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 .

Nick Cato & Char’s Horror Corner Include THE SADIST’S BIBLE in Best of 2016 Lists

Sadists_Cover_digitalI realize it’s been nearly two months since I’ve posted here. Chalk that up to a busier-than-usual holiday season and a need to focus on the new novel instead of blogging.

HOWEVER, I’m thrilled to be able to break my silence by pointing out that my novella The Sadist’s Bible made Nick Cato’s Top 10 of 2016 list over at The Horror Fiction Review, coming in at number four.

Here’s what Nick had to say:

After blowing my mind last year with her incredible novel MR. SUICIDE, Cushing’s follow up novella is every bit as disturbing, thought provoking, and eerie as you’d expect. Excellent.

I know many readers trust Nick’s judgement, so I’m delighted by this turn of events.

I’m equally delighted that another trusted review site, Char’s Horror Corner, included The Sadist’s Bible on a list of the top five novellas of 2016. (Char’s list isn’t ranked in any order.)

Here’s what she had to say:

This fearless novella brings the reader to places they may not want to have gone-but when they’re done they are left to marvel over the insanity of it.  And I mean that in the best way possible.

Order the ebook version of The Sadist’s Bible at Amazon or directly from 01 Publishing.

Pre-order the snazzy illustrated print edition (due out this spring) at Amazon or directly from 01 Publishing.


My Interview with WALKING DEAD Executive Producer Greg Nicotero Is Now Up at Cemetery Dance Online

Nicole  Interviewing Nicotero

We talk about issues of censorship and self-censorship in makeup FX, the influence of classic horror on The Walking Dead, and the proudest moments of his career (among other topics).


Who: Nicole Cushing

What: Reading, Q&A, and book signing event. (Copies of The Mirrors and Mr. Suicide will be available for purchase.)

When: Tonight! (Monday November 14th) 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Where: LFPL Main Library, 301 York St., Louisville, Kentucky 40203. The event will be held in a room in the South Building called 2 East (South Building, 2nd floor)

Why: 1. To re-connect with my Louisville readers and talk to aspiring writers about publishing! (Upbeat answer.) 2. The universe as a whole has no discernible purpose, so why should this reading in particular pretend to be any different? (Philosophical pessimist answer.)




Interviewed in Louisville’s LEO WEEKLY


Louisville’s alternative arts and culture newspaper LEO Weekly interviewed me in this week’s issue. We talk about the Bram Stoker Awards, next Monday’s reading at Louisville Free Public Library , and The Sadist’s Bible. Here’s a link to the online version. (If you’re in the area, pick up the print edition. The interview’s on page 23.)

Election 2016 in Two Symphonies

The ending of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4, in which we mourn the forward advance of grotesquely idiotic power.


An excerpt from the same composer’s Symphony No. 7, in which we the opposition rally together to fight for what’s right today and each day hereafter.


Fuck Trump. Long live the USA.

Thank You, Dearly Departed Books!

A good time was had by all who made the trip to Saturday’s reading and signing event at Dearly Departed Books (Alliance, Ohio). Thanks to proprietor Scott Edwards and his wife Linda for creating such a welcoming atmosphere for me and my readers! And if you missed the event, don’t despair! Scott now has several signed copies of Mr. Suicide and The Mirrors on hand for you to purchase. Check out his EBay listings here and here for details.