Cushing’s Bookshelf, Ep. 9: MIDNIGHT COWBOY

This week on Cushing’s Bookself, I take a look at a transgressive classic. Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy.


Named as a Special “Imaginator” Guest at Imaginarium 2019 (October)

Here’s the full press release from the folks who run the convention!


Online Horror Writing Classes Available

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Online horror writing classes are now officially in session at The Nightmare Institute! The full video of Lesson #1 is now up on Patreon for my $15 backers. Other goodies are available at the $1 and $5 levels, too.

Check out the link?

Cushing’s Bookshelf, Ep.8: The Profit Monster

This week, I discuss the best book about the publishing industry I’ve ever read: André Schiffrin’s memoir, The Business of Books. A highly recommended read for writers and aspiring writers who want to know how the proverbial Big Five sausage gets made.

The Nightmare Institute: Lesson #1 (A Free Excerpt)

I’m  looking forward to launching my series of horror writing instructional videos, The Nightmare Institute. The full video for Lesson #1 drops on Wednesday April 17, for Patreon Super-Patrons. In the meantime, here’s a free excerpt available to all.

Cushing’s Bookshelf, Ep. 7: Nosedive

Despite my recent softball injury, I’m back this week to discuss Ahmed Bouanani’s The Hospital. It’s a book marinated in bleakness, foulness, and oneiric energy, and it was one of my favorite reads of 2018.

The Nightmare Institute: A Free Introduction

The first horror writing video course I’ll be offering through The Nightmare Institute is called “Poe and the Building Blocks of Horror”. A practical, hands-on look at the “engine” of horror fiction, how to build it, and when it needs repair

Here’s a video in which I provide more information.

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.