, room H109. If you’re in the area, please drop by. I’d love to meet you.





BREAKING NEWS: THE SADIST’S BIBLE Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award®

Sadists_Cover_digitalThe Bram Stoker Award® nominations have been announced, and I’m pretty stoked to see The Sadist’s Bible has made the cut in the long fiction category.

Thanks to:

  • Josh Finney and Kat Rocha of 01 Publishing for working so hard to bring this book to fruition and make it the best it could be.
  • our Kickstarter backers, who funded the snazzy illustrated print edition of the book. (Which should be available in late April.)
  • all the readers, book bloggers, podcasters, magazine reviewers, and critics who have shared their love of this book with the horror community.
  • the voting members of the Horror Writers Association, who found me worthy of this nomination.

Finally, I’d like to congratulate all the other nominees. The final ballot is an exciting one, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in a couple of months at StokerCon in Long Beach.

The Sadist’s Bible ebook edition is available for $1.99 via Amazon or directly from 01 Publishing.

The snazzy illustrated print edition (priced at $7.99) can be preordered at Amazon.


THE SADIST’S BIBLE Makes the Bram Stoker Award® Preliminary Ballot

Sadists_Cover_digitalAs many of you may have already seen, my novella The Sadist’s Bible has landed on the preliminary ballot for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award®. (It’s listed in the long fiction category.)

My publisher (01 Publishing) has set up a special coupon code so that voting members of HWA can download a free digital copy to read for Stoker consideration.

Simply visit . Click on the button that says “I Want This” and then enter your email address and the Offer Code hwa2017. You’ll then be sent an email. In the body of the email click ‘View Product” and then follow the instructions to get your digital copy in .pdf, .mobi, or .epub formats.
If you prefer, you may also request a copy (in any digital format) by emailing me directly at .